High school sports notebook: Lakeville North, Wayzata maintain state-wide cross country dominance at Roy Griak Invitational

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The Lakeville North boys cross country team upheld its top ranking in the Class 3A rankings by finishing first among Minnesota teams in the Roy Griak Invitational’s gold division over the weekend.

The Panthers finished second overall, behind Iowa’s Dowling Catholic High School. Lakeville North was led by Andrew Casey, who finished seventh overall to move up to No. 3 in the Class 3A individual ranks. Como Park’s Charlie Power-Theisen finished 12th in the race. Nova Classical Academy’s Henry Karelitz, the top-ranked individual in Class A, finished 16th.

The individual winner was Robbinsdale Armstrong’s  Noah Breker, who cemented his spot atop the state’s Class 3A rankings.

Speaking of cementing rankings, The Wayzata girls did that on the team and individual fronts, with the Trojans winning the team title and Trojans senior Abbey Nechanicky continuing her dominance by winning the individual race by 31 seconds. Wayzata and Nechanicky are No. 1 in Class 3A in the team and individual ranks, respectively.

Highland Park placed fifth in the team competition, led by Luna Scorzelli’s ninth-place individual finish. Both Scorzelli and the Scots continue to be ranked No. 1 in Class 2A.

— Minnehaha Academy girls soccer scored a big win Tuesday as the top-ranked team in Class A downed Benilde-St. Margaret’s 4-2. The Red Knights are ranked fourth in Class 2A.

Greta Carlson and Berit Parten each scored twice in the win. Parten now has 28 goals and 15 assists in 11 matches.

— It finally happened: Hill-Murray’s boys soccer team surrendered a goal. Hastings’ Brenner Caturia-Peine found the back of the net on Sept. 22 to end the Pioneers’ season-long shutout streak.

Hill-Murray still won that game 7-1 and entered its contest Wednesday against Mahtomedi with a perfect 12-0 record.

— Cretin-Derham Hall announced the hiring of 1994 Raiders grad Buzz Hanahan as the school’s new head baseball coach.

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