“The Wayzata boys’ soccer team advanced to the state class AAA championship game Tuesday morning with a 4-1 win over Andover. Mike Orlov opened the scoring with a penalty kick goal with 6:52 remaining in the first half. Charlie Piller scored with 1:39 left in the first half to put the Trojans ahead 2-0 at halftime. Andover pulled within 2-1 when Baraka Tarleton scored on a penalty kick with 25:16 to play in the second half. Wayzata was awarded another penalty kick and Joey Burica scored to give the Trojans a 3-1 lead. Piller’s second goal of the match late made the final score 4-1. The Trojans (18-1-2) will face Woodbury in the state championship Friday at 10:15 am at U.S. Bank Stadium. The teams tied 1-1 during the regular season. Wayzata is in the state final for the first time since 2017 when they won the Class AA title.” from CCX Media
Trojans find redemption in 2022 having lost to STMA earlier in the season and in the playoffs last year
The Knights scored first on a 28 yard pass and catch from Knight QB from W. Barthel to C. Luongvan early in the 1st quarter.
Wayzata answered early in the 2nd as Trojan QB Cole Heilbrun found wide receiver Ford Griffith in the end zone to make it 7-7.
Two field goals by place kicker Nate Stueve had Wayzata up 13-7 at the half.
Wayzata scored on a Deyon Loveless 4 yard TD run late in the 3rd to make 19-7.
In the first play of the 4th quarter, Heilbrun threw the ball 39 yards to Tyler Milkes for an unbelievable touchdown to make it Wayzata 26, STMA 7.
Both teams would score later in the 4th, with the final score Wayzata 33, STMA 13.
Running back Deyon Loveless rushed 32 times for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns in the contest. Cole Heilbrun complete 10 passes on 18 attempts for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ford Griffith caught 5 passes for 112 yards and a TD. Tyler Milkes has 1 catch for 39 yards and a TD.
Defensively, the Trojans were led by Chase Ullom who had 11 tackles, Andrew Westermeyer with 7, Noah Rychlik with 7, Noah Regan with 5 and an interception, and Keyaundre Watkins with 3 tackles and a sack.
On special teams, kicker Nate Stueve made 3 extra points and 2 field goals.
The Trojans (5-4) travel to Rosemount (9-0) on Friday to take on the the #1 seed Irish.
From CCX, “The Wayzata boys and girls cross country teams each brought home championship trophies Wednesday as the Trojans swept the team titles at the Section 6AAA meet. The Wayzata girls team total of 21 points was well ahead of section runner-up Hopkins—the Royals finished with 65 points. Both teams qualified for state. Trojans’ senior Abbey Nehanicky set a Gale Woods course record for girls and recorded a personal best time of 16 minutes, 43.70 seconds to win the meet. Hopkins’ Sydney Drevlow finished second in 17:36.11. Grace Mignone and Maddie Gullickson of Wayzata placed third and fourth respectively, just ahead of Armstrong’s Caitlyn Osanai. The Wayzata boys finished the 6AAA meet with 39 points with Minneapolis Washurn (60) placing second as a team. Sam Scott of Minneapolis Southwest took first place with a time of 15:08.69. Aidan Jones of Washburn finished second and Hamza Mohamed of Wayzata placing third in 15:30.86. Armstrong’s Noah Breker, last year’s race champion, finished fourth in 15:32.56. Daniel McCollor and William Weber from Wayzata placed fifth and sixth. The state cross country meet meet is Saturday November 5th at St. Olaf College in Northfield.“
From CCX, “The Wayzata boys soccer team was matched up against a Lake Conference rival in the state class AAA quarterfinals. The Trojans beat St. Michael-Albertville 3-0 to advance to Tuesday morning’s semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Joe Highfield scored on a penalty kick to give Wayzata a 1-0 halftime lead. The top-seeded Trojans added two more in the second half as Miles Redmond and Kieran Mahan scored.“
From CCX, “The Wayzata girls’ soccer team saw its hopes for a state championship dashed with a 3-2 loss to Mounds View in the Class 3A quarterfinals. The match was tied 2-2 through regulation and overtime. The Mustangs then beat the Trojans 2-1 in penalty kicks to advance to next week’s semifinals. Mounds View’s Yasmeen Abed was credited with the first goal of the match on a deflected shot giving the Mustangs a 1-0 halftime lead. Wayzata countered in the second half with goals from Amya Conway and Lily Nayer, whose goal put the Trojans ahead 2-1 with under 11 minutes to play in regulation. But the Mustangs tied the match on Emily Johnson’s free kick in the final four minutes of the second half. Tied 1-1 on the sixth penalty kick of the shootout, Mounds View’s Amelia Gregory scored to give Mounds View the win. Wayzata, top-ranked in Class 3A, finishes the season with a 17-1-1 record while Mounds View advances to next week’s semifinals.“
The Plymouth Ice Center is facing a remarkable challenge as it grapples with an unusual shortage in filling its open positions, including the crucial role of a part-time Zamboni driver. Erik Halverson, the manager of the Plymouth Ice Center, shared insights on the situation, highlighting the center’s struggle to attract the right candidates.
