Stillwater finishes sixth in Challenge Cup

By STUART GROSKREUTZ – Stillwater Gazette

Thanks to exceptional spring season, Stillwater Area High School vaulted up to sixth place in the final Minnesota State High School League Class AAA Challenge Cup standings for the 2011-12 school year.

Stillwater, which finished outside the top five for just the second time in the past seven years, totaled 423 points – 202 of which were scored in the spring, compared to 103 points in the fall and 118 points during the winter season. For a recap of Stillwater’s successful spring campaign, check out pages 10-11.

Eden Prairie scored 766.5 points to secure its fifth Challenge Cup title and sixth in the past seven years. Lakeville in 2003-04 and 2004-05 and Wayzata in 2006-07 are the only other large-division schools to win the Challenge Cup in the nine-year history of the competition, which was created to recognize MSHSL schools for their success in postseason tournaments in athletics and fine arts activities.

Minnetonka followed the Eagles in second place with 578.5 points while Edina (540), Eastview (539) and Wayzata (511.5) completed the top five.

The Ponies scored 26 fewer points a year ago while placing fifth in the standings. Stillwater has placed between fourth and seventh each of the past seven years.

Stillwater’s top points producer this year was the state champion boys’ cross country team with 64 points, although the state runner-up girls’ golf and state champion softball teams were not far behind with 62 and 60 points. Boys alpine skiing and girls’ Nordic skiing – boosted by individual state champion Nora Gilbertson – each scored 40 points.

Girls swimming and diving resulted in 39 points for the Ponies while boys track and field chipped in with 32. Girls lacrosse racked up 30 points for its fourth-place finish in the state tournament. Additional points were accumulated in boys swimming and diving (19), girls track and field (18), gymnastics (10) and wrestling (9).

The Ponies were the top finisher among Suburban East Conference schools for the fifth year in a row and sixth time in the past seven years.

Roseville was the next highest finisher among SEC schools in ninth place with 370.6 points, followed by Mounds View in 18th at 233.6.

Challenge Cup results

Top 10, SEC schools

1. Eden Prairie 766.5; 2. Minnetonka 578.5; 3. Edina 540; 4. Eastview 539.8; 5. Wayzata 511.5; 6. Stillwater 423; 7. Apple Valley 394.8; 8. Lakeville North 373.8; 9. Roseville 370.6; 10. Hopkins 358; 18. Mounds View 233.6; 25. Forest Lake 185; 36. East Ridge 151; 41. Park 125; 44. Hastings 117.8; 46. Woodbury 116; 47. White Bear Lake 110; 53. Cretin-Derham Hall 98.

Stillwater results

Boys cross country64

Girls golf62

Softball60

Boys alpine skiing40

Girls Nordic skiing40

Girls swimming/diving39

Boys track and field32

Girls lacrosse30

Boys swimming/diving19

Girls track and field18

Gymnastics10

Wrestling9

Total423

Stillwater Challenge Cup results

School yearPlacePoints

2003-0412th334

2004-0511th429

2005-064th615

2006-074th656

2007-084th540

2008-097th510

2009-104th554

2010-115th397

2011-126th423

Challenge Cup winners

2003-04Lakeville855.6

2004-05Lakeville1,200.6

2005-06Eden Prairie767

2006-07Wayzata695

2007-08Eden Prairie743

2008-09Eden Prairie971

2009-10Eden Prairie904.5

2010-11Eden Prairie839

2011-12Eden Prairie766.5

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