Lake teams enjoy success in holiday tournaments
After losing its first three games this season, the Wayzata High boys basketball team is now rolling.
The Trojans won the title in the Catholic Spirit Tournament at the University of St. Thomas last week.
In an exciting championship game at Schoenecker gym, the Trojans held off Holy Angels 75-70.
Senior forward Zach Robertson led a balanced attack for WHS with 24 points. Senior guard Bradley Carlson added 14 points and junior guard Kyle Kalivoda scored 13.
Wayzata advanced to the title game with wins over Hill-Murray (76-56) and Rosemount (65-63).
Robertson led he Way in the Hill-Murray game with 21 points while Carlson scored 17 and Kalivoda had 14. Drake Mjaanes added 10.
Carlson exploded for a career-high 31 points in the Rosemount game. Three wins in the tournament boosted Wayzata’s season record to 4-3.
Hopkins won the championship at the Augsburg College Invitational Dec. 29.
Coach Kenny Novak Jr. watched his club rout Chanhassen 98-65 on the final day of the three-day event.
Jacob Wright led the Royals with 22 points while teammates Nick Johnson and Kamali Taylor each added 11 points for the Royals, who improved to 7-2.
Wright netted 28 points as the Royals rolled to another tournament win over Duluth East, 81-43.
Armstrong won the Edina Holiday Classic in a thrilling final against the host Hornets.
The Falcons trailed 55-49 with two and a half minutes remaining in the second half, and then went on an 8-0 run to take control.
Konnor Goettsche tipped in shot to give the Falcons a 57-55 lead.
Mitchell Biewen led Armstrong with 19 points.
In the semifinals, Edina guard Graham Woodward broke the Hornets’ all-time, single-game record with 46 points during a 95-64 win over St. Louis Park.
Undefeated Hopkins repeated as the champion in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic at Hopkins Lindbergh Center.
Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Hopkins all went 3-0 to emerge as tri-champions.
The Royals rolled to three straight victories, including a 74-39 victory over Prior Lake on the last day.
Nia Coffey scored 21 points to lead the Royals in that victory. Taylor Anderson added 13 points.
Minnetonka beat Prior Lake 67-47 in its final game of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic. Senior point guard Joanna Hedstrom scored 22 points.
Hedstrom scored 15 points and Anne Hamilton netted 14 in a 53-46 Skipper victory over St. Paul Central.
Minnetonka topped last year’s state runner-up, Osseo, 60-53. Three Skippers scored in double figures – Courtney Fredrickson with 19, Hamilton with 18 and Hedstrom with 13.
The Edina High girls basketball team won the St. Michael-Albertville Invitational with a 48-46 victory over the host team.
M.C. McGrory led Edina with 16 points and teammate Jill Morton added 10. Jaime Schnell was next with six points.
The Wayzata High girls basketball team advanced to the finals of the Hill-Murray Invitational, but lost an overtime game to Centennial, 66-61, in the championship clash.
Reilly Johnson led the Trojans in the finals with 14 points and Summer Johnson added 12. Katie Schulz and Delane Swanson each had 11 points.
Wayzata skaters roll
The Wayzata High boys hockey team emerged as champions of the Sports Authority Classic by beating host Benilde-St. Margaret’s 7-1 in the finals at St. Louis Park Rec Center.
Goalie Aaron Dingmann starred for Wayzata with 39 saves in the title game.
The Trojans had seven different goal-scorers – Akash Batra, Chase Haller, Brian Machut, Chad Olson, Jack Sorensen, Alex Stevens and Maxwell Zimmer.
Benilde, the defending state Class AA champion, got its only goal from All-State forward Grant Besse.
Edina and Minnetonka had a tough time in the Gold Division of the Schwan Cup. Minnetonka finished sixth and Edina took seventh place.
Edina’s final game was a 3-2 overtime win over the Blaine Bengals.
Andy Jordahl scored the game-winner for the Hornets. Other Edina goals came from Miguel Fidler and Cullen Munson.
Andrew Rohkohl nailed down the win in goal with 14 saves.
Edina High’s girls hockey team improved to 9-4-3 by winning the title in the ABRA Auto Body Invitational at Braemar Arena.
“We have had good success, starting with a win over Burnsville just before the holidays,” said Edina head coach Laura Slominski. “First and foremost, our defense has been playing well, and our goalie, Boomer Sonnek, had a great tournament.”
The Hornets defeated the co-op team from Grand Rapids/Greenway 4-1 in the opening round Dec. 26.
Taylor Williamson scored the first two goals for Edina and Liz Trautz finished the scoring with two goals in the third period.
Sonnek had seven saves for the win in goal.
In the second round of the tournament Dec. 27, Edina beat Stillwater 2-1 with Sonnek again playing well in net.
Sonnek and the Hornets beat Lakeville South 2-0 in the tournament finals Dec. 28.
After losing to Irondale 4-1 in the first round of the ABRA Invitational, Hopkins came back to take fifth place.
The Royals beat Duluth 6-0 Dec. 27 with Rachael St. Clair scoring two goals. Corbin Boyd, Kylie Hanley, Shortie Sheran and Kate Glover also found the back of the net.
Hopkins beat the co-op team from Grand Rapids/Greenway 5-1 in the fifth-place game Dec. 28.
Grace Bizal led the Royal assault with two goals. Boyd, Hanley and Ali Freie also scored goals. Erin O’Neil was the winner in goal with 11 saves.