2015 Sports Review: The Good, The Great, The Champs
Jan 01, 2016 11:12AM
● By Doug Erlien
The past three months here at the Maple Grove Voice sports
desk has been amazing. In all honesty, there is no desk. It’s more
wherever I plop down and start clunking the keys on the computer. How do you
wrap up a year that produced so many amazing stories in our communities?
I love writing articles like this because, for a moment, it forces me to stop looking forward for an hour or two and look back at the people and events that gave us goosebumps, caused us to jump out of our seat and etched in the recesses of our minds memories we will never forget.
Osseo Run for the Title
I have thought about the run the Osseo Senior High School football team, led by head coach Derrin Lamker, made a lot since they celebrated on the turf at TCF Bank Stadium when they won their first Prep Bowl championship 14-13 over East Ridge in November. Every time I do, I smile. There are so many things to love about the run they had, but I think watching a team capture the imagination of an entire community was special.
Call it "Hercules 88" or call it "just hand the ball to Prince Kruah and find a body to block" - that was the mantra in the game winning drive that consisted of 16 plays and spanned 71 yards.
Davison Fastest to 1,000
Brad Davison is one of those kids that, years
from now, people will still be talking about. Brad
led the Maple Grove Senior High School football team as quarterback and continues to make significant impacts on the basketball floor - eclipsing the 1,000 point scoring mark faster than any other Crimson player
in school history (girls or boys). In just 62 basketball games, Davison became
the sixth boys player to hit the 1,000 mark on Dec. 29 against
No. 2 ranked Apple Valley.
Crimson Career Scoring Leaders
Brycen Wojta- 1334
Greg Martin- 1203
Mike Lochner- 1080
Josh Pedretti- 1052
Brad Davison- 1012
Once a Crimson Always a Crimson
Having a student athlete go to Harvard doesn’t happen that often. Two from the same school in a year is even more so. That’s exactly what Maple Grove’s Ben Shoults and Mackenzie Barta have done. Shoults, a 2015 graduate headed to Harvard to play football. In the fall, Mackenzie Barta signed her national letter of intent to head east to play basketball. The senior will eclipse the 1,000 point plateau this season and has been a leader on and off the court for the Crimson.
Jake Wieneke Named to All-American Team
2013 Maple Grove Senior High graduate Jake Wieneke was named to the 2015 American Football CoachesAssociation’s Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team. Wieneke, a sophomore wide receiver for South Dakota State led the Jackrabbits with 72 receptions for 1,472 yards and 11 touchdowns during the 2015 season.
Heritage Christian Academy Volleyball to State
The Heritage Christian Academy Eagles had come close to advancing to a state tournament in team competition. The Eagles finally broke through in the fall of 2015 when the volleyball team advanced to its first state tournament. After winning their opening round game against Verndale, the Eagles fell in three games to eventual champion Bethlehem Academy. The Eagles then captured third place with an epic 3-2 win.
One of the most dominant programs at Maple Grove Senior High has been the softball team. The Crimson have made four straight state tournaments and, in 2015, brought home another trophy finishing third. Finishing with a 24-3 record, the Crimson lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Eastview High School.
Collins Runs Wild
Whether it’s on the football field or the baseball diamond, Maple Grove Senior High student Issac Collins is a force. Collins racked up the awards this fall as a Mr. Football finalist, Star Tribune All-Metro, Minnesota Vikings All-State, AP All-State and Academic All-State. He signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Creighton.
New Basketball Facility
After years of planning the Osseo Maple Grove Basketball Association opened their new facility. After struggling to find gym times for all of the kids in the program, the new six court addition has been a welcome addition to the communities of Maple Grove and Osseo - a place for youth made possible through partnerships and collaboration.
So there you have it. Not a bad 2015 from a sports perspective. The winter sports are in full gear and will give plenty of great moments for 2016.
Happy New Year from Maple Grove Voice!
Editor's note: What is your favorite local sports moment from 2015? Share your highlights in comments below!