Skipper boys score first hoops win 

Minnetonka High boys basketball captain Burt Hedstrom (22) drives to the basket for the score against three Chaska Hawk defenders during a 61-50 Chaska victory Dec. 6 at Minnetonka High’s West Gym. (Sun Sailor staff photo by John Sherman)

When Minnetonka High athletic director Ted Schultz hired Ryan Freeberg as his new boys basketball coach, he knew what he was getting.

Freeberg won the job with his enthusiasm and his competence. His experience in collegiate coaching was a plus, but also impressive was his long-term vision for the Minnetonka program.

Freeberg didn’t have instant success in his first two games as head coach last week, but it didn’t take long for him to gain his first win as Minnetonka’s head coach.

The Skippers beat North St. Paul 67-63 Dec. 10 at Hopkins Lindbergh Center with senior forward Burt Hedstrom scoring a game-high 25 points. Isaiah Carver-Bagley added 15 points and center Matt Haas chipped in with 16. Sophomore guard Jalen Dearring scored seven points.

Prior to the first win, the Skippers played well against two teams ranked among the state’s top 10, but lost both games. Chaska defeated Minnetonka 61-50 in the season opener, and then the Skippers fell to Apple Valley 83-74 in their second outing.

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