Andover 11-year-old Kaiden Bentley went from trying out bowling during a free kids event complete with bumpers at Andover Lanes to second place in the season-ending state tournament in less than one year.
Andover and Anoka boys hockey programs were well represented in the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association post-season awards.
Last season Andover upset St. Francis in the Section 7AAAA semifinal before winning its fourth section title in program history.
Anoka and Andover contests are often close, no matter the sport or the situation. No. 2 seed Andover (13-12), the defending Section 7AAAA champions, held on for a 64-61 win against No. 6 seed Anoka, March 5.
The Bengals wrestled to very lofty results with both state qualifiers placing among the best in the state. Sophomore Malik Stewart lost his section final rematch in the 120-pound state championship to St. Michael-Albertville’s Michael McKee.