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 11th "Team of the Week" awards for the 2008-09 High School season, which includes games played through Feb. 19.

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 11th 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 Farmington Tigers are the Boys Lynx Team of the Week after a pair of impressive wins last week, which moved them into first place in the Missota Conference and improved their record to 15-6. Farmington kicked off the week by hosting the Shakopee Sabers, who entered the Feb. 13 contest in first place in the conference, just ahead of the host Tigers. Looking to avenge an earlier 21-point loss to Shakopee, Farmington took a 22-21 advantage into halftime. The Tigers, winners of seven in a row since losing to the Sabers, starting hitting on all cylinders during a decisive 24-9 run that opened the second half. Farmington would use that run to cruise to a 57-45 win to take over first place in the Missota Conference. Jake Lippert paced the Tiger attack with a game-high 16 points. The Tigers capped off their notable week with a two-point win at Red Wing. Lippert and Josh Zitzmann led the Tigers with 12 points each in the 44-42 win. Farmington is currently on a 10-game winning streak and sits at 17-6. For the season, the Tigers are averaging 62.6 ppg and have outscored their opponents by an average of 9.3 ppg.

Girls Basketball

The Grand Meadow Superlarks are the Girls Lynx Team of the Week after claiming a trio of victories last week. The three wins upped the Superlarks record to 20-4. Grand Meadow opened the week on Friday, Feb. 13, with a convincing 63-52 win over Mabel-Canton. Three nights later, the Superlarks continued their winning ways, defeating visiting Spring Grove 69-59. Grand Meadow capped off its perfect week with a 64-51 win over Triton. Grand Meadow is currently on a seven-game winning streak and has won 15 of its last 16. For the season, the Superlarks sit atop the Southeast Conference Standings with a 15-1 record in conference play and are outscoring their opponents by an average of 16.6 ppg.

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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