Classic Lake preview

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 30, 2007 - 12:13 AM

Wayzata is accustomed to finishing at the top of the Classic Lake. Finishing with a .500 record overall is a different story. After two consecutive Prep Bowl finals, including a state championship in 2005, the Trojans suffered through an inconsistent season a year ago. Don't expect that to happen again.

(In predicted order of finish)

Wayzata Trojans

Coach: Brad Anderson, ninth year

The lowdown: Anderson will count on his defense, led by senior all-state linebacker Jeff Schuette, until a young offense gets in sync. QB Matt Tarpley and WR Fritz Rock will give opponents fits the next two years.

Minnetonka Skippers

Coach: Dave Nelson, sixth year

The lowdown: The Skippers' defense limited six opponents to seven points or fewer a year ago and will be even stronger this season. Nine starters return, led by senior LBs David Goebel and Justin Rotman and junior Ismail Karon. The offense has to improve but must replace its entire backfield.

Edina Hornets

Coach: Kim Nelson, third year

The lowdown: Senior RB/LB Mike Rallis (6-2, 210) will play a huge two-way role for the Hornets. They have plenty of talent in the offensive backfield and at wide receiver but lack experience on the line and at quarterback.

Hopkins Royals

Coach: John DenHartog, fourth year

The lowdown: Hopkins is coming off a state tournament appearance and has plenty of returning speed. The Royals have nine starters back, including two talented juniors in WR Montez Wilkerson (6-3, 190) and FS Marcus Williams (6-1, 170). Wilkerson averaged nearly 100 yards receiving over the last four games in 2006 and Williams had seven interceptions.

  • DID YOU KNOW? • Wayzata has made as many state tournament appearances (six) as the other four teams in the conference combined. It was the Class 5A champion in 2005, runner-up in 2004. • Balance is the word in the Classic Lake. In the past eight years, all five conference teams have earned at least a share of the league championship.
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