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Multiple Teams · White Hawks Football Ends 30-Year Playoff Win Drought


By Becca Neuger

Ending a 30-year drought of section playoff wins, the Mound Westonka High School football team defeated the Richfield Spartans Tuesday night by a score of 47-19. The team’s only other playoff victory came in the fall of 1987, when Mound Westonka defeated Chaska 12-8.

White Hawks head coach Nick David said that his team approached the Oct. 24 home playoff game just like it had every other game this season. “Because of [the Spartans’] high-powered passing offense, we knew we would have to be sound in our coverages and mix things up throughout the night to keep them off balance,” said David. “Working on our pass defense and changing our coverages was a big focus as we prepared for Richfield.”

In 2015, the White Hawks lost to the Spartans in overtime in their first section playoff game. This time, the home team felt well-prepared and confident that they could come out on top. “I think offensively we are just so much more dynamic than we were two years ago from a pass/run game standpoint,” said David. “We were able to keep Richfield’s defense on their heels all night.”

The White Hawks took an early lead when junior quarterback Brandon Hokkanen found junior wide receiver Sam Dufault for a 60-yard touchdown completion. The extra point by senior kicker Jonathan Neve on a windy night put the White Hawks up 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

An interception by Richfield in the second quarter led to a touchdown and a tie game, but the 7-7 score didn’t last for long. White Hawks senior wide receiver Evan Dahl returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. A failed two-point conversion by the White Hawks brought the score to 13-7.

Still in the second quarter, junior running back Kris Kurtz expanded the White Hawks’ lead to 20-7 with a 59-yard run into the end zone. The Spartans answered with a 69-yard pass-and-run touchdown but missed the extra point.

White Hawks senior running back Bobby Sweet ended the scoring in the second quarter with a 21-yard rushing touchdown, making the score 27-13 at the half. With that run, Sweet broke the single-season rushing record of 1,056 yards set by Jeremiah Norton in 1992. Sweet currently has 1,185 rushing yards on the season.

The White Hawks capitalized on a Spartan fumble to start the third quarter with a touchdown pass from Hokkanen to Dahl. Richfield scored its final touchdown of the evening on a 50-yard rush. An unsuccessful extra point brought the score to 34-19.

Dufault had an exciting pick-6 to extend the White Hawks’ lead to 41-19 at the end of the third quarter. That play is up for Kare 11 Hot Highlight of the Week, which could earn the school a $1,000 check from TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union. Vote online until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

In the fourth quarter, the White Hawks once again capitalized on a Spartan turnover. Senior Andrew Fish had a nice interception to get the ball back, and Sweet rushed it in for a touchdown. The final score was 47-19.

“I was really happy to see us force five takeaways, two of which really took some momentum away from Richfield,” said David. “If you are going to win in the playoffs, you not only have to protect the ball, but you have to force turnovers as well, and we were very pleased with the effort in that area.”

David said that his team needs to focus on tackling going into their next game against Holy Angels. “They are a very physical team that has several players who are very dangerous with the ball in space,” said David. “We will need to make sure that we rally to the ball on defense to ensure no big plays.”

The White Hawks play at Holy Angels at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Photos by Dennis Hoogeveen
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Varsity National Honor Society · NHS Blood Drive Scheduled for Nov. 1


By Lorrie Ham

The White Hawks Chapter of the National Honor Society is partnering with Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) to host a Blood Drive at Mound Westonka High School on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Each year, according to the MBC, 16 million units of blood are transfused in the United States to accident victims, blood loss victims, cancer patients, premature infants, etc. Last school year, MWHS collected 105 units of blood in two drives, impacting up to 283 patient lives.

“In our first drive this year, we hope to collect over 50 units of blood, saving up to 150 lives in community hospitals and medical centers,” said NHS advisor Aurora Meunier.

Staff members and students ages 16 and above have the opportunity to participate. All donors need a photo ID and to be in good health. You are encouraged to eat well and to drink lots of water before donation. Students who are 16 years old must complete a parent consent form in advance. ​

Thank you for participating in this important program!


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Girls Junior Varsity Hockey, Girls Varsity Hockey · Don’t Miss the White Hawks Girls Hockey Fundraiser Oct. 30


Taco & Enchilada Buffet

Fundraiser for the Mound Westonka, Watertown-Mayer and Southwest Christian

Girls High School Hockey Program

Monday, October 30, 5-8 pm

Surfside Bar & Grill

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Multiple Teams · Spiketacular is Back Nov. 6 and 9


The 10th Annual Spiketacular will take place Monday, Nov. 6 and Thursday, Nov. 9.

