Chris Simdorn's main message to his team last Friday night was less congratulatory and more about preparation. He was clearly happy for his team but also wanted them to know that there was still more to accomplish.
Prior to last Friday’s game, the Roseville Area High School football team hadn’t been the favorite in a post-season game in seven years. If there was any added pressure by the increased expectations, the Raiders didn’t let it get to them.
Over the past two seasons, the Roseville Area High School volleyball hasn’t lost a set in the section playoffs. The Raiders will try to keep that streak intact this week when it plays in the Section 4AAA semifinals.
Roseville recorded three consecutive three-set sweeps en route to a berth in the 2012 state tournament and began defense of that section title on Thursday with a three-set sweep of Henry Sibley, 25-18, 25-11, 25-11.
The Roseville Area High School girls cross country team ran its state-meet streak to five consecutive years thanks to its second-place finish at last week’s section meet.
The Raiders ended up with 88 points at the Section 4AA meet on Oct. 23 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course to hold off third-place White Bear Lake, which had 102 points. East Ridge won the section team title with 51 points.
Roseville Area High School girls cross country team has qualified for the last four state meets and looks to make it five in a row when it runs in the state qualifier this week. Both RAHS varsity cross country teams will be trying to get to state when they participate in the Section 4AA meet on Wednesday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.
The main goal for the Roseville Area High School volleyball team this season was to successfully defend the section championship it won a year ago. With a decent amount of turnover from last year’s state-tournament team, it wasn’t going to be easy.
Roseville started the season 0-4 but came together as the season progressed and this week the Raiders enter the Section 4AAA playoffs as the No. 2 seed.
Despite a losing regular-season record, the Concordia Academy football team faces a favorable road to the state tournament. The Beacons are seeded second in Section 4AA and can get to state without playing a true road game in the playoffs. Concordia (3-5) hosts seventh-seeded St. Paul Humboldt (1-7) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and with a victory in that game will also play at home in the second round on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the Roseville Area High School football team made it to the state tournament, it won a pair of home section playoff games before playing a third section game on the road. This year, the Raiders need just the two wins on home turf to qualify for state.
Roseville, despite dropping its final game of the regular season last Wednesday to Mounds View, received the No. 2 seed in Section 4 of Class 6A and opens the post season Friday at home against seventh-seeded Woodbury. A victory over the Royals guarantees the Raiders a second home playoff game on Nov. 1 with the winner that night advancing to the state tournament.