Trojans move to 1-3 with tough loss to Eden Prairie 📷

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Your Wayzata Trojans football team fell to 1-3 on the season with a tough 41-7 loss to the #1 ranked 4-0 Eden Prairie Eagles.

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Wayzata Head Coach Lambert Brown, in his first year for the storied program, told his team after the game that it was time in the season to “Keep fighting,” and to “combine the desire to fight with execution.”

Eden Prairie scored early and often behind the play of QB Cole Kramer who completed 5 passes on 7 attempts for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Eagle rushing attack was lead by Solo Falaniko who carried 11 times for 111 yards and two touch downs.

For Wayzata, QB Marco LoPesio completed 5 passes on 9 attempts for 51 yards. Christian Vasser rushed 10 times for 28 yards, Deshawn Cockrell carried 16 times for 24 yards, and Brody Bjork carried twice for 2 yards and a TD. Charles Engdahl lead the Trojans in receptions with 4 catches for 48 yards.

Brody Bjork
Brody Bjork scores a TD against Eden Prairie in the 41-7 loss.

The Trojans host 3-1 Lakeville North on Thrusday, September 28th.

View Dan Gustafson’s photo gallery from the game here:



Joseph Patrick Cranny obituary

Editor’s note: The Wayzata Football team and School District suffered a very tough loss with a life cut short when Joe Cranny passed away on September 8th. Joe and his wife Sarah are the parents of Wayzata Football alum Luke Cranny and Senior Defensive Back Andrew Cranny. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. Obituary republished courtesy David Lee Funeral Home.

Joseph Patrick Cranny
May 12, 1964 – September 8, 2017

Cranny, Joseph Patrick was born on May 12, 1964 to Mary Jean and Patrick Cranny in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He passed away September 8, 2017 at his home in Plymouth, Minnesota.

The blonde-haired. blue-eyed boy lived in Canton, South Dakota until he was 9 years old and then moved to Tempe, Arizona. Joe graduated from Tempe High School where he had many friends and played a lot of basketball.

Joe attended the University of San Diego and graduated with his BA in Business Administration in 1986. After college Joe immediately started working in the insurance industry. Joe was successful in his 30+ years in the industry because of his ability to build solid relationships with staff, agents and clients. Most recently, Joe held the position of Vice President,
Minneapolis Branch for CNA. Prior to that he spent 10 years with the Hanover Insurance Group.

Joe loved his family and life at the lake. Joe was an excellent cook and passed this love on to many members of his family. Joe really enjoyed making Sunday dinners for Sarah’s father, Jim. Joe also enjoyed watching his boys participate in sports. Joe loved golf and his golf trips with friends and family. Joe and
Sarah recently built their dream home on Lake Edward just north of Brainerd, Minnesota.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Mary Jean Cranny. Joe is survived by his wife, Sarah and their two sons – Luke, a freshman at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and Andrew, is a senior at Wayzata High School.

Also survived by his five siblings, Joan Huelsebusch, San Diego, CA; Michael Cranny (Deb), Brainerd, MN; Kathleen Mooney, Dayton, MD; Mary Cranny Paul (Ed), Phoenix, AZ and Tim Cranny (Toni), St. Paul, MN. Joe also leaves behind many special nieces, nephews and in-laws. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Church of St. Mary of the Lake, 105 North Forestview Lane, Plymouth with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Bay Bell Battle as Trojans host #8 Minnetonka in football

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Your Wayzata Trojans (1-0) will host the #8 ranked Minnetonka Skippers (1-0) tonight in the annual Bay Bell Battle. It’s an annual tradition where the winner of the game holds a traveling trophy.

The Bay Bell Battle is an annual Tradition.

The Trojans will look to build on their successful offensive effort over Rosemount from last week. Trojan Junior Quarterback Keaton Heide completed 15 passes on 23 attempts and 1 touchdown last week. Tight End Billy Riviere caught 5 passes for 47 yards and a TD, while Charles Engdahl and Brody Bjork each caught 3 passes for 38 and 43 yards respectively.

In the rushing attack against Rosemount, Deshawn Cockrell carried 16 times for 154 yards and a TD, while Alec Underhill rushed 11 times for 75 yards and a TD.

Deshawn Cockrell dives over the goal line to score a TD against the Rosemount Irish.

Defensively, the Trojans bent but didn’t break with a key stop in the 4th quarter as the Irish were threatening. As part of the effort, Cade Ciarrocca caught an interception Rosemount QB Max Carter.

Minnetonka junior Aaron Syverson scored two rushing touchdowns and threw for a third in a victory over Eagan last week. Other players to watch for included running backs Adam Livingston and Tamar Hopkins, as well as receiver Owen Freese.

