Girls and boys soccer teams advance to State

Emily Dillon is pictured above. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

Both the Wayzata girls and boys soccer teams will be advancing to the State tournament after victories Tuesday night.

Emily Dillon scored the lone goal for the girls, and St. Louis Park actually scored against itself in overtime during the boys game. 

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One-on-one interview with Cathy Iverson

The Wayzata City Council race is in full force with four candidates running for two open seats. Current Planning Commissioner Cathy Iverson sits down with Dan Gustafson of to discuss her campaign and policies.

All candidates have been invited to discuss their campaigns in the same manner. Stay tuned to for more info.

WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2018: Trojans Outlast Farmington in Offensive Shoot Out

Trojans Improve to 4-3 on the season on Senior Recognition Night. Up next: @Maple Grove.

Featured photo: Senior Bennett Fragomeni scored two touchdowns for Wayzata against Farmington. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

The Trojans squared off against the Farmington Tigers on Friday night. Right from the get-go, Wayzata’s offense looked eager to score. On the very first play, junior back, Malaki Jackson took an end-around for 59 yards, setting the Trojan attack up with excellent field position. Two plays later, Bennet Fragomeni pounded the ball in from the one; making it 7-0 Wayzata.

A quick three and out forced the Farmington offense to punt the ball away, and the second drive for the Trojan’s was no different. A big first play put Wayzata in Tiger territory. Soon after, Malaki Jackson took the handoff and walked in untouched from the 7 yard line.

Farmington Photo Gallery

Now up by a pair of scores, Wayzata focused on keeping their foot on the gas. Once again, the Trojans marched down the field and found themselves in red zone. From 6 yards out, Keaton Heide fired a dart to Connor Hale off of the play action for the touchdown. An impressive start for Wayzata put them up by three touchdowns in the first quarter.

Keaton Heide leaps down the field against Farmington.
© Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

On the defensive end, the Trojans matched the tone set by the offense. To open the second quarter, Jacob Beeninga picked off a deep ball thrown by Farmington’s Alex Berreth. Much of the pick can be credited to the front seven for Wayzata, who held their ground all throughout the second quarter. On the next drive for the Tigers they seemed to get some momentum going, but the Wayzata defense put a stop to their drive at the one yard line. A quick possesion after the goal line stand put the Trojans up by four scores with three minutes remaining in the half.

Jacob Beeninga returns a kick-off against Farmington. 
© Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

The Tigers then put together a late drive and scored with 1:17 remaining in the half to make the score 28-7 but, unfortunately for the Tigers, their momentum was halted as the Trojans came back to score in an unbelievable 45 seconds. The Tigers, left with about 30 seconds, attempted to drive down the field, but the hard-nosed Trojan defense held their own to maintain their lead. Score at the half; 35-7.

Wayzata opened the second half of play on defense. Opting to let some starters sit, the Trojan’s struggled to stick to their roles. Farmington took advantage of this lack of discipline and scored on the opening drive. On Wayzata’s next possession, a fumble in the backfield gave the Tiger’s the ball back. Quickly, Farmington turned this into points after a 20 yard TD pass.

Now just a two-score game, the Trojan offense continued their struggle to find a rhythm. After punting the ball away, the Farmington offense built off of previous momentum. From inside the red zone, Alex Berreth scrambled right and decided to run it in himself. Another missed extra-point made the score 35-26, still a two possession game.

On the next drive, Wayzata developed a sense of urgency and put together a solid drive. Taking just 5 plays to travel 63 yards, the Trojan’s capped off their possession with another touchdown from Heide to Hale.

A forced fumble by the Trojan defense set their offense up inside the 10. A couple plays later, the Trojan’s added to their lead, diminishing the hopes of a Farmington comeback. At the end of the third, the score read 49-26 in Wayzata’s favor.

Loshiaka Roques, Trevor Palesch, Joe Demro, & David Sandall converge on a Tiger rusher.
© Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

Wayzata chose to go with their second team offense to start the final quarter. A series of back-and-forth drives from both offenses ate up most of the fourth quarter clock, until Farmington scored with less than three minutes remaining. The Trojan’s then got the ball back and ran the remainder of the clock down. Final Score; 49-33.

