Brooke Lewis made Eden Prairie High School’s varsity girls lacrosse team as an eighth-grader, its varsity girls basketball team as a ninth-grader and its varsity girls tennis team as a 10th-grader.
She’s also EPHS’ student council president.
As a result, kind of, Lewis is this year’s Eden Prairie High School Athena Award winner, an honor that goes to the school’s most outstanding senior female athlete.
“It was a no-brainer,” said Beth Patterson, co-head coach of the Eden Prairie High School girls lacrosse team, of the Lewis selection. “She’s a three-sport athlete and she excels at all three.”
Patterson then mentions Lewis’ game-winning goal in a state tournament semifinal win over Stillwater.
“She scored the game winner in overtime,” said Patterson. “She made it look like it wasn’t a big deal, and she was only an eighth-grader.
“We don’t win the state tournament that year if she doesn’t score that goal,” she added.
Eden Prairie beat Stillwater 15-14.
They’d go on to win a state championship, beating Lakeville South, 14-13, in double overtime.
Co-head coach Judy Baxter uses words like smart, tough and principled when describing Lewis.
“She’s not the flashiest, biggest or fastest player,” said Baxter, “but she gets to where she needs to be.
“She was our leading scorer last year,” she added.
That’s only the half of it, or third of it, as she also led Eden Prairie in assists and draw controls.
“When you take goals, assists and draw controls and add them all together, Brooke was No. 1 in the state last year,” said Baxter. “That’s pretty impressive, as Minnesota had a lot of high-end players.”
While Lewis said she’s a leader, she said she doesn’t lead by telling people what to do.
“I try to lead by example,” she said.
She was a basketball captain this winter. This spring, she’ll serve as a lacrosse captain.
She’ll continue to serve as student council president as well as volunteer for the National Honor Society.
“I like going 1,000 mph,” she said.
Favorite views along the way?
“Winning a state lacrosse title three years in a row is something I’ll never forget,” she said. “The turnaround of the basketball program is also a favorite memory, and I can’t wait to see how far they go next year.”
Three years ago, the Eden Prairie basketball team won just five games. This year, the team went 4-4 in the Lake Conference, posted a 21-7 overall record and played its way into the section championship game.
“Brooke was a big part of that (turnaround),” said Eden Prairie coach Ellen Wiese. “She’s been a leader on and off the court. She’s smart. She works hard and she competes.”
“I have no idea how she does it all,” said Wiese. “She’s amazing.”
Last Thursday, Lewis finished her third-quarter finals. She’d also finished packing for a spring break lacrosse trip (Eden Prairie practices in Florida over the break). Lastly, she squeezed in a baby sitting gig.
In between, she’d work at finalizing next year’s plans for college.
Would it be Duke University or the University of California, Los Angeles? University of California, Berkeley was also on the board.
Yes, she had options.
“I’ve officially chosen UCLA,” texted Lewis.
UCLA doesn’t have a varsity lacrosse program, but it does have a club team.
“I’m definitely considering it (club),” she said; “depends on if the club team is as competitive as I’d like.”
If not, she’ll go in 1,000 other directions.
“I’ll stay busy,” she said. “I could join some other clubs, I could play intramurals or I could join a sorority.”
Or, she could do it all. Correction: Can do it all.