Sun Patriot http://sunpatriot.com The Waconia Patriot, Carver County News and Norwood Young America Times Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:44:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wildcats push through busy stretch http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/wildcats-push-through-busy-stretch/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/wildcats-push-through-busy-stretch/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:44:10 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47631 Sophomore Taylor Wolf pushes the ball above Delano defenders during the Oct. 9 match up. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

Sophomore Taylor Wolf pushes the ball above Delano defenders during the Oct. 9 match up. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

The Waconia volleyball team continued to pound away at its schedule, playing seven matches in five days. The Wildcats went 2-5 during this busy stretch, leaving them with a 15-12 record with only one match remaining in the regular season.

Waconia vs. Wayzata

Waconia started the week with a home loss on Oct. 7, falling 3-0 to Wayzata. The Wildcats lost 32-30, 25-22 and 25-15. Two seniors upped their game defensively, as Jessica Wolf and Jenna VanDeVelde had 11 and nine digs respectively.

“Jenna brought her defensive game to the court this week and it really helped our back row,” said coach Jim Lee. “Jessica Wolf also stepped up on the defensive end as her reading ability rose steadily throughout the week.”

Danielle Pioske tied Wolf in digs, as the freshman also tallied 11. Wolf also led the team in kills with 24, while junior Mikayla Williams was just shy of double digits with nine kills.

Senior Anna Schmitt continued to add to her school-record assist total, racking up 34 in the loss.

Waconia vs. Delano

The Wildcats then hosted conference foe Delano on Oct. 9, losing 3-1. The Wildcats won the first set 25-23, but dropped the next three sets 25-21, 25-17 and 15-11.

The match was closely contested, and Waconia got a strong performance from senior Maddy Lage, who had six kills and five aces.

“Maddy Lage stepped her game at the service line as well as the at the net,” said Lee. “A nice match between two quality opponents who know each other well.”

Wolf again led the Wildcats in digs and kills. The senior had 14 kills and 19 digs, while sophomore Taylor Wolf also had double-digits in both categories, with 11 kills and 11 digs.

Schmitt was close behind the two Wolfs in kills, tallying eight on the night. Pioske had another strong night defensively, recording 15 digs. VanDeVelde also had strong dig numbers, with seven in the loss.

Junior Maddy Stangret was another top performer serving the ball, as she served up three aces.

Waconia vs. Rogers

After a pair of losses, the Wildcats rebounded with a 2-0 win against Rogers in the first round of the Midwest Fall Classic tournament at St. Michael Albertville on Oct. 10. The Wildcats won 25-15, 25-20.

Lexi Kretch stepped up for the Wildcats, making the most of her time with six digs.

“Lexi Kretch took advantage of her on-court opportunities and assisted the team with her ball control,” said Lee.

Schmitt led the team in assists with 23, Taylor Wolf had a team-high three blocks and Jessica Wolf tallied 13 kills and 10 digs.

Waconia vs. Minnetonka

The Wildcats then got their second win of the day with a 2-0 victory over Minnetonka. Waconia won the sets with a pair of close scores, 25-22 and 25-23.

“A nice win against a quality opponent where the girls’ energy level in clutch situations secured the win,” said Lee.

Pioske led the team in digs with 11, and Schmitt led the team with 20 assists.

Jessica Wolf and Taylor Wolf each had three blocks, while Jessica Wolf had a team-high nine kills. Williams added seven kills in the win.

Oct. 11 action

After a strong start to the tournament, the Wildcats had a rough Saturday, dropping three games to take eighth place out of 32 teams. Waconia started with a 2-1 loss to Rosemount, followed by a 2-0 loss to Totino-Grace and finished with a 2-0 loss to St. Michael Albertville.

“[We] didn’t end the tournament on the same energy level as we began it,” said Lee.

Jessica Wolf led the Wildcats in kills in the final three games, and was named to the All-Tournament team.

