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December 2, 2011 THISWEEK

Sports Standings

Tiger hockey continues to grow

South Suburban Conference Boys Basketball Team

Conference W 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Apple Valley B Kennedy B Jefferson Burnsville Eagan Eastview Lakeville North Lakeville South Prior Lake Rosemount

L 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Overall W 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

by Andy Rogers

L 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Friday, Dec 2 • Lakeville North at Edina, 7 p.m. • Lakeville South W at ayzata, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 6 • White Bear Lake Area at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec 9 • Lakeville North Chanhassen, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball Team

Conference W Lakeville North 0 Lakeville South 0 Apple Valley 0 Eastview 0 Eagan 0 Burnsville 0 B Kennedy 0 B Jefferson 0 Prior Lake 0 Rosemount 0

L 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Overall W 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

L 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 3

Saturday, Dec 3 • Owatonna at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 6 • Lakeville South at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec 9 • Hopkins at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m.

Boys Hockey Team Lakeville North Eastview Lakeville South B Jefferson Rosemount Burnsville Eagan Prior Lake B Kennedy Apple Valley

Conference Overall W L T W L T 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Saturday, Dec 3 • Edina at Lakeville South, 3 p.m. • Hopkins at Lakeville North, 3 p.m.

Girls Hockey Team

Conference Overall W L T W L T Lakeville North 1 0 0 2 1 0 Rosemount 1 0 0 1 2 0 Eagan 0 0 0 4 0 0 Apple Valley 0 1 0 4 1 0 B Jefferson 0 0 0 1 1 0 B Kennedy 0 0 0 1 2 1 Lakeville South 0 0 0 0 1 0 Burnsville 0 0 0 0 1 0 Prior Lake 0 0 0 0 2 0 Eastview 0 1 0 0 3 0 Friday, Dec 2 • Apple Valley at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec 3 • Farmington at Lakeville South, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 6 • Lakeville South at Burnsville, 7 p.m. • Lakeville North at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec 10 • Eagan at Lakeville South, 2:45 p.m. • Prior Lake at Lakeville North, 3 p.m.

Missota Conference Boys Basketball Friday, Dec. 2 • Farmingotn at Rochester John Marshall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 • Rochester Century at Farmington, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 • Farmington at Hastings, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball Team

Conference W Red Wing 0 New Prague 0 Northfield 0 Shakopee 0 Chanhassen 0 Farmington 0 Holy Angels 0 Chaska 0

L 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Overall W 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0

L 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1

Friday, Dec. 2 • Rochester John Marshall at Farmington, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 • Farmington at Owatonna, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 • Farmington at Rosemount, 7:15 p.m.

Boys Hockey Team Northfield Red Wing Chanhassen New Prague Farmington Shakopee Holy Angels Chaska

Conference Overall W L T W L T 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Tuesday, Dec 6 • Farmington at Winona, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 • Dodge County at Farmington, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Hockey Team Northfield Chaska/Chan Red Wing New Prague Farmington Holy Angels Shakopee

Girls hockey


Conference Overall W L T W L T 1 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 1 5 0

Saturday, Dec 3 • Farmington at Lakeville South, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 6 • Eden Prairie at Farmington, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 • Farmington at Red Wing, 7 p.m.

The Farmington boys hockey team would like to pick up where it left off last season. At one point in early February, the Tigers were on a three-game losing streak with a 9-12 record. The rest of the month proved to be exciting after winning five in a row, including a 6-1 victory at Rochester John Marshall for their first appearance in a Section 1AA semifinal. The Tigers finished with an overall record above .500 and tied for third in the Missota Conference with Red Wing. Departed after the 2011 graduation are Tyler Grubb, Dan Handberg, Zak Payne, Matt Provost, Trevor Hockert and goalie Aaron Dahl. “We have lots of scoring to replace from a year ago,” head coach Keith Revels said. “We graduated 11 from last season, three of them with double digit goal numbers. ... Even with significant graduation numbers we look to improve on 7-7 mark from last season. Would also like to at least match the first semifinal appearance in section last season.” The Tigers have 13 returning letter winners, including captains Andrew Peterson, who was the team’s secondleading scorer in 2010-11, and Blake Weinand. They will be on the ice with returning seniors Mi-

Photo by Rick Orndorf

Farmington goalie Victor Simones goes for the save against Rochester John Marshall on Tuesday. The teams tied 2-2. To view more photos, visit chael Giebel, Jake Elred, Ryan Schoening, Trevor Howard and Sean Johnson at forward along with Jack Buss on defense. Junior forwards Grand Hauswirth and Kevin Olund will see an increased role along with John Donnelly and Jason Thomas. Victory Simones is back in goal after playing nearly 1,000 varsity minutes last season.

