South St. Paul’s making its first appearance in football championship game
East Metro Conference perennial powerhouse South St. Paul took a huge step forward Saturday, Nov. 7, when it played the Rocori Spartans in the Class 4A state football tournament.
The Packers (11-1) gained a 19-14 victory to advance into the championship game against the undefeated Becker Bulldogs Friday, Nov. 13, at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. It was the first time the Packers had made it to the state tournament football finals.
Packers gain 3rd straight state tournament appearance
South St. Paul 27 - Simley 7
The Simley Spartans had hopes of gaining a berth in the Class 4A state tournament last week, but first they had to get past conference rival South St. Paul in the Section 3 championship game.
Game slips away from Hill-Murray in fourth quarter
On an unseasonably chilly Halloween, the Hill-Murray Pioneers' trip to South St. Paul for the Section 4AAAA football finals proved to be a frightful nightmare.
Things started well for the Pioneers, who took advantage of the Packers' three fumbles and led the entire first half. But the Packers, winners of the Metro East Conference, got back on track late in the game for a 35-21 victory.
North High senior running back Deon Benson (11) pushes forward for yardage against Henry Sibley Sept. 26. Benson rushed for 161 yards on 16 carries for two touchdowns in the 21-18 Homecoming loss Sept. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Week five of the 2014 football season proved to be less than fruitful for area teams. Homecoming festivities at both Hill-Murray and North High were dampened by losses Friday, Sept. 26.
Packers rebound against Titans in doubleheader action
In makeup Classic Suburban Conference softball action Wednesday, May 14 at McKnight Fields, the North High power-hitters dismantled the Packers by a score of 22-3 in a five-inning game.
“We started out OK,” said South St. Paul head coach Paul Moen, “but then we never have fared well against North. That 13-run inning really hurt us.”
In a make-up girls hockey game Feb. 4, the South St. Paul Packers invaded Tartan Arena and left the Titans feeling as cold as the subzero temperatures that caused the weather-related postponement in the first place.
Though the Titans had a occasional sorties into the Packers zone, they could not penetrate the visitors’ armor and the result was a 3-0 setback.