Hill-Muray short stop Zach Mills (10) relays the ball after getting the force out at second base. The Pioneers had the lead after 6 innings at home against Sibley May 5. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Hill-Murray Pioneers hosted the Tartan Titans in the cool, breezy, overcast weather of May 7, in a Classic Suburban Conference baseball game.
On the mound for the Titans was Eric Winter. The senior hurler went the distance and on a couple of occasions pitched his way out of two or three difficult situations.
Friday was a bad news, good news day for the St. Anthony Village High School baseball team. The bad news was that the Huskies suffered their first loss of the season, but the good news is that the loss didn’t damage their conference-title hopes. They also didn’t have to wait very long to put the loss in the rearview mirror.
The Knights’ record has hovered around the .500 mark most of the season, but they have a couple of impressive victories to their credit. One of them came last Friday.
Having dropped the first meeting with Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Irondale ventured to the St. Louis Park school in search of an upset of the third-ranked Red Knights. They climbed back on the bus to go home with that goal accomplished.
Both track and field teams from Mounds View High School have a state championship to compete for this week.
The Class AAA state true-team meet takes place Friday starting at 4 p.m. at Stillwater Area High School. Mounds View is no stranger to true-team success, but it has been a few years since either team has brought home the championship.
As the defending state champion, the Mounds View High School baseball team began the season No. 1 in the state rankings. The Mustangs quickly dropped out of the top 20, however, following a 2-5 start to the season.
Head coach Mark Downey doesn’t worry about his team’s record; he’s more interested in progress. Since the calendar turned to May, he’s seen plenty of it.
The University of Minnesota fastpitch softball team last weekend captured its first conference tournament championship in 15 years with some help from an Arden Hills native.
Erica Meyer scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Golden Gophers defeated Michigan 3-2 in the championship game of the Big Ten tournament on Saturday in Evanston, Illinois. The victory not only gives Minnesota its first conference tournament title since 1999, it also sends the Gophers to next week’s NCAA tournament.
A pair of Roseville Area High School graduates will have their college baseball seasons extended by at least a few more days. Ben Podobinski and Austin Colvard are set to play in the NCAA Division III tournament starting this week.
Podobinski and Colvard are starting outfielders for the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Scholastica baseball teams, respectively. Both teams won their respective conference tournaments last weekend to clinch automatic berths into the national tournament.
Track and field teams from Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy last week went after berths in the state true-team meet, but came up short. Roseville’s girls team and Concordia’s boys squad finished runner-up in their respective sections.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers have high hopes of repeating as the Classic Suburban Conference boys golf champions, but head coach Kris Oftedahl knows there are plenty of others waiting in the wings to put up better scores.
The veteran head golf tutor said recently, “We are looking for good things. Especially from the four players we have returning from last year’s conference championship team.
The North High boys golf team has returned to links this season with many inexperienced players on its roster.
“I hope the youngsters we have work hard on their game to improve,” North head coach Jim Pearson said. “Playing against other schools will show them they have to work on their game to have success. The attitudes of our team members are great.”