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Fall Sports 2017 Summary

By Blake Athletic Department, 12/07/17, 10:45AM CST



The Blake Bears Volleyball team finished their 2017 season with a 1-19 record. The Bears achieved their only win early in the season against Minneapolis Patrick Henry. Blake returns a veteran group that consists of All Conference player Averi Sullivan and All Conference Honorable Mention Robbie Grace. Girls Volleyball is looking to make a strong showing in 2018.


Head Coach: Steve Kaback (1st Year, Career Record  1-19)

Assistant Coaches: Christine Henken & Josh Harvey

Captains:  Emily Hykes & Elizabeth Opp

Season Record:  1-19


IMAC All Conference Players:

Averi Sullivan 11


IMAC  All Conference Honorable Mentions:

Emily Hykes 12

Robbie Grace 11



The Bears finished 3rd in the IMAC Championship races with 8th grader Shef West earning the only All Conference award finishing in 10th place. In the boys section meet they finished 7th out of 17 teams but didn't qualify anyone for the state meet.


The Bears finished 4th in the IMAC Championship races with Freshmen Jackie Weyerhaeuser placing 8th and 8th grader Molly Liston placing 9th which earned them both All Conference honors. The girls finished the season strong with a 4th place finish at the section meet. Jackie Weyerhaeuser earned her third straight trip to the state meet at St Olaf College.


Head Coach: Jason Shantz

Assistant Coaches: John Shelp & Maggie Pearson

Captains:  Cole Woerner and Alexandra Koullick


All Conference:

Shef West

Jackie Weyerhaeuser

Molly Liston


State Tournament Appearance:

Jackie Weyerhaeuser 


The Blake Girls Swim and Dive Team capped off a terrific season with another visit to the State Meet.


Head Coach: Kris Rosenberg (19th year)

Assistant Coaches: Craig Croaston, Isaac Rwenzo, Christy Wagner


Greta Hoffman, Maddy Rondesvedt, Julia Landwehr, Krysha Anderson 


Team Awards:  True Team Sections 2nd Place, Section 2A Runner-Up, State Meet 6th Place


New team records:

200 free relay 1:37.54 - Benedict, Landwehr, Hartley, Potter

50 freestyle 24.10 - Potter

200IM 2:03.76 - Potter


State Qualifiers:

Potter - 200IM, 100 fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Hartley - 200 free, 100fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Landwehr - 50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Benedict - 50 free, 100 fly, 200 free relay

Rondestvedt - 400 free relay

Lampe - 1 meter diving 

Sweet - 200IM, 100 back

Olson - 100 breast


All State Honors:

Potter - 200IM, 100 fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Hartley - 200 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Landwehr - 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Benedict - 200 free relay

Rondestvedt - 400 free relay


State Champion:

Potter 200IM & 100 fly


All-American Consideration:

Potter 200IM & 100 fly


The SMB Wolfpack completed another strong season.  In it's third season overall,the team again went 6-2 in the regular season.  The Wolfpack lost to Orono in the Section Playoffs

Head Coach: Collin Quinn (3rd Year, Career Record 23-5)

Assistant Coaches:  Hugh Brown, Chris Goodwin, Scott Scholl, Peter Zantop, Joe Protzmann, Tyler Mundt, Lester Batiste, Nate Davis, Marsille Reed, Bill Ross, Eric Salverda

Captains:  Jesper Salverda, Matthew Lehmann, Emrik Mundschenk

Season Record: 6-3

Twin Cities Gold District Players:

Jalen Suggs    So    QB    SMB
Kaden Johnson    So    DE    SMB
Emrik Mundschenk    Sr    LB    SMB
Matthew Lehmann    Sr    SS    SMB
Terry Lockett    So    WR    SMB


Twin Cities Gold  All District Honorable Mentions:

Craig McDonald    So    CB    SMB
Siegel Howard    Jr    RB    SMB
Riley Tietel    Jr    OL    SMB
Alexey Koeckeritz    So    WR    SMB



The Blake Bears girls varsity tennis team dominated both in the regular and post season play  in the 2017-2018 season.  The Bears won the IMAC Conference Title during the regular season  and advanced to the State Tournament by winning the Section 4A Title. At the State Girls’ Class A Tennis Tournament, the Bears dominated play winning their fifth championship in seven years and their third in a row.  In the individual State Tournament, Lainey Axell won her first singles state title winning over teammate Arlina Shen, who would finish 2nd.  They finished with a combined record of 20-2  and did it with a combination of  skill, experience and youth. 


Head Coach: Mike Ach (2nd Year, Career Record  40-3)

Assistant Coaches: Ted Warner

Captains:  Sophie Skallerud, Abby Nelson, Lainey Axell, Maren O’Shea

Season Record:  20-2


Team Award:  IMAC Conference Champions, 4A Section Champs, Class A State Champions


ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM:                     

Blake School:

Abby Nelson                                    12                                          

Lainey Axel                           12                                          

Sophie Skallgrud                  12                                          

Emily Melin                            10

Arlina Shen                            10

Sonia Baig                             9


Caroline Cameron                            10

Bella Suk                                            8

State Tournament Awards:

1st Place Singles - Lainey Axell

2nd Place Singles - Arlina Shen 



The Blake Boys Soccer Team had a season to remember as they finished the regular season undefeated and as the #1 ranked team in Class A. Unfortunately, the season ended in heartbreak as they were defeated by rival Breck in the Section Semifinals. The loss was the Bears first and only loss of the season. The boys finished with a record of 14-1-2 and as IMAC Conference Champions for the second consecutive season. Head Coach Tamba Johnson and Assistant Coach Aaron Paye were named Section 5A Head and Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively, by their peers. The Bears return 17 letter-winners for the fall of 2018. 


Head Coach: Tamba Johnson (4th Year, Career Record: 148-46-9)

Assistant Coaches: Aaron Paye, David Shapiro

Captains:  Charlie Ankeny, Sam Shapiro, Haluk Ercan-Fang

Season Record:  14-0-2

Team Awards:  IMAC Conference Champions


All State Players:

Haluk Ercan-Fang 11

Will Taylor 12


All Metro:

Haluk Ercan-Fang 11

Charlie Ankeny 12


IMAC All Conference Players:

Will Taylor 11 

Haluk Ercan-Fang 11

Charlie Ankeny 12

Luke Melin 11

Ethan Roe 12

Colin McConkey 12

IMAC  All Conference Honorable Mentions:

Lane Lipschultz 11


The Blake Girls Soccer Team had a season to remember as they advanced to the Class A State Tournament for the first time since 2013. The Bears were ousted in the State Quarterfinals by Visitation by way of Penalty Kicks after two overtimes did not resolve the tie. The girls finished with a record of 13-5-2 and ended the season as IMAC Runner-Up and Section 5A Champions. The girls will return 17 players for the fall of 2018.

Head Coach: Paul Menge (24th Year, Career Record: 346-85-26)

Assistant Coaches: Paul Armstrong, Ashly Bacon

Captains:  CC Wallin, Kyra Willoughby, KK Haug

Season Record:  13-5-2

Team Awards:  

Section 5A Champions


State Tournament All-Tournament Team:

KK Haug 11


All State Players:

KK Haug 11 

Sara McClanahan 12


IMAC All Conference Players:

KK Haug 11

Sara McClanahan 12

CC Wallin 12

Jade Sund 11

IMAC  All Conference Honorable Mentions:

Cate Moe  9

Kyra Willoughby 12