Sports

The girls, parents and coaches of last year’s Wayzata Blue U12 B State Championship hockey team call themselves a “hockey family.” And it’s true — the tightknit group tends to finish each other’s sentences while they laugh at inside jokes.

Soccer has been in Michael Riley’s life for as long as he can remember. “When I was 18 months old, my parents would take my older brother and me down to the basement and move our feet along the floor, kicking soccer balls around,” says Riley, a senior at Wayzata High School.

Two years after the merger of the Wayzata Soccer Club and Plymouth Soccer Association, Fusion Soccer Club continues to grow, offering exciting new opportunities for local players.

Plymouth is home to some of the youngest talents in freestyle skiing, an extreme sport that resembles gymnastics on skis.

Since his earliest days on skates at the age of 5, Plymouth resident Timo Pelto has displayed a knack for hockey.

Twin sisters Ally and Ashley Wiitala have done their part to make Wayzata High School girls’ hockey coach Becky Wacker’s job easier this season.

You probably don’t come across too many rugby players in your daily routine. It isn’t exactly the most popular sport in America. It is, however, a sport with a tight-knit community of players, and one that three former Wayzata High School students use to travel the world.

For most of us, table tennis—also known as ping pong—is a Forrest Gump reference or a game we played in a friend’s basement when we were younger. Plymouth’s Macartan Commers, a senior at Benilde- St. Margaret’s, calls it his high school sport.

High school senior Amanda Kautzer’s favorite activity was once an alternative training exercise for the Norwegian military.

Few athletes can say they’ve competed on the national stage. Soccer player Addison Clark has had the honor of competing with the top players in the nation on the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Soccer Team—and she’s only 14 years old.

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