Eastview’s AJ Green, Hastings’ Mallory Brake win Lions Club honor

Eastview’s AJ Green and Hastings’ Mallory Brake are the 2020 winners of the annual St. Paul Downtown Lions Club amateur athlete of the year awards.

Hastings senior forward Mallory Brake, photographed at her high school on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, is the 2020 Pioneer Press East Metro girls basketball Player of the Year. Brake, a Creighton commit, averaged 27 points and 15.4 rebounds per game this season and now owns many school records. (Jace Frederick / Pioneer Press)

Green is a Kansas commit and is the state’s top boys track athlete. He’s a multi-time state champion and the fastest high school 800-meter runner in the country. Green also placed third at the Class 2A state cross-country meet as a senior, in just his second year in the sport.

Brake is a Creighton women’s basketball commit who owns six Hastings’ program records. She’s also earned all-conference honors in volleyball — where she is a standout — and track and field. Brake was also a three-time letter winner in softball.

The annual luncheon at which the award is handed out was canceled this year amid coronavirus concerns. The other male finalists were Cretin-Derham Hall’s Matthew Gleason, Roseville’s Aran Koob, Park’s Jacob Kuemmel, Highland Park’s Oliver Paleen and St. Paul Academy’s Tommy Stolpestad. The other female finalists were St. Paul Academy’s Kathleen Bishop, Roseville’s Isabella DiGiorno, Eastview’s Grace Kisch, Cretin-Derham Hall’s Paige Peltier and Como Park’s Shar Too.

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