When I saw that Maple Grove and Prior Lake had been replaced by Buffalo and Armstrong for Class 6A West Section football this fall, my first thought was, “Great, now Edina is going to have an easier schedule.”
To my dismay, I recently found out that isn’t the case. If anything, the Hornets’ schedule is harder than last year, especially the last three weeks.
Let’s take it from the top. The Hornets will open the season with a home game against Lakeville South at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. That’s a winnable game if the Hornets are firing on all cylinders. Edina will play state power Rosemount Friday, Sept. 8, at Rosemount High. OK, Edina has a fighting chance in that one, even though Rosemount has been a football factory the last 15 years.
Week 3, Sept. 15, the Hornets will have home-field advantage against Wayzata in a game at Kuhlman Field. Wayzata has a new coach and a new system, so maybe the Hornets can catch the Trojans in the midst of their transition.
In Week 4, Edina travels to Eastview for what should be another tough out of district test.
Week 5 finds the Hornets scheduled against Shakopee for homecoming on Thursday, Sept. 28. This is the first time I can recall Edina playing a homecoming game on anything but a Friday night, but the shorter prep time will be the same for both teams.
Moving on to Week 6, the Hornets will begin a brutal three-game stretch.
They will travel to Minnetonka Friday, Oct. 6, and then its on to Maple Grove for another road game on Friday, Oct. 13. Finally, a short MEA week pits the Hornets against Eden Prairie on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Kuhlman Field.
New Head Coach
Edina’s new head coach Derrin Lamker won the state Class 6A title two years ago when he was in charge of the Osseo program.
Lamker joined Edina last fall as an associate head coach on Reed Boltmann’s staff. Now its his turn to guide the Hornets in their quest for a championship.
When I watched Lamker coach during his state-championship season, he was hands-on in every aspect of play, and usually a step or two ahead of the opposition when it came to strategy. Look for an exciting style of play this fall, and feel confident the Hornets will compete with every team on their brutally difficult schedule.
The Hopkins Berries amateur baseball team has qualified for the State Class A Tournament by sweeping the Bloomington Bandits, 4-0 and 5-0, in a Riverview League playoff series last week. Two of the key players for Hopkins are Edina High graduates Alex Lampert and Nick Denn. Lampert is one of the starting pitchers and Denn is the starting catcher.