Rough go for area prep teams
Finishing in the upper half of the field in their respective holiday tournaments proved difficult for a number of Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy winter sports teams. Of the five area teams whose tournaments concluded prior to the deadline for this edition of the Review, only one placed in the top half.
When official practices began in late November, the Roseville Area High School wrestling team received a pleasant surprise. The number of kids that came out for the team this year is up, bolstered by a large group of first-time wrestlers.
The Roseville Area High School girls gymnastics team has won four consecutive state championships twice in the last 10 years. The first streak was snapped by Northfield in 2010 but the second streak is still intact.
After graduating nine players off of last year's state-tournament team, the Roseville Area High School boys basketball squad enters this season with quite a different look. Even the coaching staff is all new.
Roseville Area High School sophomore Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith made school history recently when she brought home a gold medal from the Minnesota State High School League girls state swimming and diving meet.
The Concordia Academy volleyball team closed out its most successful season in almost 30 years with a runner-up finish at the Class AA state tournament. The last time the Beacons finished higher than that was in 1987.