“The ninth-ranked Wayzata wrestling team fell 31-29 to fourth-ranked Eden Prairie in a good Lake Conference match Thursday. Eden Prairie won the first three matches to go up 12-0, highlighted by Charles Vanier’s 7-6 win over Luke Koenen in a matchup of top five ranked wrestlers. Wayzata won the next three to grab a 13-12 lead. The Trojans’ fifth-ranked Charlie Petit won a key match at 152, beating third-ranked Terae Dunn 6-4 in overtime. Wayzata won three straight matches to lead 29-19, but Eden Prairie’s outstanding closing duo of Dominic Heim (220) and Will Sather (285) won by fall as the Eagles rallied for the win.” From CCX Media.”The ninth-ranked Wayzata wrestling team fell 31-29 to fourth-ranked Eden Prairie in a good Lake Conference match Thursday. Eden Prairie won the first three matches to go up 12-0, highlighted by Charles Vanier’s 7-6 win over Luke Koenen in a matchup of top five ranked wrestlers. Wayzata won the next three to grab a 13-12 lead. The Trojans’ fifth-ranked Charlie Petit won a key match at 152, beating third-ranked Terae Dunn 6-4 in overtime. Wayzata won three straight matches to lead 29-19, but Eden Prairie’s outstanding closing duo of Dominic Heim (220) and Will Sather (285) won by fall as the Eagles rallied for the win.” From CCX Media.
“The Wayzata boys basketball put up 57 second half points to pull away and beat Hopkins 89-64 for the Trojans’ eighth straight win. Trailing by as many as nine in the first half, Wayzata closed with a 22-7 scoring run to close the first half and then outscored Hopkins 57-38 in the second half. Jackson McAndrew scored 27 points while Spencer Hall added 15. Jake Schmitt and Hayden Tibbits scored 13 each for the Trojans (8-3). Jayden Moore scored 20 points to lead Hopkins (11-2). Wayzata made 14 three-pointers in the game. The Trojans and Royals play again February 10th at Hopkins.” From CCX Media.
“The Hopkins gymnastics team defeated Wayzata 141.400 to 138.075 for the team’s fourth dual meet win of the season. Hopkins (4-0) also placed first in an invitational meet in Princeton last weekend. Hopkins junior Annabelle Speers won the bars, beam, and floor exercise to win the meet’s all-around title with a score of 36.800. NyahSymone Britt of Hopkins won the vault with a score of 9.400. The loss was the first of the season for Wayzata (3-1). It marked the first time Hopkins has defeated Wayzata in gymnastics since January 2009. The teams will be the favorites to advance to state at the Section 6AA meet Feb. 18 at Hopkins High School. Wayzata is the defending state champion in Class AA.” From CCX Media.
The Trojans (11-1-0) used a combination of stifling defense and outside shooting on offense to defeat previously unbeaten STMA (12-1-0) by a score of 54-44.
The Knights used a 2-3 zone defensively throughout the game, and lead 24-23 at the half as Wayzata struggled to adapt to the scheme.
Wayzata was able to keep phenom Tessa Johnson in check with help defense and always seemed to have a hand in her face.
Towards the middle of the 2nd half, things began to Wayzata’s way as the Trojans were able to secure defensive stops, get easy buckets on fast breaks, and shoot well from outside.
Wayzata’s execution was too much for the Knights, and late in the 2nd half with STMA trailing it became obvious the Trojans were destined to win this one.
Sophie Hawkinson scored 15 points with three field goals and three 3-pointers. Brynn Senden (Minnesota commit) had 11 points including two 3-pointers. Abby Krzewinski had 10 points, Kate Amelotte had 7 points, Jessica Oberlander has 4 points, and Ella Goodnature had 2.
For STMA, Tessa Johnson (South Carolina commit) had 15 points, Ja’Kahla Craft had 14 points including four 3-pointers, Abby Hoselton had 6 points, Kylie Diaz had 5 points, and Ava Haus had 2 points.
It’s a signature win for Head Coach Julie Stewart‘s club.
The Trojans travel to #1 ranked Hopkins (10-0) next Tuesday, January 17th at 7pm.