With an experienced goaltender, strong depth at forward and on the defense, Revels feels the Tigers have many strengths as the season opens. “(We have a) hardworking and physical roster with bulk of them upper classmen,” he said. The early Missota Conference favorite appears to be the usual suspect in Holy Angels, while the relative newcomer

Lakeville South girls basketball has new leader Lakeville North looks to continue strong run of state tournament trips with wave of young talent by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Lakeville South girls basketball had a tough season last year. After winning its opener by 40 points over Minneapolis Henry, Lakeville South went on to lose 26 straight games. It was a young group of girls that is now a year older, more experienced and hungry for a win. “Many of the players dedicated themselves to getting stronger and worked on improving their skills this past summer and fall,” said new head coach Angie Iverson-Ohnstad. “They are hungry and are committed to turning our high school program around.” Iverson-Ohnstad comes to Lakeville from the University of Minnesota, where she was a four-year letter winner and led the nation in rebounding her junior year. She coached six seasons of basketball for Lakeville High School (later Lakeville North), but took a step back in 2006. She’s been a teacher at JFK Elementary for 12 years. “If you asked me last year at this time if I was ready to be the head coach at Lakeville South, I probably would have said that I wasn’t ready to take that step,” Iverson-Ohnstad said. “I had a very positive experience coaching with Andy Berkvam and Lakeville North, so I knew that I would eventually get back into coaching, just not this soon and not as a head coach.” When the position opened up, her husband, Mitch, encouraged her to give it a shot. “I felt that since our life at home really revolves around basketball, I felt confident about getting back into it,” Iverson-Ohnstad said. “It has been a lot of hard work, but very much worth it. I am having a terrific time. The basketball community at Lakeville South is very supportive.” She’s hoping to groom hard-playing, tough-minded and aggressive ball play-

ers. “I want my players to go into each practice and game ready to go to battle,” Iverson-Ohnstad said. “I also want my players to be very fundamental, which is something that they worked very hard on during the off season.” The Cougars are led by seniors Maddie Turbes and Baylee Meier and junior Bree Meier, all whom have been part of the varsity program for a few seasons. They know that the South Suburban Conference is tough. They hope to rise to the challenge this time around. “We will compete hard every game, every possession,” Iverson-Ohnstad said. The concern is several varsity minutes will be played by sophomores. The Cougars will count on Grayson Schroeder, Libby Swanhorst and Maddie Wolkow to play significant minutes. Just because they’re from the sophomore class, doesn’t mean the Cougars won’t compete. Since 6-foot-4 sophomore Kaitlyn Quandt played B-squad last year, she has improved after a terrific summer of AAU competition. “She will be a key player this year for us,” IversonOhnstad said. “We have a lot of sophomores who will see significant minutes playing this year.” The plan has worked so far. The girls won their season-opener 68-26 over Faribault on Tuesday. A big test will come Tuesday with a homecoming of sorts to Lakeville North.

Lakeville North As one of the most successful programs in Minnesota the past two years, the Lakeville North girls basketball team hopes to make that three. After winning the Class AAAA state title in 2010 and coming home with the bronze last season, the Panther squad has taken a serious hit thanks to graduation.

to the field, Chanhassen, has a strong roster. During early scrimmages against northeastern Minnesota clubs, the Tigers defeated Eveleth, Virginia and Proctor, allowing just one goal in each game. In the season opener, Farmington tied with Rochester John Marshall 2-2 with goals by Peterson and Olund and assists from Andy Rogers is at Donnelly and Hauswirth.

