Sun Patriot The Waconia Patriot, Carver County News and Norwood Young America Times Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:48:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pair of Wildcats run to state Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:48:41 +0000 Senior Alora Rands and junior Alex Carrabre are heading to state after their performance at the section meet. Pictured, from left, Rands, coach Christian Gilbert and Carrabre. (Submitted photo)

Senior Alora Rands and junior Alex Carrabre are heading to state after their performance at the section meet. Pictured, from left, Rands, coach Christian Gilbert and Carrabre. (Submitted photo)

Two Waconia cross country runners are headed to the state meet after both athletes qualified at the section meet in Hutchinson on Oct. 23. Junior Alex Carrabre is headed back for his second state appearance, while senior Alora Rands is making her first trip to state.

Rands said that going into the race, she considered the possibility of qualifying for state.

“I thought there was a chance, but I wasn’t positive,” said Rands.

The senior finished in 14th place with a final time of 15 minutes, 26.9 seconds, and now she is heading to state. Rands said it would be nice to record a personal best at state, but she is just happy to enjoy the course and the competition.

“I’m just going to have fun with it,” she said.

While Rands wasn’t sure she made it to state until she was told several minutes after the race, Carrabre knew as he was running down the final chute. Coach Christian Gilbert told Carrabre he was in 10th place, before he passed two runners down the final stretch to take eighth place.

Carrabre finished the race with a time of 16:31.5. Although he was hoping for a faster time, another trip to state sits pretty well with the junior.

“I was pretty pumped,” said Carrabre. “I was very excited.”

Carrabre said his goal for state is to run under 16 minutes. He said that in order to reach his goal, he needs to run his race, and not over-extend early. If Carrabre paces himself in the first mile, then picks it up, he should have a good finish.

As a team, the Wildcats improved upon their section performance from last year. The girls finished fourth, one place better than last year, while the boys placed 10th, four spots better.

“I’m very proud of our team,” said Rands.

Many of the girls finished the race in top spots against a tough field of runners. Seventh grader Mallory Vacek was 18th (15:40.2), eighth grader Madison Denzer was 32nd (16:02.2), seventh grader Shea McCabe was 35th (16:04.4), seventh grader Hayley Nielsen was 51st (16:35.9) and eighth grader Grace Zieske finished 57th (16:39.8).

Unfortunately for Waconia, not all went as planned on the day. Waconia’s number one girls runner, junior Carissa Dock, did not finish the event. Dock, who broke the third all-time 4K school record this season, got close to the finish line but was unable to complete the race due to medical reasons.

In the boys race, sophomore Jack Kappel was 52nd (18:03.6), eighth grader Kal McDonough was 60th (18:11.8), sophomore Zach Hennen was 74th (18:38.0), junior Parker Roehl was 76th (18:40.3), freshman Adam Ebent was 78th (18:42.6) and senior Taylor Kray was 96th (19:35.3).

Looking back on the season, the Wildcats are thrilled with the results. From top to bottom, the team improved greatly. Rands and Carrabre said that the team is young and has a lot of potential, and they should be a power in years to come. And with the season over for the Wildcats as a team, they look back on the year with pride.

“It was an amazing season for the cross country team,” said Rands.

“Definitely,” said Carrabre.

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Polars stop Crusaders in second round Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:47:16 +0000 Junior Luke McCarty recovers a muffed punt and runs to the end zone

Junior Luke McCarty recovers a muffed punt and runs to the end zone

After beating Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (BLHS) 26-6 in the first round of the Section 4A tournament on Oct. 21, the Mayer Lutheran football team faced off against the undefeated Minneapolis North Community Polars on Oct. 25. Although the Crusaders kept it close early, electric plays from the Polars’ quarterback could not be overcome, and Minneapolis North Community went on to win 58-22.

“North has a lot of talent,” said coach Dean Aurich. “Their quarterback really dominated the game and his athleticism was outstanding.”

In both games of the section tournament, the Crusaders got big plays from senior Taylor Otterstatter. The tight end hauled in five touchdown catches, and had 12 receptions for 175 yards in the pair of games.

Though Mayer Lutheran got big plays through the air, the win against BLHS was largely due to a strong rushing attack. Freshman running back Matt Menth was a workhorse in the win, carrying the ball 26 times and racking up 124 yards on the ground with one touchdown.

“We were able to establish a very effective running game against BLHS,” said Aurich.

Several other Crusader runners made an impact in the ground game as well. Senior Andrew Wolf had 42 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown, sophomore Brandon Jilek had 30 yards on six carries and junior Jack Chmielewski carried the ball seven times for 23 yards.

