Hill-Murray senior Sami Schneider, right, helped lead the Pioneers volleyball team to its second state tournament appearance last fall. This winter she’s a standout on the basketball court and a candidate for the Miss Minnesota Basketball award. (Linda Baumeister/file photo)
Girls basketball teams back on the courts after holiday break
Hill-Murray senior Sami Schneider was one of 33 high school seniors to make the first cut for the 2016 Miss Minnesota Basketball award. The announcement was made on Jan. 6.
The Miss Minnesota Basketball award is given annually to the top female high school senior basketball player in the state. The 2015 recipient was Eastview's Madison Guebert, who this year is a member of the South Dakota State University women's basketball team.
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.
The roster for the Tartan High School girls basketball team includes four players who aren't old enough to attend high school. That kind of youth has second-year head coach Tim Obr looking for improvement each and every day.
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.