South’s new girls coach, Darwitz, excited over team’s prospects Lakeville South boys hockey armed with scoring talent by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Coming off one of the best seasons for any team in Minnesota, the Lakeville South girls hockey team is in a bit of a transition. Lakeville South won the conference title and qualified for the Class AA state tournament last season, but the girls lost several key members to graduation, including Chelsea Laden, Sam Moore, Morgan Fritz-Ward and Mara Post. The Cougars also have a new coach, who hopes to keep the team on the winning path. She happens to be one of the best players in women’s hockey history. Natalie Darwitz has taken over the Cougars team. She’s well versed in the world of South Suburban girls hockey, having played for Eagan and coaching as an assistant for the Wildcats between playing for the University of Minnesota and in the Olympics with the USA National Women’s Hockey team. She knows hockey, but taking over as a head coach has been a unique experience. “Being the head coach, a lot more is on your plate and it is ultimately your responsibility how the program is going,” Darwitz said. She has Dani Buehrer, KK Naasz, Tori Bailey and Ari Reid back on the ice after playing key roles in last season’s state tournament run. Darwitz feels the team has good speed and is willing to compete, but she admits it’s a young team with several eighth- and ninth-graders playing varsity. The goal is to get a little better every game. The Cougars’ early-season schedule isn’t easy. They started with a 2-1 loss to Edina, which was ranked No. 3 in the state in the preseason Let’s Play Hockey poll. The Cougars skated to a 1-1 tie going into the third period thanks to a goal by Reid. Goalie Taylor Gustafson stopped 32 shots. The girls tied No. 13 Lakeville North before Thanksgiving, 2-2. South earned its first win of the season with a 1-0 Andy Rogers is at victory over No. 12 North Wright County last week and Star players from the last two seasons Rachel Banham (Minnesota), Cassie Rochel (Wisconsin), Apiew Ojulu (Marquette), Hannah Hughes (St. Thomas) and Jaya Perkins (University of Minnesota at Crookston) are now playing basketball in college. Two key members of their state tournament title victory remain – Kenzie Hoelman, who plans on playing college basketball at Northern Illinois next season, and Taylor Stewart. Coupled with Simone Kolander, who played a vital role last season, the Panthers have speed and basketball smarts on their side along with an army of enthusiastic players. “We realize we graduated a lot of talent,” said coach Andy Berkvam. “I have six seniors that are anxious to prove they are solid basketball players and they have waited patiently for their turn. If we can get everyone going in the same direction and players accept their roles on the team, we will have a great year. We have the same high expectations.” Cassie Berkvam, Caroline Sjoberg, Erika Moede, Amanda Goodman, Lindsey Erstad, Allie Miller, Taylor Augustine and Rachel Ganske all saw the court during the Class AAAA state tournament last March. The team won’t have the height advantage they’ve had in the past. Another concern is depth off the bench. One plus is that the Panthers have the ability to play multiple defensive styles. “(The goal is to) compete for the conference, section and state championship,” Berkvam said. The Panthers have won 34 straight conference games, and they’re going for a new school record of 40 (set from 2001-03). The Panthers will play their sixth conference game on Jan. 10 against Eagan.

Few teams in the state went on a run like Farmington at the end of last season. The Tigers were 8-5 after finishing their own holiday tournament at the end of 2010, but went on to win 12 of 13 games and won the Missota Conference title leading up to the Section 1AA final against Lakeville South. That’s when Farmington’s season came to an end with a 6-2 loss, one game short of state. The Tigers went that far thanks to the positive play of Krystal Baumann and Hannah Alexander, but they both graduated after scoring 71 of the team’s 98 goals. The strength this year lies with the defense with Jessica Erchul back in goal and defenders Betsey Anderson, Katie Burgess and Molly Friedlund. The Tigers started the season with a 2-1 win against Rochester Mayo on Nov. 10, but lost four games to Hastings 3-2, Rochester Mayo 3-1, Chaska/ Chanhassen 8-1 and Wayzata 1-0. Haley Doll, Chloe Batta, Katelyn Burgess, Michaela Tonsager and Grace Gavin will try to make up the goals lost to graduation. Batta leads the team with three goals and Doll has one goal and two assists.

defeated Owatonna 6-2 on Monday. “We have battled with two top teams in the state and the girls are working hard and ready to compete,” Darwitz said. The girls will play host to Apple Valley on Friday and Farmington on Saturday.

Boys hockey The Cougars fell one long overtime game short of qualifying for the state tournament last season, losing to Lakeville North 2-1 despite outshooting the Panthers 5232 in the Section 1AA final. Lakeville South plans to advance at least one game further this time around. The Cougars return their top scorers – Justin Kloos, Alex Harvey, John Wiitala and Michael Chuinard. Kloos and Harvey are two of the top five returning scorers in the state. Charlie Heller and Joe Freemark join Harvey and Kloos as team captains. The team should be able to score. The question remains who will stop the other team from scoring. Tyler Schumacher and Hunter Ziniel are expected to anchor the net, but neither has much varsity experience. They will get some help from junior defenseman Cameron Jackson. “We do have a lot of talented returning players,” coach Kurt Weber said. “As with any year, it is important for everyone to find their role on the team and contribute at the highest level they can. Just because we have some talent doesn’t mean we will be successful. We need to work hard, work together and come ready to play every night.” The Cougars will kick off the season this weekend when Edina, the No. 6 ranked team by Let’s Play Hockey, comes to town for a 3 p.m. Saturday showdown. If that isn’t difficult enough, No. 2 Eagan is up next on Dec. 10. Other top 20 teams loom, including Burnsville, White Bear Lake, Bloomington Jefferson, Apple Valley, Eden Prairie and Hill-Murray. Andy Rogers is at

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