Meet victories have been hard to come by for the Mounds View High School boys swimming and diving team so far this season. The Mustangs dropped their first three Suburban East Conference dual meets but broke into the win column last week.
Mounds View notched victory No. 1 by outscoring Cretin-Derham Hall 105-78 at the recently-renovated Chippewa Middle School pool. The Mustangs won 10 of the 12 events to pick up the victory.
After gaining a 2-0 lead over the Mahtomedi Zephyrs, the Tartan Titans boys hockey team squandered several scoring chances. Meanwhile, Mahtomedi scored five unanswered tallies - the last on an open net - and posted a 5-2 triumph.
“It was a case of missed opportunities,” said Tartan co-head coach Steve Romanchuk after the Friday, Jan. 10, game. “(The Zephyrs) are a good team. They’re well coached, and they played us tough.”
The coach then showed an iPad picture of a Tartan player missing a shot at a wide-open Mahtomedi goal.
The first third of the season couldn’t have gone much better for the Concordia Academy boys basketball team. The Beacons lost just one of their eight games before Christmas and headed into a holiday tournament with plenty of momentum.
Concordia added a victory in the first round of that holiday event but wins have been difficult to come by since. The Beacons enter this week on a five-game losing streak but still have time to right the ship.
Roseville Area High School senior Caroline Brisbois was ranked sixth in last weekís Skinnyski.com high school Nordic ski racing individual poll. She made a case for a possible rise in this week’s rankings thanks to her performance at Saturday’s Mesabi East Invitational.
Holiday tournaments behind them, area girls hockey teams were back on the ice Friday, Jan. 3. in Classic Suburban Conference action.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers, defending CSC champions, posted a 5-1 win over South St. Paul. North High gained a 3-2 win over Mahtomedi in overtime, and Tartan was victorious, 6-3, against Henry Sibley.
In a tense girls basketball game that went down to the wire, the Hill-Murray Pioneers pulled ahead in the late stages to ground the Totino-Grace Eagles Friday, Jan. 3, at the Hill-Murray Field House.
“It was a hard-fought game right to the end. That three-point shot by No. 10 (Olivia Graskewicz) was somewhat of a killer,” stated Totino-Grace head coach Bill Essma.
“Our shooting wasn’t what I hoped it would be. But they are a tough team. In the end, it came down to just shooting,” Essma said.
The Mounds View High School boys basketball team did not close out the pre-Christmas portion of its schedule on much of a high note. The Mustangs dropped three of four prior to the break.
Following a couple of days off for Christmas, Mounds View returned to action and picked up a pair of wins in a holiday tournament and added to the win streak with a conference victory last Friday.
Irondale High School senior Jordana Brady qualified for last year’s state meet in two events and placed in one of them. This year, she would like to earn a spot in the state all-around competition.
If she continues to perform the way she did on Saturday, she should realize that goal.
Lee Stecklein has played at the top levels for most of her hockey career and next month she’ll take another step up that ladder. Stecklein, a Roseville native and Roseville Area High School graduate, is headed to Sochi, Russia, as a member of the United States women’s hockey team.