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.

On Saturday, Nov. 22, a group of EPHS girls swimmers and divers left the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. That exit marked the final moments of the 2021 EPHS fall sports season. The last few days of the season were busy for those involved with EP sports. There was the state football semifinal and the girls’ swim and dive state meet. The dust has since settled on these crazy few days. Here’s a look at how things went. Football Whether it was a fumble recovery on a muffed punt against Lakeville North or an interception early in the game against…

Read More

It felt at times that the Eden Prairie-Farmington game Nov. 12 was a two-part story. The first part featured a dominant Eagle offensive attack that punished the Tigers in a variety of ways. The latter part was about the EP defense attempting to hold an early lead against upstart Farmington. When the story ended, it was all smiles for the Eagles. They held onto their early lead and did enough to avoid a season-ending loss to Farmington as EP won 17-7 at Chanhassen High School to advance to the Class 6A semifinals Friday, Nov. 19 at U.S. Bank Stadium in…

Read More

After his team’s incredible comeback victory against Forest Lake in five sets, Eden Prairie volleyball coach Chad Becker told the media at Xcel Energy Center that his team was no stranger to coming back in matches during the 2021 season. “They’ve been doing this all year,” Becker said, per the Star Tribune. “Late in games, they find a way to come back. There’s no clock in volleyball. If you’re down 10, you can come back. They battle for every point. They’re very resilient.” The Eagles’ resiliency was tested once again in the state semifinals against East Ridge. However, EP could…

Read More

Ten years ago, the Eden Prairie volleyball team played in a historically tight match with Lakeville North for the state championship. The two teams battled it out for five sets before the Eagles emerged victorious. On Wednesday, Eden Prairie played a match against Forest Lake in the state quarterfinals that matched the epic nature of the Lakeville North tilt. After falling behind 2-0 in the match, the Eagles rallied to force a fifth set. After battling beyond the normal 15-point threshold in the deciding set, EP eventually emerged victorious and capped off a comeback for the ages, winning in five…

Read More
Advertisement
Advertisement
Give Where You Live - Donations to EPLN are matched by News Match

For just about every volleyball team across the state, the idea of making the 2021 state volleyball tournament has been top of mind since practice started in the middle of August. But for the Eden Prairie volleyball team, the dream of playing on the biggest stage dates back to the 2020 season, a shortened one that did not have state or section tournaments. The Eagles have accomplished that goal of making that state tournament. It’s the first time the school has made the tournament since 2014. Their latest run for a state title kicks off on Nov. 10 against Forest…

Read More

Based on the final Class 4A coaches’ poll of the season, it appeared likely that if Eden Prairie could emerge as the Section 2-4A champion, the Eagles would be one of the top five seeds in the Class 4A state tournament. On Sunday, Nov. 7, when the coaches met to determine the seeds, that became a reality. The Eagles earned the No. 2 seed and will play Forest Lake at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Xcel Energy Center. The practice of seeding the top five teams in MSHSL big-school state tournaments is a given for nearly all sports. Each…

Read More

As the third quarter drew to a close during Friday’s Eden Prairie-Lakeville North game, many heads were down on the Eagles sideline. EP, playing at home, trailed the Panthers 10-7 with its season on the line. Three plays later, however, the mood among the Eagle players did a 180-degree turn. EP jumped on a muffed Lakeville North punt. The mood improved even more plays later when the Eagles went ahead for good. They defeated an upset-minded Panther team 14-10 to advance to next week’s Class 6A state quarterfinals. Looking at the records of Eden Prairie (8-1) and Lakeville North (4-5)…

Read More

For the EP girls’ volleyball team, losing at home is not something that happens often. Especially this season. Heading into Thursday’s Section 2AAAA final against Chaska, the Eagles had not dropped a match at home. They kept it that way, defeating the Hawks in three sets—26-24, 25-19, 25-23—to capture the section championship and advance to next week’s Class 4A state tournament. The volleyball team will often play its regular season matches in EPHS’ auxiliary gym. But with the stage of a section final, the Eagles relocated to the main gym. And they needed the space. Both fanbases packed the inside…

Read More

As the temperatures cool, the fall high school sports season is slowly closing. But that doesn’t mean the EPHS portion of the fall season is done yet. Eden Prairie is still part of many of the fall sports conversations. This week, two of the most prominent include volleyball and football. Both squads face significant challenges this week. It starts with volleyball on Thursday, Nov. 4, and football on Friday, Nov. 5. Volleyball The EP volleyball team hosts the Class 4A, Section 2 championship match at home on Thursday. A win would mark the Eagles’ first state tournament appearance since 2014.…

Read More

Though the 2021 high school girls’ tennis season did not include many of the limitations that came during the most recent season thanks to COVID-19, EP coach Alexa Horoshak and her team dealt with challenges such as players out due to COVID protocols and injuries. “It felt like we haven’t had our same team every day,” Horoshak said. “There were a lot of ups and downs.” Despite some of those challenges the team faced, the results the team found were notable, whether it was the team’s run to the section 2AA final or success at the individual level. When it…

Read More