North High junior Dan Salinas (16) slides in safely on a double play attempt by Henry Sibley during 4th inning Section 4AAA playoff action. The Polars won 10-0 in 5 innings at Kuenkel Field May 23. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Varland strikes out 10 in 5-inning rout
The No. 2-seed North High Polars opened the Section 4 Class AAA baseball playoffs with a flurry of runs against the No. 7-seed Henry Sibley Warriors Saturday, May 23 at Kuenkel Field.
The Polars scored all they would need in the bottom of the first inning and went on to finish the contest in 4 1/2 innings when the 10-run rule took effect.
North hurler Gus Varland went the distance, allowing just two hits and three walks, and striking out 10 batters.
North High junior Abby Arko (12) steals second base safely as the ball gets loose during Section 4AAA playoffs. The Polars lost 4-3 to Woodbury in 11 innings at McKnight Fields May 27. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Woodbury tops North in extra innings, 4-3
It was a showdown of unbeatens May 27 at McKnight Fields when the No. 1-seed Woodbury Royals took on the No. 2-seed North High Polars.
In a nail-biter that went to the last of the 11th inning before a decision was rendered, the seedings proved right as the Royals outlasted the Polars by 4-3.
The Royals put the first two runs on the board in first inning on doubles into the left center field gap off the bats of Amanda Dickmeyer and Ashley Mickschl.
A second out later Alexis Jacobs slammed a single up the middle and Mickschl scored to push the count to 2-0.
North High freshman Sophie Cave (16) slides in safely stealing second base in 3rd inning Section 4AAA playoff action. The Polars won 3-1 over Roseville at McKnight Fields May 21. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Local teams are in the running for Section 4AAA softball bragging rights, with play set for May 27 and 28 at McKnight Fields.
Despite 45-degree weather and brisk, northwesterly winds, the Hill-Murray Pioneers and South St. Paul Packers squared off for seven full innings in the Section 4 Class AAA softball playoffs Monday, May 18.
Lauzon hurls 7-inning, 2-hit shutout
Before a standing-room-only crowd at Kuenkel Field, the North High Polars battled with baseball powerhouse Mahtomedi on Wednesday, May 13.
The game had special significance because of the Metro East Conference standings. Heading into the game North was 12-2 in the MEC, while Mahtomedi had a mark of 13-1.
Both teams had one MEC game remaining on their schedules.
The regular season in boys tennis ended without much fanfare this spring for the local teams, and the sectional playoffs are already underway.
Here’s a recap of Hill-Murray, North and Tartan’s performance in the Metro East Conference.