Way back in October, some three-plus months from the Section 2AAA Meet, Chanhassen head coach Kelly McGinnis and staff knew exactly what this season on the dance floor was all about.
Grant Sussner advanced to the State Wrestling Tournament as a freshman, a 20-match winner in 2017-18 for Chaska/Chanhassen. Momentum gained from the post-season run pushed him to be even better on the mat the next year.
Even with a bout of illness and injury consuming the Chaska/Chanhassen gymnastics roster, the Storm Hawks managed a solid opening score, a 137.300-132.325 defeat at Lakeville North Dec. 3.
Cam Steele shined in the opening game of the Breakdown Tip-Off Classic at Hopkins High School, a 38-point, eight-rebound performance in a bounce back win for Minnetonka in an 89-73 win over Mahtomedi.
A three-goal second period sprung Chanhassen to its third win of the season, a 4-1 victory over Section 2AA opponent New Prague on Dec. 7 at Victoria Rec Center.
A four-point contest at halftime, Prior Lake boys basketball pulled away from Minnetonka, winning 89-68 at home Dec. 5.
An early-season Section 2AA showdown went to visiting Prior Lake, a pair of Preston Lindholm third-period tallies in a 3-1 win over Minnetonka Dec. 5.
A match-up of two teams looking to join the likes of Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Shakopee as top contenders in Section 2AA, Holy Family Catholic came away with a decisive 3-0 victory over Chaska/Chanhassen Dec. 3.
Josh Weyandt turned away 55 shots, Chanhassen trailing by a single goal into the third period, as Prior Lake pulled away in a 5-1 decision on Dec. 3 at Dakotah Arena.
Without two returning rotational players, Chaska still managed to nearly hit the century mark, defeating Minneapolis Washburn 95-66 in the season opener Dec. 3.
A three-goal first period led Chaska/Chanhassen to a second consecutive Anna Byrd Tournament championship in girls hockey by a 4-2 score on Nov. 30 over host Prior Lake at Dakotah Arena.
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Jimmy Snuggerud's first varsity goal drew Chaska within a goal of top-10 Lakeville North in the third period, a pair of Panther tallies giving them a 5-2 win on Nov. 29 at The Opener at Bloomington Ice Garden.
The man-advantage was the difference between Chaska and Blake School Nov. 26. The host Bears scored twice on four opportunities, the Hawks 0-for-5 in a 4-2 Blake win.
Edina led by as many as 30 points in the second half, giving new coach Jaime Gaard Chapman a win in her head coaching debut, a 76-42 win at Chanhassen Nov. 26.
Brody Amrhein started the day Nov. 25 by committing to play for the 2020 Black Bears Tier I Summer Academy team in the Boston area.
Caitlin Rock's goal late in the second period evened a non-conference contest with Shakopee at one, a trio of tallies over the final 17 minutes giving the road Sabers a 4-1 win over Holy Family Catholic Nov. 21.
Penelope Helm stood on the blocks, the second of four legs into the pool in the 400-yard freestyle relay in the Class AA State Girls Swimming and Diving Meet Nov. 16.
Head coach Barb Folsom told the Chanhassen swimming team she wanted to go for all three relays to state. The girls weren't so sure.
When Chaska threw the ball on second-and-1 from its own 17-yard line in the Class 5A State Quarterfinals, it caught everybody by surprise. Especially the Mahtomedi Zephyrs.
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With thirteen players back from a third-place finish in Class AA State last March, Minnetonka girls hockey got off to a good start in the season opener Nov. 9.
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