A field of 45 ski jumpers from throughout the Central Division and one from Decatur, Ga., converged on the St. Paul Ski Club’s Nordic complex in Maplewood on Friday, Feb. 14, to participate in a huge “Valentines Ski Jumping Love In.”
In the Section 4AAA wrestling matches, held at Woodbury High School Feb. 15, the Tartan High School Titans went into the day as underdogs.
As the mats were being rolled up and the Titans were boarding the bus to head home, they had spent the day living up to their name and were riding high as the 2014 Section 4AAA champions.
For only the second time in the history of the Oakdale institution, Tartan was heading to the Minnesota State Class AAA Wrestling Tournament as a section champion.
In a Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey season finale for Tartan and Hill-Murray Thursday, Feb. 13, at Tartan Arena, the Pioneers showed their prowess with a 9-2 trouncing of the overmatched Titans.
At the Sunday, Feb. 16, annual meeting of the Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey coaches to select All-Conference candidates, North High School’s two nominees, twins Justin and Tyler Oliver, were inexplicably not selected by the assembled coaches.
“I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe they would be overlooked,” said long-time North coach Jerry Diebel.
Bella Sutton admitted that two years ago when the Mounds View High School girls hockey team made it to the state tournament, there was a “wide eyed” factor that affected the team. The Mustangs are back at state and Sutton is confident the big eyes won’t show up this time around.
At least a half-dozen members of this year’s squad played in the state tournament back in 2012. They will be counted on to lead the newcomers when the Mustangs take the ice at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday evening.
Getting out of the first round of the Section 4AA playoffs will be no easy task for the Irondale/St. Anthony Village and Mounds View boys hockey teams. Both face higher-seeded foes in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Aldrich Arena.
The biggest day outside of the state tournament is approaching for the three Bulletin-area high school wrestling teams. They will converge on Champlin Park High School on Saturday for the Section 5AAA individual tournament.
It has been a busy but successful winter for Irondale High School senior Mattie Watts. Her Nordic skiing prowess took her to Europe recently and last week earned her the biggest prize in prep skiing.
Watts won the state Nordic individual championship on Thursday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. A 23-second lead following the freestyle leg of the competition gave Watts enough of a cushion that she survived a fall in the classic race.
Being the No. 1 seed in Section 5AA for girls hockey is not all its cracked up to be. At least it hasn’t been in recent years.
For the third consecutive season, the Section 5AA champion has been someone other than the top-seeded team. Third-seeded Mounds View sprung a pair of upsets last week to claim the section crown and a trip to the state tournament.
The Mounds View High School girls Alpine ski team capped off its season with an appearance in last week’s state meet. The Mustangs finished eighth in the team standings.
Individually, Juliana Damberg finished eighth in the overall standings. She finished seventh on the blue course with a time of 37.13 seconds and eighth on the red course with a time of 43.44 seconds.