Last year’s Mounds View High School boys swimming and diving team enjoyed an excellent season - a 7-2 dual-meet record, third place in the Suburban East Conference, true-team section runner-up, and Minnesota State High School League Section 5AA runner-up. They capped off the season with a strong eighth-place finish at state, led by All-American Noah Lucas, who was the Class AA state champion in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles, both in state record time. As a team, the Mustangs set six new school records in 2012-2013.
Bethel University students volunteered to shovel out the stands Thursday afternoon prior to what's expected to be a frigid Saturday game. The Royals will be playing the North Central College Cardinals in a noon game for the Division III quarterfinals. (submitted photos)
Over the past three seasons, the Irondale High School girls basketball team has won nine or 10 games each season. Head coach Dean Coffland would like to see his team move above .500 this season.
To achieve that, the Knights will need their returning starters to lead and help along an inexperienced roster.
The Irondale/Spring Lake Park co-op gymnastics team is entering the seventh season of the partnership and it could be the last. Policy changes at Spring Lake Park High School could end the co-op and leave that school without a gymnastics program.
With the possibility of just one more season together, the team is looking to go out on a high note.
“If we are healthy we have an opportunity to win the conference,” said head coach Breanna Peloquin.
With a talented and experienced lineup, the St. Anthony Village High School gymnastics team would like to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish in the section meet.
“We are hopeful that with the majority of our letter winners returning, we can finish in the top 3 this season,” said Kelsey Engstrom, who is in her third year as the Huskies’ head coach.
The Mounds View High School gymnastics team has been rising through the ranks in Section 5AA the last few years and appeared poised to break through and capture a section team title. That plan was put on hold, however, as state powerhouse Roseville was moved from Section 4AA to 5AA for the past two years.
This year, Roseville, the two-time defending state champion, has returned to 4AA, leaving 5AA once again up for grabs. Mounds View head coach Julie Coopet likes her team’s chances come mid-February.
Mounds View High School boys hockey coach Rick Thomas couldn’t have been more pleased with the work that his players put in over the summer in anticipation of the season that starts this week. With a dearth of experienced players on the roster, the Mustangs will need for that hard work to pay off if they want to be successful.
Mounds View returns only six letterwinners from last year’s team that went 13-10-2.
Basketball tends to be a sport for the tall but the Mounds View High School girls hoops team is hoping to buck that trend this year. The Mustangs plan on using their speed to their advantage to make up for a lack of size.
Mounds View returns four key players from last year’s team and will combine them with some new faces.
“We are excited about this year,” said head coach Dave Montgomery. “We have a good mix of returning players and newcomers who should contribute for us.”