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.
Despite winning only four games during the regular season last season, the Roseville Area High School boys lacrosse team won the playoff game. This spring, the Raiders are once again hoping to hit their stride as sections roll around.
Maddie Gray recently finished up her sophomore season as a member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women’s swimming and diving team. Next fall, Gray will be more than just a member of the team.
Most baseball teams’ successes start with its pitching staff, which appears to be the strength of this year’s Concordia Academy squad. The Beacons return their entire staff, including a pair of senior starters, from last year.
“Pitching will be our strength,” said Concordia head coach Eric Schutte.”We don’t have anyone who will overpower on the mound but all keep the ball down and hit their spots.”