Jojo Jorgenson has moved around a bunch. After living in Minnetonka for nine years when she was younger, her family returned for her senior year of high school.
Scott Jackson thought about all the past teams that came so close. The past players that came up one match short in 2009 and 2010. He wished they could have experienced what he and the Wayzata team felt Nov. 9.
Qualifying for the Class AA State Swimming and Diving Meet in the 100-yard breaststroke three straight years does not automatically mean it will a fourth time.
Just two points from the unthinkable, Minnetonka players, arms around one another, with very few tears, thanked the crowd for their support.
On paper, not many expected Minnetonka Volleyball to repeat the kind of success that came in 2018. Twenty-four wins, a Lake Conference title, and a Section 2AAA championship appearance.
All cross country season, it was Nick Scheller and Oliver Paleen. The Class AA State Meet winner likely going to come from one of the two.
What advanced the No. 8 seed Chaska through the Section 2AAA volleyball playoff bracket was strong passing, strong hitting and a belief that was unmatched.
Meghan Pierson was coming off her fastest 5,000-meter time, 18 minutes, 37 seconds, an all-state time in the 2018 Class AA Cross Country Meet.
Mankato West came into the Section 2-5A Championship averaging 39 points scored per game. Chaska averaged less than nine points allowed defensively per game.
Twice this season Southwest Christian won two games over Belle Plaine. Once in a 3-2 loss on Sept. 12, another time Sept. 21 in a 2-0 win in the Class AA Showcase.
Makayla Wenzel was just about to start her first year at Chaska High School when she stepped onto the volleyball court on Aug. 27, 2011. The freshman found herself starting at setter.
Southwest Christian won the first two games over Belle Plaine Sept. 12. The next three games the Tigers prevailed by a total of seven points.
A group of Chaska football players formed a circle on the sidelines, the spoken message was simple. New team, new attitude, change history.
A third set needed in the Class AA State Girls Tennis doubles championship match, Minnetonka sophomore Annika Elvestrom and freshman Sarah Shahbaz weren't ready to settle for second-best again.
Chanhassen outplayed Minnetonka in game one. Karl Katzenberger, head coach of the Skippers, knew he needed something to get his team over the hump in the Section 2AAA quarterfinals Oct. 25.
Chaska scored 44 points in the regular season meeting with Waconia in 2017. They scored 10 in the Section 2-5A semifinals, turning the ball over four times, one resulting in seven points.
Thirteen different Southwest Christian players hit the court in a 25-8, 25-6, 25-7 win over Richfield in the first round of the Section 2AA playoffs on Oct. 24 in Chaska.
Ben Scheller knew Chanhassen would be right there in the hunt for a team qualification to state. If not, he knew what he needed to do to get there individually.
In a field dominated by ranked Nova Classical Academy and Minnehaha Academy, boys runners from Holy Family Catholic and Southwest Christian were competing for placings and season-best times Oct. 24 at Highland Executive Golf Course in St. Paul.
Needing a one-match swing from two previous regular season meetings with Edina, Minnetonka, down in five matches in the Class AA State Girls Tennis Championship, suddenly found some momentum.
Kate Hamburg's senior season has been a trying one. She started the year sidelined with a concussion. Her attempts and kills are down from 2018.
A line-up that featured three middle school runners, five underclassmen, Minnetonka's time to shine as a team in Section 6AA is likely for years to come.
A streak of 10-plus halves of shutout soccer, nearly 800 consecutive minutes without a non-penalty shot finding the back of the net, Minnetonka seemed in a good position tied with Maple Grove Oct. 22.
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Chaska rushed for 239 yards, passed for another 113 yards. Meanwhile, St. Thomas Academy counted three first downs, 75 yards total on offense.
A win likely giving Chanhassen the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Section 2-5A playoffs, a home game with two-win Bloomington Jefferson.
Zach Long and Nick Scheller were right with each other as eighth graders, placing fourth and fifth in their first Metro West Conference Championships in 2015.
Southwest Christian beat Sibley East in three games (25-12, 25-16, 25-13) in Chaska Oct. 15. Then all attention was sent on what was happening in Mayer.
Edina's been the best team in the state of Minnesota all soccer season. Yet against Minnetonka in two regular season meetings, lapses allowed the Skippers chances at a victory.
Minnetonka is a team known for scoring off set pieces. Emilia Johnson decided why not just go for it. Everyone's expecting the pass.
Four runners in the top 18, Holy Family Catholic moved up in the Wright County Conference Championships from years past, a third-place boys finish Oct. 15 at Baker National Golf Course.
The second meeting in two weeks, Holy Family Catholic and Orono boys soccer played the first 40 minutes going back and forth down the field, each having an understanding of how to defend.
Teammate versus teammate, one spot left into the state tournament, best friends before, best friends after for junior Ally Agerland and senior Cecily Cronin of Holy Family Catholic.
Just days away from seeding the wide open Section 2AAA Tournament, Minnetonka made a statement at the 31-team St. Michael-Albertville Midwest Fall Classic.
Friday night under the lights has great meaning for Seth Thompson. It's where a wide-eyed sophomore built toughness, making him elite his final two seasons on the gridiron.
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