As the defending state champion, the Mounds View High School baseball team began the season No. 1 in the state rankings. The Mustangs quickly dropped out of the top 20, however, following a 2-5 start to the season.
Head coach Mark Downey doesn’t worry about his team’s record; he’s more interested in progress. Since the calendar turned to May, he’s seen plenty of it.
The University of Minnesota fastpitch softball team last weekend captured its first conference tournament championship in 15 years with some help from an Arden Hills native.
Erica Meyer scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Golden Gophers defeated Michigan 3-2 in the championship game of the Big Ten tournament on Saturday in Evanston, Illinois. The victory not only gives Minnesota its first conference tournament title since 1999, it also sends the Gophers to next week’s NCAA tournament.
The College of St. Scholastica men’s track and field team went in search of its third consecutive conference championship on Saturday but trailed by 10 points with two events remaining. That’s when a St. Anthony Village High School graduate started the comeback.
Chris Lawson, a 2012 St. Anthony graduate, won the 5,000 meters to help the Saints rally and clinch the title. His win helped turn the 10-point deficit into an eight-point victory.
The St. Anthony Village High School fastpitch softball team started five seniors in the state tournament last June. With a number of new faces in the lineup this season, the Huskies are going through some growing pains.
St. Anthony reached the midway point of the regular season last week and enters this week with a record of 7-4. Not a bad first half, but head coach Lamar Brendemuehl is waiting for his squad to put all the pieces together at the same time.
The Mustangs have had trouble putting up wins so far this season but they’ll have plenty of chances this week. While not quite as bad as a year ago, doubleheaders are becoming common again this season.
Mounds View played a doubleheader last week and has three more on the schedule through the end of the regular season.
Despite not playing a game in more than a week, the Knights had a successful weekend. The Irondale girls softball team won an eight-team tournament to pick up some momentum heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
When Irondale stepped on the field in Lakeville on Friday, it was playing for the first time since April 23. Rust wasn’t a factor as the Knights beat Visitation, Wayzata and Duluth Denfeld to win the Black bracket of the Lakeville North tournament.
Although her team has gone more half of the regular season with only one loss, Irondale High School girls lacrosse head coach Wendy Frantz isn’t taking anything for granted.
The Knights improved their record to 7-1 with three victories, including a triple-overtime thriller, last week. Irondale begins this week tied for first in the North Suburban Conference.
The defending state champion Mustangs have had an up-and-down start to the season.
Mounds View began this week with a record of 3-5 and was looking to build on the 1-0 victory over Park-Cottage Grove it picked up on Friday.
The Mounds View High School track and field teams had a busy night at the Hamline Elite Meet on Friday. The boys and girls squads combined for 20 entries in the meet and one of those entries brought home a gold medal.
The Knights’ boys team had two entries at Hamline on Friday. The 4x100-meter relay team of senior Magnus Etuko and juniors Alex Kelner, Sam Vossler and Victor James teamed up and finished fourth with a time of 43.86 seconds, 0.67 seconds behind the winning time run by a team from Wayzata.
Confidence can be beneficial for a team, but overconfidence can lead to problems. The St. Anthony Village High School baseball team has been able to use the former to its advantage and avoid the latter during its season-opening surge.
The Huskies improved to 6-0 with three victories last week. Two of them came against perennial Tri-Metro Conference contenders.
“We’ve played a good schedule against a lot of good teams,” said St. Anthony head coach Troy Urdahl. “Keep playing the right brand of baseball and hopefully we’ll keep winning games.”