Senior Taylor Otterstatter looks to get open against the defense. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

Senior Taylor Otterstatter looks to get open against the defense. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

After beating the No. 4 seeded BLHS, the Crusaders then traveled to No. 1 Minneapolis North Community on Saturday.

“It was fun playing on their field on a beautiful Saturday afternoon,” said Aurich. “We kept it close in the first quarter, but North is very good and pulled away.”

After North opened the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion, the Crusader looked to respond. Facing a fourth down on the following drive, Mayer Lutheran caught the Polars off guard with a fake punt, gaining a first down and keeping the drive alive.

A strong run by Menth and couple of passes to Otterstatter put the Crusaders even with the Polars.

After a quarter of play, the two teams were still even, but then the Polars junior quarterback took over the game. Tyler Johnson was elusive, making defenders miss at every turn. On several occasions, the junior looked to be contained in the backfield, only to make a couple of cuts to break free for a big gain.

Though Johnson started to take over the game, big plays by Otterstatter and junior Luke McCarty kept the Crusaders within striking distance in the first half. McCarty gave the offense the ball back twice, first recovering a loose ball on a punt, then making a leaping interception.

Trailing 26-8 with two minutes remaining in the first half, Chmielewski made some great throws to put the Crusaders back within two scores. The junior quarterback started the drive with a bullet to junior receiver Karrington Boelke, who made a great grab. A few plays later, Chmielewski lobbed a ball deep to Otterstatter, who came down with the jump ball inside the 10 yard-line, despite the defender’s attempts to wrestle the ball away. Chmielewski then found Otterstatter on the next play for his second of three touchdowns on the afternoon. The late touchdown put the score at 26-14, but with 44 seconds left in the half, the Polars looked to respond.

Johnson picked up several big plays on the ground, leading the Polars on a scoring drive to end the half. Johnson, who rushed for more than 250 yards on the day, picked up big gains on the way to the end zone. The Polars took a 32-14 lead at half, before winning the game by a final score of 58-22.

The Crusaders season came to an end with the loss, and though they put on a strong showing in the playoffs, it is always tough when the season ends.

“It is always sad to say good bye to our seniors and the season,” said Aurich.

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Mayer Lutheran volleyball advances to section semifinals Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:45:03 +0000 The Crusaders huddle after scoring a point against North Lakes Academy. Mayer Lutheran went on to win the game 3-0.(Patriot photo by James Stitt)

The Crusaders huddle after scoring a point against North Lakes Academy. Mayer Lutheran went on to win the game 3-0.(Patriot photo by James Stitt)

The Mayer Lutheran volleyball team has moved on to the Section 4A semifinals, after a pair of 3-0 home victories versus North Lakes Academy on Oct. 22 and St. Agnes on Oct. 24.

LHS vs. North Lakes Academy

The Crusaders opened the section tournament with a win versus North Lakes Academy. Mayer Lutheran won in straight sets, 25-3, 25-3 and 25-13.

“Great overall start to the postseason play,” said coach Joelle Grimsley.

The Crusaders had 30 set assists in the win, with junior Kalie Winter leading the way at 18 and junior Rachel Zittergruen with eight.

Many Crusaders tallied multiple kills, showing off their depth and versatility. Senior Maria Kuntz led the team with 12, followed by freshman Maddy Hucky and sophomore Rachel Roepke who both had eight. Also racking up kills were junior Maddy Miller with four, freshman Sophie Heuer and junior Gabby Flatebo each with three, freshman Madi Beck with two and Zittergruen with one.

LHS vs. St. Agnes

The Crusaders then hosted St. Agnes, with Mayer Lutheran taking the game in straight sets, 25-11, 25-8 and 25-16.

Junior Rachel Zittergruen sets the ball during the 3-0 first round home win against North Lakes Academy. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

Junior Rachel Zittergruen sets the ball during the 3-0 first round home win against North Lakes Academy. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

“The Crusaders volleyball team came out and played at a high level with few errors tonight,” said Grimsley. “The girls are taking one set at a time and trying to stay consistent and play through errors and work hard.”

The Crusaders put up 35 kills on the night, with Kuntz again leading the team, this time with 13 kills. Roepke was second in kills with eight, followed by Hucky with five, Beck with four and Miller with three.

As a team, Mayer Lutheran racked up 22 digs. Senior Christina Erdmann had nine digs while Miller had four.

