The Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville adapted softball teams closed out their seasons earlier this month by playing in the state tournament. Both teams ended up in fourth place in their respective divisions.
As is customary when a team clinches a berth in the state tournament, the members of the Mounds View High School baseball team piled on top of each other in a celebratory heap last Wednesday at Midway Stadium. But there was a little more to it than just whooping it up because they’d made it to state.
Not only did the Mustangs realize their season-long goal of winning the section and getting the chance to perform on Minnesota high school baseball’s biggest stage, they ended a tournament drought that had reached 13 years.
In its previous five trips to the state tournament, the St. Anthony Village High School fastpitch softball team has won at least one game on the first day of the tournament each time. Last week the Huskies extended that streak despite having their championship hopes dashed in the first game.
After falling to Kasson-Mantorville in the quarterfinals, St. Anthony rebounded to win its final two games and claim the consolation trophy.
Three Bulletin-area high school girls are set to compete in this week’s state golf tournaments.
St. Anthony Village High School junior Katie Wortman is playing in her third state tournament starting on Tuesday at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. She goes out in the final group of the day at 1:30 p.m. on hole No. 10. She qualified for state out of Section 4AA.
The Mounds View High School girls track and field team retained its grip on the Section 5AA championship last Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul. The Mustangs captured the section team title for the sixth consecutive year.
In addition to the team-title hardware, which Mounds View won by 34 points over runner-up St. Michael-Albertville, the Mustangs also left Klas Field with 11 entries in this weekend’s state meet.
Four of those state entries were garnered by winning events at the section meet.
For the sixth time in eight years, the St. Anthony Village High School fastpitch softball team is spending part of the first full week of June in North Mankato at the state tournament. In the previous five state tournament appearances, the Huskies have finished second twice, fourth once and fifth twice.
When asked if this was the year St. Anthony breaks through and takes home a title, Huskies’ head coach Lamar Brendemuehl wasn’t in a prognosticating mood.