This season saw a lot of success and added some "brass" to The Blake School's athletic trophy cases. It included a lot of firsts, including the first berth of a Blake hockey team in the AA State Tournament and the first time the MSHSL had to cancel tournaments, halting the boys basketball team while they were on the hunt for a Section championship. We are so proud of all our student-athletes!
Head Coach: Robertson Massie (8th Season)
Assistant Coaches: Parker Smith, Andy Sundet, Marc Massie, Betsy Strachota
Conference: Blake boys and girls won the IMAC Conference Championships!
Section: Congratulations to Ava Pihlstrom and Will Rekas! Ava skied fast and came in 6th overall. Will also had two great runs and placed 14th overall.
State: Ava Pihlstrom finished 11th overall earning All State honors; Will Rekas finished 48th overall
IMAC All Conference: Vivien Pihlstrom, Mariano Carl, John Erlandson, Will McDonald, Tyler May, Payton Crosby, Will Rekas, Chaucer Countryman
IMAC All Conference Honorable Mention: Kate Rekas, Ava Pihlstrom, Rohan Harle, Will Eckes
Head Coach: Tyler Biwan
Assistants: Tyler Mittelstadt, Menzie Henderson, Josh Harvey
Regular Season: 20-6
IMAC Conference Play: 8-1, 2nd place
Post Season: 2-0 Wins over Watertown and Rockford. Reached Section 5AA Final.
IMAC All Conference: Robert Grace IV, Gabe Ganz, Jasper Liu, Theo Liu
IMAC All Conference Honorable Mention: Sam Diegnan
Head Coach: Jim DeSart
Assistants: Chris Bjorgaard and Alison Nash-Gerlach
Regular Season: 17-9
IMAC Conference Play: 6-4, 3rd place
Post Season: 1-1. Defeated Brooklyn Center and lost to Holy Family
IMAC All Conference: Addison Mack, Cate Moe, Rachel Winkey
IMAC All Conference Honorable Mention: Cheryl Minde
Head Coach: Harold Buck
Assistant Coaches: Tyler Clayton & Tom Bergen
Overall team records:
February 22 at SPA (High School Championships): Men’s Saber: 1st; Men’s Epee: 3rd; Men’s Foil: 5th; Women’s Saber: 1st; Women’s Epee: 1st; Women’s Foil: 1st; Men’s overall: 2nd place; Women’s overall: 1st place
Medalists: Richie Pihlstrom, Men’s Saber, 2nd; Taggert Smith, Men’s Saber, 4th; Matthew Sun, Men’s Saber, 5th; Christopher Herr, Men’s Epee, 8th; Pippa Pflaum, Women’s Foil, 2nd; Audrey Ronan, Women’s Foil, 3rd; Maddie Hsia, Women’s Foil, 4th
February 23 at SPA (High School Team Relay Championships: Men’s Saber: 1st; Men’s Epee: 4th; Men’s Foil: 3rd; Women’s Saber: 2nd; Women’s Epee: 4th; Women’s Foil: 1st
Awards: Women's Saber First Team All-State: Pippa Pflaum, Audrey Ronan, Kalissa Fruetel; Women's Saber Second Team All-State: Sarah Hasday Erbsen, Amaka Nwokocha; Women's Foil Second Team All-State: Maddie Hsia; Men's Saber First Team All-State: Richie Pihlstrom; Men's Saber Second Team All-State: Matthew Sun, Taggert Smith; Men's Epee Second-Team All-State: Christopher Herr
Head Coach: Shawn Reid (8th Season)
Assistant Coaches: Alex Ward, Kendall Christian, Cody Bishop
Regular Season: 18-6-1
IMAC Conference Play: 3-1, 2nd place
Post Season: 1-1. Defeated Hopkins/Park and lost to Wayzata
IMAC All Conference: Adelaide Burton, Lily Delianedis, Audrey Wethington, Bailey Abraham
IMAC All Conference Honorable Mention: Grace Johnson, Suzi Higuchi, Molly Haag, Julia Blum
Ms Hockey Finalists: Lily Delianedis, Adelaide Burton, Audrey Wethington
All Metro Team: Lily Delianedis (1st), Adelaide Burton (3rd), Audrey Wethington (3rd)
Head Coach: Rob McClanahan (1st year)
Assistant Coaches: Tom Doyle, Jay Phillips, Nick Oslund, Dan Delianedis, Kasey Boyd, Corbin Chapman, JT Wyman
Season Summary: The Blake Boys Hockey team had one of the most remarkable seasons in the schools history. Highlights included knocking off the #1 ranked team twice during the year, a big win on Hockey Day MN, winning the conference, earning the #1 seed in playoffs, winning the section and advancing to the Class AA State Tournament for the first time in school history. At State, the Bears went 2-1 earning 3rd place overall. Great season.
