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home : sports April 15, 2014 


Skippers pick up where they left off, start season 2-1
While many high school baseball teams have yet to play a regular season game this spring, the Minnetonka Skippers were fortunate enough to get three games in last week, thanks in part to the artificial turf on Veterans Field that allowed school officials to easily clear snow away.

"We're also fortunate to have the dome over our football field so we were able to practice there while the weather was bad," Skippers senior shortstop Luke Pettersen said.

Pettersen, who will follow in his older brother A.J.'s footsteps and play baseball at the University of Minnesota next year, headlines a group of 17 seniors on Minnetonka's roster this year.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Area teams back on the track
The Orono and Blake track and field teams got a chance to see how they stack up against quality competition for the first time this spring when they competed in the Lakeville North Mega Meet on Saturday, April 12.

The Orono girls' team took first place in two events and finished in 10th place out of 15 teams.

Senior Stephanie Knight dominated the field in the 800 meters as her time of 2 minutes and 19.89 seconds gave her a winning margin of more than five seconds.


Monday, April 14, 2014
Weather permitting, spring sports to start this week
Spring sport athletes have been patiently waiting over the last several weeks for Mother Nature to decide if winter is indeed over.

With warmer temperatures and not much precipitation in the forecast this week, teams should be able to get out on the field for their first regular season games. Here is a tentative schedule of events this week:



Tuesday, April 8

• The defending state champion Wayzata boys' tennis team will open its regular season at home against Shakopee at 4 p.m.


Monday, April 7, 2014
Long Lake Rowing Crew sets up shop at new location
At the April 1 Long Lake city council meeting, the city approved the Long Lake Rowing Crew's application for an Interim Use Permit to use the Old Billy's Lighthouse parking lot for boat storage and launch. The rowing crew will bring some new life and vitality to a vacant space.

"We are appreciative of the support we have received from the city of Long Lake Planning Commission, the city council and the members of this community as we build this rowing club into a community asset that promotes health, competition, environmentally friendly lake activity and fun and friendship for people of all ages," said LLRCrew board member Mimi Bendickson.

Monday, April 7, 2014
Minnetonka's Nelson inducted into hall of fame
Minnetonka head football coach Dave Nelson has built himself an impressive resume over the past three and a half decades. That resume includes 235 career wins, two state championships with two different schools, and 36 years of mentoring young men on and off the football field.

Nelson will now have to make room for one more bullet point on his resume after he was inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 29.

Nelson was part of a seven-member class that included Eden Prairie's Mike Grant, Eagan's Dave Fritze, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown's Jon Bakken, Anoka and Irondale's Tom Idstrom, St. Louis Park alumnus and current head coach of the Chicago Bears Marc Trestman and Lakeville South's Larry Thompson.

Monday, March 31, 2014
Area alumni going to Final Four and Frozen Four
The Wisconsin Badgers are one of four basketball teams who will be traveling to Texas this week for the NCAA Final Four and that means two alumni from Lake Minnetonka communities will also be there.

Orono graduate Jordan Smith and Minnetonka graduate Riley Dearring are both members of the Badgers this year.

Smith, who is Orono's all-time leading scorer with 2,518 points, is a junior who is taking a redshirt season this year after appearing in 17 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons.


Monday, March 31, 2014
Area alumni make their marks in college athletics
Alumni from Lake Minnetonka area high schools made a significant impact on college athletic teams across the country. Here is an update on how some area alumni performed this winter season.



Minnetonka alumni

Paige Baldwin played in all 29 games this season as a junior forward for the University of St. Thomas women's hockey team. Baldwin led the Tommies in scoring with 11 goals and 8 assists as the Tommies went 20-6-3 and advanced to the Division III National Tournament.

Laura Bowman played in 36 games as a freshman forward for the Penn State women's hockey team. Bowman finished the year as the team's second leading scorer with 10 goals and six assists.

Hadley Cookson played in 27 games this year as a sophomore forward for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women's hockey team. Cookson led the Blugolds in scoring this year with five goals and six assists.

Riley Dearring was redshirted this year by the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team.
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Monday, March 24, 2014
Spartans finish fourth place at state tournament
Every basketball team in the state starts the season with a goal of finishing the season by playing three games at the state tournament and that's what the Orono boys' basketball was able to accomplish.

The Spartans won their quarterfinal game against Marshall at Williams Arena last week, but fell to DeLaSalle and Holy Family Catholic in their next two games to finish with the fourth-place trophy.

The Spartans opened the tournament with a strong performance as they led from start to finish against Marshall and held on for a 77-72 victory.

Monday, March 17, 2014
Area girls teams fall at sections
After the top-seeded Hopkins Royals were upset by the Eden Prairie Eagles in the section semifinals, the road to the state tournament appeared to be paved for the Minnetonka girls' basketball team.

The Skippers had beaten the Eagles in their two Lake Conference meetings and were coming off an impressive 26-point victory over Edina in the semifinals.

But poor shooting plagued the Skippers, particularly in the first half when the Eagles jumped out to a 21-7 lead.

Nerves appeared to get the best of the Skippers early on as they made only one of their first 21 shots from the field.

Monday, March 17, 2014
Spartans drop two in state tournament bid
When the Class A boys hockey state tournament brackets were released, it looked to be a tough draw for the Orono Spartans.

Fresh off a major upset over the Breck Mustangs in the section championship game, the Spartans were forced to face the No. 1-seed East Grand Forks in the quarterfinal round.

The Green Wave, who went on to win the state championship, took a 3-0 lead in the first period and then put the game away with a pair of goals in the third period for a 5-1 win.

"Our guys tried, it was just a good hockey team that we played," Spartans head coach Kasey Yoder said. "They know how to play the game. It's a good eye opener for us as to where we hope to get at some point."


Monday, March 10, 2014
Orono basketball teams continue postseason runs
March Madness has commenced and basketball fans in Orono are enjoying the success of both their boys' and girls' basketball teams this spring.

With a 56-41 victory over Delano on Thursday, March 6, the boys' team punched its ticket to the Class 3A state tournament this week.

With an 83-66 over Delano on Saturday, March 8, the girls' team advanced to this week's section championship game.


Monday, March 10, 2014
Fredrickson powers Skippers to section finals
Monday, March 10, 2014
Spartans upset top-ranked Breck
Between 2002 and 2007, the Orono boys' hockey team advanced to the state tournament five times and even finished as the Class A state runner-up in 2004. The past six years haven't been quite as kind to the Spartans as they failed to reach the state tournament between 2008 and 2013.

That streak is now over after the Spartans upset the top-seeded Breck Mustangs 2-1 in the Section 2A championship game at Parade Ice Garden on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Senior Jacob Flemmer scored the game-winning goal for the Spartans, but junior goaltender Jon Flakne was the big story.

Monday, March 3, 2014
Trojans win state swimming championship
With eight events in the books and only four remaining, the Wayzata boys' swimming and diving team held a slim 13-point lead over East Ridge at the Class 2A state swimming and diving meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Saturday, March 1.

With strong performances in two relay events and strong swims by senior Christopher Carlstrom in the 100-yard backstroke and senior Kevin Stowe in the 100-yard breaststroke, the Trojans were able to hold off the Raptors to capture the school's first boys' swimming and diving state title.

The Trojans picked up 26 crucial points when Stowe, senior Miles Tracey, junior Greg Arnold and sophomore Isaiah Pihlstrom combined to take sixth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the ninth event of the night.

Monday, March 3, 2014
Area wrestlers struggle at state
Monday, March 3, 2014


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