Picture of ‘47 Johnson High State Hockey Champs (submitted photo)
The date of the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Johnson High School boys hockey team is getting close at hand.
The celebration will be Saturday, Dec. 21, and things are beginning to really heat up for a get-together of East Siders that might prove hard to handle -- especially when it involves old hockey players, with old memories.
The event is billed as “The Pride of the East Side.”
The two most high-profile sports teams at Roseville Area High School during the fall season were the football and volleyball teams. Both had successful seasons that culminated with trips to the state tournament.
Players from both of those teams piled some impressive post-season awards. Here’s a look at those players and their awards.
Bethel University students volunteered to shovel out the stands Thursday afternoon prior to what's expected to be a frigid Saturday game. The Royals will be playing the North Central College Cardinals in a noon game for the Division III quarterfinals. (submitted photos)
Tartan players Victoria Orlando (8), Tara Bighley (14), and Jordan Jackson (21) swarm to defend as Maggie Straka (30) minds the goal. Wayzata was up 3-0 after the first period at Tartan Nov. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
It was not unlike a game of cat-and-mouse Saturday, Nov. 30, at Tartan Arena when the Woodbury Royals girls hockey team faced off against the Tartan Titans.
Woodbury put the first goal on the board. Tartan countered with three and led 3-1 at the end of the first period.
North High senior forward Adam Hildebrandt (22) takes charge of the puck on the line with Justin Oliver (7) during second period action against Hastings. The Polars lost 5-2 at home Nov. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Hastings Raiders came to Polar Arena Tuesday, Nov. 26, and soon became opportunists at North High’s expense.
In all, the Raiders took advantage of half of the six North penalties when they scored three goals on power plays.
Hastings—which will be a regular visitor next season when the school becomes part of the newly formed East Suburban Conference —outshot North by 44-27 and generally enjoyed a territorial advantage.
The Tartan Titans boys basketball team hopes to be a power in the Classic Suburban Conference once again this season.
Coach Mark Klingsporn said recently, “We will return two starters (Brody Jackson and Tommy Hanson) and our entire front court players.
“We lost our entire back court to graduation, but we expect to fill any gaps back there from our highly successful JV and “B” squad teams.”
Over the past three seasons, the Irondale High School girls basketball team has won nine or 10 games each season. Head coach Dean Coffland would like to see his team move above .500 this season.
To achieve that, the Knights will need their returning starters to lead and help along an inexperienced roster.
The Irondale/Spring Lake Park co-op gymnastics team is entering the seventh season of the partnership and it could be the last. Policy changes at Spring Lake Park High School could end the co-op and leave that school without a gymnastics program.
With the possibility of just one more season together, the team is looking to go out on a high note.
“If we are healthy we have an opportunity to win the conference,” said head coach Breanna Peloquin.
With a talented and experienced lineup, the St. Anthony Village High School gymnastics team would like to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish in the section meet.
“We are hopeful that with the majority of our letter winners returning, we can finish in the top 3 this season,” said Kelsey Engstrom, who is in her third year as the Huskies’ head coach.