The North High School boys track and field team has long been a power in the Metro East Conference. The Polars have won the conference team title 11 times in a row and have their sights set on No. 12 this spring.
Hundreds of Richardson Elementary students were waving and holding fan posters for a sendoff to the state tournament. Students were thrilled that their team was competing at the state level. North High boys basketball players waved back and took phone photos and videos. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The North High School boys basketball team this season made its first trip to the state tournament since 1999. Here are news and notes from that appearance.
North High School’s Goodnews Kpegeol splits two Hopkins defenders on a drive to the hoop during the Polars’ Class AAAA state tournament quarterfinals game March 9, but the Polars came up short against the prep basketball powerhouse. The Royals won 74-42 and appeared in the state championship game March 12. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Slow start and recovery was a common theme this season for the North High School boys basketball team. The Polars were forced to rally in quite a few games, including all three of their section playoff contests, and became rather adept at it.
North High School’s Tori Gardner competed on prep gymnastics’ biggest stage recently. The sophomore wrapped up her season with an appearance at the state meet on Feb. 20 at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion.
Tartan sophomore forward Jarvis Thomas (10) puts up a shot guarded by Wyatt Blinkhorn (3) in Section 4AAAA quarterfinal first half action. The Titans beat Stillwater 43-37 at home Feb. 24. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The boys basketball teams from North and Tartan opened the post-season with home games on Feb. 24. Both squads were pushed by their lower-seeded opponents but held on to win.
Expect a packed gym at Tartan High School on Feb. 16 when the Titans’ boys basketball team hosts North for an 8 p.m. game. There’s the usual district rivalry but this season something else is also on the line.