North High goalie senior Tommy Molski, credited with 4 saves, goes up for a save during State Class AA action at the Metrodome Oct. 28. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
A busy week for the North High pep band — playing at the Metrodome for boys state soccer as well as volleyball sections and adapted soccer’s final game of the season.
Polar senior midfielder Diego Olanda-Fernandez (8) and Andover defense follow through after a battle for the ball during Class AA State semifinal action at the Metrodome Oct. 28.
The Polar Bear mascot is surrounded by an excited sea of red during the Polars’ second trip to state boys soccer in three years.
North High senior midfielder Adam Hildebrandt (6) advances the ball against Andover. Hildebrandt scored in the 49th minute.
North High senior midfielder and captain Adolfo Barrera-Gonzalez (10) chases down the ball during state semifinal action, a 2-1 win over Andover.
The celebration was loud, long and real. And the gathered North High fans at the Metrodome Oct. 31 were not celebrating anything that had to do with Halloween.
The exuberant fans were cheering their heroes who were assembled in front of them to collect their gold medals after just winning the Minnesota Boys State Class AA Soccer Tournament.
It was an exciting finish to an exciting game and an exciting season for the Polars.
On a chilly night at Chisago Lakes High School, the North High Polars took on Prairie Seeds Academy of Brooklyn Park in the opening round of the Class AA Minnesota State High School Boy’ Soccer touranment
Coming into the contest, the Prairie Seeds Academy Lycans—champions of Section 5AA—were undefeated with a record of 14-0-0. The Polars, the Section 4AA champions, entered the tournament with a mark of 17-1-1.
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.
Tartan, ranked eighth, and North, ranked first, met in the Section 4AA playoffs, a 3-0 Polar win Oct. 8. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan junior midfielder Andrew Collins (3) takes a kick near his St. Croix Prep Academy opponent during the last game of the regular season. The Titans won 9-2 at home Oct. 5. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
The North High boys soccer team took another step last week toward earning a trip to the state Class AA tournament.
The Polars took on the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders in the semifinals of section play Oct. 10 and finished on top, 3-1.
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.
North High senior midfielder and captain Adolfo Barrera-Gonzalez (10) chases down the ball during the Section 4AA Championship at home Oct. 15. The Polars won 4-2 over East Ridge. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The No. 1-seeded North High boys soccer team faced the East Ridge Raptors (third seed) Oct. 15 in the Section 4AA championship game at North Field.
A year ago, it was East Ridge of Woodbury that abruptly ended the North season after posting a record of 16-0 heading into the semifinal playoff action.
For several hard-fought seasons, the North High Polars have been on the threshold of the top Classic Suburban Conference volleyball standings.
But the Polars have just been unable to take the final step into the championship role. But that could change this fall.