Contact James Stitt at james.stitt@ecm-inc.com

 
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Crusaders earn first win of the year http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/crusaders-earn-first-win-of-the-year/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/crusaders-earn-first-win-of-the-year/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:42:49 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47629 Senior tight end Taylor Otterstatter eludes a defender as he goes into score on an 8-yard reception. Otterstatter had four catches on the day for 63 yards and a pair of scores. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

Senior tight end Taylor Otterstatter eludes a defender as he goes into score on an 8-yard reception. Otterstatter had four catches on the day for 63 yards and a pair of scores. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

The Mayer Lutheran football team got its first win of the year, getting a big day from senior tight end Taylor Otterstatter, as well as a big stop from their defense late in the game, to defeat Sibley East 19-16 at home on Oct. 10.

“This was a very close game,” said coach Dean Aurich. “We lost a couple of key turnovers that cost us field position and put them in the drivers seat. The good news is our [defense] made the game-winning stop at the end of the game when it counted.”

The Crusaders looked poised to win the game early, but a few costly turnovers kept Sibley East in the game.

After a three-and-out by Sibley East to start the game, the Crusaders methodically drove down the field, capping off the 50-yard drive with an 8 yard touchdown pass. Junior Jack Chmielewski rolled out and found Taylor Otterstatter, who broke a tackle and ran in for the score. On the point after attempt, a miscue on the snap forced holder Chmielewski to convert the attempt on the ground, as he sprinted to the corner for two points.

Leading 8-0, the Crusaders seemed to be in good position. The defense made another stop, and a pair of big plays put the Crusaders into opposing territory, but a fumble set up Sibley East inside the Mayer Lutheran 30 yard line. The Wolverines capitalized a few plays later, scoring and converting the two-point try to tie the game at 8-8.

The Crusaders looked to respond, and drove into the red zone, utilizing a trick play that had senior running back Andrew Wolf taking a hand-off before throwing the ball to Chmielewski. But the Crusaders failed to score, as Sibley East intercepted a pass, ending the drive. The two teams remained tied at halftime.

Sibley East opened the half with a scoring drive, giving the Wolverines a 16-8 lead. The Crusaders answered later in the quarter with another touchdown catch for Otterstatter. Otterstatter finished the day with four catches, 63 yards and two scores. Chmielewski was six of 10 passing for 77 yards and the two touchdowns.

A 27-yard field goal by junior Charlie Menke put the Crusaders up 19-16 early in the fourth quarter, and the defense kept Sibley East from scoring, as Mayer Lutheran earned its first win of the season.

The Crusaders have had to deal with a rash of injuries, but they are getting healthy as they prepare to host Le Sueur-Henderson in the season finale on Oct. 15.

“We do get back several athletes for our final game of the regular season this Wednesday,” said Aurich. “It should be another very close game. We are very young and so are they. We will need to eliminate turnovers and stop their spread offense to be successful.”

Contact James Stitt at james.stitt@ecm-inc.com

 
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Wildcats fall just shy of a win in 13-7 loss http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/wildcats-fall-just-shy-of-a-win-in-13-7-loss/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/wildcats-fall-just-shy-of-a-win-in-13-7-loss/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:40:24 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47626 With three minutes remaining, the Waconia football team had a chance to take the lead over visiting New Prague, but the Wildcats’ attempt to convert on a fourth-and-seven failed. After a couple of plays and a controversial call, the Trojans ran the clock out to beat the Wildcats 13-7 in Waconia on Oct. 10.

“We just had a lot of missed opportunities,” said coach Sam Baker.

The Wildcats were able to move the ball fairly well, but were unable to get in the end zone when it mattered. For the second week in a row, Waconia had trouble scoring after averaging 35 points a game in the four games prior.

“The running joke I tell the guys is that the end zone has cooties,” Baker said of the scoring woes.

The Wildcats were without senior running back and workhorse Mason Hemze, who was sidelined with an ankle injury. Hemze has averaged 130 yards rushing this year, and though losing a runner like that is tough, other players have stepped up. Senior Nathan Glynn, who routinely lined up as a receiver, took over the role of running back and performed well. Glynn carried the ball 32 times for 94 yards in the loss.

