North High senior point guard Termaine Daniels (2) hustles to bring the ball up court during home action against South St. Paul. The Polars won 75-36 Dec. 15. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
For many, the week between Christmas and New Year's Day means returning to work, returning unwanted gifts or maybe returning to that diet that got away from them for a few days around the winter holidays.
After suffering through a number of years with low numbers, the North High School wrestling program came up with a plan to boost those numbers. The results of that plan should begin to show up this season.
North-Tartan junior forward Gabriella Bjellos (17) takes a shot on goal against Hudson. North-Tartan won 3-1 at Polar Arena Dec. 8. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North/Tartan beats Hudson, 3-1
The Hill-Murray High School girls hockey team has won the past two Class AA state championships and it's not hard to imagine the Pioneers making it three in a row come late February. Hill-Murray was unbeaten through its first eight games and had given up only five goals in that stretch.
Among the most impressive of the Pioneers' early victories thus far was their 2-0 blanking of Edina on Dec. 9 at Aldrich Arena. Hill-Murray has been the top-ranked team in the state in Class AA all season and Edina entered the game ranked third.
First-year head coach Ashlie Anzel takes over a North High School girls basketball team that doesn’t return a lot of scoring or size. Despite those challengers, Anzel sees a team that should be able to compete night in and night out.
Tartan sophomore Cali Pearcy (24) scores against North High junior Marit Larson (33) during home action last season. The Titans won 3-0 Jan. 20. Little did they know, they’d be joining forces next season as the two teams consolidate into one team. (Linda Baumeister file photo)
To some folks the "State of Hockey" in School District 622 is in trouble
In what one might well call a drastic move, Tartan and North high schools' girls hockey teams will combine as one for the 2015-16 season.
North High senior Sarah Mullen (18) pounds one over the net against Mahtomedi during Section 4 Class 3A playoffs at home Oct. 29. The Polars advanced with a 25-16, 25-13 and 25-20 win. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North High senior Isaiah Koran (16) charges ahead looking for an opening in third quarter State Class 5A quarterfinal action against St. Thomas Academy at Woodbury High School. The Polars lost in the final minutes 7-0 Oct. 30. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Game was scoreless until final 2 minutes
St. Thomas 7 - North 0
After winning eight consecutive football games, the highly successful North High Polars were handed a last-minute, season-ending loss by the St. Thomas Academy Cadets in the Class 5A quarterfinal state tournament game Friday, Oct. 30.