Pioneer Press

Class AA - Minnehaha Academy wins second straight title

Up 4-0 through three innings of the Class 2A baseball state championship game, Minnehaha Academy was in cruise control on its way to a second straight title.

Adapted softball: Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka, St. Cloud Area claim state titles

Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka coach Marcus Onsum figured from the start of the season that his team would be playing for an adapted softball state title on Saturday at Coon Rapids.

CI State Champion - St. Cloud Area

CI State Champion - St. Cloud Area

PI State Champion - Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka

PI State Champion - Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka

Johnson wins seventh badminton state title in eight years

Johnson coach Mark Fischbach won’t use the word. That said, after Johnson wrapped up its seventh badminton state title in the past eight years Tuesday night, yeah, it’s safe to say Fischbach has helped build a a dynasty at the St. Paul school.

DeLaSalle wins sixth straight Class 3A title

Dynasties, while often the product of a great system, are built on the backs of talented players, and DeLaSalle has had plenty of those through the years.From Reid Travis to Jarvis Johnson to Sacar Anim, “loaded” has always been a fair description of the Islanders’ roster.

Minnehaha Academy holds on to win Class 2A title

It often wasn’t pretty for Minnehaha Academy in the Class 2A boys basketball championship game Saturday.While the top-seeded Redhawks displayed a certain flash and flair as they cruised through their first five postseason games, Saturday was different.

AAA - One year after heartbreak, Orono wins Class 3A title

Last year was Orono’s time.The Spartans had a slew of seniors along with junior Tori Andrew, were ranked at the top of the Class 3A standings all season and seemed destined to win state.

Until they lost.

Class A Boys Swim & Dive - Breck/Blake tops St. Thomas Academy for title

With 309.5 points in hand and a 55-point edge on second-place St. Thomas Academy, the Breck/Blake 400-yard freestyle relay team stepped up to Lane 4 on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center knowing they were on their way to a Class A boys swimming state title.

Class AA - Lakeville returns to state girls gymnastics: glory as North wins title

Lakeville North gymnastics coach Teri Homan was ecstatic thinking about both the present and the future as her athletes celebrated a state title Friday night. She couldn’t help but think about the past, too.

AAAAAA - Totino-Grace beats Eden Prairie, finally gets its Class 6A title

The last two years ended in agony for Totino-Grace.It dropped the 2014 Class 6A title game to Eden Prairie 28-27, when Totino-Grace went for the game-winning two-point conversion in the final minute and failed.

AAAA - Benilde-St Margaret’s wins first state title without star RB

Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior offensive lineman Braeden Fitzgerald had a recent disagreement with his parents.“It was like, ‘Hey, if Ricky (Floyd) goes down, you guys are in trouble,’ ” Fitzgerald said. “I was like, ‘No.’ ”

Visitation wins fourth straight Class A title

A deep Visitation team continued the school’s pool dominance Friday.For the fourth straight year, the Blazers are the top Class 1A girls swimming team in Minnesota. They amassed 261 points in the finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center to beat Breck by 50 points.

Boys Soccer Class AA State Champion

Stillwater caps perfect season  

Dominant all year offensively, the Stillwater boys soccer team needed only two goals to cap a perfect season. Colman Farrington and Kohei Adams scored in the second half, and the Ponies beat Wayzata 2-0 on Thursday in the Class 2A state championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium. It is the third state title for Stillwater (22-0), the first since back-to-back crowns in 1995-96.

Photo Credit:  MN Prep Photo

Photo Credit: MN Prep Photo

Boys Soccer Class A State Champs - St. Thomas Academy wins with OT penalty kick

St. Thomas Academy coach Noel Quinn should have had a decision to make. A run from junior midfielder Logan Davis that drew a foul in the second overtime with the score tied 0-0 earned the Cadets a penalty kick to win the Class A state title over Northfield. But who would take the kick?

Photo Credit:  MN Prep Photo

Photo Credit: MN Prep Photo

Meet the best high school marching band in Minnesota

Rosemount High School once again has the best band in the land. The school’s marching band is something of a musical dynasty, winning the top title nine years in a row at the annual Youth In Music Marching Band Championships, Minnesota’s version of a state high school marching band championship.