A pair of Roseville Area High School graduates will have their college baseball seasons extended by at least a few more days. Ben Podobinski and Austin Colvard are set to play in the NCAA Division III tournament starting this week.
Podobinski and Colvard are starting outfielders for the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Scholastica baseball teams, respectively. Both teams won their respective conference tournaments last weekend to clinch automatic berths into the national tournament.
Track and field teams from Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy last week went after berths in the state true-team meet, but came up short. Roseville’s girls team and Concordia’s boys squad finished runner-up in their respective sections.
Former Roseville Raider Danielle Dickson helped her college track and field team capture a conference title while adding a personal victory at the same time last weekend.
Dickson, a junior at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, won the 100-meter dash at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championships on Saturday in Morris, Minn. She won the event with a time of 13.07 seconds.
Cretin-Derham Hall, Woodbury and East Ridge may be the top three teams in the Suburban East Conference, but they’re nothing compared to the Roseville Area High School baseball team’s biggest foe so far this spring. The one thing that has given the Raiders the most trouble is the weather.
The Beacons picked up their first conference victory of the season on Saturday and will look to build on that win this week.
Concordia Academy completed a whirlwind 22 hours by beating Breck 6-0 on Saturday morning/afternoon. Saturday’s game, played at Breck, started at 11 a.m., which, when coupled with Friday’s two games, meant that the Beacons played three games in less than 24 hours.
After making a nice run in the section playoffs last year, the Concordia Academy fastpitch softball team faced a number of questions as this season approached. The Beacons graduated a bunch of seniors off last year’s squad so there were some holes.
As head coach, Gina Tupper began to assemble a roster, two positions seemed pretty well locked up and they are two of the more important spots on the field--pitcher and catcher. Seniors Courtney Larsen and Claire Heilman wasted little time showing the new players the way.
During the past three seasons, when some asked Roseville Area High School fastpitch softball coach Julie Standering how her team was doing, she would say “They’re getting there.” Now in her fourth season at the helm, Standering has changed her answer.
Only one member of the Roseville Area High School boys 4x800-meter relay team that earned All-State honors last season is back this spring, but it appears he has found some worthy new partners.
Senior Dan Wahlstedt teamed up with sophomore Collin Kiley, junior Jack Schugel and senior Dan Zalk to win the 4x800 at the Hamline Elite Meet on Friday. They completed the eight laps in a time of 8:09.19 to beat out the runner-up team from Hibbing by 0.88 seconds.
The Roseville Area High School girls lacrosse team has an interesting mix of players on its roster this spring. The Raiders are led by a trio of veteran seniors but also have four eighth-graders on the roster.