Wayzata improves to 4-3 on the season. Watch for this Trojan team next week as they face Maple Grove next week at Maple Grove High School.

One-on-one interview with Jeff Buchanan

The Wayzata City Council race is in full force with four candidates running for two open seats. Current Planning Commission Chair Jeff Buchanan sits down with Dan Gustafson of to discuss his campaign and policies.

All candidates have been invited to discuss their campaigns in the same manner. Stay tuned to for more info.

Wayzata Boulevard Mill & Overlay

Dan Gustafson shoots video of Hennepin County crews resurfacing Wayzata Boulevard on Friday, October 5th, 2018. An official press release from Hennepin County is below:

Paving project in Wayzata

Earlier today, October 4, crews began repaving Wayzata Boulevard East (County Road 101) between Gleason Lake Road (County Road 15)/Bushaway Road and Central Avenue.

This work will be done in stages. First, the existing road will be grinded away (milled). Then, new road will be paved (overlaid). To complete the work, new striping and pavement markings will be added.

In an effort to complete this project quickly, crews will be paving overnight. Those in the immediate area can expect light construction noise and lights while crews are working.

Weather permitting, repaving work is expected to be complete and all lanes of Wayzata Boulevard East open the morning of Friday, October 5.

Repaving to impact traffic  expect delays

This work will be completed under traffic. This means people can continue to use the road. Expect delays and day-to-day traffic configuration changes when traveling through the area.

Staying safe

For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask that you obey all posted speed limits and slow down where crews are working.

Undefeated 2008 Wayzata Football team honored

State Champions gather for 2018 homecoming, donate $1,000 scholarship

Carson King, Chris Kroeten, Robbie Bathe, Bennet Rustad, Jake McPherson, John Ries, and D’Andre Anya present a check for a $1,000 scholorship to benefit a currnet Trojan Player.
© Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

The 2008 Wayzata Football team was honored prior to the Homecoming game with Eastview on October 5, 2018. Many former Trojans were in attendance, along with their families.

Wayzata Football moms Karen Tarpley, Becky Heflin, have fun with Assistant Director of Activities and Athletics Barb Beise. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

The group arranged for a pre-game meal and gathering on the lawn of the Wayzata Football Stadium where familiar faces and names greated each other with brights smiles and hugs.

Carson King, Brad Anderson, D’andre Anya, Robbie, Bathe, and Mark Ludvigson great each other to celebrate 10 years since the State Championship. 
© Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

The team arranged via a GoFundMe page to raise $1,000 for a scholarship for a current Trojan player who chooses to play at the college level. , “The players from the 2008 Wayzata Trojans Football, 5A State Champions, have come together to raise a charitable scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a Wayzata Football player from this year’s team, that has chosen to play football at a college level. This scholarship will be awarded by the head coach, Coach Lambert, at the end of season banquet.”

10 Year Reunion Photo Gallery

The Trojans were the first undefeated State Champ in school history, tied the school record with 13 wins, and scored the most points in a single season with 544. The team had the two highest scoring games in school history: 63 points vs. Armstrong & 70 points vs. Burnsville.

The 2008 Trojans avered 45.3 points per game, with an average margin of victory of 46.3 points. Wayzata outscored their opponents 308-33 in the first half. Other notable offensive statistics included the longest punt in school history at 82 yards, and the longest touchdown pass in school history at 98 yards. 

Head Coach Brad Anderson, Running Backs Coach Tim McNiff, and Offensive Line Coach Ty Baker. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

Wayzata’s running backs carried 346 times for 2,146 yards, 35 touchdowns, and averaged 6.2 yards per carry.

Defensively, the Trojans allowed 5 touchdowns in 142 possesions, scored 10 touchdowns, caused 57 turnovers, had 57 “3 and outs,” and recorded 54 sacks and 30 interceptions.

WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2018: Wayzata outlasts Eastview in 4th quarter thriller

The Trojans hosted the Eastview Lightning for their homecoming game on Friday night. From the opening drive, it was clear that this was going to be a defensive minded game. A scoreless first quarter showed that both teams struggled to gain their composure in what proved to be sub-par weather. With that being said, Wayzata turned to their running attack to provide production in the slippery conditions.

Eastview Photo Gallery

Senior back, Alec Underhill, returned to action this week after struggling with a petty knee injury. His presence opened up the Trojan offense and allowed for a change of pace in the backfield. Establishing an early running game was crucial for the Trojan’s play action attack as well. Halfway through the second quarter, Wayzata turned a 4th and 8 into a touchdown after tight end, Nick Kallerup, took a play action screen all the way to the endzone from the opposing 47 yard line.

Now leading by a score, it was up to the defense to maintain that momentum. Led by senior captain, Trevor Palesch, the Wayzata defense settled into their roles nicely. With an emphasis on pursuing the ball, Palesch, among other Trojans, totaled up 4 first half sacks. Along with constant QB pressure, the front seven held their own for most of the opening half. Swallowing  up the Lightning’s offense, the Trojan’s forced several 3 and outs.

Keaton Heide scores on a one yard QB keeper. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

On the next possession, Wayzata looked to add to their lead. A couple of nice runs by Vasser and Underhill helped get the Trojans to the 1. From a yard out, Keaton Heide faked the handoff and walked into the endzone on a quarterback keeper. Now 14-0; Eastview got the ball back with a couple minutes remaining. One big completion, and a defensive penalty by Wayzata set up the Lightning in the Red Zone. From 18 yards out, Eastview quarterback, Erik Reimann completed a pass to Larry Wright for late, first half touchdown. Heading into the half, Wayzata led; 14-7.

The Trojan’s looked to continue their quality ball pursuit as they opened the second half on defense. Their effort was strong on this opening drive, but unfortunately, the Trojan’s struggled to finish plays. The Lightning capitalized on these mental lapses and drove 91 yards down the field for
a score.

Reid Sanders kicks a field goal. © Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

Now tied at 14, the Trojan’s needed to respond. A solid drive by the Trojans sparked by a 57 yard scamper from quarterback, Keaton Heide, ended with a short field goal. Another three points on the board made the score 17-14 at the end of the third quarter.

Tyler Johnson & Joe Demro force an incomplete pass.
© Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

This defensive oriented game continued into the fourth quarter as neither offense could get anything going. With 7 minutes remaining, the Eastview offense faced a 4th and short in Wayzata’s territory. Opting to pass, the Trojan Secondary was prepared. Corner, Jacob Beeninga, broke up what would have been a first down, turning the ball over on downs. Each offense continued their struggle to drive the ball down field until the Eastview offense gathered enough rhythm to find themselves in Trojan territory. On a big 4th down, the Trojan defense made a stand. Defensive end, Joe Demro, beat his man and hit the quarterback as he was throwing, forcing an incompletion.

Taking over on downs, the Trojan’s looked to run down the clock. After picking up a key first down, Wayzata opted to let the time tick down. Final Score 17-14.

One-on-one interview with Johanna McCarthy

The Wayzata City Council race is in full force with four candidates running for two open seats. Incumbent Johanna McCarthy sits down with Dan Gustafson of to discuss her campaign and policies.

All candidates have been invited to discuss their campaigns in the same manner. Stay tuned to for more info. 

2008 Wayzata Football team will be honored at Homecoming game

Matt Tarpley catches a pass from Fritz Rock in the 2008 State Championship game. File photo.

The State Champion 2008 Wayzata Football team will be honored prior to kick-off on Friday evening as the 2018 team hosts Eastview.

Festivities will begin at 4:00pm, and all former Trojan players and their family members are invited–including an informal gathering after the game at the Medina Entertainment Center. 

The 2008 Team went 13-0 and defeated the Blaine Bengals at the Metrodome to win the State Championship.

From the MSHSL:

Senior quarterback John Ries threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wayzata Trojans to a 27-7 win over the Blaine Bengals in the Class AAAAA Championship game at Prep Bowl XXVII. The win capped an unbeaten 13-0 season for Wayzata, as the Trojans claimed their second state football title (2005 was the other).

Wayzata opened the scoring on the game’s first possession. The Trojans marched 73 yards in nine plays, capped by senior quarterback John Ries’ 18-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Fritz Rock. Blaine responded with a 14-play, 69-yard drive capped on a three-yard touchdown plunge by quarterback James Peterson. The senior signal caller converted a big fourth down-and-12 play late in the drive with a 27-yard completion to senior wide receiver Nick Rusin.

Both quarterbacks enjoyed solid first half numbers. Ries was 7-for-11 for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while Peterson was 10-for-15 for 92 yards.

Wayzata converted a huge fourth-and-10 pass play in the third quarter which resulted in a touchdown. Ries threw a lateral to Rock, who turned and tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Matt Tarpley.

A key interception early in the fourth quarter for the Trojans helped put the game on ice. Junior defensive back Jack Egan picked off a Peterson errant pass and returned it deep into Bengal territory. Two plays later, junior running back Chris Kroeten ran in from three yards out and with the PAT extended the Wayzata lead to 27-7.

Senior running back Garrett Engelhardt led the Trojans ground attack with 59 yards on 10 carries. Peterson led Blaine with 47 yards rushing on 20 carries. Peterson was 16-for-27 for 166 yards through the air. Blaine’s only touchdown of the game came on their first offensive possession in the first quarter.

The Bengals, who were making their 10th state football tournament appearance, finished the season 12-1. Blaine won the 1988 title, and finished runner-up in 1996, 1997, and 2001.

Community Conversation: Four Wayzata City Council Candidates Square Off

Residents made their way out of the cool fall air into the Wayzata Community Room for a forum featuring four candidates for city council Tuesday. Jeff Buchanan, Cathy Iverson, Barry Petit and incumbent Johanna McCarthy are vying for two city council seats. Current city council member, Steve Tyacke, is not running for reelection.

Tuesday’s event was hosted by the League of Women Voters Wayzata Plymouth Area and the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce. The forum was moderated by Deb Brinkman of the League of Women Voters.

Each candidate had a two-minute introductory statement. A series of 10 questions was asked of each candidate. A final two-minute closing statement was allotted each candidate.

As the sun set and the last rays showered the candidates seated on the east wall of the community room and the murmur of the more than 50 people in attendance faded, the forum began.

Attendees at the Wayzata City Council Forum – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

During his opening statement, Buchanan stated he has been a resident of Wayzata for 18 years. Buchanan discussed how he started a business in 1986.

Jeff Buchanan – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

“During my career there were two guiding lights. Do the right thing and It’s not about me, it’s about you,” said Buchanan. “I sold my firm and I’ve been looking for ways to give back to the community.”

Iverson positioned herself as a wife, mom and neighbor. Iverson shared that she had been on the Wayzata Planning Commission for seven years and that she has an interior design business. She said she wants the residents of Wayzata to have a say in the future of the city.

Cathy Iverson – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

“The thing I kept hearing over and over again is ‘my voice doesn’t matter’,” said Iverson.

“I’m ready to take the next step, I’m ready to get more involved.” She told those in attendance that she continues to hear from the community that, “my voice doesn’t matter.”

McCarthy, opened by stating she has been a resident of Wayzata for 20 years. She stressed safety as a concern and said she is focused on preserving the city and balancing development.

Johann McCarthy – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

“My focus is on preserving Wayzata’s small town feel and charm, balancing development with the needs of our residents and neighborhoods, maintaining our financial strength and low tax rate and protecting our neighborhoods while supporting our commercial core,” said McCarthy.

Petit painted a picture of Wayzata and asked the participants to think about how Wayzata will look in the future. He stated that Lake Street does not look anything like it did in the past.

Barry Petit – Image courtesy Wayzata Community TV.

“I bring experience to the council that can truly engage in the conversation about our visual future,” said Petit. “In essence, developers currently own Wayzata’s aesthetic future.”

