Posted On: 01/17/18 11:20 AM
Edina jumped out to a massive start beating the top two teams in state. Luke Glenna was and remains a key part to the team success with his tough, versatile play.
“So far this season has gone great, we knew going into it we had an incredibly tough schedule,” Luke said. “It was huge getting wins against Cretin-Derham Hall and Apple Valley, but we also let a couple games slip away. The biggest thing four our team is staying bought in and on the same page, even if we lose a game or two.”
Edina took the state by storm when they beat CDH and Apple Valley in the second and third games of the season respectively. They quickly vaulted from unranked to number one before dropping three of four games in a seven game span.
From unranked to the top of the poll to out of the poll it’s been a bit of a roller coaster but since the start of the new year things have feel in place for the Hornets who are now 10-4.
“This year we only returned three guys with varsity experience,” Luke said. “Those guys being myself, Anders Nelson, and Jack Middleton. But we’ve had a ton of guys step up and embrace roles. Jacob Hutson has been huge for us playing the five, and Charlie Fischer has done a great job stepping into the starting lineup hitting big shots.
“As this year continues it’s important for us to continue getting better on the defensive side. We know we can score with anybody but we need to get stops in order to win games, especially as we start our conference games.”
Luke is his team’s third leading scorer at 9-10 points a game. Glenna hits open looks, he’s an excellent passer within his team’s system, and his toughness is reflected on defense.
“The biggest improvement I see in my own game is becoming more of a threat on offense,” Glenna said. “Whether that’s hitting threes, attacking the rim, or just making extra passes to keep our offense going.
“I know I’ve always been able to make defensive and hustle plays to affect the game, but he fact that I can make things happen on offense has been huge for my success on court.”
Edina has wins over BSM, CDH, Apple Valley, Delano, Shakopee, St. Louis Park, and others so this is a team that can make a state run. They are in Class AAAA’s toughest section though top to bottom where five different teams could win it and all eight area tough fight.
The goal of Edina (10-4), Eden Prairie (12-1), Chaska (10-3), Prior Lake (9-2), and Minnetonka (9-4) is first to avoid that 4-5 game. Playing Chanhassen, Shakopee, and Jefferson is now picnic either but getting a one, two, or three seed is a big goal for these teams.
After that, whomever comes out of there will be as battle tested as anyone. Luke of course wants to get his team to state.
“My goal for our team is to make it to state,” Luke said. “For that to happen we have to make sure we are playing our best basketball in March and just string three great games together for sections. For individual goals, I want to continue improving my offensive game as well as guarding the other team’s best scorer each night.”
Luke is a very good basketball player but his college future will be on the football field.
“I’ve had some MIAC schools talk to me about playing basketball,” Luke said. “But I am set on playing football. The schools I am talking to the most for football are Bethel, St. Thomas, and Gustavus.”