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


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Lynx are proud to announce the two schools that have earned the distinction of receiving the 10th "Team of the Week" awards for the 2008-09 High School season, which includes games played through Feb. 12.

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.

This is the 10th consecutive week that the Minnesota Lynx have recognized one girls team and one boys team. The program will continue every week 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

Class AAAA's Eden Prairie Eagles are the Boys Lynx Team of the Week after a pair of impressive wins last week, which improved their record to 17-4. Eden Prairie kicked of its perfect week with a 75-61 win at Chaska, avenging an earlier loss to the Hawks. Timmy Miller and Ethan Wragge each scored 19 points for the Eagles in the win. Wragge has signed on with Division 1 Creighton and will play for the Bluejays next fall. The Eagles capped off their notable week with a dominating performance over visiting Eastview. Eden Prairie jumped out to a 37-17 halftime lead and never looked back, cruising to a 62-37 win. Wragge led Eden Prairie with 14 points, while Miller added 11 and Mitch Hallstrom added 10. The Eagles are currently on a five-game winning streak and have won 10 of their last 11. Eden Prairie sits atop the Lake Conference standings with a 13-2 record in conference play. For the season, the Eagles are averaging 68.7 ppg and have outscored their opponents by an average of 14.2 ppg. The Eagles currently rank sixth in the latest Class AAAA poll distributed by Minnesota Basketball News.

Girls Basketball

The Hibbing Bluejackets are the Girls Lynx Team of the Week after claiming a trio of victories last week. The three wins upped the Bluejackets record to 16-6. Hibbing opened the week on Friday, Feb. 6, with a convincing 71-58 win over visiting Virginia. Four nights later, the Bluejackets continued their winning ways, defeating host Hermantown in a nail-biter 53-48. Hibbing capped off its perfect week with a 62-49 win at Proctor. Hibbing is currently on a seven-game winning streak and has won nine of its last 10.

Each team will receive a Certificate of Merit, courtesy of the Minnesota Lynx, along with a spotlight on Lynxbasketball.com. All 24 teams will also be invited to a Lynx game during their season next summer.

The Minnesota Lynx open their 11th year of basketball in the Twin Cities on June 6, 2009 vs. the Chicago Sky at Target Center. Season and group tickets for the 2009 season are now on sale. For information on ticket packages, call 612-673-8400 or e-mail tickets@lynxbasketball.com.

About the Lynx Ballerz Tour Live

The Lynx Ballerz Tour Live will stop at various 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.

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