Brinkman first asked the candidates what policies they stand for.

Petit said the city needs to define what the city’s design wants to be.

McCarthy stated that the city has strong policies, but the enforcement of those policies needs to be better enforced. “There’s more work to be done,” said McCarthy.

Buchanan said that the city is currently well run but that it needs to modernize its design standards.

Meanwhile, Iverson said the city needs to review the ordinances and needs a long-term vision.

She said she has concerns about the density of the city.

When asked about the challenges Wayzata faces, affordability was a topic of discussion.

Iverson said there isn’t enough affordable housing while Buchanan said that 42 percent of the housing stock is considered affordable by state standards.

Petit said that Wayzata is an attractive community and with that comes a “powerful force for development.” McCarthy also discussed the pressures of development.

The candidates appeared to agree that TIF (tax increment financing) was a good option for funding proposed development.

Iverson said that transparency of the city council is an issue.

Later in the forum, Brinkman asked the candidates how they will be in touch with residents’ needs.

McCarthy said she prides her ability to respond to citizens’ needs and concerns.

Petit said while considering disputes, residents need someone in city council who will make tough decisions.

Buchanan said it is important to be out in the community and that it is paramount to respond to residents.

Iverson said she is concerned people in Wayzata are not attending public meetings anymore. “Let’s get this room full again,” said Iverson.

During closing remarks, Petit pointed to his design work on the Village Shops strip mall and that he challenged the redesign of the Depot Park proposed by the Lake Effect architects.  

“My critique opened the council’s eyes to the severity of the design and they are now committed to preserving and expanding the green lawn.”

McCarthy pledged to continue to be available and to listen to Wayzata residents.

“Together, our local businesses and our diverse neighborhoods make Wayzata the special community that it is,” said McCarthy. “Wayzata is not a community of buildings, it is a community of people.”

Iverson closed by saying the city council needs diversity and transparency.

“I’ll work very hard to make sure that the responsiveness from the city council to the community is there,” said Iverson. “I don’t want hear people say anymore ‘my voice doesn’t matter.’ It does matter. Let’s fill this room again.”

Buchanan pointed to his work on the Wayzata 2040 Vision Statement  and Comprehensive Plan and said the plan offers a way forward for the community.

“We must keep Wayzata charming, keep Wayzata healthy, make Wayzata sustainable,” said Buchanan. “If elected, my promise to you is this: I will listen to your concerns and I will represent all of Wayzata.”

And that’s how the forum closed. The candidates shook hands and later mingled with the audience. The forum offered the residents who attended the event and those watching online and on television a chance to find out more about the candidates.

Voters will decide which two of the four candidates will represent Wayzata on Nov. 6. The winning candidates will serve two-year terms.

Missed opportunities plague #6 Trojans in loss to #1 ranked Lakeville North 42-13

Wayzata faced a tough opponent Friday night as they battled the #1 ranked Lakeville North Panthers. Early on, the Trojans struggled to find a rhythm on both sides of the ball. A first drive fumble stopped an otherwise solid drive, while a couple mental lapses on the other side of the ball opened up lanes for the Lakeville offense to score. After a quarter of play, Lakeville lead 14-0.

Lakeville North Photo Gallery

The second quarter opened up more productivity for the Trojans. Running-back Christian Vasser pounded one in from the 7 yard line, after senior linebacker Trevor Palesch, picked off Lakeville to set the Trojan’s offense up with solid field position.  A blocked extra point made the score 14-6.

This success was short lived as penalties haunted the Trojan attack when a crucial holding call brought back what would have been a 25 yard rushing touchdown for Vasser. This penalty proved to be costly as the Panthers popped off a 55 yard touchdown run on the very next drive. The Trojans showed some life at the end of the half, but penalties once again slowed the momentum of their offense. Following a failed fourth down conversion, Lakeville got the ball back and scored on a 53 yard touchdown pass to end the second quarter. Wayzata entered halftime with a 22-point deficit.