Local Hero Trains Thousands in Lifesaving Techniques: A Father’s Passion Inspired by Son’s Survival
Plymouth, MN – Norm Okerstrom, a dedicated resident of Plymouth, has made it his life’s mission to train people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as part of the Heart Safe Plymouth program. His unwavering passion for imparting these vital lifesaving skills was ignited by a harrowing incident 13 years ago when his son, Teddy, suffered cardiac arrest at just 16 years old during a Wayzata football practice. Thanks to the quick response of those around him, Teddy survived, and that miraculous event became the catalyst for Norm’s extraordinary commitment.
To date, Norm Okerstrom has empowered over 7,000 Plymouth residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to potentially save a life in a critical moment.
The story of Norm Okerstrom’s journey from heartache to heroism is an inspiration to his community and beyond. “When my son Teddy went into cardiac arrest, it was a terrifying and helpless moment. But it was also the moment that changed the course of our lives,” Okerstrom shared. “I made a promise to myself that I would ensure others didn’t have to experience that same feeling of helplessness.”
Through his involvement with the Heart Safe Plymouth program, Okerstrom organizes training sessions and workshops in schools, community centers, and local events. These sessions cover the fundamentals of CPR, the proper use of AEDs, and effective response strategies in emergency situations. His efforts have not only equipped thousands of residents with the skills to save lives but have also transformed the Plymouth community into one that is better prepared for cardiac emergencies.
Teddy Okerstrom, the young man whose life was saved by the quick actions of those around him, is now a healthy and thriving adult, and he too has joined his father’s mission. Together, they are a dynamic duo committed to ensuring that no family in Plymouth has to endure the anguish they once did.
Mayor Jane Smith praised Norm Okerstrom’s dedication to the community, saying, “Norm’s tireless efforts have made Plymouth a safer place. His commitment to teaching CPR and AED usage is commendable and has already made a real impact on our community’s safety.”
Norm Okerstrom’s journey from a father’s desperate situation to a community lifesaver serves as a testament to the power of determination and love. His extraordinary dedication to training residents in lifesaving techniques continues to change lives, providing hope, and equipping Plymouth with the skills to respond effectively in times of crisis.
As the Heart Safe Plymouth program expands its reach and continues to make the community safer, Norm Okerstrom’s legacy as a local hero will undoubtedly inspire many more to follow in his footsteps and create a safer and more prepared world for all.
Maple Grove boys’ hockey team skated past top-ranked Wayzata to win a 4-3 thriller in the third round of the Premiere Holiday Classic in the Grove tournament at Maple Grove Community Center. Maple Grove scored a pair of goals in the latter part of the second period to break a scoreless tie and take a 2-0 lead into the third period. The final period was a wild one.
Wayzata scored twice in 25 seconds midway through the period to tie the game 2-2. Just over a minute later, Maple Grove’s Blake Steenerson tallied twice in 16 seconds to restore a two-goal advantage for the Crimson at 4-2. Brooks Gengler scored with 3:24 to play to pull the Trojans within 4-3 but they couldn’t get the equalizer and Maple Grove held on for the win.
Maple Grove won all three of its games at the Classic in the Grove event to improve to 9-2-0 this season. Wayzata is now 8-1-1.
“The top-ranked Wayzata boys hockey team survived a big challenge from Eden Prairie Wednesday, beating the Eagles 2-1 in overtime. Brooks Gengler scored the game-winner on an assist from Brittan Alstead. It was the Lake Conference opener for the Trojans, who improved to 6-0-1 this season. The Trojans play in the Maple Grove holiday tournament this coming week.” From CCX Media.
“The Wayzata wrestling team pounded Lake Conference rival Minnetonka 68-9 Tuesday. The Trojans recorded eight pins in the match on the way to the win. Wayzata is ranked ninth in the class AAA team rankings.”The Wayzata wrestling team pounded Lake Conference rival Minnetonka 68-9 Tuesday. The Trojans recorded eight pins in the match on the way to the win. Wayzata is ranked ninth in the class AAA team rankings.” From CCXMedia.