The Trojans will also have to pay attention to Skipper kick returner Daniel Viger who gained 87 yards and a TD against Eagan.

Stay tuned to for photos, videos and game summarys all season long.

Photo gallery: Trojans victory over Rosemount 28-27

Wayzata Football took down #9 ranked Rosemount last night with a come from behind victory of 28-27. It was the first outing for new Head Coach Lambert Brown and the new look Trojans.

The Trojans grit and determination showed clearly as Wayzata found themselves down in the 2nd half. “I’m proud of the way our kids fought, to end game 1 as 1-0 is a positive.”

The Trojans will take on #8 ranked Minnetonka next week in the annual Battle for the Bay Bell.

Check out the photo gallery from Wayzata Football‘s come from behind 28-27 victory over #9 ranked Rosemount:


Trojan Football to open season vs Rosemount

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Your Wayzata Trojans football team will open the season hosting Rosemount on Thursday evening, August 31, 2017. Kick off is scheduled for 7pm at Trojan Stadium.

The Trojans new Coach is Lambert Brown, who served for one season as Assistant Head Coach with previous longtime leader Brad Anderson.

A Star Tribune article highlights the expectations and history of the program, including three State Titles and Five Prep Bowl appearances from 2004-11. Another recent video by CCX media gives some insight into the Trojans upcoming season.

Wayzata will look to rebound from a 2 win season last year. Stay tuned to for premiere photojournalism coverage of the Trojans.

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Volleyball falls to #3 Lakeville North 3-0 📹

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CCX Media: “The Wayzata volleyball team will have a lot of new faces on the court this fall but are still aiming to challenge for conference and section titles. The Trojans lost almost everyone who saw significant playing time last season. Wayzata’s finished as Section 6AAA runner-up in each of the past two seasons.”

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CCX Media: New coach leads Wayzata football at opening practice 📹

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From CCX Media: “Though most high school football teams work out together for much of the summer, it’s a different feeling when official practices begin. That was the case Monday morning at Wayzata and at schools around the northwest suburbs.”

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“Lambert Brown started his first day of his first season as Trojans head coach. Brown came to Wayzata last season as assistant head coach, and he takes over for Brad Anderson, who won 10 conference titles and three state championships in his 18 seasons as head coach.

Brown was activities director at Maple Grove before getting back into teaching and coaching last school year.”

Wayzata / NFL Alum James Laurinaitis to join Big 10 Network 📹

Wayzata / Ohio State / NFL Alumni James Laurinaitis is joining the Big 10 network:

The former Buckeye will host a weekly show for SportsTime Ohio, according to a Star Tribune article. Check out a recent appearance on the NFL Network:

CCX Media: Wayzata wins Gopher Classic 📹

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“With nine wins in just five days the Wayzata American Legion baseball team captured the championship Tuesday in the Gopher Classic tournament. Wayzata beat West Fargo 3-2 in the final with Jack Rothstein driving in Danny Deis with the winning run in the seventh inning. In the four playoff games at the 96-team tourney Wayzata allowed just two runs.”

Ryan Johnson Named 2017 National Strength Coach of Year

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Ryan Johnson WHS Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Submitted photo.
Ryan Johnson WHS Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Submitted photo.

Wayzata, MN: Congratulations to Ryan Johnson for being named the 2017 High School Strength and Conditioning Coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ryan becomes the 26th recipient of the award, which has been handed out since 1991. Award winners are selected by a volunteer committee, the NSCA’s Coaching Task Force, who determine the winner based on their contributions to the NSCA, their community and the strength and conditioning profession.

Ryan teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the strength and conditioning coordinator for Wayzata Public Schools, a position he began in 2000. Wayzata athletics have captured 54 team state titles in his tenure and Ryan works directly with the three-time state champion football program as director of operations and player development. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is the Minnesota NSCA State Director. In 2010, he was named the NSCA Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. In 2013, he was named the NSCA State Director of the Year.

A former volunteer firefighter, he also received an Award of Merit from the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety for participation in a lifesaving CPR/AED effort to revive a player that suffered sudden cardiac arrest while at practice. Ryan is a frequent clinician, speaker and his Wayzata Trojan Power program has been visited by over 50 other high school and small college programs. He also volunteered his time in the Rockford School District where he and his wife and four children reside by serving as the Rockford Area Athletic Association President and Youth Football Director.

Congratulations to Coach Johnson for this well-deserved award,” said Scott Caulfield, NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. “He has changed many lives and exemplifies what it is to be an NSCA professional. We are proud to have him as a member.”

Ryan will receive his award at the 40th Annual NSCA National Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV from July 12-15.