Fall Football Pickup Game in Front of the Wayzata Depot

Elisha and I were over by the Wayzata Depot after the dissapointing Vikings loss today as we wanted to get out of the house and see what was going on. We found what appeared to be a family in the middle of a pickup football game. Check out the pre-snap in front of the Depot, the streak down the field, and the reception in front of Lake Minnetonka and Wayzata Bay. You couldn’t make it up if you wanted too.

They also appeared to be folding up tables and crock pots from a picnic in Wayzata on a rainy day.

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Time lapse video – Drive from Delano through Wayzata to St. Paul

This is a very cool video that takes the viewer from Delano, MN to St. Paul along Highway 12/394/94. It shows all the construction at the Long Lake and Wayzata border. I read a sign there the other day that said the construction was scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2009–can that be right? Seems like it has been under construction for over a year already! I cannot wait until they have the Long Lake bypass done! Anyway, check out Delano, Independence, Maple Plain, Long Lake, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis and St. Paul along this heavily traveled road. It’s time lapse, so it takes just a couple of minutes as compared to the hour it would take in light traffic.

Wayzata adds new water tank under tennis courts – Lakeshore Weekly News

The Lakeshore Weekly News has a real nice article about the water tank that is going to be buried underneath the Tennis Courts at Klapprich Park. The tank will hold 500,000 gallons of water for the City of Wayzata. Other improvements include a new water treatment plant, and a new well house. For Wayzata.com’s original writeup on the September 2nd City Council meeting, click this link.

Image courtesy Hennepin County.

Wayzata Alum James Laurinaitis Calls Ohio State loss to USC “Disappointing”

Well, OSU’s season isn’t turning out exactly like Wayzata Alum James Laurinaitis would like. The Buckeyes lost to USC 35-3 on Saturday.

“Obviously it’s very disappointing,” said Ohio State middle linebacker James Laurinaitis in an interview with Nathan Rush of Athlon Sports. James turned down NFL millions to return for his senior season in his hunt for a national championship. He went on to say, “We’ve looked forward to this game for a long time and we didn’t play like we wanted.”

For a full writeup on the game, visit this New York Times article.
Image courtesy Ohio State Buckeyes.

Wayzata.com thanks you the reader and needs your help spreading the word

Hello Wayzatian,

Dan here. Thank you for your participation and interest in Wayzata.com. I have met so many people and gotten many emails from people in our community expressing their support and enthusiasm for the site. Linda Muller told me that someone emailed her picture from Wayzata.com and that she could not believe that it was up there. Mayor Andrew Humphrey wrote me and said, “What a great site and an asset to the community! Well done,” Coach Brad Anderson of the Wayzata Football team thanked me for the coverage of the Trojans. The point is that Wayzata.com is headed in the direction that works for the community, and I need your help to spread the word.

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Weekly Roundup: Wayzata.com’s Top 5 stories of the week, Sept. 8-12

Wayzata saw a flurry of activity this week. It was hard not to find something interesting to do or watch. Additionally, you can find this list of Top 5 Stories of the week being published in the Trojan Tribune, the Wayzata High School Newspaper. Editor Krista Logelin will continue the tradition of posting these Top 5 stories for the 2008-2009 School Year. Let’s get to it!

Wayzata Trojans Football rolls over Armstrong 63-7

The Wayzata Football Trojans rolled over the Armstrong Falcons tonight in the Battle of 494. The win is Wayzata’s 2nd in the conference and makes the Trojans 3-0 and sitting atop the Classic Lake Conference standings.

Wayzata won the field position battle in the first quarter but was unable to capitalize in the way of points. A summary of notable plays in the first quarter:

  • Armstrong received the ball first and started at their own 19 yard line. Wayzata Trojan Kevin Potas and the defense stopped the Falcons on their first drive.
  • The Trojans received a punt and started at midfield. The drive stalled with a couple of missed connections in the passing game despite Chris Kroeten’s strong running.
  • Armstrong started their second drive on their own 31, and Paul Hoffer intercepted a Falcon pass at midfield and ran it back to the 30 yard line.
  • Trojans started from the Falcon 30 yard line, had a number of strong runs by Chris Kroeten, but John Ries fumbled the ball on the 7 yard line.
  • The Trojans defense kept the Falcons from doing anything as Grant Olson made an outstanding tackle and Chris Meyers defended a long Falcon pass attempt.

The second quarter was markedly different. The Trojans got their offense going, and the defense continued to be stout:

John Ries threw a number of great passes, first to Cecil Doe for a long gain and then to Matt Tarpley for Wayzata’s first Touchdown.

  • Paul Hoffer intercepted an Armstrong pass and returned it about 20 yards.
  • A Trojan fumble on the first play of the ensuing drive turned the football back over to Armstrong
  • Daryl Brown had an outstanding 40 yard punt return to electrify the crowd and motivate his team by getting to the Falcon 6 yard line.
  • John Ries threw a pass to Wayzata tight end Ryan McGregor who was left all alone in the back of the endzone for an easy score to make it 14-0.
  • AJ Troup made a great interception.
  • Kevin Knight scampered into the endzone for a 13 yard touchdown to make it 21-0.