In a recent interview, Halverson remarked, “I think just like every business, they’re looking for part-time help.” This statement echoes a widespread concern among many industries grappling with staffing issues. The current employment landscape, marked by evolving workforce dynamics and shifting priorities, has made hiring and retaining personnel a more demanding task.
One of the critical positions in need of immediate attention is the part-time Zamboni driver role. Traditionally associated with hockey, Halverson was quick to point out that being a hockey fan is not a prerequisite for this position. Instead, the key requirement is an appreciation for operating a substantial piece of equipment.
The Plymouth Ice Center serves as a hub for ice sports enthusiasts and plays a pivotal role in the local community. However, the shortage of staff, especially in such a specialized role as Zamboni driver, can lead to disruptions in maintaining the ice rink’s quality and safety.
The situation at the Plymouth Ice Center reflects a larger trend in the current job market. As businesses and organizations navigate a changing economic landscape, attracting and retaining part-time workers becomes a considerable challenge.
The center’s management, along with Erik Halverson, remains optimistic that they will find dedicated individuals to fill the open positions. In the meantime, they continue their search for a Zamboni driver who is enthusiastic about operating this impressive piece of machinery.
The community will be closely following the developments at the Plymouth Ice Center, hoping to see these important positions filled to ensure the smooth operation of this beloved local establishment.
Deyon Loveless scored 3 touchdowns, 2 rushing and 1 receiving
Your Wayzata Trojans football team traveled to Farmington last evening to take on a pesky Tiger team.
Wayzata allowed a Farmington touchdown on the first possession, as Tiger QB Josh Berreth found wide receiver Brock Wyandt in the end zone to make it 7-0 early in the first.
Wayzata fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving Farmington a short field and the Tigers capitalized as Jonathan Shrum rushed for a 5 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 midway through the 1st.
Wayzata responded in four plays as Trojan QB Cole Heilbrun hit speedster Tyler Milkes in stride for a 50 yard touchdown scoring play to make it 7-14 in favor of the Tigers.
In the 2nd quarter, Heilbrun found Wayzata running back Deyon Loveless open for a 25 yard pass completion for touchdown to make it 14-14.
Loveless would score two more TD’s in the game, one for 10 yards and one for 81 yards, making the final score Wayzata 27, Farmington 14.
Wayzata will start Section play next week.
From CCX, “The Wayzata girls’ soccer team scored four first half goals on the way to a 7-1 win over Hopkins in the Section 6AAA championship. The win gives the Trojans their 29th section title in program history. Wayzata (17-0-1) is ranked first in the state in Class 3A. Grace Estby scored twice with five other Trojans contributing goals in the win—the third for Wayzata over Hopkins this season. Avery Petty scored the lone goal for Hopkins. The Royals finish with a record of 8-8-3.”
From CCX, “Meghan Sullivan scored two first half goals to help lead the Wayzata girls’ soccer team to a 3-0 win over Minneapolis Washburn in the semifinal round of the Section 6AAA tournament. Grace Estby scored the final goal of the match in the second half. Wayzata (16-0-1) will attempt to qualify for the state tournament when they host Hopkins (8-7-3) in the section final Tuesday at 5:00 pm at Wayzata High School. The Trojans beat the Royals twice during the regular season.”