There are always teams comprised of students, parents and staff of Mound Westonka High School, as well as members of the community. These teams will compete for bragging rights and for the coveted volleyball trophy to be displayed in the MWHS office.

The sport of volleyball is variable in itself, but add mixed-grade teams and staff members and you get a whole new spectacle that is the Spiketacular. The tournament is headed by all of the White Hawks players and is a fundraiser for the program. Admission is $3 or $2 with a food shelf donation. Please come and support the sport.


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Junior Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Cross Country · Four White Hawks Runners Earn All-Conference Honors


By Sarah Reinhardt

The Mound Westonka cross country team competed at the Wright County West Conference Championship meet on Oct. 17 at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. The top 12 runners in the boys and girls varsity divisions were named to the All-Conference team. The White Hawks soared, with four athletes achieving All-Conference honors.

The White Hawks ladies had two individuals achieve All-Conference. Seventh-grader Laura Sunnarborg placed third in the 5km race with a time of 20:48, and senior Clara Godoy-Henderson placed 12th with a time of 21:42.

The White Hawk boys also had two runners attain All-Conference. Sophomore Alec VanGelder was the top White Hawks runner, finishing the conference race in third place with a time of 17:30. Junior Charlie Reinhardt finished in seventh place with a time of 17:47. In addition, junior Kade Retterath received All-Conference Honorable Mention. Retterath posted a time of 19:01 for 23rd place.

In the junior varsity divisions, Top-10 performances were posted by eighth-grader Becket James and ninth-grader Jenna Brustad. James came in third place with a time of 19:39 for the boys, and Brustad came in ninth place with a time of 23:59 for the girls. The boys JV team also placed third in a field of eight teams. In the middle school girls division, eighth-grader Allison Soule finished fifth with a time of 12:28 for the 2.5km race.

In an unexpected upset, the boys team from Glencoe-Silver Lake took the team victory by a mere two points over Annandale, the defending boys varsity team champions since 2013. The MWHS boys team finished in third place out of eight teams, and the girls team finished fifth. The Wright County West Cross Country Conference is made up of teams from Annandale, Dassel-Cokato, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Litchfield, Mound Westonka, New London-Spicer, Rockford and Watertown-Mayer.

Photos by Sarah Reinhardt
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Multiple Teams · Boys Soccer Season Ends in Section Finals


By Thomas Weltin

The Mound Westonka High School boys soccer season came to an end on Oct. 17, when the White Hawks traveled to Orono for a match against the Spartans in Section 6A Finals. The winner would advance to state. In a hard-fought game, the Spartans scored the lone goal of the match with 3 minutes on the clock for a 1-0 victory.

White Hawks fans travel well, and Pesonen Stadium was filled to the brim with Westonka fans wearing red and white. The student section was loud – it almost felt like a home game.

With time, the disappointment of the players over that loss will fade as they prepare for winter sports and other activities. The boys will then look back and realize what a great season they had. The regular season concluded with a 10-1-3 record. The reward was a No. 2 seed in the section and a three-game home stand in the playoffs, where they had to win to stay in. Two of the games against Delano and Holy Family were as exciting and close as can be. The Delano game went into overtime, and the game against Holy Family was played in a furious rainstorm.

2017 boys soccer team
2017 MWHS boys soccer team
2017 boys soccer seniors
2017 MWHS boys soccer seniors

The team will look back on a great season on Oct. 29 at the season ending banquet.

From this end, and in the name of all of the soccer parents, heartfelt congratulations go to the team. A big “thank you” also goes to coach Wayne Bellamy and his coaching staff, as well as Caralyn Mather and the Boosters and Activities Director Jeff Peterson and his team for their support. In addition, our photographers, Dennis Hoogeveen, Sera Maloney and David Neve, have our gratitude for taking great action photos throughout the season.

Photos of the Section Final game by Dennis Hoogeveen
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Multiple Teams · White Hawks Football Wins Thriller in Regular Season Finale


By Matt Funderburk ’21

The Mound Westonka High School football team finished off the regular season with an exciting and much-needed 37-34 win over the St. Paul Central Minutemen on Oct. 18.