The run game was matched with a solid pass attack, as senior quarterback Shannon Storley completing 21 of 32 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Senior receiver Nick Heenie was the favorite target, catching 11 passes for 102 yards.

Senior tight end Royce Marker caught the lone score for the Wildcats, hauling in a 15-yard touchdown catch.

Baker said that even with a pair of recent disappointing losses, the season has gone well, as the Wildcats have put themselves in position to win games. With one game remaining and a 4-3 record, Baker is pleased with the performance on the field, and said the team is moving in the right direction.

Waconia travels to Hutchinson on Wednesday for the season finale.

Contact James Stitt at james.stitt@ecm-inc.com

 
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Wildcats best season ends http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/wildcats-best-season-ends/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/wildcats-best-season-ends/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:39:25 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47623 Junior Megan Kirsch looks to get by a Providence Academy during the playoff game on Oct. 9. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

Junior Megan Kirsch looks to get by a Providence Academy during the playoff game on Oct. 9. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

The Waconia girls soccer team entered the playoffs on a high, with the best regular season finish the program has had. The Wildcats earned their first ever first round bye in the Section 6A tournament, but the dream season was not to continue as the No. 3 seed Wildcats lost to visiting No. 6 seed Providence Academy 2-0 on Oct. 9.

“It’s a disappointing loss,” said coach Mike Bruggemann. “But at the same time, it’s the best season the girls have had.”

The Wildcats team went into the section tournament with a strong resume. The senior class had played together for many years, and the underclassmen stepped up into big roles as well.

The girls had only three losses all year, and were one of the highest-scoring teams in the state, and had yet to be shut out. The Wildcats were poised to do some damage in the playoffs, but anything can happen, and Waconia was ousted in the second round.

The Lions jumped ahead in the first half, taking a 1-0 lead. Waconia tried to answer late in the half, battling for every ball and hustling down the field.

Junior Taylor LeMasters put a shot on net after speeding down the sideline, but the shot was saved.

The Wildcats got another chance as junior Megan Kirsch fought for the ball inside, and got the ball outside to junior Jaidyn Zapf. Zapf was then taken down by a Lion defender, earning Waconia a free kick. The cross inside ended up on the ground, but after a few tense moments, the Providence Academy cleared the ball.

Waconia didn’t let the deficit keep them down, and they came out of the break firing. Only 20 seconds into the second half, Zapf eluded several defenders and took a shot at the top of the box, but it sailed just high.

The Wildcats got another great chance when a long ball to Kirsch got past the goalkeeper, but the keeper recovered and pounced on the ball.

Senior Emily Zempel came off the bench in the middle of the half and tested the keeper with a pair of shots, but came away empty.

With seven minutes left, the Lions put the game away with a goal coming off of a free kick.

The Wildcats came into the game a bit dinged up, with several players dealing with injuries. In a physical game, the Wildcats hoped they could tire their opponents, but the Lions never tired.

“We thought they would get tired,” said Bruggemann. “Congratulations to them, they didn’t slow down.”

The Lions also played well with the lead, frustrating the attack of the Wildcats. Waconia was often stuck in the midfield, as the Providence Academy defense was able to clear the ball effectively, time after time.

“They did a good job disrupting our play and getting it out of their end,” said Bruggemann.

Even with the loss, Bruggemann said the Wildcats can hold their heads high.

“It’s a disappointing end to the best season we’ve had,” Bruggemann said.

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WHS season ends with close loss http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/whs-season-ends-with-close-loss/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/whs-season-ends-with-close-loss/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:38:12 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47621 Junior Nate Emerson pushes the ball up the field late in the game against Providence Academy. The Wildcats got a late goal, but could not complete the comback. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

Junior Nate Emerson pushes the ball up the field late in the game against Providence Academy. The Wildcats got a late goal, but could not complete the comback. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

After a tough, injury-filled year, the Waconia boys soccer team’s season came to an end on Oct. 7, as the No. 10 seed Wildcats lost 2-1 to No. 7 seed Providence Academy.