Sloppy play continued to cloud the Trojan effort during the second half. A fumble on a long opening drive stalled their offensive attack and gave
the ball back to Lakeville North. In hopes of sparking some success, Wayzata began rotating often at the tailback position. Three different Trojan backs saw production in the backfield, even with senior, Alec Underhill, out with a knee injury. This strategy helped keep North on their toes, but mental mistakes caused the Trojan offense to break down. A Panthers pick-six midway through the fourth quarter added to Wayzata’s troubles and the Panthers’ lead.

A touchdown pass fired at the 2-yard line from Heide to Wildermuth brought it back to a three score game, but with only four minutes remaining, this late rally came too little too late. The next drive for Lakeville North resulted in another 50+ yard touchdown run, further adding to the Panthers’ lead. Wayzata opted to bring in the 2nd-string players for the final drive of the game, but a lack of time stopped them from reaching the end-zone one last time. Final Score; 42-13.

WAYZATA FOOTBALL 2018: Trojans lose heart breaker at home against Eden Prairie

From the get-go, it was clear that this rivalry battle between two top 5 programs was going to be one tough-minded match up. Both team’s opening quarter play consisted of hard-nosed defense and a ground-and-pound mindset on the offensive end. This strategy was nothing new for the visiting Eagles, but for the Trojans, who are traditionally a spread-option team, this tactic proved to be a surprising move.

Eden Prairie Photo Gallery

Senior back, Alec Underhill watched the game from the sideline with what seemed to be a lingering knee injury. His absence proved to be detrimental for the Trojans attack as it took away their ability to change pace in the backfield, and likely contributed to the team’s decision to pound the ball up the middle. Junior ball carrier, Christian Vasser, took on the workload at the running back position, handling all but one of the first half carries for the Trojans.

It took a whole quarter of play for either team to score, but it was the Eagles who struck first on an 18 yard pass to wide receiver, Jackson Burke. Wayzata’s offense was quick to respond, and ultimately one-up Eden Prairie, as senior wide out, Connor Hale, hauled in a 55 yard bomb from quarterback Keaton Heide. The Trojans struggled to maintain this momentum as some killer penalties wiped out a few big gains for their attack. Eden Prairie capitalized on the final drive of the second quarter, making it 14-7 at the half.

The third quarter opened sourly for the Trojans, as it took just three plays for the Eagles to bounce one off for a 46 yard touchdown run. Now down two scores after three straight scoring drives for Eden Prairie, Wayzata’s offense faced some adversity. Relying heavily on production from running back Christian Vasser, the Trojans looked to tire the Eden Prairie defense one downhill run at a time. This wear and tear strategy proved successful for the Trojans as Vasser beat the Eagles defense to the edge and scored from the 14 yard line.

Now a one score game, the Trojan defense stepped up in a big way. After a quick three-and-out, the Eagles muffed a punt and set the Trojan offense up with excellent field position. Starting at Eden Prairie’s 14 yard line, the Trojans quickly capitalized and scored on a dart from Heide to Hanlin. Both offenses continued to trade shots for the remainder of the fourth quarter. First, Eden Prairie drove the ball down the field and scored on a run from inside the five, but their lead didn’t last as the Wayzata quickly responded with a drive of their own, capped off by a 14 yard touchdown from tailback, Christian Vasser.

Keegan Nickel stuffs an Eden Prairie Rusher. 
© Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

Tied at 28 a piece late in the fourth quarter, this offensive bout went down to the wire. As they did throughout the entirety of second half, both offenses marched down the field to trade scores. Wayzata converted from inside the five on a touchdown throw from Heide to Joe Demro to make it 35-34, Eden Prairie. Instead of kicking the PAT to tie the game and send it to overtime, the Trojans opted to go for two. Reaching deep into their playbook, Wayzata attempted a shuffle pass which resulted in an incompletion. The try for two was obviously a bold call, but when stakes are high, gutsy calls are needed to win games. Unfortunately, the night did not pan out the way the Trojans would have liked but an more opportunities lie in the future for this talented team. The Trojans will battle Lakeville North next week in what should square up to be an excellent test.