North/Tartan adapted soccer goalie junior Arthur Crandall makes one of many saves during home action Oct. 30. North/Tartan lost 6-3 to Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee. The goal is 12 feet long and 4 feet high and the ball was played off the gym walls.
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)
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.
Double teamed, Hill-Murray senior midfielder Shae Bottum (19) gets to the ball during the Class A State semifinal. The #3 ranked Hill-Murray beat the #2 ranked Waconia in a 1-0 win. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
The dreams of Hill-Murray High School owning a boys state soccer title were left on the turf of the Metrodome Oct. 31, as the St. Paul Como Park Cougars clawed their way to a hard-fought, 2-1 triumph over the Pioneers.
The teams fought through the first 40 minutes of action with neither able to solve the other’s defensive efforts.
At the jam-packed Packer Stadium Friday, Nov. 1, South St. Paul tickled its fans when it ended the season for the Hill-Murray Pioneers with an 18-point, Section 4AAAA victory. The win lifted the Packers into the state football tournament, which begins Thursday, Nov. 7.
The Packers scored the first points of the game in the second quarter. Marco Freeman broke through the line and put six points on the board with a 35-yard gallop into the Hill-Murray end zone. Nick Ricci added the point after and it was 7-0 South St. Paul.
Hill-Murray senior captain Lauren Simonson (25) sends the ball over the net during Section 4AA semifinal action at home. The Pioneers defeated Concordia Academy 25-15, 25-19, and 25-22 Oct. 29. They went on to win the championship and are headed to the state tournament.
Hill-Murray is headed to the Class 2A state tournament after a convincing volleyball win over St. Croix Lutheran in the Section 4AA playoffs Oct. 31.
Meanwhile, the Stillwater Ponies came to North High School for a Section 4AAA semifinal volleyball match against the Polars Oct. 29.
Prior to the North and Stillwater match, the Roseville Raiders stymied the Cretin-Derham Hall team in four games. The win advanced the Raiders to championship play for the second consecutive year.
St. Paul Central visited Hill-Murray High School Friday, Oct. 25, for a Section 4AA quarterfinal volleyball match, and like Washington Technical Magnet School before them, the Minutemen fell victims to the versatile Hill-Murray attack.
The Pioneers launched a methodically varied offense and combined that with a defense that the Central girls found nearly impossible to penetrate.
As a result, the Minutemen fell 3-0.
Hill-Murray junior Marshawn Wilson stretches towards the goal line, one of two touchdowns, as Johnson defenders DeMarko Venton (32) and Todd Wyberila (3) are in on the down. The Pioneers won 42-22 in the Section 4AAAA semifinal held at Harding Oct. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
In section football playoffs, Hill-Murray met Johnson at Bakken Field on the campus of Harding High School Oct. 26 and dashed the Governors’ hopes of further play this season with a 42-22 triumph.
In other playoff action, the Tartan Titans hosted St. Thomas Academy and fell to their Classic Suburban Conference (CSC) opponents by 35-14.
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.