After coming off a rough 48-23 road loss against No. 1-ranked Class 3A St. Croix Lutheran on Oct. 13, this game was a must-win for the White Hawks if they wanted positive momentum going into the postseason. With it being a Wednesday night game, the team only had Monday and Tuesday to practice for the season finale. “There was not a lot of time to install new plays or schemes, so we focused on cleaning up mistakes in all three phases,” said head coach Nick David.

The White Hawks got off to a poor start, as junior wide receiver Sam Dufault fumbled the opening kickoff and the Minutemen recovered. A few plays later, the Minutemen scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown to give them a 7-0 lead. The White Hawks got on the board late in the first quarter when senior kicker Jonathan Neve booted a 29-yard field goal to cut the White Hawks’ deficit to 7-3.

The White Hawks offense came to life in the second quarter. Senior running back Bobby Sweet scored a 4-yard rushing touchdown, and the White Hawks went ahead 9-7 after a failed 2-point conversion attempt. Later in the second quarter, White Hawks junior linebacker Kris Kurtz intercepted a Minutemen pass and returned it 25 yards into Minutemen territory. A few plays later, junior quarterback Brandon Hokkanen found senior wide receiver Evan Dahl for a 22-yard touchdown pass to put the White Hawks up 16-7.

Hokkanen found Dahl again in the second quarter for a 25-yard touchdown pass to increase the White Hawks’ lead to 23-7. Dahl finished the night with nine catches, 131 receiving yards and two touchdowns and recorded an interception on defense in another great performance. The Minutemen scored late in the second quarter on a 55-yard touchdown pass with a successful 2-point conversion. The score was 23-15 at the half.

On the first play of the third quarter, the St. Paul Central returned the kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. The White Hawks’ lead diminished to 23-21 after a failed 2-point conversion attempt by the Minutemen. Dufault made up for that early kickoff fumble, hauling in a 66-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 30-21 in favor the White Hawks. But St. Paul Central turned up its running game, and the Minutemen scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown and an 11-yard rushing touchdown to make the score 34-30 at the end of the third quarter.

A bright spot in the third quarter was an exciting fake punt play by the White Hawks. “We were sitting at fourth down with 7 minutes to go for a first down in the third quarter, when we didn’t have really any momentum,” said David. “We noticed on film when scouting Central that they liked to bring a lot of pressure to try and block punts, so we figured this would be as good of week as any for trying a fake.” The gamble paid off. Neve threw a nice pass to junior Zach Simmons for 18 yards and a first down. “The play helped get a little bit of the momentum back from Central,” said David.

After both teams exchanged drives in the fourth quarter, the White Hawks got the ball back with just under a minute to go in the game. With only 40 seconds left and the White Hawks facing third-and-7 with playoff implications on the line, Hokkanen found Sweet for a 43-yard touchdown pass. The White Hawks won a thriller 34-30 after stopping the Minutemen one more time on defense.

Hokkanen saved his best for last, finishing the night with 286 passing yards and four touchdowns in his stellar performance. Sweet also had great night, finishing with 94 total yards and two touchdowns. “What a finish,” said coach David after the game. “I was very pleased with the way that we finished the game and kept fighting all the way until the very end.”

“Once again, our resiliency was crucial in helping us pull out the win,” David added.

With the win, the White Hawks not only finished the season with a solid 7-1 record, they also clinched a home playoff game for Tuesday, Oct. 24, against the Richfield Spartans. Back in 2015, the White Hawks lost a heartbreaker to Richfield in the playoffs by a score of 23-22 in overtime. Richfield, who plays a very tough schedule is currently 0-8 on the season.

David said that his team feels more prepared to win close battles in the playoffs this season due to their tougher schedule and the fact that they have been in some close games this season.​

The White Hawks host Richfield in the Section 5AAAA playoffs at Haddorff Field at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Please come and cheer loud for your Mound Westonka White Hawks!

Photos by Dennis Hoogeveen
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White Hawks News · All Teams Schedule: Week of October 23 – October 29


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Mound Westonka High School, October 23 – October 29

MONDAY

October 23, 2017

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Swimming & Dive
Conference JV Meet @ New Prague CEC (Old Intermediate School)
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Swimming
Conference JV Meet @ New Prague CEC (Old Intermediate School)
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

October 24, 2017

7:00 PM Boys Varsity Football
vs. Unknown
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

October 25, 2017

TBA Coed Varsity Bowling
Bowling Event
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. Brooklyn Center Centaurs
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

October 26, 2017

TBA Coed Varsity Bowling
Bowling Event
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

