Achiever Academy, a small school in Vadnais Heights devoted to hockey, made a trip to Polar Arena Nov. 14, and the Aces gave a skating lesson to the North High Polars.
Except for North goalie Marit Larson, who was just short of perfect, in goal, the Polars found getting into the Aces’ zone a difficult chore.
Larson turned aside 42 of the 44 missiles ticketed for the 24 square feet behind her. She held the opposition scoreless until the third period. Through the first 34 minutes of action, Larson had stopped 27 shots on goal.
When you attend a Tartan High School boys hockey game this season, make sure you pick up a roster as you enter the arena.
The old saying, “You can’t tell the players without a program” may well hold true. Last season the Titans had no less than 14 seniors. Those players have since graduated and moved on to other pursuits, and their co-head coach Jim McElmury has retired.
When talking about his expectations for the 2013-2014 hockey season, Tartan co-head coach Steve Romanchuk succinctly stated, “We lack experience.”
Behind the three-goal hat trick of junior center Ellie Tabaka, the Tartan High School girls posted their third straight hockey win Thursday, Nov. 21.
Also with a pair of goals was senior forward Hannah Croonquist.
Replacing departed players will be key for the Irondale/St. Anthony Village boys hockey team this winter. The Knights return just seven letterwinners from last year’s team.
"We lost a lot of scoring to graduation, early departures and one transfer,” said Irondale head coach Adam Schmidt, who is in his third season as the Knights’ head coach. “Therefore, we will need the returning players to step up a bit and the young players to contribute immediately if we are going to be successful.”
Taking over for a coaching legend is never easy. Inheriting a group of young, inexperienced players makes it even tougher.
That’s what David Leiser faced when he took over the reins of the Mounds View High School boys basketball team last year. Leiser replaced Ziggy Kauls after Kauls stepped down following 45 years as the Mustangs’ coach.
Now in his second season at the helm, Leiser has what he believes is a better team. Mounds View returned four starters and nine total letterwinners from last year’s 12-15 team.
With the departure of its top five scorers from a year ago, the Irondale High School boys basketball team has some work to do get back to that level. Head coach Jon DeMars expects a lot of players to see court time early on as the coaching staff tries to develop a rotation.
The Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville adapted soccer teams recently closed out their seasons with appearances in the state tournament.The CI and PI teams played in the tournament Nov. 15-16 at Stillwater Area High School. The CI team went 1-2 and finished sixth while the PI team lost both of its games and tied for seventh.
With a dozen returning letterwinners on the roster, the Roseville Area High School boys hockey team is looking for big things this season.
“A full season of hard work and discipline will hopefully allow us to maximize our potential and give us a chance to make a playoff run,” said first-year head coach Ryan Adams.
Concordia Academy boys basketball coach Eric Schutte said prior to the season that he expects his team’s strengths to be defense and its transition offense. If Schutte’s prediction holds true, the Beacons could be putting up big point totals this season. Concordia reached 86 points in its season opener last Friday. The Beacons reached the 80-point mark four times last year.
Two members of the Roseville Area High School girls swimming and diving team represented their squad and school at the state meet last week. Junior Lauren Kacmarynski and eighth-grader Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith competed in the Class AA state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.