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Longest jump, leading dash for Holy Family's Chazz Johnson

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 05/07/13, 7:12PM CDT


The star football player has been equally as impressive for the Fire's boys’ track and field team this spring.

Eden Prairie's Zach Hovey (83), a top tight end prospect in Minnesota, carried Wayzata tacklers with him after making a first half reception in the Prep Bowl last November. Photo: MARLIN LEVISON/STARTRIBUNE * mlevison@startribune.com

When last we watched Chazz Johnson, the Holy Family sophomore running back was blazing by defenders and leading the Fire to an unexpected berth in the Class 4A championship game at the 2012 Prep Bowl.

Johnson has been equally as impressive for the boys’ track and field team this spring. His long jump of 22 feet, 4?inches in the Hamline Elite Meet on April 26 is still the best reported long jump in the state this spring. He is also among the state’s top 200-meter dash runners, having posted a hand-held time of 22.9 at a Wright County Conference Quadrangular last week.

“It is a testimony of how a tremendous work ethic before and during the season can pay off for an athlete,” coach Ian Parzyck said.

Circle the date

In the six-plus seasons since the lacrosse state tournament became an MSHSL-sanctioned event in 2007, the Eden Prairie girls’ team has posted a 105-8 record. Even more impressive, all but one of those losses have been to Chicago’s Loyola Academy, including a 10-6 loss on April 26.

Only one Minnesota team, Blake, has defeated Eden Prairie during its current run of excellence. The Bears, who have defeated the Eagles in three consecutive state championship games, also defeated Eden Prairie 14-12 in a regular-season game on May 19, 2011.

Eden Prairie will play host to Blake in what has become the biggest rivalry in high school lacrosse on May 23.

Recruiting scene

•?Frank Ragnow, Chanhassen’s 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior tackle, picked up a scholarship offer from Nebraska last week, giving him seven Division I offers to date. Other schools that have offered Ragnow are Minnesota, Florida State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, South Florida and Vanderbilt.

• Eden Prairie junior Zach Hovey has emerged as one of two top tight end prospects from Minnesota, along with George Behr of Woodbury. Among the schools interested in Hovey are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Boston College, North Dakota and North Dakota State.

Coaching moves

•Cory Peterson has been named boys’ hockey coach at Hopkins. Peterson has been an assistant at St. Louis Park.

•Former Orono coach Aaron Johnson has been hired as the boys’ hockey coach at Buffalo.


Jim Paulsen • 612-673-7737

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