Author: Daniel Huss

The 16-, 17- and 18-year-old boys on the Eden Prairie High School football team weren’t thinking about being their school’s first-ever conference champions in 1970, but simply being conference champions. “I don’t remember being first as being any part of the narrative at the banquet,” said George Adzick, a sophomore receiver on the 1970 team. “It was never, now we’re finally champions. It was just we are champions.” 1970 Eden Prairie football coach John Ryski celebrated his team’s good fortune. Eden Prairie High School fielded its first football team in 1958. “That senior class included four boys,” recalled Curt Connaughty,…

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Humans can be both dogged tired and doggone hot, but so can our dogs. Now is the season. Walking Sport or Fido around the block might be a good summer pastime, but is it a good training regimen for a hunting dog, a dog that might be tasked to cover 20 miles of cover per day? Eden Prairie’s Jim Wood, a veterinarian who practices at Glen Lake Animal Hospital, knows of dogs who have been pushed too hard and too fast when it’s been too hot. “They’re canine athletes, but you have to ease them into it, especially early season…

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The game of cricket is the world’s second most popular sport When asked what he likes most about playing cricket, 13-year-old Mayank Jain mentions bowling and batting before deciding on  “everything.” Jain, whose dad used to play the sport, was attending an MVP Youth Cricket Try-it Free event held at Eden Prairie’s Nesbitt Preserve Park. A number of local youth were in attendance, some even not so local. “I’m not surprised by the interest,” said organizer Sanjaya Ranasinghe. “There’s a need and there are few local programs.” MVP Youth Cricket’s first summer session, which runs through the middle of July,…

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In his first week as Eden Prairie High School’s new activities coordinator, Trevor Mbakwe experienced his first Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. OK, he may have experienced his first high school hockey game. Having served as Irondale High School’s assistant athletic director, Mbakwe comes to Eden Prairie with activities experience. In addition, he’s nearly completed his master’s degree in sports management. Worldly experience? The former Big Ten rebounding champion played seven years of professional basketball overseas. His teams have hailed from Italy, Germany, Israel, Russia, Japan and Greece. “I saw a lot of the world,” said Mbakwe. He started…

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‘I still hear about it, and it (game-winning goal in triple overtime) happened 10 years ago’ Ten years ago to the day (March 12, 2011), Kyle Rau had the senior moment of all senior moments, the walk-off of all walk-offs. Rau, then an Eden Prairie High School senior, scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 triple-overtime win over Duluth East in the Class AA Minnesota State High School League state tournament championship game. He scored the goal while sliding across the Xcel Energy Center ice on his belly. The first assist went to his twin brother Curt. “Because of the…

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While Dick “Emmy” Emahiser’s most recent address was listed as Crosslake, Minnesota, his home will always be Eden Prairie. Still, if you said his real home was a hockey rink, you wouldn’t be wrong. Emmy passed on Friday, February 19, when his big heart was attacked, mercilessly. “I first met him when I was senior at Edina,” said Mike Terwilliger. “He was helping coach the JV team with Bob O’Connor. O’Connor would go on to work for USA Hockey and serve as the assistant coach of the 1984 and 1988 Olympic teams. Emahiser was USA Hockey’s first-ever Developmental Coach of…

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Former Eden Prairie Football Association standout is Buccaneers starting safety It’s a good bet Antoine Winfield Jr., the son of three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield, recorded his solo first tackle in his family’s living room. Fast forward to his grade-school days and you have Antoine Jr. playing his first organized football as a member of the Eden Prairie Football Association. On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie takes his game to the Super Bowl. “I remember watching him play in the third, fourth and fifth grade,” said Eden Prairie High School football coach Mike Grant. “He was always one…

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Lost in the Eden Prairie High School boys basketball team’s 48-45 season-opening loss to No. 1-ranked Hopkins? When the Eagles fell to the Royals on Friday, January 15, it snapped a stretch of nearly 22 months of winning basketball. Since losing to Lakeville North in the quarterfinal round of the 2019-20 state tournament, Eden Prairie rattled off 30 straight wins. Note: The Covid-19 pandemic stopped last year’s campaign mid-postseason (Eden Prairie was preparing to play Shakopee in the Section 2-4A title game when the season ended). “The loss wasn’t that significant,” said Eden Prairie Coach David Flom. “This year is…

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SoCal Showdown winner raising funds to compete in world-rankings tournament A friend’s text sent Eden Prairie’s Rachel Withers to her computer. There it was; confirmation. The email welcomed Withers to United States Archery’s Junior National Team. Withers, a high school senior taking online classes through Brigham Young University, competes in the women’s compound division, ages 15-19. While her inclusion on the 5-member team came as somewhat of a surprise, it shouldn’t have. “I won the SoCal Showdown a couple months ago,” said Withers, “and then placed fairly high (12th) at the Indoor Nationals in Cincinnati.” Withers also counts top-10…

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Prior Lake High School Activities Director Russ Reetz said there were only a few jobs he would be willing to leave his great job for, and Eden Prairie was one of them. In September, Mike Grant announced that he would be stepping away from the Eden Prairie Activities Director role he has held for 19 years, making available one of those jobs Reetz had coveted. In November, Reetz was named Eden Prairie’s Associate Principal of Student Activities. “It’s a new role that will be developed over time,” said Reetz, of the Associate Principal tag that had been attached to the…

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