“They worked hard,” Waconia coach Tyrel Seim said of his team. “We just didn’t get a lot of bounces and had a lot of injuries.”

The game was a windy one, and Seim said the Wildcats needed to take advantage when the wind was at their back. But Waconia was unable to score in the first half with the wind behind them.

Providence Academy scored twice in the second half, but Waconia responded with 12 minutes left with a goal by senior Anthony Shuster. The Wildcats continued to battle for the remainder of the game, but Providence Academy was able to sit back and clear the ball.

With five minutes left, Waconia earned a great chance to score when Shuster was taken down deep in Lions territory, but the Wildcats could not take advantage of the free kick.

The aggressiveness of Waconia led to several set pieces, but the conservative defense of Providence Academy kept clearing the ball.

With one minute left, the Wildcats gave it everything they had, and earned a deep throw-in and a pair of corner kicks. But the defense of Providence Academy held, clearing the chances. The Waconia players lost, but they held nothing back.

“I appreciated the effort of theses guys,” said Seim. “They play to the end.”

Waconia finished the year with a 5-11-1 record, but they gelled as the season wore on.

“They improved all year,” said Seim. “That’s all you can ask for.”

Contact James Stitt at james.stitt@ecm-inc.com

 
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Crusader girls fall in first round of sections http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/crusader-girls-fall-in-first-round-of-sections/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/crusader-girls-fall-in-first-round-of-sections/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:36:46 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47617 Senior Belle Flucas runs to the ball against Holy Family. Flucas came off the bench and provided a spark, firing two shots soon after entering the game. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

Senior Belle Flucas runs to the ball against Holy Family. Flucas came off the bench and provided a spark, firing two shots soon after entering the game. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

The Mayer Lutheran girls soccer team’s season came to an end on Oct. 7, as they lost 7-0 to Holy Family Catholic in the first round of the Section 6A tournament.

The No. 5 seeded Fire got off to a hot start, taking a 4-0 lead at halftime. The No. 12 seeded Crusaders were unable to make a comeback in the second half, but they kept battling.

Mayer Lutheran was locked down in the midfield, and was unable to get the ball to their playmakers in the attacking zone. Several attempts to play the long ball to sophomore goal-scorer Kenzie Boozikee were stopped by the back line of the Fire. The Crusaders kept trying to get the ball to Boozikee, but were turned away by a stellar defense.

The Crusaders got a bit of a lift from senior forward Belle Flucas, who made a quick impact after being subbed in late in the game. Boozikee quickly found Flucas in the middle, and she took the ball inside, but her shot attempt went just wide. Several moments later, Flucas had another attempt, but this time the shot was saved.

The Fire got a big game from their senior attacker Kendall Thompson, who had three goals and an assist.

The loss eliminated the Crusaders from the playoffs, and they finished the year with a 4-10-1 record.

Contact James Stitt at james.stitt@ecm-inc.com

 
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Crusaders drop a pair of close games http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/47614/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/47614/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:35:11 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47614 Sophomore Rachel Roepke spikes the ball past a Hutchinson defender in the Sept. 29 match. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

Sophomore Rachel Roepke spikes the ball past a Hutchinson defender in the Sept. 29 match. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

The Mayer Lutheran volleyball team lost a pair of road games this past week, falling 3-1 to Glencoe-Silver Lake on Oct. 6 and 3-2 to Jordan on Oct. 9.

LHS vs. Glencoe

The Crusaders lost to Glencoe-Silver Lake on Monday, losing the first set 25-21 and winning the second set 25-23 before dropping the third and fourth sets 25-22 and 25-19.

“The Crusaders seemed to be just a step behind the quick-footed Glencoe team tonight,” said coach Joelle Grimsley. “We fought hard and once again played some great volleyball. The sets were all very close and long rallies were happening all night. We made several errors – which led to Glencoe capitalizing on them. We had many highlights and now it is just a matter of keeping that level of intensity up all night and keeping our errors down.”

