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With summer in full swing, it’s prime time to embrace the sunshine and serene lakes.

Most people look forward to summer as a chance to enjoy nice weather and take it easy. But Minnetrista native Rollie Lacy looked ahead to this summer as a chance to prove himself as a professional baseball player.

You have to wonder if there’s something in the water—Lake Minnetonka’s water, perhaps?—because Minnesota has been home to an especially impressive number of Olympic athletes.

Club soccer in Minnesota is a lot about winning, says Fusion SC technical director Lawrence Tsoi. “Elite soccer in Minnesota is mainly defined by how much you win,” Tsoi says.

Thanks to new knees, the spring in Howard Young’s tennis game has returned. His days of holding court are far from over, even at age 88.

The Minnetonka Millers could be considered Minnesota’s equivalent of the New England Patriots in amateur baseball circles.

While high school teams seem to get a lot of the attention in our area, there’s another basketball organization that’s racking up the buckets.

Saint Paul’s Manila Ice blocks for the Minnesota RollerGirls All Stars team—she competitively charges into other women on roller skates. (The team ranks ninth in the world.) Inspired by the movie Whip It to start skating in 2012, Manila has touted roller derby All Stars status since 2015.

For over a decade, the Minnetonka Community Education program Tonka Dance Works has been giving youth time in the spotlight through its annual winter production, Tales and Tails of Folks and Fairies.

For the past two years, Donny Mark was the assistant coach of the Twin Cities’ professional soccer team, Minnesota United, giving him a front-row seat to see what makes a high-level athlete succeed. “In order to play at a higher level, you have to develop as a player,” Mark explains.

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