The Crusaders again put up solid assist numbers. Hucky led the team with 13, Winter had nine and Zittergruen had four. The win against St. Agnes pushed the Crusaders through to the semifinals, where they play No. 2 Heritage Christian Academy on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

“We look forward to our match on Tuesday and anything can happen on any given night,” said Grimsley.

The winner of the match moves on to the finals, facing off against the winner of the No. 1 New Life Academy of Woodbury and No. 4 Southwest Christian, with the championship taking place on Thursday, Oct. 30 in Bloomington.

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Wildcats go 1-1 in section tournament Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:43:16 +0000 Senior Maddy Lage jumps up to attack the ball against Mankato East on Oct. 22.

Senior Maddy Lage jumps up to attack the ball against Mankato East on Oct. 22.

The Waconia volleyball team opened up the Section 2AAA tournament with a 3-0 home victory over Mankato East on Oct. 22, but lost 3-0 on the road in the second round to a strong Delano team on Oct. 24. The loss ended the season for the Wildcats, who finished X-X overall on the year.

A wrap-up on the team will appear in a future edition of the Waconia Patriot.

WHS vs. Mankato East

The Wildcats opened the playoffs at home, hosting No. 11 Mankato East. Waconia won in straight sets, 25-13, 25-21 and 25-10. Waconia had a strong night serving the ball, which put pressure on Mankato East. The Wildcats also kept the outside attack from Mankato East in check.

“We contained their outside — which was key to the match — and our serving didn’t allow Mankato East to run a consistent offense,” said coach Jim Lee. “The girls served very effectively tonight.”

Senior Jessica Wolf had a strong overall night, leading the team with nine kills, while adding eight digs and three aces. Freshman Danielle Pioske played well defensively, recording a team-high 12 digs.

Sophomore Taylor Wolf digs the ball against Delano.

Sophomore Taylor Wolf digs the ball against Delano.

Sophomore Lexi Kretsch had a great night serving, tallying six aces. The sophomore also wracked up seven digs. Senior Anna Schmitt continued to put up strong numbers in the assist column with 28 assists in the first-round win. Junior Makayla Williams tallied seven kills, senior Jenna VanDeVelde had five and senior Maddy Lage had four. Sophomore Taylor Wolf made her presence known at the net, recording three blocks.

WHS vs. Delano

After defeating Mankato East, the Wildcats continued the postseason by traveling to No. 3 Delano on Oct. 24. The teams met once during the regular season, the result being a 3-2 loss for the host Wildcats on Oct. 9. In the rematch, the teams battled with long rallies but the Tigers ultimately secured a 3-0 victory (25-11, 25-19 and 25-17).

“Started out an electric match at 7-7, then Delano kept the pressure on and we didn’t fight back effectively enough,” said Lee. “Delano really played well with their blocking — they just didn’t give us any easy points and moved exceptionally well in the back row. Maddy Lage really upped her game tonight. We were trying to extend our season to get Lauren Brettingen back but couldn’t quite do it.”

Senior Anna Schmitt sets the ball for a teammate during the loss at Delano. (Patriot photos by James Stitt)

Senior Anna Schmitt sets the ball for a teammate during the loss at Delano. (Patriot photos by James Stitt)

Lage showed off her versatility tying Pioske with a team-high nine digs, while adding four kills and three blocks. Jessica Wolf again led the team in kills, recording 11 while also tallying eight digs. Williams had six kills, Schmitt had a team-high 23 assists and Kretsch added eight digs.

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Waconia comes up empty in red zone, loses at sections Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:40:10 +0000 Senior linebacker Joe Benson celebrates after a stop by the Waconia defense.

Senior linebacker Joe Benson celebrates after a stop by the Waconia defense.

The Waconia football team’s season came to an end on Oct. 21 as it lost 23-7 at Chaska in the first round of the Section 2AAAAA playoffs. The Wildcats lost the game, but not for lack of effort.

“The kids played really hard,” said coach Sam Baker. “We just couldn’t execute in the red zone.”

Though they only put up one touchdown, the Wildcats moved the ball well. But, as has been the case in the second half of the season, Waconia couldn’t punch the ball in once in scoring range.

On the opening drive, the Wildcats freshman punter Nolan Hoehn took the ball down the sideline for 32 yards on a fake punt, putting Waconia at Chaska’s 26 yard line. The drive would stall, and Waconia came away with no points.

Then trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, the Wildcats marched down the field courtesy of a big run by senior running back Mason Hemze and some great plays in the passing game. But on fourth and two from the Chaska 4 yard line, Waconia was stopped for a loss, and was again turned away without points.

