It’s more than halfway through February, which means that the Roseville Area High School gymnastics team is preparing for the state meet. That’s just what happens at this time of the year.
The Raiders go after their third consecutive and seventh overall state championship on Friday at the Class AA meet at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.
Participating in the state meet has become a common occurrence for the Roseville Area High School girls Nordic ski team. The Raiders competed at state last week, marking the fourth straight year they have qualified.
Roseville finished fifth in the team standings with 320 points. Wayzata won its second consecutive state championship with 382 points, outscoring runner-up Robbinsdale Armstrong by 35 points. Stillwater took third place, one point behind Armstrong.
The Roseville Area High School boys hockey team spent the first half of the season flirting with a .500 record. That changed midway through January, however, as the Raiders went on a bit of a tear.
Roseville has lost just once in its last nine games. That surge helped the Raiders land in the top half of the seeds for the upcoming Section 4AA playoffs.
North High junior Claire McNamara (21) muscles her way to the basket against Simley. The Polars lost 61-31 at home Feb. 7. (Linda Baumeister/Revie)
North misses injured Ross
The Simley Spartans traveled to the Hal Norgard Gymnasium Saturday, Feb. 8, for a Classic Suburban Conference girls basketball game against the North Polars.
The Polars were without a key player -- ninth-grader Jolisa Ross, who was hospitalized in Minneapolis with a severely injured foot.
The Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Polar Arena featuring archrivals Tartan and North was a make-up game of an earlier contest postponed because of cold weather.
The Titans offset two early goals by the Polars to pull ahead in the third period and win going away, 7-3.
Tartan’s four unanswered goals in the final 17 minutes made the difference for the second time in two meetings this season. Tartan gained a 7-4 win in the first outing between the rivals on Dec. 12.
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.
The Mounds View High School girls Alpine ski team is headed to the state meet this week after finishing second in the Section 7 meet on Feb. 4 at Giants Ridge. Front row, from left: Emily Mackay, Maddie Sjobeck, coach Mark Dunsworth, Cortney Kosiak, Juliana Damberg, Emily Nash, Kurt Tolson, Kaarl Damberg, assistant coach Luke Becker. Back row: Madeline Bratager, Hana Gulli, Sarah Mackay. (Ann Nash photography)
Finishing second usually means coming up just shy of your goal. That wasn’t the case for the Mounds View High School girls Alpine ski team last week at the section meet, however.
The Mustangs ended up second in the team standings at the Section 7 meet but that won’t keep them from competing in this week’s state meet. There are only four sections for Alpine skiing and the top two teams in each section advance to state.