October 27, 2017

7:00 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. Unknown
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

October 28, 2017

10:00 AM Girls Varsity Swimming
Conference Meet @ Hutchinson Middle School
SCHEDULE
10:00 AM Boys Varsity Swimming & Dive
Conference Meet @ Hutchinson Middle School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Football
vs. Unknown
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

October 29, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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White Hawks News · Event Recap: Week of October 14 – October 20


Saturday, Oct 14th

Girls Varsity Tennis
Individual Section @ Gustavus Adolphus College
N/A
Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. Holy Family Catholic High School
W 1 – 0

Sunday, Oct 15th

No event results

Monday, Oct 16th

Boys Freshman Football C-Squad
@ Delano High School
W 8 – 23
Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. New London-Spicer High School
N/A

Tuesday, Oct 17th

Girls Varsity Tennis
Individual Section @ Gustavus Adolphus College
N/A
Girls Varsity Swimming
Meet @ Mound Westonka High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Swimming & Dive
Meet @ Mound Westonka High School
N/A
Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. New London-Spicer High School POSTPONED
N/A
Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Orono High School
L 1 – 0

Wednesday, Oct 18th

Boys Varsity Football
vs. St. Paul Central
W 37 – 34

Thursday, Oct 19th

Boys Junior Varsity Football
vs. St. Paul Central
W 26 – 0
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Sartell High School
N/A

Friday, Oct 20th

No event results

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Multiple Teams · White Hawks’ Winning Streak Snapped with 23-48 Road Loss


By Matt Funderburk ‘21 and Becca Neuger

The Mound Westonka football team lost its first regular season game since Oct. 15, 2014 last Friday night, as the White Hawks suffered a 23-48 loss to No. 1-ranked Class 3A St. Croix Lutheran.

The White Hawks trailed early, with the Crusaders leading 21-0 at the end of the first. Things did not get better in the second quarter, with the home team finding their way into the end zone three more times. The score at halftime was 41-0.

In the third quarter, shortly after St. Croix scored its seventh touchdown, the White Hawks offense came to life when senior kicker Jonathan Neve booted a long 42-yard field goal to avoid a shutout. White Hawks junior fullback Kris Kurtz scored his first touchdown of the year to make the score 48-9 after a failed two-point conversion attempt. Kurtz rushed for 85 yards on 10 carries in the game and was second on the team with 10 tackles.

Sophomore linebacker Seth Anderson and junior defensive tackle Jose Gonzalez turned in great games on defense, recording 11 and nine tackles, respectively. Senior Bobby Sweet intercepted a Crusaders pass.

The White Hawks managed to score two more touchdowns in the final quarter. Star senior wide receiver Evan Dahl caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Brandon Hokkanen. Dahl had another big night, catching four balls for 129 yards and a touchdown. He also ​had 53 yards rushing. Hokkanen was 5-for-17 on the night with 151 yards and a touchdown.

Late into the fourth quarter, junior outside linebacker Zach Simmons scored a rushing touchdown to make the final score 23-48. The White Hawks’ 22-game regular season winning streak came to an end, but the team has much to look forward to.

“The past two seasons, our only losses have came in the playoffs,” said offensive coordinator Mike Wallace. “The good news about this loss is that it didn’t end our season.”

White Hawks head coach Nick David had nothing but respect for his team’s opponent. “​Hats off to St. Croix Lutheran,” David said. “There definitely is a reason that ​they have won a couple of state championships in the past few years and that they are currently ranked No. 1 in the state. They are as good of a team as anyone we have ever played or that I have ever coached against.”

According to David, although the loss hurts, he thinks that it will add fuel to the fire and motivate the team as it moves into playoffs.

“​I think we learned a lot about the physicality and execution it is going to take to win in the playoffs and take the next step as a program,” said David. “The speed and aggressiveness of St. Croix Lutheran was definitely a step up from teams that we have seen. All in all, it was a great experience to play them, as now we have a better understanding of what it is going to take to win in a very tough Section 5AAAA.”

The White Hawks (6-1) face St. Paul Central (2-5) at home at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 18 in their regular season finale.

With only two days of practice to prepare for St. Paul Central, the team has been focusing on what it does well. “There is not a lot of time to install new plays or schemes, rather we will focus on cleaning up mistakes in all three phases,” said David.

The White Hawks’ first playoff game will be Tuesday, October 24. It is not yet determined if the game will be home or away or who their opponent will be.

Photos by Dennis Hoogeveen
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