As the first half ended, the defense began to swarm as they gained confidence and the Falcons effort began to diminish.

The third quarter is when Wayzata began to pour it on with a bevy of offensive scoring, strong defensive play, and a bunch of points.

  • Trojans Chris Kroeten and Kevin Knight strung together a couple of nice long runs. A host of Trojans kept the football moving for Wayzata.
  • John Ries threw a pass to Cecil Doe who did a shake and bake to put the ball into the end zone to make the score 28-0.
  • Trojan defender Tobi Okuyemi fell on a fumble to start another Wayzata offensive drive.
  • The next Wayzata drive ended with John Ries threw a 17 yard touchdown pass to Fritz Rock to make the score 35-0.
  • Trojan linebacker Grant Olson recovered a fumble to start another set of downs for Wayzata.
  • Kevin Knight scampered into the end zone from 17 yards out to make the score 42-0.
  • Chris Lindsey scored on a touchdown with a 1 yard run to make it 49-0

The fourth quarter turned into a running clock because Wayzata led Armstrong by more than 35 points in the fourth. Highlights included:

  • Duncan Sallstrom turned an interception into a touchdown with a 20 yard return to make it 56-0.
  • Aaron Roth made a big splash with a 51 yard dash into the endzone late in the fourth quarter to make in 63-0.
  • Armstrong’s Dwight Bates kept the Trojans from making it a shutout with a 55 yard scamper.

Coach Anderson said this to his team after the game. “Never look at a victory and turn your nose up at it. We weren’t perfect tonight, but victories are tough to come by and you have to celebrate them. I thought our defense played great the whole game. Offensively, we didn’t play well in the first half, fumbled the ball, three or four times, just didn’t take care which is what you have to do if you are going to be good club. While we are disappointed with how we played offensively in the first half, we still put up 21 points and second half I thought we executed a lot better.”

Cecil Doe had this to say about the game as well: “We started slow, made some mistakes in the first half. Coach told us you can’t play down to your opponent, you have to play hard every play.” He also described his touchdown scoring play, “I ran the wrong route actually. I shook the guy, I was supposed to run a little angle route, but I just ran straight cause I was open. I flipped my head around right away and the ball was there. When I saw the endzone, I said I gotta get there.”


The Trojans did very well against Armstrong tonight. It would have been nice to have skunked the Falcons, but winning as big over another team is always uplifting. The Trojans need to work on not turning over the ball via fumbles. The defense is playing very well, and the offense is capable of scoring with a number of different players, running backs, receivers, and quarterbacks. Stay tuned all the latest Wayzata Football news. Announced attendance was 64,871.

Wayzata.com is your Battle of 494 leader.

Jeff Martin – Fan of the Week

Jeff Martin attended the Wayzata versus Armstrong varsity football game. He and his wife Laura have lived in Plymouth for 28 years. His kids have all graduated from Armstrong, but we won’t hold that against him since he now helps out around the booth at the Wayzata home football games. Congratulations Jeff, you are the Wayzata.com Fan of the Week.

City of Wayzata begins Quite Zone work for Rail Road

This information was and is on the City of Wayzata’s website yesterday afternoon.

“The Arlington railroad crossing, at the east end of Lake Street, will be closing beginning Thursday, September 18, 2008. The crossing will be closed to allow BNSF to make repairs to the crossing and to begin construction on the City’s Quiet Zone median improvements. The crossing will be closed through Friday, September 19, 2008. The suggested detour will use 101 to Wayzata Blvd to Superior Blvd. Thank you for your cooperation. For additional information on Wayzata’s quiet zone improvements, click here. “
I think Wayzata residents who live near the Quite Zone will sleep better at night upon completion for a long time to come!

Christopher Karls of Wayzata has been charged with burglary

KAAL TV, the ABC affiliate in Rochester is reporting that:

“New charges have been filed against a 24-year-old man who was charged with six felonies in the knifepoint rape of a 20-year-old woman in an apartment near the University of Minnesota back in May of last year.
Christopher Karls of Wayzata has been charged with burglary, after a woman found him hiding in her closet. Police suspect Karls was planning another attack.”

For the full article, you can click here:
For the original Star Tribune article about Karl’s rape charges, visit this link from the Star Tribune:
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for all the latest breaking news.

AARP 8-Hour Defensive Driving Course

AARP will be presenting a defensive driving course on Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. Class sizes will be limited, so register early. You can do so by calling Patti Westerdahl at 952-476-7873. The classes will be held at Wayzata City Hall Council Chambers, at 600 Rice Street. A light supper will be provided and the cost is $18. The event is sponsored by the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition.