Two Teams Honored with ’Lynx Team of the Week’ Awards

The Minnesota Lynx are proud to announce the two schools that have earned the distinction of receiving the first "Team of the Week" awards for the 2008-09 High School season.

In conjunction with the "Lynx Ballerz Tour Live," the "Lynx Team of the Week" initiative is part of an off-season program that the Minnesota Lynx have brought back this winter in an effort to give back to the basketball community in the state of Minnesota. The "Lynx Team of the Week" initiative celebrates excellence in the classroom, in the community, and on the court.

Beginning today, the Minnesota Lynx will recognize one girls team and one boys team every Tuesday throughout the high school regular season.

"I have coached basketball at every level, including winning the Class A state championship when I coached the boys basketball team at De La Salle High School," said Lynx head coach Don Zierden. "The one thing that has impressed me most is the amount of talent that there is in the high schools here in Minnesota. We have some of the nation's best teams playing right here in our own backyard. I am thrilled that the Minnesota Lynx are continuing their outreach to the high schools so these teams and athletes are able to receive the recognition that they deserve for their achievements on the court, in the classroom, and in the community."

This week's winners:

Boys Basketball

Henry Sibley is the Boys Lynx Team of the Week after a pair of convincing wins last week. The Warriors are off to a 2-0 start to their 2008-09 season, thanks to impressive wins over Apple Valley and Osseo. In the team's season-opening 70-47 victory over Apple Valley, Chris Halvorsen led the Warriors in scoring, tallying 18 points. Wisconsin recruit Mike Bruesewitz poured in 17 points. Four nights later the Warriors played host to the Osseo Orioles. Osseo came in to the 2008-09 season with high expectations after finishing 28-1 a year ago, their only loss coming in the Section Five championship game to eventual Class AAAA State Tournament participant Robbinsdale Cooper. In Tuesday's game, Henry Sibley raced out to a fast start to take a 36-30 half-time lead. The Warriors subdued Osseo's second-half pressure to pull away late for the 64-51 win. Henry Sibley is ranked second in the latest Class AAAA poll distributed by the Associated Press.

Girls Basketball

Barnum is the Girls Lynx Team of the Week after three massive wins last week. The Bombers are off to a 4-0 start to their 2008-09 season, thanks to an astonishing 44.0-point margin of victory. After finishing the 2007-08 high school season 30-3, which resulted in a second-place finish at the Class A Girls State Tournament, this year's squad is off to a running start. Their perfect week began on Saturday, Dec. 6, with a 69-28 shellacking of host Onamia. Two nights later the Bombers defeated the Carlton Bulldogs in their home opener 70-23. For the game, Barnum shot 50 percent (29-of-58) and forced Carlton into 20 first-half turnovers. The Bombers' Katrina Newmann led all scorers with 19 points. The Bombers completed their perfect week with a 68-28 win over Wisconsin's Maple Northwestern. Barnum currently sits atop the latest Class A poll distributed by the Associated Press.

Each team will receive a Certificate of Merit, courtesy of the Minnesota Lynx, along with a spotlight on All 26 teams will also be invited to a Lynx game during their season next summer.

Season and group tickets for the 2009 season are now on sale. For information on ticket packages, call 612-673-8400, e-mail, or visit the Lynx website at

About the Lynx Ballerz Tour Live

The Lynx Ballerz Tour Live will stop at 17 girls high school basketball games over a period of 13 weeks, bringing the experience of the WNBA to high school gyms across the state of Minnesota. At each stop, the Lynx will meet with players, families and fans, bringing the fun and excitement of Lynx Basketball, including autograph sessions, raffle prizes, Lynx T-shirt giveaways, and even basketball clinics at select stops. The Tour will shine the spotlight on girls basketball at local high schools, where the future stars of the WNBA are already competing.