It’s easy to see that coffee enjoys an almost unmatched popularity in the United States. From the giants like Starbucks and Caribou to the myriad of independent coffee houses, it’s not difficult to find a place to pick up a cup of joe.
In addition to being a big moneymaker for many companies, it also appears that coffee can lead to season-saving changes for sports teams. Just ask the St. Anthony Village High School girls basketball team.
With only five teams left in the North Suburban Conference this season, the Irondale High School girls hockey team had plenty of room on its schedule for non-conference games. The Knights ended up with some challenging contests outside of league play and they’re hoping that hard work pays off when the playoffs begin next month.
The regular season is down to just two weeks left and the Knights are using their final games to get into post-season mode.
The Titans of Tartan took their girls’ hockey forces to the St. Croix Ice Arena Jan. 16, to play the Mahtomedi Zephyrs in a Classic Suburban Conference matchup.
In a close contest. neither team was able to produce a goal until the third period.
Just 27 seconds into the final session, the Titans’ Hannah Croonquist took a pass from Jordan Jackson and found pay dirt inside the Mahtomedi net.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers took their high-powered girls hockey team into Titanville Jan. 14 to do battle with Tartan in a Classic Suburban Conference contest.
In a display of precision and superb passing, the Pioneers quickly built a 3-0 margin and then sat back on their laurels and almost dared the Titans to respond.
Tartan fought hard, but in the end could not find the tools to fend off the 5-1 final.
The Tartan Titans came to North Jan. 16 to display their gymnastics talents in front of a near-standing-room-only crowd of appreciative fans.
In the end the Titans—despite a one-point deduction for an athlete performing out of order on the beam—was able to pull off a close 120.7 - 119.875 triumph over their School District 622 archrival Polars.
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.