Monday, October 8, 2012
From football to faith, Noah Grothe isn't afraid to step out of his comfort zone
Noah Grothe offers this advice to his teenage peers: “Don't be afraid to take a step out of your comfort zone.” The Orono High School senior has had a lot of experience venturing out of his comfort zone. Grothe traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic this summer on a church mission trip. It was his first time out of the country. “We spent two days at an orphanage doing general maintenance and a lot of painting, and taking the kids out on a day trip,” he said. Grothe and his group also visited a home for people with leprosy. “We talked with the patients, served them lunch and challenged them to some competitive games of dominoes, a local favorite,” he said. As a junior, Grothe decided to step out of his comfort zone and join the …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Orono faces winless Park Center in the first round of the playoffs while Mound Westonka hosts Fridley.
FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW Orono (2-6, 1-6 in Wright County Conference play) vs. Park Center (0-8, 0-8 in Northwest Suburban Conference play). Playmakers: Grant Schoen, Orono (Quarterback): Has thrown for 100 yards in seven of his eight games under center this season. Schoen has thrown for 1,068 yards in all this year. Tom Wachman, Orono (Offensive Tackle/Linebacker): Leads the Spartans with 823 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He has rushed for over 100 yards on five occassions this season. Preston Paulson, Park Center (Quarterback): The senior signal caller has a good arm if given time by his offensive line. Isaac Flomo, Park Center (Wide Receiver): Senior wideout leads the Pirates in reception, yardage and receiving touchdowns. Orono…
Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday brings with it the biggest matchup of the year thus far in Minnesota football. The two top-ranked teams in class 5A clash for the Lake-Conference title and the opportunity to enter the section playoffs undefeated.
Gameday Eden Prairie (7-0, 3-0 in the Lake Conference) at Wayzata (7-0, 3-0 in the Lake Conference) Playmakers Antonio Ford, Wayzata (Running Back): Ford has supplied the Trojan’s running game with a lot of horse power throughout most of the season. He continues to shine in his role as a low, tough runner. Ford has carried the ball 102 times for 632 yards, averaging more than six yards every time he touches the football. Wayzata will need his toughness when attempting to establish the run against a big Eden Prairie defense Andrew Larson, Eden Prairie (Running Back): Larson’s production this year puts him in the top tier of ball carriers in the state. His physical running style makes him hard to bring down. That, coupled with the Eagles’ …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Orono faces independent Grand Rapids at home on Friday.
FOOTBALL FRIDAY Orono (1-4, Wright County Conference) vs. Grand Rapids (3-2, Independent) PLAYMAKERS -- Grant Schoen (Orono - Quarterback): Has completed 65 of 125 passes for 582 yards this season. -- Gavan Winkels (Orono - Offensive Tackle/Linebacker): Leads the Spartans with 32 tackles in five games. — Jamison Evans (Grand Rapids – Linebacker): The junior made a key defensive play to preserve the Thunderhawks’ homecoming win over Duluth East last week. -- Patrick Flaherty (Grand Rapids –Wide Receiver): The senior is a sure-handed wide out for the Thunderhawks. SPARTANS WIN IF... They can keep getting good offensive balance. Four Spartan players have rushing touchdowns this season. THUNDERHAWKS WIN IF... They continue to prove that …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Orono travles to No. 8 Hutchinson tonight.
Gameday Orono (1-3, 1-3 Wright County Conference) vs. Hutchinson (4-0, 4-0 Wright County Conference). Playmakers Conor Borgert, Orono (Wide receiver): Has snared 25 passes for 238 yards through four games this year. Tom Wachman, Orono (Tight End): Rushed 66 times for 321 yards in four games this season. Matt Von Berge, Hutchinson (Offensive Tackle/Defensive Tackle): 6'4", 285-pounder is tough to handle on both sides of the field. Evan Metag, Hutchinson (Running Back): Had his second two-touchdown game of the season after scoring twice against Waconia last weekend. Spartans win if... They can get off to a faster start. Orono has yet to score in the first quarter this season. Tigers win if... They can keep moving the ball on offense. …
Friday, September 23, 2011
Orono looks for their second win of the season as they face Dassel-Cokato on the road in a Wright County Conference showdown.
Gameday Orono (1-2, 1-2 Wright County Conference) vs. Dassel-Cokato (0-3, 0-2 Wright County Conference) Playmakers Jake Eidenschink, Orono (Tackle/Linebacker): Led the Spartans with 10 tackles versus Glencoe-Silver Lake last week. Tom Wachman, Orono (Tight End): Rushed for 252 yards in three games this season. Dane Anderson, Dassel-Cokato (Quarterback): Junior signal caller who has thrown for 369 yards so far this season. Has stepped in to replace standout Tyler Irvin, who is now at Bemidji State. Reid Nelson, Dassel-Cokato (Running Back): Junior has rushed 33 times for 173 yards this season. He has stepped in for Aaron Haataja, who transferred to Warroad when his father, Steve, got the head hockey coach job. Haataja rushed 1494 yards and …
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Spartans struggled to score against the Panthers until late in the fourth quarter.
Final score of Friday's homecoming game was 28-8. Next up, Orono (1-2) faces Dassel-Cokato this Friday.
Friday, September 16, 2011
The entire student body took a break from class to get pumped up for Friday's homecoming game against Glencoe-Silver Lake.
- Jay Corn
Friday, September 16, 2011
Patch will post full coverage of Friday's homecoming festivities and football game, including video, on Monday morning. Some quick notes: - Orono's cross country teams will run tonight's game ball from Glencoe to Orono and deliver it to mid-field in time for kick off. - Homecoming isn't all about football. Orono's girl's tennis team lost just its first match of the season yesterday, and the boy's cross country team has notched a top-three finish in each of its meets so far this year. Volleyball and soccer teams are also on track to have winning seasons. - The high school pep band has more members than the football team. Click here for a full preview of tonight's football game.
Orono faces top ranked Glencoe-Silver Lake in a key Wright County Conference showdown tonight.
Gameday Orono (1-0, 1-0 Wright County Conference) vs. Glencoe-Silver Lake (2-0, 2-0 Wright County Conference) Playmakers Gavan Winkels, Orono (Offensive Tackle/Linebacker): Leads the Spartans with 15 tackles in two games. Tom Wachman, Orono (Running Back): Rushed for 204 yards in two games this season. Keaton Anderson, Glencoe-Silver Lake (Quarterback): Led the Panthers with 194 yards on 31 carries. Ryan Kuester, Glencoe-Silver Lake (Tight End): Has two rushing touchdowns along with 114 rushing yards. Spartans win if... They can stop the powerful Panther rushing attack. Glencoe-Silver Lake has rushed 99 times and completed only seven passes in two games. Panthers win if... They can continue to shine defensively. Glencoe-Silver Lake has …
Monday, September 12, 2011
The White Hawks kept pace with the visiting Spartans early, but could not find their offensive consistency.
Orono blanked Mound Westonka 20-0 in Friday's showdown of Lake Minnetonka high school football rivals. Mound Westonka was down by two touchdowns at halftime and kept the game within reach until giving up a late fourth quarter touchdown. Mound-Westonka is now 0-2 and Orono is 1-1 on the season. Orono improves to 1-1. Orono visits Glencoe-Silver Lake this week while Mound Westonka take to the road again to take on Delano. Patch will have previews of both games later this week.