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.

Though we are in the midst of the spring sports grind, the Eden Prairie High School activities department recently announced a pair of hires for their winter programs. In recent weeks, EPHS has hired new coaches for girls’ hockey and wrestling. Girls’ hockey Shortly after the hockey season ended for both the boys’ and girls’ EPHS teams, there were two coaching openings. Now, both are filled. New EP girls’ hockey coach Steve Persian. Photo courtesy of Orono girls’ hockey Following the hiring of Mike Terwilliger, EPHS has found its new girls’ hockey coach in Steve Persian, per a release on…

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For the first time, an Eden Prairie High School alum is a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. On Thursday, the New York Jets selected Jermaine Johnson II with the No. 26 overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas. Johnson graduated from EPHS in 2017. Johnson was an all-metro standout for the Eagles’ defense. He started his collegiate career at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. After a year there, he spent time at Georgia before playing his last collegiate season in 2021 with Florida State, where he was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s defensive player of the…

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When the first round of the NFL Draft takes place on Thursday, April 28, in Las Vegas, one of the 21 potential draft picks will be an EPHS alum. The NFL recently announced the list of 21 attendees in-person for this year’s draft. That includes Jermaine Johnson II, who played his high school football at Eden Prairie before playing in college at Georgia and Florida State. Johnson is projected by many to be selected high in the first round of the draft. Johnson played football at EPHS and now may be a first-round NFL Draft pick. Photo courtesy of Florida…

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As the baseball season gets underway, the Eden Prairie Baseball Association (EPBA) is getting some help from one local business. Suburban Chevrolet in Eden Prairie announced on April 15 that the dealership would be partnering with the EPBA and Chevrolet’s national youth baseball and softball program. That partnership will mean new equipment, a monetary donation and access to instructional clinics. Though the partnership is through the local Chevrolet dealer, this is connected to Chevrolet’s national work to help youth baseball and softball players. The program is now in its 17th year, with more than 1,100 dealerships across the country participating…

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Editor’s note: EPLN Sports Editor Ryan Williamson asked each EPHS spring sports coach to give us a breakdown of their team and what’s to come. Here’s what this coach had to say. From baseball coach John Buteyn: We returned a lot of guys (12) from our varsity roster last year, having graduated only six seniors. We struggled in 2021, going 6-14 in the regular season. However, we learned a lot and were playing our best baseball in the section tournament, losing competitive games 4-3 in extra innings to Jefferson, who was the No. 1 seed, and 2-0 to Shakopee.  Much…

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Mike Terwilliger takes over EP boys’ hockey after 29 years of Lee Smith. Photo by Rick Olson For the first time in nearly 30 years, the EP boys’ hockey team has a new coach. On April 5, the Eden Prairie High School athletics department announced the hiring of Mike Terwilliger as the school’s next boys’ hockey coach. He takes over for Lee Smith, who retired after 29 seasons behind the bench for the Eagles. Terwilliger accepted this position following four years as the head coach of the Bloomington Jefferson High School team. He finished that time with a 40-54-2 record.…

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Editor’s note: EPLN Sports Editor Ryan Williamson asked each EPHS spring sports coach to give us a breakdown of their team and what’s to come. Here’s what this coach had to say. Here are some notes from EP softball coach Dan Rubischko as the softball season begins: The Eagles finished second in both the Lake Conference and the Section 2AAAA tournament last season.Kari Welter, a junior pitcher, returns to the circle and is expected to handle the majority of the innings for EP this season.Behind the plate is fellow junior Grace Streed. She earned the team’s most improved player award…

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Eden Prairie pulled off an upset to get into the 2021 state girls’ lacrosse tournament. Submitted photo by EP girls’ lacrosse Editor’s note: EPLN Sports Editor Ryan Williamson asked each EPHS spring sports coach to give us a breakdown of their team and what’s to come. Here’s what this coach had to say. From EP girls’ lacrosse coach Brooke Jones: Super excited for the season to start. Here’s what I’m looking forward to from our girls: We return a lot of players from the team that went to state last year — including seven seniors and our leading scorers (captains…

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The EP girls’ golf team won the Lake Conference and Section 2AAA crown last season before finishing fourth in the state meet. Photo submitted by coach Marty Teigen Editor’s note: EPLN Sports Editor Ryan Williamson asked each EPHS spring sports coach to give us a breakdown of their team and what’s to come. Here’s what this coach had to say. From EP girls’ golf coach Marty Teigan: The Eagles are anxious to get going with the 2022 season, knowing that they have work to do to repeat the success of the 2021 season. The team finished first in the Lake…

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Just a little more than a month after Eden Prairie boys’ hockey coach Lee Smith coached his final game for the Eagles, EP is now looking for a new girls’ hockey coach to go along with the boys’ vacancy. On March 31, Shakopee announced that former Eagle coach Jaime Grossman would be taking over the Saber program via Twitter. Grossman had been with EP since taking over prior to the 2011-12 season. https://twitter.com/SabersAD/status/1509562066994089985 The move comes as Grossman recently took on a new full-time job in the Shakopee school district starting this past fall. The district is where his family…

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