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Mound Westonka senior Grace Peterson went on the attack in a recent girls’ lacrosse victory over Waconia.
Mound Westonka senior Grace Peterson went on the attack in a recent girls’ lacrosse victory over Waconia.

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Grace Peterson, Mound Westonka lacrosse

GRACE PETERSON

Mound Westonka • lacrosse

Never one to sit back and follow, the midfielder found the lack of a high school lacrosse season in 2020 sparked an extra bit of motivation for her senior year.

A natural-born scorer — "I like to shoot," she says — Peterson is determined to make the most of her final year of high school lacrosse before she heads off to play at the U.S. Naval Academy next year.

She is the runaway girls' lacrosse scoring leader in Minnesota with 63 goals in eight games, 18 more than the next highest goal scorer. Her 79 total points is also tops in the state.

Peterson was exceptionally sharp last week, tallying eight goals in a loss to Eastview and notching back-to-back 10-goal games in victories over Delano/Rockford and Holy Family. The wins helped the White Hawks improve to 6-2 this season. Her second 10-goal game came despite a finger injury suffered the game before.

"I'm pretty proud of that," she said. "I still can't bend it."

Mound Westonka's Athena Award winner, Peterson said her main goal this season was to help the team achieve what it couldn't last year.

"It was a tough year," said Peterson, who played club lacrosse for the Minnesota Elite, the state's top club program. "I'm really proud of where I come from. We want to work hard this year and have the results we expected to have last year."

Noah Bush, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted baseball, sr., 2021

NOAH BUSH

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted • baseball

The senior now leads the state in home runs after hitting one in three consecutive games, giving him eight this season. He went 6-for-9 overall in three victories, drove in 13 runs and improved his average to .533 for the season.

Alden Keller, Breck track/cross-country, soph., 2020-21

ALDEN KELLER

Breck • track and field

In a span of six days, the sophomore runner broke two school records. On April 29, Keller ran a school-record time of 9 minutes, 41.95 seconds in the 3,200 meters. On May 4 he added another by breaking a 30-year-old record with a 4:29.05 in the 1,600.

Haley Reeck, Edina lacrosse, sr., 2021

HALEY REECK

Edina • lacrosse

Edina showed it deserves its No. 1 ranking with victories over top-10 powers Eden Prairie and Rosemount. The senior midfielder and leading scorer in program history led the charge with 10 goals, three assists and 12 draw controls.

Max Sutter, St, Michael-Albertville baseball, sr., 2021

MAX SUTTER

St. Michael-Albertville • baseball

The senior righthander continued his strong spring with two dominant outings. He went six innings, giving up four hits and one run, in an 8-1 victory at Edina. He also shut out Wayzata 2-0 on six hits, striking out 10, in a complete-game victory.

Hannah Tong, Forest Lake softball, fr,, 2020-21

HANNAH TONG

Forest Lake • softball

Only a freshman, Tong picked up her first career shutout, throwing a one-hitter in a 10-0 victory over Irondale. She followed that by handing Class 4A, No. 1 Stillwater its first loss, holding the Ponies to one earned run in an 8-5 victory.

Jackson View, Hopkins baseball, sr., 2021

JACKSON VIEW

Hopkins • baseball

The senior pitcher has been sharp in his past two starts, holding down two highly regarded Lake Conference opponents in complete-game victories (11-1 over Minnetonka on April 28 and 5-1 over Buffalo on May 5).

JIM PAULSEN

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