Ken Novak Jr. became the third coach in Minnesota boys’ basketball history to reach 800 career victories when Class 4A, No. 6 Hopkins defeated visiting St. Louis Park 92-78 on Thursday.
Bob McDonald (1,012) and Bob Brink (936) are the other two coaches to surpass 800 victories. Novak is coaching his 35th season, with a record of 800-141. He has been at Hopkins since 1987, winning seven state championships, including this past season’s Class 4A title. Before that, he coached at Blaine for seven seasons.
Ishmael El-Amin led all scorers with 27 points for the Royals. Blaise Beauchamp had 18 points, Joe Hedstrom had 17 and Simon Wright had 15 for the Royals.
Mykal Howard led the Orioles with 23 points. Richard Green had 12 points, Cire Mayfield had 11 and Erik Anderson had 10 for the Orioles.
Chaska 80, Eastview 77: The Class 4A, No. 8 Hawks held off the visiting Lightning for the victory as a tying three-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer. Cole Nicholson led Chaska with 24 points. Myles Hanson had 21 points for the Hawks and Andrew Kallman had 16. Jameson Bryan led all scorers with 26 points for the Lightning. Mason Carpenter had 25 points and Brady Miller had 10 for the Lightning.
Lakeville North 85, Woodbury 74: Nathan Reuvers scored 36 points to lead the Class 4A, No. 3 Panthers past the host Royals. Trevor Schermann scored 20 and Tyler Wahl had 11 points for Lakeville North. Michael Jones led the Royals with 22 points. Jeremiah Coddon had 17, Ike Thigpen had 16 and Quinn McMorrow had 10 points for the Royals.
Mounds View 5, Woodbury 4: Colin Baird scored on the power play with less than two minutes left in the third period to cap the Mustangs’ comeback victory over the visiting Royals. Wyatt Thole recorded a natural hat trick in a 2:27 span in the first period to give Mounds View a 3-1 lead after one period. The Royals rallied to score three goals in the second period for a 4-3 lead. Van Hartigan tied the score at the 5:23 mark of the third period for the Mustangs. Ben Wahlin had a goal and two assists for the Royals.
Minnetonka 4, Chanhassen 1: The Class 2A, No. 12 Skippers scored three goals in a 3:32 span in the third period to pull away from the visiting Storm. Bobby Brink led the Skippers with a goal and an assist. Grant Docter and Jack Bayless had two assists each for the Skippers. T.J. Truso got the Storm on the board first on the power play early in the second period. Zach Swisher stopped 30 shots for Chanhassen.
Burnsville 4, Prior Lake 3 (OT): Daniel Sandvig scored 1:10 into overtime to complete the Blaze’s comeback victory over the host Class 2A, No. 14 Lakers. Sandvig scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to begin the comeback. Roman Ahcan tied the score with 7:41 left in the third period for the Blaze. Ahcan also had two assists, including one on the game-winning goal. Josh Kenney stopped 32 shots, including 22 in the first two periods. Carter Collins led the Lakers with a goal and an assist.
St. Thomas Academy 2, Eden Prairie 2 (OT): Ryan Lesko scored with 4:16 left in the third period to send the game to overtime for host Class 2A, No. 4 Eden Prairie. Joey Graen also scored for the Eagles and Nicky Leivermann had two assists. The Class 2A, No. 5 Cadets had a pair of one-goal leads that the Eagles matched. Nick Skweres and Payton Matsui scored for St. Thomas Academy. Atticus Kelly stopped 32 shots for the Cadets and Nick Wiencek stopped 29 for the Eagles.
Providence Academy 6, Bloomington Kennedy 5 (OT): Zach Giesler scored his third goal of the game 1:37 into overtime to give the Lions the victory over the visiting Eagles. Jacob Giesler and Ben Sellman had a goal and an assist each and Daniel Haataja had two assists for the Lions. The Eagles scored five goals in the third period to overcome a five-goal deficit. Joseph Dosan scored three goals and had an assist and Jacob Ekholm had two goals and two assists to lead the Eagles comeback. Zackary Workman had three assists for the Eagles.
Annandale 51, Hutchinson 38: Hannah Purcell scored 26 points to lead the Class 2A, No. 10 Cardinals past the host Class 3A, No. 3 Tigers. Erin Miller had 16 points for the Cardinals. Tori Wortz led the Tigers with 11 points.
Apple Valley 72, East Ridge 56: Brynne Rolland scored 24 points to lead the Class 4A, No. 6 Eagles past the visiting Class 4A, No. 5 Raptors. Lyndsey Robson had 22 points and Erin Baxter had 11 for Apple Valley. Noelle Tomes led East Ridge with 21 points and Kelen Kenol had 13.
Elk River/Zimmerman 4, Forest Lake 3 (OT): Shae-Elle McLean scored 7:40 into overtime to lift the Class 2A, No. 4 Elks past the visiting Class 2A, No. 10 Rangers. McLean assisted on the tying goal by Raelyn Korinek, who assisted on the winning goal, 3:17 into the third period. Kennedi Mitchell had two assists for the Elks and Megan Jung stopped 26 shots. Josie Bothun stopped 38 shots for Forest Lake.
Hopkins/Park 3, Eagan 2: The Class 3A, No. 15 Royals scored three goals in the third period to defeat the visiting Class 2A, No. 16 Wildcats. Kylie Hanley scored two goals to lead the Royals comeback. Kayla Vrieze and Hannah Kojetin scored for the Wildcats.