Sports 3-14-13 youth sports highlights Published March 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm The WBA fourth grade “Purple” boys’ basketball team finished as runners up at the state tournament last weekend. Waconia defeated OMGBA, Champlin Park, and the Urban Stars before falling in the championship game to Chaska. The team includes, front row: Jack Olson, Cole Hedberg, Connor Behrens, and TJ Jensen; back row: Parker Dustin, Spencer Swanson, Ben Christians, and Grant Iverson. The team is coached by Chad Christians and David Behrens. The fifth grade boys’ basketball team won a Princeton tournament on Jan. 25. The team includes, front row: Sam McNulty, Blake Schuler, Collin Currier, and Graham Jaeger; second row: Alex Ebent, Jack Fritz, PJ Hayes, and Morgan Ryskoski; back row: coaches Shannon Currier and Kevin Brink. The sixth grade Waconia “Gold” WBA boys’ basketball team placed second in the MYAS state basketball tournament last weekend. Waconia defeated Jordan, Rochester Mayo, and St. Michael-Albertville, before losing the championship game 44-42 to Rochester SMA. The team incldues, front row: Ryan Frisinger, Derek Rolf, Connor Glynn, Madison Ryskoski, and Tommy Morgan; back row: coach Jim Sanborn, Reis Henriksen, Zach Myrvold, Brenden Karlson, Davis Kirsch, and coach Kevin Frisinger; not pictured: Andrew Helstrom. The Mayer Knights seventh grade boys’ basketball team took third place at the MYAS state tournament last weekend. The team also had several first and second place tournament wins throughout the seaosn. The team includes, front row: Branden Carlson, Colbey Woolhouse, Brock Hoese, Garrett Tjernagel, Brady Roepke, and Logan Herrmann; back row: Johnny Erdmann, Jimmy Switch, Nick Pallas, and Matthew Menth. The team is coached by Chris Thole and Troy Herrmann. Two local Waconia athletes competed in the 33rd annual USATF Minnesota Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 10 at the University of Minnesota. Waconia High School student Ben Hedtke, 14, competed in the intermediate division. He threw the 12 pound shot put for the first time in competition, placing first with a throw of 40 feet, one-half inch. Waconia Clearwater student Samantha Hedtke, 11, also won her shot put division, breaking the indoor state record for her age by over three feet, with a total toss of 29 feet 6.5 inches.