State boys basketball: Wayzata bests Cretin-Derham Hall for 4A title

Wayzata was fresh off an eight-win season when Bryan Schnettler left Rosemount to take over the Trojans basketball program in 2014.

Seven years later, Schnettler led Wayzata to its first state title since 1959 on Saturday night at Target Center. The Trojans topped Cretin-Derham Hall 75-61 to win the Class 4A crown.

“Our kids and our youth program and our parents and our administration and our coaches have all just bought in to putting in the time and getting kids to love this game,” Schnettler said. “When I first got here, the guys that just won tonight were in fifth- and sixth- and fourth-grade, and I’ve seen these kids for seven years now, and it’s been really, really fun to see them grow up into what they are.

“I’m not one bit surprised at what they’ve accomplished. They were talented as fifth- and sixth-graders, and they’ve put in the work to make this happen.”

Ball movement and shooting have been staples of the Wayzata program in recent years as the Trojans became a consistent threat to reach the state tournament. Cretin-Derham Hall’s defense has been the catalyst for the Raiders during this tournament run — they held Rosemount to 40 points in the state quarterfinals, then Maple Grove scored just 42 in the semis.

But Wayzata (19-2) renders itself unguardable. The Trojans space the floor so well with their shooting, which extends defenses to allow Wayzata to attack driving lanes and either finish at the rim or kick out for an open look.

Wayzata went 10 for 23 from deep and shot 54 percent from the field overall. Sixty-eight of the Trojans’ 75 points came either in the paint or beyond the arc.

“We don’t shoot a lot of mid-range shots. We either get to the rim or get a lot of threes,” Schnettler said. “The guys have done a really nice job with that. We’ve done that all year long.”

Four Trojans players scored in double digits. Leading the way was junior forward Camden Heide, a four-star recruit in the Class of 2022, who finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Drew Berkland added 19 points on 7 for 9 shooting, including five triples to wrap his impressive state tournament. Eddie Beeninga also scored 16 for the Trojans.

Cretin-Derham Hall (18-6) trailed by seven at the break. Shortly thereafter, Wayzata extended the lead to double-digits.

The Raiders made a run to get back within five with just fewer than 11 minutes to play, but the Trojans immediately responded with a 20-6 run that blew the game open.

“We just couldn’t get over that hump, but that’s what they do to you,” Raiders coach Jerry Kline Jr. said. “Give them credit.”

The state title for Wayzata comes a year after the team started 0-6 while battling injuries and finished the season 11-17. That was tough, Trojans senior guard Kody Williams said, because the team knew how good it was. But those struggles only put a chip on Wayzata’s shoulders, which it carried into this season, all the way through Saturday night..

“We knew what we were capable of, and we know who we are,” Williams said. “We came in with the mindset that we were going to come out as state champs, and we just practiced what we preached and that’s how we got the outcome we got tonight.”

Tre Holloman did his best to keep the Raiders in the game. The top in-state recruit in the Class of 2022, Holloman finished with 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

The end result didn’t do anything to lessen the impact of Cretin-Derham Hall’s run. After starting the season 4-4, the Raiders embraced their individual roles and a team defensive identity that powered them on a run all the way to the state final in a year where few, if any, expected them to do so.

“This team has brought so much joy,” Kline said. “The journey that they went on, the unselfishness. I know we fell short tonight, but they’re winners in my eyes, and in the game of life. They’re just going to be better because of it. It was just a fun experience. They gave our basketball … community at CDH just so much fun and joy.”

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