South-West Area Sports


On the Slide: Some notable notes after cleaning off the spindle

Quick takoffs
Congrates to MIKE MOLINE and JIM HANUS, who are the latest inductees into the NORTH ST. PAUL Boys Hockey Hall of Fame . . .


Titans and Hughes make one-goal stand

Tartan junior center Ben Engwer (26) and sophomore wing CJ Acker (23) take shots on goal in first period action against Henry Sibley. Engwer, 3 goals and an assist, helped lead the Titans to a 5-0 win at home Dec. 13. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Behind the shutout goaltending of Tartan’s Michael Hughes, the Titans made a first-period goal stand up for a boys hockey win against South St. Paul to open Metro East Conference action.


Football: South St. Paul overcomes turnovers to gain state tournament berth

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.


Simley girls soccer - photo

Linda Baumeister/Review

Hill-Murray senior midfielder Emily Heslin (24) advances the ball during Section 4A semifinal action against Simley. The Pioneers came away with a 3-2 overtime win at home Oct. 14.


'Ruth' will live on in legend

People still ask, 'Who is Ruth?'
For quite a while, I have ended my columns with "Hey Ruth, you hang in there!"
I don't intend to stop, but now an explanation is once again in order.
The "Ruth" in question was Ruth Goethel. She was the wife of Arno Goethel, the former executive sports editor of the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press.


Football: Tartan and North win while Hill-Murray goes down at Sibley

Tartan junior running back Emmanuel Willies (7) carries for a 71-yard touchdown. He ran in three on 18 carries for 224 yards. The Titans won 21-13 over Fridley Oct. 3. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

As week five of the fall football season wrapped up, Tartan gained a victory over non-conference foe Fridley. North traveled to Hastings and came away with a three-point win. Hill-Murray ventured to West St. Paul to face Henry Sibley and took it on the chin by a touchdown.


Future of area ice arenas in question

Back in the days when most everyone who skated or played hockey, it was on an outdoor pond or lake. Getting ice depended on “Mother Nature” to supply cold enough weather to freeze water.
Then came the flooding of outdoor rinks. Suddenly ice sheets popped up on every local playground as well as in many back yards.


Football: Area teams get knocked by opponents

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.


39ers no-hit and 10-run visiting West St. Paul

The West St. Paul Post 521 Challenger baseball team is having an impressive season.


Softball: South St. Paul takes it on the chin at North

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.”


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