Rivalries have a tendency to bring out the best in teams, especially when the two schools try and coexist in the same community.
Apple Valley, ranked No. 2 in the Class 4A boys’ basketball ranks, saw its 51-game conference winning streak come to an end Feb. 6 at the hands of rival Eastview 73-70. The Lightning is ranked No. 11.
Eastview shot the ball extremely well from three-point range (54 percent) and the free-throw line (95 percent) in the victory. It made 14 of 26 three-pointers and shot 19-for-20 from the free-throw line.
The Eagles’ last South Suburban Conference loss was at Lakeville North 76-68 on Feb. 24, 2012. They lost four conference games that season — two to Lakeville North and two to Eastview.
Apple Valley bounced back last week to defeat Burnsville 83-44 and Shakopee 67-56, both on the road, to win their third consecutive conference championship.
The Eagles’ Brock Bertram, a 7-foot junior center who is a Division I recruit, eclipsed 1,000 career points in the Burnsville victory.
Tiger hits milestone
Belle Plaine sophomore forward Mariena Hayden became the eighth girls’ basketball player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
Hayden, a 6-foot forward, reached the milestone with a 33-point performance in a 63-58 setback at the hands of Sibley East in a Minnesota River Conference matchup.
It capped a six-game stretch where Hayden netted 160 points, (26.7 average). Her lowest output during the span was a 23-point effort against Nicollet.
Chelsea Fogarty, a 2009 graduate, is the girls’ all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,784 career points.
Hayden is also a standout on the volleyball squad, which finished third in the Class 2A state tournament. She was selected to the all-tournament team.
• Northfield sophomore Elliott Boman won the boys’ individual Alpine ski championship at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. It was his first state meet after rebounding from a broken leg suffered before the start of last season.
Boman finished with a time of 1 minute, 10.19 seconds for his two runs — one each on the Helsinki and Innsbruck courses.
• Senior forward Morgan Morse scored her 28th goal of the season 1 minute, 29 seconds into overtime, giving Lakeville South a thrilling 2-1 victory over crosstown-rival Lakeville North in the finals of the Class 2A, Section 1 girls’ hockey tournament in Owatonna. She scored two goals in each of the previous two section games.
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