The North Polars ventured into enemy territory at Tartan for a Classic Suburban Conference wrestling match Jan. 15 and saw the Tartan grapplers dominate their efforts in a 72-0 blitz.
“We met our expectations,” offered Tartan head coach Dan Recchio. “This win gives us second place in the conference behind, who else, Simley. We expected this outcome.”
The Titans have their eyes on their next goal, Recchio explained.
The Titans of Tartan took their girls’ hockey forces to the St. Croix Ice Arena Jan. 16, to play the Mahtomedi Zephyrs in a Classic Suburban Conference matchup.
In a close contest. neither team was able to produce a goal until the third period.
Just 27 seconds into the final session, the Titans’ Hannah Croonquist took a pass from Jordan Jackson and found pay dirt inside the Mahtomedi net.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers took their high-powered girls hockey team into Titanville Jan. 14 to do battle with Tartan in a Classic Suburban Conference contest.
In a display of precision and superb passing, the Pioneers quickly built a 3-0 margin and then sat back on their laurels and almost dared the Titans to respond.
Tartan fought hard, but in the end could not find the tools to fend off the 5-1 final.
The Tartan Titans came to North Jan. 16 to display their gymnastics talents in front of a near-standing-room-only crowd of appreciative fans.
In the end the Titans—despite a one-point deduction for an athlete performing out of order on the beam—was able to pull off a close 120.7 - 119.875 triumph over their School District 622 archrival Polars.
Despite the sub-zero temperatures of Jan. 5, the ski jumping tournament at the St. Paul Ski Club’s Carver’s Lake Nordic Site in south Maplewood went on as scheduled.
While many other area events were being called off as a result of the 12-below-zero temps — never mind the wind chills — some 88 ski jumpers from throughout the Central Division showed up for the competitions that were held on the four jumping hills at the club’s facilities.
After gaining a 2-0 lead over the Mahtomedi Zephyrs, the Tartan Titans boys hockey team squandered several scoring chances. Meanwhile, Mahtomedi scored five unanswered tallies - the last on an open net - and posted a 5-2 triumph.
“It was a case of missed opportunities,” said Tartan co-head coach Steve Romanchuk after the Friday, Jan. 10, game. “(The Zephyrs) are a good team. They’re well coached, and they played us tough.”
The coach then showed an iPad picture of a Tartan player missing a shot at a wide-open Mahtomedi goal.
Holiday tournaments behind them, area girls hockey teams were back on the ice Friday, Jan. 3. in Classic Suburban Conference action.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers, defending CSC champions, posted a 5-1 win over South St. Paul. North High gained a 3-2 win over Mahtomedi in overtime, and Tartan was victorious, 6-3, against Henry Sibley.
In a tense girls basketball game that went down to the wire, the Hill-Murray Pioneers pulled ahead in the late stages to ground the Totino-Grace Eagles Friday, Jan. 3, at the Hill-Murray Field House.
“It was a hard-fought game right to the end. That three-point shot by No. 10 (Olivia Graskewicz) was somewhat of a killer,” stated Totino-Grace head coach Bill Essma.
“Our shooting wasn’t what I hoped it would be. But they are a tough team. In the end, it came down to just shooting,” Essma said.