Junior Kalie Winter had a team-high 21 assists, while freshman Maddy Hucky was right behind her with 16. Hucky also tallied nine kills, which was second to senior Maria Kuntz, who had 12. Freshman Sophie Heuer had eight kills, sophomore Rachel Roepke had seven, junior Maddy Miller had four and freshman Madi Beck had three. Miller and Heuer led the way in digs, with 13 and 11 respectively.

LHS vs. Jordan

Mayer Lutheran fell to Jordan with a 3-2 road loss last Thursday. The teams alternated set wins, with Jordan winning the first, third and fifth set by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 15-8. The Crusaders took set two 27-25 and set four 25-23. Even though her team lost, Grimsley said the play was excellent.

“It was very exciting to see the Crusaders come out and play great volleyball tonight,” said Grimsley. “We always talk about playing your best and tonight we were starting to feel like we were getting closer to playing the high level of volleyball we know we can.”

In the first set, there were not many rallies and Jordan did not make many errors, Grimsley said.

“The score showed 14 but I felt we played much better than what the score showed,” said Grimsley. “In set two we adjusted a few things and picked up our defense in the back row and up at the net.”

Kuntz led the team with eight stuff blocks as Beck, Roepke and Heuer each added two.

“This was by far our best blocking night of the season,” said Grimsley.

The offense was also able to pick up its tempo as Roepke led the team in kills with 13.

“It was fun to see the girls coming together,” said Grimsley. “In the third set we went back and forth and just did not finish as strong as we would like. In set four, we talked a lot about getting that intensity level back to where it needed to be to win the set.”

The Crusaders were down 21-17 in the fourth set and began their rally. The Crusaders still trailed 23-21, but rallied and ended with a kill by Kuntz. Though they took the fourth set, they could not keep the momentum.

“In set number five we were not able to keep it going,” said Grimsley. “[We] started down 5-1 as Jordan had three stuff blocks on us. I was very proud of the girls tonight and look forward to working hard and continuing to get better each day.”

Contact James Stitt at james.stitt@ecm-inc.com

 
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Waconia runners have strong showing at conference meet http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/waconia-runners-have-strong-showing-at-conference-meet/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/waconia-runners-have-strong-showing-at-conference-meet/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:31:55 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47612 Above, the Waconia girls cross country team sprints out to start the Oct. 9 race at Crown College. Below right, senior Taylor Kray duns his last home meet as a Wildcat. (Patriot photos by James Stitt)

Above, the Waconia girls cross country team sprints out to start the Oct. 9 race at Crown College. Below right, senior Taylor Kray duns his last home meet as a Wildcat. (Patriot photos by James Stitt)

The Waconia cross country team hosted the Wright County Conference East Division Championships at Crown College on Oct. 9 and blew the competition out of the water.

“My theme for the team for the day was ‘we got work to do,’” said coach Christian Gilbert. “Every kid on our team came to run, and ran hard. It was an unreal show of power for Waconia cross country. Everyone from our 5 minute milers to our 8 minute milers ran their hearts out. They do it for their team. Too many [personal records] to mention them all. Our program is going in the right direction.”

Four Wildcat runners were named All-Conference at the meet – junior Alex Carrabre, junior Carissa Dock, senior Alora Rands and seventh grader Mallory Vacek. There were also five runners that were honorable mentions: eighth grader Kal McDonough, sophomore Jack Kappel, eighth grader Grace Zieske, seventh grader Shea McCabe, and eighth grader Madison Denzer.

The Wildcats held the top spot at the conference meet, with five of the Waconia teams taking first place. The girls varsity, junior varsity and junior high teams all were first, as were the boys junior varsity and junior high teams. The boys varsity team took fourth.

WHS CC BThe Wildcats said they enjoyed the meet, as the weather was nice and the competition was great.

“There was good competition,” said Dock.

“It was a lot more competition,” added senior Taylor Kray. “[It was] not as spread out as usual.”

Dock and Kray said that it was nice to compete at their home course, as the fans turned out to cheer them on and they knew the course well.

“We know every bend,” said Dock.

