Author: Ryan Williamson

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.

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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Tied at one after two periods, the top-seeded Eden Prairie boys’ hockey team took things up a notch on Wednesday in the Class 2A state quarterfinals against St. Thomas Academy. The Eagles exploded for five goals in the game’s final 13 minutes as Eden Prairie went on to defeat the Cadets 6-2 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. With the win, Eden Prairie advances to Friday’s semifinals. In the opening period, the Eagles opened the scoring thanks to their power-play unit, which is scoring more than 30 percent of the time. Drew Holt, a member of Eden Prairie’s top…

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About one year ago, Eden Prairie boys’ basketball coach David Flom and his team gathered at Eden Prairie High School to celebrate their undefeated 2019-20 season that was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast forward one year later, and once again Flom and that group of players are once again celebrating a historic season. This time, it will be for the whole state to enjoy. The 2019-20 Eden Prairie boys’ basketball is the subject of a new documentary titled “The Perfect Season: Interrupted.” The 30-minute film debuts on FOX Sports North on March 26. Before the tip-off of…

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For the third consecutive season, the Eden Prairie boys’ hockey team is headed back to the Xcel Energy Center for the state tournament. On Wednesday, the Eagles’ faced off against Lake Conference rival Minnetonka in the Section 2AA final. Despite trailing by two goals in the second period, top-seeded Eden Prairie eked out an overtime victory and captured the section championship and moved on to next week’s state tournament. https://twitter.com/EPLocalNews/status/1374919806449766402 The Eagles had an easy trek to the section final as they defeated New Prague in the quarterfinals 9-1 and then besting Holy Family 6-0 this past Saturday in the…

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The Eden Prairie boys’ hockey team is one game away from a state tournament berth. On Wednesday, the top-seeded Eagles face Minnetonka in the section final at the Eden Prairie Community Center. If Eden Prairie can make the leap to the stat tournament, the Eagles will be going for their first state championship since 2011. Here is the link to watch Wednesday’s action: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe5yBIKOr2zzT53teeStRhg

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The winter high school sports postseason is fast approaching. One of the first EP squads to get into state tournament action is the EPHS dance team, which made it to the state tournament after finishing third in the Section 2AAA Kick competition. Meanwhile, plenty of Eagle winter sports squads are competing. That includes EP’s hockey squads, which both have big games this week. On Thursday, the EPHS girls’ hockey team faces off against Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Thursday. The Boys’ hockey team meets up with St. Thomas Academy on Saturday. With so much going on, we have put together a schedule…

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The Eden Prairie boys’ hockey team continues to roll through opponents as the 2020-21 season continues. The Eagles enter this week with a 10-1 record. However, they will face a tough test on Thursday. That day, Eden Prairie will face off against Mahtomedi, the defending Class 1A state champion. The Zephyrs are currently ranked No. 3 in Class 1A. Besides this game, there are plenty of others for fans to tune into when it comes to EPHS athletics. Here’s this week’s schedule along with where you can catch the action via livestream. Note: some streams require a paid subscription. Tuesday,…

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The COVID-19 pandemic rages on. With all of its effects, one is the increase for those who need assistance with food in our community. This group continues to help those in need. However, the group cannot do it with the help of others. Those looking to help PROP can drop off items to help those in need, donate money and more can head to propfood.org to learn more. Here are the top five things PROP needs this week. ShampooEgg noodlesTeaChiliDiapers: Size four and five

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