Despite the fact that there has been no wintry weather blowing through the upper Midwest yet, the high school winter sports seasons have arrived. A half-dozen sports have already had their first practices.
Ross Fleming, head coach of the Mounds View High School boys cross country team said at the beginning of the season that he believed his team could reach the state tournament. His team proved him right last week.
The St. Anthony Village High School boys cross country team entered the season as the defending Tri-Metro Conference champion but was without its all-state runner from last year. As it turned out, that didn't matter.