Dock led the girls with a third place finish, finishing with a time of 15:31. Right behind Dock was seventh-grader Mallory Vacek in eighth place (15:54.6) and senior Alora Rands (16:08.8).

Rounding out the girls squad was seventh grader Shea McCabe in 14th (16:52.6), eighth grader Madison Denzer in 15th (16:54.4), eighth grader Grace Ziekse in 17th (16:56.7) and freshman Savannah Drey in 20th (17:03.7).

Junior Alex Carrabre broke his school record time in the 5K race, finishing with a time of 16:10.0, earning him second place.

Following Carrabre was eighth grader Kal McDonough in 16th (17:21.7), sophomore Jack Kappel in 20th (17:32.8), junior Parker Roehl in 24th (17:41.3), sophomore Zach Hennen in 28th (18:03.8), senior Taylor Kray in 30th (18:17.5), and senior Jacob Tereau in 33rd (18:23.4).

The race was the last home meet for Kray, and he said it was a great race to end on. He said it has been amazing to see the program grow since he joined four years ago.

“It’s been a huge difference this year,” said Kray. “It’s great to see the progress.”

Contact James Stitt at james.stitt@ecm-inc.com

 
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Wildcats defeat New Prague, compete against conference foes http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/wildcats-defeat-new-prague-compete-against-conference-foes/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/wildcats-defeat-new-prague-compete-against-conference-foes/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:30:07 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47610 The Wildcats traveled to take on New Prague on Oct. 9, and defeated the Trojans 121-55. The Waconia swimmers showed off their versatility in the meet, and performed well.

“[It was a] very fun meet,” said coach Amy Howard. “The girls swam up to their potential and I had put a lot of girls in different events once again.”

In the 100-yard butterfly, the Wildcats swimmers competing in the event don’t normally partake in this race, but they took the top spots nonetheless.

“One of my favorite races was the 100 butterfly, where we went first third and fourth,” said Howard. “None of the girls I put into that race swim the butterfly on a consistent basis and man, did they move. I was so excited for that win because I have been teaching the girls to think of ‘swimming through the wall’ and not ‘TO the wall’. All three came on very strong and seventh-grader [Claire] Eder came from behind on the last length to win the race. Totally unexpected. It showed true determination and bravery.”

Eder took first place with a time of 1 minutes, 8.59 seconds, while eighth-grader Payton Grengs took third (1:16.69) and freshman Faith Pawelk took fourth (1:20.20).

The Wildcats also performed well in the relays, taking first place in three of them.

In the 200 medley, junior Carolyn Schmieg, senior Taylor Beynon, senior McKinna Kahl and senior Harley Ruiz took first with a time of 2:04.18. In the 200 freestyle, the team of Grengs, freshman Karissa Ohlsen, eighth-grader Kaitlyn Kray and eighth-grader Annika Gensmer took first with a finish of 1:54.51.

Then, in the 400 freestyle, the Wildcats took the top two spots. The team of Beynon, Kahl, sophomore Emma Lohman and freshman Megan Schuler took first with a time of 4:10.77. The team of  Ruiz, Eder, seventh-grader Brooke Freeman and eighth-grader Anneli Paulson took second with a time of 4:12.63

The Wildcats also excelled in the individual events.

Waconia took the top three spots in the 100 backstroke, as Beynon was first (1:06.15), Kahl was second (1:07.93) and Schuler was third (1:17.65).

The Wildcats also finished 1-2-3 in the 200 IM. Paulson took the top spot (2:26.87), followed by Kahl (2:28.08) and Ruiz (2:35.36).

Waconia also locked down the top two spots in three other races. In the 200 freestyle, Beynon finished first (2:09.49) and Ohlsen was second (2:15.22). In the 500 freestyle, eighth-grader Andrea Voelker was first (6:09.34) and Pawelk was second (6:12.56). Then in the 100 breaststroke, Ruiz was first (1:17.86) and Ohlsen was second (1:18.6).

In the 100 freestyle, Paulson took the top spot for the Wildcats with a time of 1:00.07.

