Hill-Murray Pioneers

Wed
06
Nov

Boys soccer: Hill-Murray gains second-place trophy in Boys Class A state tourney


Double teamed, Hill-Murray senior midfielder Shae Bottum (19) gets to the ball during the Class A State semifinal. The #3 ranked Hill-Murray beat the #2 ranked Waconia in a 1-0 win. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

The dreams of Hill-Murray High School owning a boys state soccer title were left on the turf of the Metrodome Oct. 31, as the St. Paul Como Park Cougars clawed their way to a hard-fought, 2-1 triumph over the Pioneers.
The teams fought through the first 40 minutes of action with neither able to solve the other’s defensive efforts.

Wed
06
Nov

Football: South St. Paul ousts Hill-Murray

At the jam-packed Packer Stadium Friday, Nov. 1, South St. Paul tickled its fans when it ended the season for the Hill-Murray Pioneers with an 18-point, Section 4AAAA victory. The win lifted the Packers into the state football tournament, which begins Thursday, Nov. 7.
The Packers scored the first points of the game in the second quarter. Marco Freeman broke through the line and put six points on the board with a 35-yard gallop into the Hill-Murray end zone. Nick Ricci added the point after and it was 7-0 South St. Paul.

Wed
06
Nov

Volleyball: Hill-Murray headed to state after downing St. Croix Lutheran


Linda Baumeister/Review Hill-Murray senior captain Lauren Simonson (25) sends the ball over the net during Section 4AA semifinal action at home. The Pioneers defeated Concordia Academy 25-15, 25-19, and 25-22 Oct. 29. They went on to win the championship and are headed to the state tournament.

Hill-Murray is headed to the Class 2A state tournament after a convincing volleyball win over St. Croix Lutheran in the Section 4AA playoffs Oct. 31.
Meanwhile, the Stillwater Ponies came to North High School for a Section 4AAA semifinal volleyball match against the Polars Oct. 29.
Prior to the North and Stillwater match, the Roseville Raiders stymied the Cretin-Derham Hall team in four games. The win advanced the Raiders to championship play for the second consecutive year.

Fri
01
Nov

Volleyball: Hill-Murray advances in section playoffs

St. Paul Central visited Hill-Murray High School Friday, Oct. 25, for a Section 4AA quarterfinal volleyball match, and like Washington Technical Magnet School before them, the Minutemen fell victims to the versatile Hill-Murray attack.
The Pioneers launched a methodically varied offense and combined that with a defense that the Central girls found nearly impossible to penetrate.
As a result, the Minutemen fell 3-0.

Fri
01
Nov

Football: Hill-Murray advances in playoffs


Hill-Murray junior Marshawn Wilson stretches towards the goal line, one of two touchdowns, as Johnson defenders DeMarko Venton (32) and Todd Wyberila (3) are in on the down. The Pioneers won 42-22 in the Section 4AAAA semifinal held at Harding Oct. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

In section football playoffs, Hill-Murray met Johnson at Bakken Field on the campus of Harding High School Oct. 26 and dashed the Governors’ hopes of further play this season with a 42-22 triumph.
In other playoff action, the Tartan Titans hosted St. Thomas Academy and fell to their Classic Suburban Conference (CSC) opponents by 35-14.

Thu
24
Oct

Volleyball: Pioneers find a way to sideline Polars

If you were not a part of the jam-packed, wildly cheering crowd at Hill-Murray Field House Oct. 15, then you missed one of the very best volleyball matches between rivals that has been played since the inception of the sport over three decades ago.
The match went five games and provided everything that anyone could ever ask for from two well-matched adversaries.

Wed
23
Oct

Football: Tartan tops North, Hill-Murray runs roughshod over Richfield

The regular football season wrapped up Oct. 16 with the North Polars traveling to Titanville and dropping a 40-21 decision to archrival Tartan.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers ended the season on a winning note by running away from Richfield to the tune of a 48-7 romp.

Wed
23
Oct

Soccer: Hill-Murray sends both boys and girls soccer squads to state tournament action


Hill-Murray senior midfielder Shae Bottum (19) kicks the ball during Section 4A Championship action at home. The Pioneers won 3-0 against Harding Oct. 17. Linda Baumeister/Review

Soccer fever has taken over Hill-Murray High School this October. Last week in Section 4A playoff action, the school’s girls and boys teams qualified for the Minnesota Class A state tournaments.

Wed
28
Aug

Boys Cross Country: Pioneers looking for numbers to move up in CSC standings

The Hill-Murray High School boys cross country fortunes will be hinged on a few strong, experienced runners. Among them is Max Lokrantz, who is returning as the 2013 captain.
Lokrantz is a two-time All-Conference performer. He finished ninth in the Classic Suburban Conference in 2011 and moved up to the No. 5 spot a year ago.

Wed
28
Aug

Girls Cross Country: Pioneers return with strong senior leadership

The Hill-Murray High School girls cross country team finished fourth in the Classic Suburban Conference a year ago and is looking at moving up in the standings this season.
There are a couple of very good reasons for optimism. Coach Tim Ryan cited a pair of seniors who will be leaders as captains.

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