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.”
Pearson continued, “We are very young. We have only two seniors on our team, and just one of them has varsity experience.”
Polars remain undefeated this spring
On a cold, wet, wind-whipped Wednesday, the Hill-Murray Pioneers traveled to North High for a softball game.
April 23 was a day better suited for the ducks and geese that occasionally flew across the sodden skies above the McKnight Field complex, than it was for a softball game between two undefeated powerhouses.
Winter, Weingartner, Tschida homer in 12-2 rout
On the strength on homeruns by Rick Weingartner, Chad Tschida and Eric Winter, it took the Tartan Titans just six innings to post a 12-2 baseball victory over the North Polars on the 10-rule.
The game took place Thursday, April 24, on Tartan’s home field, and afterwards North High coach Ron Adams exclaimed, “I hate this place!”
Schanks has 10 strikeouts in 2-hit shutout
It took four innings for the North High softball players to get unwound, but when they did the put five runs on the board and downed the Tartan Titans by a 5-0 count on Monday, April 21.
Leading the North in battle was senior pitcher Haley Schanks. She allowed the visiting Titans just two hits while striking out 10. At the plate she went 2-for-3 - both singles - and running bases for her was Georgie Robasse, who scored two runs.
Mounds View High School senior Kellen Rholl finalized the next steps in his athletic and academic careers last week. He signed a letter of intent to attend and play baseball at Angelo State University in Texas.
Mulvaney and Messerole go 2-for-3 with 2 RBI
The St. Cloud Tech Tigers ventured to North St. Paul for a chilly, windblown, non-conference baseball game April 21.
The contest was pretty much a pitchers’ duel until the last of the fifth when the North High Polars exploded for nine runs and put an end to the six-inning contest, 13-3.
Mounds View sophomore Luke Swenson busts a target at the range during one of the team’s practices at the Metro Gun Club in Blaine. (submitted photo)
Since 2001, trap shooting has been a club sport in high schools in Minnesota. Growth was slow at first but took off around 2009 and the number of teams and shooters has doubled each year since.
The Mounds View school district got in on the act this spring with teams at both Irondale and Mounds View. It took a few years to get approval, but now there are Knights and Mustangs representing their schools on the gun range.
After making a nice run in the section playoffs last year, the Concordia Academy fastpitch softball team faced a number of questions as this season approached. The Beacons graduated a bunch of seniors off last year’s squad so there were some holes.
As head coach, Gina Tupper began to assemble a roster, two positions seemed pretty well locked up and they are two of the more important spots on the field--pitcher and catcher. Seniors Courtney Larsen and Claire Heilman wasted little time showing the new players the way.
During the past three seasons, when some asked Roseville Area High School fastpitch softball coach Julie Standering how her team was doing, she would say “They’re getting there.” Now in her fourth season at the helm, Standering has changed her answer.