Best of

the Twin Cities

Best College Athlete

Rachel Banham

She's the leading scorer in Big 10 women's basketball history. Her 60 points against Northwestern in February tied her for the highest-scoring game in NCAA history. She holds nine Gopher records for everything from three-point shooting to free throws to field goals. And she's been nominated for virtually every national award in the country, including being named a first-team All-American this season. She is Rachel Banham, the 5-foot-9 scoring machine who's surely one of the greatest athletes in University of Minnesota history. This year, her senior season, Banham averaged 28.6 points a game, placing her in the Steph Curry/Kevin Durant stratosphere of dangerous threats. Though her time at the U has come to an end, here's hoping the Lakeville North grad can stay in Minnesota and keep her guns loaded for the Lynx.

Best Bike Trail Cedar Lake

Best Bowling Alley Town Hall Lanes

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Recruit Amir Coffey, University of Minnesota basketball

Best Day Trip Spicer

Best Disc Golf Course Valley Disc Golf Course

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Dog Park

Best Gym The Aviary

Best Hike Wild River State Park

Best Lake Lake Phalen

Best Local Landmark Kenwood Water Tower

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Picnic Spot Como Park

Best Place to Do Something for Free Films at the Fitz

Best Place to Do Yoga CorePower Yoga

Best Place to Ice Skate Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval

Best Place to Jog Hidden Falls Park

Best Place to Make Out Behind any dumpster

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) 19 Bar

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Community Keg House

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Lesbian) The Town House

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Spring Street Tavern

Best Place to People-Watch Minnesota State Fair

Best Place to Play Boot Hockey Pearl Park

Best Place to Shoot Pool Jimmy's Pro Billiards

Best Place to Sled Columbia Golf Course

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests Stillwater

Best Place to Warm Up When It's Cold Outside Sea Life Aquarium Minnesota

Best Public Park South Valley Park

Best Sign of Spring Sven Sundgaard's deltoids

Best Sports Highlight The All-Hockey Hair Team

Best Sports Radio Personality Paul Allen

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Sports Writer Aaron Gleeman

Best Timberwolves Player Karl-Anthony Towns

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen

Best Twins Player Miguel Sano

Best Vikings Player Harrison Smith

Best Weekend Getaway Duluth

Best Wild Player Charlie Coyle