Eden Prairie athletes celebrate holiday tournaments with success
It was a successful holiday tournament season for Eden Prairie high school athletic teams.
The Eagles claimed three holiday tournament titles in girls hockey, girls basketball and boys basketball.
Girls hockey title
Eden Prairie was victorious in its Mid-Winter Meltdown Classic girls hockey tournament Dec. 27-29 at the Eden Prairie Community Center.
The Eagles won three games to boost their overall record to 12-0-3. Eden Prairie was ranked third in the state (Class 2A) heading into its holiday event.
The Eagles shut out Cloquet 3-0 in the quarterfinals as Charly Dahlquist had a hat trick.
Assists went to Lauren Boyle and Josie Olson.
Eden Prairie outshot the Lumberjacks 40-10. Eagle goalie McKenzie Johnson finished with 10 saves.
Eden Prairie followed with a 4-1 victory over Anoka in the semifinals to improve its record to 10-0-3.
Allison Koloski, Boyle, Carly Molenaar and Olson netted Eagle goals. Goalie Johnson made 12 saves.
Eden Prairie defeated Minnetonka 4-1 in the championship game.
Dahlquist scored twice for the winners. Molenaar and Boyle had one goal apiece. Tess Roehl picked up an assist.
“We have talent and depth on this team,” said Eden Prairie coach Jamie Grossman. “And the girls have listened to the coaches and are executing things we want them to do.”
Eden Prairie will travel to Edina for an 8 p.m. game Friday, Jan. 4. The Eagles return home to play Hopkins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5.
Eden Prairie’s girls basketball team shared the ball well while winning a share of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic girls basketball tournament title Dec. 27-29 at Hopkins High School.
Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Hopkins were tourney tri-champions with 3-0 records.
The Eagles opened the tourney with a 61-48 triumph over Prior Lake. Eden Prairie’s balanced scoring attack featured Andrea Jirele (10), Jayla Mayes-Jackson (10), Caymah Dennis (9), Martha Kuderer (8), Samantha Trammel (8) and Gabby Terp (7).
Reserves played a key role as the Eagles defeated Osseo 67-57 in semifinal action. Eden Prairie’s bench players outscored Osseo 29-12 during the victory.
Trammel had a productive game scoring 13 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
Mayes-Jackson contributed 13 points and Kuderer finished with 12 points.
Eden Prairie concluded tournament play with a 63-49 triumph over St. Paul Central.
Trammel led Eagle scorers with 17 points. Kuderer contributed 13 points. Other top EP scorers were Dennis (9), Annie Thul (8) and Cassy Saxton (6).
Boys claim title
The host Eagles claimed championship honors at the OSR Physical Therapy holiday boys basketball tournament Dec. 27 and Dec. 29 at Eden Prairie High School.
Andre Wallace netted 20 points as the Eagles beat Waconia 61-50 in first-round play.
Jack Cottrell came through with 15 points. Anthony Anderson also scored in double figures (13). Caleb Wragge added six points.
Eden Prairie defeated Chaska 79-65 in the title game. Four Eagle players scored in double figures – Wallace (22), Anderson (14), Wragge (10) and Sam Johnson (10). Cottrell aided the winning cause with nine points.
“We beat a tough and talented Waconia team in the first game,” said Eden Prairie coach David Flom. “Then we got off to a good start against Chaska outscoring them 33-8.
“It was great to give a lot of guys playing time. We have a 6-1 record and I would give our team a grade of A for the first part of our season. We have played a tough schedule against quality teams.”
Schmidt aids Eagles
Eden Prairie boys hockey team placed seventh in the Sports Authority Classic tournament Dec. 27-29 at St. Louis Park Recreation Center.
Colton Schmidt, a junior forward, scored two goals as Eden Prairie’s boys hockey team lost 4-2 to Moorhead in the quarterfinals Dec. 27.
The Eagles led 2-0 after one period as Schmidt scored twice. Assists went to Steven Spinner, Kyle Theilmann and Luc Snuggerud.
However, the Spuds tied the score with two goals in the second period and added two more in the final period.
Eden Prairie sophomore goalie Jake Kielly finished with 22 saves.
Eden Prairie lost 3-2 to Bloomington Jefferson in the second round.
Eden Prairie edged Lakeville North 3-2 in overtime in the seventh-place game.
Theilmann and Snuggerud scored Eagle goals in regulation. Andrew Knudsen scored the winning goal in overtime. Goalie Kielly made 15 saves.
Eden Prairie finished with a 1-1-1 record in the Edina Holiday Classic Dec. 20-22 at Braemar Arena.
Eden edged Eden Prairie 4-3 in the final round. Mason Bergh scored the Eagle goal with assistance from Spinner.
Snuggerud and Theilmann added one goal apiece. Mike Graham, Berg and Spinner assisted on those goals. EP goalie Kielly finished with 41 saves.
Eden Prairie defeated Elk River 4-2 and tied Grand Rapids 4-4 in other tourney contests.