Regular Season: 19-6 overall.
Conference: 5-0. IMAC Conference Champions.
IMAC All-Conference: Joe Miller, Jack Sabre, Will Svenddal, Ben Dexheimer, Aksel Reid
IMAC All-Conference Honorable Mention: Gavin Best, William Matzke, Brett Witzke, Lachen Reid
Section: 3-0. 5AA Section Champions. Defeated Hopkins, Edina, and Benilde to advance to the State Tournament.
Class AA State Tournament: 2-1 overall, 3rd Place. Blake defeated Maple Grove in the opening game, lost to Eden Prairie, and defeated St Thomas Academy in the 3rd place game.
State Tournament All Tournament Team: Will Svenddal, Joe Miller, Jack Sabre
Herb Brooks Award Winner: Will Svenddal
Head Coach: Charlie Cracraft
Assistant Coaches: Eric Nystrom, Hudson Van Slooten, Geoff Fuller
Season: The Nordic team had a great season. The small numbers allowed for more specialization. Students were hitting PR's and felt really connected to each other as a team.
Awards: Blake Nordic Girls MVP: Maddy Florida, Blake Nordic Girls Most Improved: Ella Johnson, Blake Nordic Boys Most Improved: Oskar Alexander, Blake Nordic Boys Rookie Of The Year: Lucas Schattenmann, Blake Nordic Girls Rookie Of The Year: Jing Jing Munson, Blake Nordic Girls Rookie Of The Year: Alyssa Krig
Co-Head Coaches: Michelle Carlson & Brian Wright
Assistant Coaches: Jack Markusen
Dive Coach: Craig Croaston
Section: The Bearstangs won the Section Meet. The team sent 1 diver, 26 individual swims and all 3 relays at the MSHSL State Meet
State: The Blake/Breck BearStangs won the Class A State Championship for the 4th year in a row.
200 Medley Relay. 1st Place. Charlie Crosby, James Pan, Mitchell Brown, Dominc Frerichs
200 Free. Neils Wu (2nd), Charlie Egeland (3rd), Lucio Bollettieri (13th)
200 IM. James Pan (2nd), Dominic Frerichs (11th), Byron Jia (12th)
50 Free. Charlie Crosby (1st)
1 Mtr Diving. Colin Craig (16th)
100 Fly. Mitchell Brown (3rd), Nam Truong (8th), Aidan Choate (11th), Mathew Chen (14th)
100 Free. Dominic Frerichs (12th)
500 Free. Niels Wu (2nd), Lucio Bollettieri (4th), Josiah March (12th), Colin Bynum (13th)
200 Free Relay. 2nd Place. Crosby, Brown, Pan, Wu
100 Back. Charlie Crosby (1st), Nam Truong (11th), Spencer Okoronkwo (13th)
100 Breast. James Pan (2nd), Mitchell Brown (4th), Charlie Egeland (7th), Byron Jia (14th)
400 Free Relay. 6th Place. Wu, Frerichs, Gabriel, Egeland