Playing without receivers Charlie Coenen, Josh Kirchoff and Josh Och, held out of the regular season finale due to precautions, Chanhassen's offense had a little different look to it Nov. 11 at St. Louis Park.

A three-score lead in the second quarter, the Storm driving for more, a fumble gave the Orioles life.

A St. Louis Park team coming off a 35-27 win over Orono in which they were down 21-0 after one quarter.

First it was a Zeke Oppegaard 45-yard run off tackle to cut the deficit to 21-7

Then on a 3rd-and-13 play in the third quarter, it was Will Dvorak to McCabe Dvorak for the 68-yard catch-and-run. All of a sudden it was a game.

Chanhassen, though, re-established themselves, scoring twice more offensively, adding a Gabe Porthan safety, in a 37-14 victory to finish the regular season with a 5-0 record.

The Storm won a coin flip for the No. 1 seed in Section 2-5A over Mankato West and received a bye next week. Their first scheduled game would be Saturday, Nov. 21 at Storm Stadium at 1 p.m. versus the winner of Waconia and New Prague.

Brady Grandstaff's long kick-off return into Oriole territory sparked Chanhassen, which had seen its lead slip to seven points.

A combination of Grandstaff and Eli Mau, who scored three times in the first half, put the Storm back in the end zone on a short touchdown run at 28-14.

Tucker Pinkerton's 40-yard rush near the end of the third quarter set-up a 10-yard throw from Riley Funk to Brendan Radtke to seal the win at 35-14.

Second-half interceptions from seniors Ryan Maschka and Mitchell Cummins also stymied the St. Louis Park attack.

Mau scored on runs of four and three yards, also catching a Funk pass for a 9-yard score in the first half.


A match-up of No. 1 Wayzata and No. 7 Minnetonka, the deciding fifth volleyball game went to the defending champion Trojans, who remained unbeaten at 10-0 with a 3-2 win on Nov. 10.

Wayzata used a 6-2 run to win the final game 15-9. Minnetonka previously won games one and four 25-23 and 25-20, with the Trojans taking games two and three 25-17 and 25-22.

While Minnetonka outhit Wayzata 54-52 and outserved them 8-4 in aces, it was the blocking that was the difference for the Trojans, especially in game five. Wayzata senior Katy Riviere had two of the team's six solo blocks; a total of 18 blocking points for the team.

That blocking forced Minnetonka into 34 hitting errors, 14 more than the Trojans.

Kali Engeman led the Skipper offense with 17 kills with Morgan Rooney (11), Kate Simington (10), Abby Stanwood (nine), and Sonia Dahlin (six) giving Minnetonka balance at the net.

Olivia Koeppen finished with 45 assists with leading servers Morgan Ryan (three), Stanwood (two) and Macy Osenga (two). Ryan and Stanwood each had 20 digs with Rooney with 12.

Wayzata's freshman twin duo of Olivia and Stella Swenson tallied 16 kills and 42 assists, respectively. Riviere also had 16 kills for the Trojans.

The two teams will meet in the regular season finale on Nov. 24.


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