Sept. 6 youth sports highlights
Waconia’s MYSA U17 boys’ soccer team
The Waconia MYSA U17 boys’ soccer team was recently recognized as Outstanding Ambassadors of Teams Honoring Sportsmanship (OATHS). This is the first time the team has received such an award, while most members have been in the program for six years.
The OATHS is an “encouragement education program,” according to the MYSA website, that “distinguish athletes, coaches and fans for their dedication to good sportsmanship.”
All referees are asked to complete an evaluation of each team, coaches, and fans. Teams with the highest marks throughout the season are recognized as OATHS.
The team includes, front row: Charlie Spurbeck, Mitchell Zebell, Dan Butz, Ryan Christensen, Tyler Christensen, and Seth Krueger; back row: coach Jeremy Kaeding, Austin Hrudka, Kody Delange, James Nash, Billy Schultz, Ben Kullman, Brandon Gonzales, Alex Herman, and Nick Dirnberger; not pictured: Steven Diehl and Jacob Fettig.
Waconia’s U14 girls’ softball team
The Waconia U14 fastpitch softball team finished third at the NAFA Natonal Tournament on July 25-29. The Wildcats went 42-12-2 this season with two tournament wins, including the state title. The team includes, front row: Annie Christensen; Lexi Kretsch, Emily Anderson, Sarah Weisbecker, and Macy Muehlberg; back row: Aleah Jones, Hailey Broat, Hallie Koppi, Ellie Hukriede, Tatum Johnson, Madison Schochenmaier, Jessica Grengs, and Lindsey Samuelson. The team is coached by Joe Anderson, Mike Christensen, Lynn Johnson, and Dave Weisbecker.
Blake Schuler, age 10 of Waconia, carted his first hole-in-one at Island View Golf Course on Wednesday, Aug. 29 on hole 16 using a five iron.