A pair of Roseville Area High School graduates was recently honored for their athletic and academic prowess by their respective collegiate conferences.
Kristina Poss and Sam Toso were named academic all-conference for the fall season. Poss is a senior cross country runner at St. Catherine University in St. Paul and Toso is a sophomore on the men’s cross country team at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.
The state rankings held true to form at last week’s Suburban East Conference Nordic ski racing championship meet. Roseville’s girls team entered the meet ranked as the second-best team in the conference and that’s how the final results played out last week.
Roseville was ranked among the group of teams just outside of the top five while Stillwater was ranked No. 2. The Raiders wound up just behind the Ponies when the final scores were tallied at the conference meet.
Stillwater won the conference team title with 472 points while Roseville was second with 442 points.
The last eight Class AA state gymnastics team championships have gone to either Roseville Area High School or Northfield High School. It appears that streak will reach nine next month.
Northfield and Roseville sat 1-2 in last week’s Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association rankings.
Roseville enters the final two weeks of the regular season undefeated. The Raiders are 6-0 in Suburban East Conference duals and have also won three multi-team non-conference meets.
When the Roseville Area High School girls hockey team started the 2013-14 season with a seven-game winning streak, it appeared the Raiders were ready for life without Kate Flug. Roseville is 6-8 since then and is using the final few weeks of the season getting ready for the post-season.
Consistency is the main thing the Roseville coaching staff is looking for between now and the playoffs.
With some good balance in the Suburban East Conference this season, Roseville Area High School boys basketball coach Ted Critchley didn’t expect anyone to run away with the league title. As the midway point of the conference schedule approaches this week, Critchley’s forecast has been on the money.
The first third of the season couldn’t have gone much better for the Concordia Academy boys basketball team. The Beacons lost just one of their eight games before Christmas and headed into a holiday tournament with plenty of momentum.
Concordia added a victory in the first round of that holiday event but wins have been difficult to come by since. The Beacons enter this week on a five-game losing streak but still have time to right the ship.
Roseville Area High School senior Caroline Brisbois was ranked sixth in last weekís Skinnyski.com high school Nordic ski racing individual poll. She made a case for a possible rise in this week’s rankings thanks to her performance at Saturday’s Mesabi East Invitational.
Lee Stecklein has played at the top levels for most of her hockey career and next month she’ll take another step up that ladder. Stecklein, a Roseville native and Roseville Area High School graduate, is headed to Sochi, Russia, as a member of the United States women’s hockey team.
After amassing 50 victories over the past two seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team appeared poised for a drop-off this year. The Raiders featured a senior-heavy roster last year and among the departed graduates were three players who are on Division I or II college teams this year.