Causes a Stir
The Hopkins and Buffalo High football teams were looking for good playoff seeds when the Class 6A West District coaches had their meeting Oct. 17, but the Royals were seeded last and Buffalo was one spot above them with the sixth seed.
Many Hopkins fans were wondering how this could happen, since the Royals had just completed their most successful season in years with a 6-2 record. The fact that Hopkins and Buffalo played a Class 5A schedule this season might have had something to do with why they were seeded behind Minnetonka, which was 0-8 in with a Class 6A schedule. Minnetonka, as the fifth seed, received a much more favorable first-round matchup than either Hopkins or Buffalo.
Minnetonka will play Maple Grove, a fourth seed, while Hopkins will face Lakeville North, the defending state Class 6A champion, and Buffalo will take on St. Michael-Albertville, a third seed from the North District.
Edina head coach Derrin Lamker discussed the seeding controversy in the West District.
“I could see both sides of the argument,” he said. “I felt the pain of [Hopkins coach] John DenHartog. His team had a better record, but Minnetonka played a much tougher schedule.”
Eden Prairie head coach Mike Grant weighed in, as well.
“There was a lot of discussion about Hopkins in our meeting,” he said. “One of the questions was: Who have you beaten?”
Grant added that it was tough to compare Hopkins to Minnetonka, without a head-to-head matchup or common opponents.
“If Minnetonka had played Hopkins’ schedule, they might be 8-0,” he said.
Dylan Olson has
Big Year for Tonka
Junior forward Dylan Olson was far and away the most dynamic scorer in Lake Conference boys soccer this season.
“Dylan finished the season with 18 goals and eight assists,” Skipper head coach Mike Rogers said.
Comparing statistics, Suad Suljic, Minnetonka’s two-time high school All-American, had 15 goals in his junior season (2015).