‘Tis the season to catch some holiday high school tournament action.
Seven different varsity teams from Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy are in action this week in holiday tournaments. Here’s a look at where each school’s teams are headed while school is out.
The two most high-profile sports teams at Roseville Area High School during the fall season were the football and volleyball teams. Both had successful seasons that culminated with trips to the state tournament.
Players from both of those teams piled some impressive post-season awards. Here’s a look at those players and their awards.
Of the six gymnasts who helped the Roseville Area High School gymnastics team win the Class AA state championship last season, five are back this year. They will form the backbone of the team that will try to win yet another state title.
Roseville enters the season as the two-time defending state champion and has won six of the past eight titles.
After winning 50 games over the past two seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team is looking to continue that impressive run again this year. The Raiders will try to do so with a revamped lineup.
Roseville graduated five players who are on college rosters from last year’s team that set the school record for regular-season, conference and total wins. Despite that turnover, head coach Jeff Crosby expects to field another solid team.
A few years ago the Roseville Area High School wrestling team found itself with a senior-heavy lineup, which helped the team finish above .500. The problem with that situation is that it left the Raiders with a thin senior class last year, when they won just three dual meets.
Head coach Mike Holmes and his staff have retooled the roster and are shooting for a quick turnaround.
Most of the pieces appear to be in place for the Concordia Academy girls basketball team this season. From solid defenders to tenacious rebounders, the Beacons have a lineup full of athletic players with basketball smarts.
The one thing on head coach Amy Bellus’ wish list at the beginning of the season is a proven scorer to compliment Michala Walther.
With a dozen returning letterwinners on the roster, the Roseville Area High School boys hockey team is looking for big things this season.
“A full season of hard work and discipline will hopefully allow us to maximize our potential and give us a chance to make a playoff run,” said first-year head coach Ryan Adams.
Concordia Academy boys basketball coach Eric Schutte said prior to the season that he expects his team’s strengths to be defense and its transition offense. If Schutte’s prediction holds true, the Beacons could be putting up big point totals this season. Concordia reached 86 points in its season opener last Friday. The Beacons reached the 80-point mark four times last year.
Two members of the Roseville Area High School girls swimming and diving team represented their squad and school at the state meet last week. Junior Lauren Kacmarynski and eighth-grader Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith competed in the Class AA state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.