Freshman punter Nolan Hoehn rushes 32 yards on a fake punt.

Freshman punter Nolan Hoehn rushes 32 yards on a fake punt.

Chaska then responded with a long drive, marching almost 90 yards. With time running out in the second quarter, the defense of Waconia held, forcing a field goal after Chaska put the ball inside the 10 yard line.

The defense had a tough task facing Chaska, but responded well. Juniors Connor Schultz and Derek Martin disrupted the backfield, each with two tackles for losses and three tackles. Sophomore Alex Logelin and senior Nick Heenie each had three tackles also, while tallying three assisted tackles as well.

With 1:26 left in the half, the Wildcats drove down the field, but their red zone woes continued. Waconia drove down the field, but Chaska intercepted the ball at the goal line to end the half.

Leading 10-0 at half, Chaska came out and put the Wildcats in a hole. On its opening drive, Chaska extended its lead to 17-0.

Waconia again drove down the field, but were turned away without any points.

Senior Nick Heenie looks up field after one of his 12 catches. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

Senior Nick Heenie looks up field after one of his 12 catches. (Patriot photo by James Stitt)

With the clock working against them, Waconia finally got the plays they needed. The defense forced a three and out, giving the offense great field position. Then senior quarterback Shannon Storley found his playmakers for big gains. Storley capped off the drive with a touchdown throw to senior Nathan Glynn. Storley tricked the defense with a pump fake, then lobbed the ball over the top to Glynn for the score. Storley finished the game with 222 yards and a touchdown, while completing 70 percent of his passes.

Waconia would then drive several more times into Chaska territory, but was unable to score again. The Wildcats fell 23-7.

Baker said that the team kept giving it their all, and though they lost, he heard nothing but compliments from the Chaska side.

Waconia finished the year 4-5, and a season recap will be in a future issue of the Waconia Patriot.

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Crusaders run at section championships Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:36:25 +0000 The Mayer Lutheran/Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity cross country team traveled to Milaca on Thursday, Oct. 23 to compete in the Section 5A Championships, with both teams finishing 17th. Though their season ended, seven Crusaders ran faster than the last meet at Milaca, with freshman Clara Leverich and sophomore Parker Esterberg, improving by more than 1 minute.

Representing the section for the boys are Mora and Glencoe-Silver Lake, who took first and second respectively. For the girls, Annandale and Mora were the top two teams.

Freshman Emily Berry was once again the top runner for the Crusaders, finishing in 56th place with a time of 17 minutes, 43.2 seconds.

The top finisher for the boys was junior Ben Quiram, who’s final time of 19:09.7 earned him 65th.

Finishing behind Quiram for the boys were senior Wyatt Entinger and Esterberg. Entinger was 82nd with a time of 19:45.0 and Esterberg was 85th with a time of 19:51.6.

Rounding out the boys squad was senior Jacob Roth in 115th place with a time of 21:47.7, sophomore Gareth Holland in 116th (22:10.7), junior Travis Bayerl in 118th (22:35.2) and freshman Andrew Jackson in 121st (22:50.9).

For the girls team, seventh grader Lilly Dietrich and Leverich finished under 20 minutes along with Berry. Dietrich finished with a time of 19:32.1, earning her 93rd place, while Leverich had a final time of 19:47.8, which earned her a 96th place finish.

Rounding out the girls squad was junior Whytnee Aurich in 101st place with a time of 20:07.6, followed by freshman Grace Dietrich in 109th (21:35.5), junior Harley Hentges in 112th (23:45.8) and Jessica Peterson in 113th (28:38.2).

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Waconia swimmers earn All-Conference honors Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:35:09 +0000 WHS SD Mariela BruhnTwo Wildcat swimmers were named All-Conference, while a trio was listed as honorable mentions, after the Waconia swimming and diving team traveled to the conference meet in Hutchinson on Oct. 25.

Senior Taylor Beynon and junior Carolyn Schmieg earned All-Conference honors for their performance at the meet, and senior McKinna Kahl, junior Anneli Paulson and seventh grader Claire Eder earned honorable mention honors.

As a team, Waconia finished fifth out of nine teams with 243.5 points. Hutchinson won the meet with 582 points, followed by Dassel-Cokato (435), Orono (362), Delano (258), Waconia (243.5), Mound Westonka/Holy Family (231.5), Watertown-Mayer (77), Litchfield (75) and New Prague (61).

“The girls swam amazingly well for having just come off of two weeks of super hard practices,” said coach Amy Howard.