For the divers, they faced stiff competition against a state diver in New Prague senior Britin Thomsen. Thomsen won the event, but the Wildcats competed well.

“New Prague has a large diving team with one incredibly strong state diver,” said Howard. “I was proud of our divers because they didn’t back down from her or get intimidated.”

Freshman Ashley Basile was second with 153.15 points, freshman Abby Larsen was fifth with 119.45 points and seventh-grader Mariela Bruhn was sixth with 91.05 points.

True Team meet

The Wildcats then competed at the Section 3a True Team Championship on Oct. 11, taking fourth place.

“Section True Team is a new meet for us,” said Howard. “The idea is to show the strength as a whole team in light of the entire section we are in. Each person who races scores points no matter how far down the line up they are. This is a hard meet for me because I like the high level of competition but I don’t like revealing my strongest line up to our competitors before the season culminating meets.”

Hutchinson finished first with 1356.5 points, followed by Dassel-Cokato (1178.5), Orono (1103), Waconia (1056.5), Willmar (952.5), Delano (867), Marshall (708.5) and Montevideo (597.5).

“Overall, we took fourth, which was a good spot for us,” said Howad. “The four strongest teams in our conference are also in our section and that is exactly how the results came out.”

The versatility and depth of the Wildcats shone through at the meet.

“We were the only team that always had two relays on the top-right award podium every single time,” said Howard. “Everyone else could only get one into the top eight. That was a very nice show of strength for our team.”

Contact James Stitt at james.stitt@ecm-inc.com

 
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Crusader runners named All-Conference Honorable Mention http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/crusader-runners-named-all-conference-honorable-mention/ http://sunpatriot.com/2014/10/17/crusader-runners-named-all-conference-honorable-mention/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:27:58 +0000 http://sunpatriot.com/?p=47606 Freshman Emily Berry earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention at the conference meet on Oct. 9. (Staff photo by Christopher Officer)

Freshman Emily Berry earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention at the conference meet on Oct. 9. (Staff photo by Christopher Officer)

The Mayer Lutheran/Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity cross country team traveled to Watertown-Mayer on Oct. 9 to compete in the Minnesota River Conference meet. The girls finished sixth and the boys finished eighth, with All-Conference Honorable mentions going to junior Ben Quiram and freshman Emily Berry.

The Crusaders continued to lower their times, as several posted season best times.

“Another perfect day for running with cool conditions, minimal breeze and good competition,” said coach Rob Weber. “After having 13 of our 17 runners race to season best times last week, we were not expecting another fast race, yet seven runners built on last week performance to lower their season best time even more.”

Berry finished 15th with a time of 17:13. Freshman Ellen Guggemos lowered her season best time, this time by almost half a minute to finish 34th with a time of 18:36. Seventh grader Lily Dietrich, finishing almost two minutes faster than last week, took 38th in a season best time of 18:57.

Junior Whytnee Aurich was 41st with a season best time of 19:42. Freshman Clara Leverich almost matched her best time of the season and finished 44th in 20:17. Freshman Grace Dietrich ran a season best time to finish 45th in 21:20. Junior Harley Hentges finished 49th with a time of 24:34.

Jessica Peterson almost equaled last week’s best time with 26:51 to finish 38th in the junior varsity race.

The boys team finished eighth out of eight teams, even with four boys under 20 minutes for 5K the first time this year. Quiram again paced the team, finishing 36th with a time of 19:15. Senior Wyatt Entinger was eight seconds back to finish 38th.

Sophomore Parker Esterberg ran his season best time, 19:56, to finish 44th. Senior Jacob Roth finished 45th with his season best time of 19:59. Sophomore Todd Johnson finished 51st in 20:33. Finishing in 21:43 and place 54 was freshman Andrew Jackson. Sophomore Gareth Holland finished 55th in 21:50.

In the boys junior varsity race, junior Travis Bayerl ran 22:09 to finish 57th.

The next race for the Crusaders is the section meet at Milaca Golf Course on Thursday, Oct 23.

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