Author: Ryan Williamson

Ryan is an Eden Prairie native who grew up here and graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2012. Since graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2016, he has gone on to produce content for companies such as USA Hockey, Team USA, the Star Tribune’s High School Hubs and more. He is currently a freelance sports writer and production assistant at FOX Sports North.

Athletes see ups and downs of pandemic-stricken school year A high school sports season is broken up into three parts: fall, winter, and spring. This past school year, each one of these seasons proved to be much different. However, all of them manage to explain just how odd this past year was for sports, including at Eden Prairie High School. Fall It’s safe to say expectations are always high for the Eden Prairie football team these days. In 2019, EP suffered two losses in the regular season for the first time since 2012. Then, the Eagles failed to get past…

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Through mask mandates, abrupt endings, limited crowds and all the rest, the 2020-21 high school sports year was one that will not be forgotten any time soon. Said season wrapped up this past week. For some, there was disappointment, but for others, there was plenty to celebrate. That included an EPHS athlete capturing a state championship on Saturday. Here’s the final postseason update for the 2020-21 school year. Girls’ Track and FieldAs previously reported at EPLN, Nia Holloway has made a name for herself as an athlete, earning a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Minnesota. As of…

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A week ago, we covered all of the various high school sports playoffs taking place involving Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) teams. Seven days later, a lot has changed. For some teams, there has been the jubilation of success and advancing to state. On the other side of things, there is the disappointment and despair of defeat. Here is where things stand as we head into the final week of the 2020-21 high school sports season in Minnesota. Softball As the No. 6 seed in the Section 2-4A softball tournament, it certainly was going to be a tall task for…

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With a two-month window and spotty spring weather, the Minnesota spring high school sports season is generally a race to the finish. Thanks to the pandemic the push to the end has been taken up a notch. The spring sports seasons have been condensed, including the postseason. In a normal season, postseasons are a little more spread out. But not this year. Just about every spring sport has consequential action. To prepare for a wild week of sports involving EPHS squads, here’s where we are at in terms of postseason action. Boys’ Golf Monday is the second round of the…

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It’s the time of the year when school is wrapping up, and students are heading off to summer. But for many athletes at Eden Prairie High School (EPHS), there is one last thing to do and that is finish their spring sports season. Over the next few weeks, a number of spring sport section and state tournaments will be happening across the state. Some will include EPHS athletes. To preview the upcoming action, we are breaking down each team as they begin their postseason journey. Our first preview is the EP softball team. Regular-season record: 12-8, 8-4 in Lake Conference…

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As a 10-year-old hockey player, Grace Kuipers stood out from the rest of her peers—literally. “I saw (Kuipers) when she was at the U10 level,” said EPHS girls’ hockey coach Jaime Grossman. “She jumped in and was three times faster than any other player.” Since then, Kuipers turned into a top-performing hockey player with a future in Div. I hockey after a standout career with the Eden Prairie girls’ hockey team. A standout from the start As the coach of the highest-ranking EP girls’ hockey team, Grossman routinely checks out the younger players who soon may star for the Eagles…

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At the end of a championship game, tears are most often reserved for the losing team. But on the ice of the Xcel Energy Center, the tears being shed were happy ones. They came from the Eden Prairie boys’ hockey team. The Eagles had just captured a state championship, a moment that was a long time coming for many players, including senior forward Carter Batchelder. A long waitMore than a decade before Batchelder took the ice for the Eden Prairie varsity squad, the golden age of the Eagles’ boys’ hockey program was underway. With no state championships prior to 2009,…

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There is something that I have always loved and dreaded about heading into a big-time sporting event. Whether it be the NFL playoffs or a high school state tournament, that sense of intensity and high stakes nature always makes me giddy. On a Saturday night in early March 2020, my mom, dad, brother and I filed in, shoulder to shoulder, along with tens of thousands of other people to watch the Class 2A boys’ hockey state championship game between Eden Prairie and Hill-Murray at the Xcel Energy Center. As we made our way through the packed crowd, that sense of…

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Just one day prior to Saturday’s Class 2A state championship game, the Eden Prairie boys’ hockey team found itself in the middle of a high-scoring battle in the semifinals. The game itself had to be decided in overtime. In said championship game, the Eagles once again headed into overtime. However, Saturday’s game did not match Friday’s in term of offensive prowess. EP found itself in a 1-1 battle with Lakeville South in the state final. Playing three periods and into a second overtime, the Eagles once again found some offensive magic. Jackson Blake scored a little more than two minutes…

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About 10 years after the Eden Prairie High School boys’ hockey team won its most recent state championship in a game for the ages, the Eagles won an epic game in the 2021 Class 2A state semifinals that will soon stand closely behind it. Eden Prairie played a knock-down, drag-out fight against Maple Grove on Friday. After a game filled with plenty of back-and-forth, the Eagles eventually won another potentially epic state tournament game, 6-5, and live on to play Lakeville South in Saturday’s Class 2A state championship game.

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