In the individual events, Beynon took two top five spots. Beynon finished third in the 100-yard IM with a time of 2 minutes, 18.11 seconds, while also taking fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:31.10).

Schmieg finished in second place in the 100 backstroke, coming in with a time of 1:03.51.

In the 100 breaststroke, Eder finished seventh with a time of 1:13.98. Then in the 100 butterfly, Paulson took sixth place with a finish of 1:03.60. And in the 50 freestyle, Kahl finished seventh with a final time of 26.03.

The Wildcats also had a pair of top five finishes in the relay races.

In the 200 medley, the team of Beynon, Kahl, Paulson and Schmieg finished fifth with a time of 1:58.44. And in the 200 freestyle, Kahl , Schmieg, eighth grader Peyton Grengs and sophomore Emma Lohman finished fifth with a time of 1:48.48.

The All-Conference athletes were selected based on their finish at the conference meet, rather than their season-long performance, which some want changed.

“There are several coaches in this conference who are hoping for a reform in how we decide all-conference,” said Howard. “Right now, it is decided on this one meet and we think it should be a reflection of the whole season. Hopefully this can be altered soon.”

The Wildcats compete at the section tournament on Nov. 6 at Hutchinson.

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Central routs Zumbrota, 49-12 (VIDEO) Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:47:29 +0000 0 WHOOT plans Halloween food drive Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:00:25 +0000 From the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to other efforts held throughout the year, the students of Waconia Public Schools are known for their commitment to community service.

A new student organization called WHOOT (Wildcats Helping Others Over Themselves) at Waconia High School offers further proof of the dedication of local students to serving others and their community.

WHOOT was created by high school teachers Jim Lee and Terry Gammell in May 2013.

According to Lee, the organization’s purpose is to give students a variety of regular service-based opportunities to help others both locally and around the Twin Cities. The goal is to hold one major effort each month and eventually, the hope is for WHOOT to hold a community service trip during spring break.

Efforts that WHOOT has already helped or plans to benefit include the Red Ribbon Ride, Feed My Starving Children, and Habitat for Humanity. The group’s next project is related to Stuff-A-Truck, the annual food drive at area schools that’s coordinated by Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia. The food drive ultimately benefits the Waconia United, NYA Carver and Watertown Friends for Life food shelves.

WHOOT will be organizing the Stuff-A-Truck efforts for Waconia schools and part of that effort includes the We Scare Hunger activity, which will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Halloween (Friday, Oct. 31). During those hours, WHOOT members will go door-to-door to collect non-perishable items for Stuff-A-Truck.

The goal is to collect one ton of items, thus the activity’s nickname “Trick or Treat for a Ton.”

At the end of the collection, WHOOT members will deliver the items to the high school and stack them in the front lobby. Since Stuff-A-Truck lasts from Oct. 20 to Nov. 14, the community is encouraged to drop off additional non-perishable items to the stack in the lobby of the high school through Nov. 14.

WHOOT currently has about 25 to 30 members. To learn more about the organization, contact Lee at or Gammell at

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WACONIA SUMMONS Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:20:20 +0000 LAND TITLE SUMMONS
COURT FILE NO. 10-CV-14-717
In the Matter of the Application of
To Register the Title to Certain Land
In the Matter of the Application of CITY OF WACONIA to register the title to the following described real estate situated in Carver County, Minnesota, namely:
Outlot A, Interlaken 4th Addition
Outlot D, Interlaken 4th Addition
Terrence L. Vos
Plowshares Development, Inc.
Bank of Scotland PLC
Bank of Scotland (USA) Inc.
Lakeland Construction Finance, LLC
Lighthouse Management Group, Inc.
James A. Bartholomew
also all heirs and devisees of any of the above named persons who are deceased; and all other persons or parties unknown, claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in the real estate described in the Application or amendments herein.
You are hereby summoned and required to answer the Application of the Applicant in the above entitled proceeding and to file your answer to the said Application in the office of the Court Administrator of said Court, in said County, within 20 days after service of this Summons upon you exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Application within the time aforesaid, the Applicant in this proceeding will apply to the Court for the relief demanded therein.
WITNESS, Vicky Carlson, District Court Administrator, at the City of Chaska, Carver County, this 27 day of October, 2014.
By /s/ Debra A. Buesgens
Attorney for Applicant
David P. Hubert #47752
Melchert Hubert Sjodin, P.L.L.P.
121 Main Street West, Suite 200
Waconia, Minnesota 55387
(952) 442-7700

10/30-11/13/14, 3WP,
Waconia Summons, 303154

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