After amassing 50 victories over the past two seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team appeared poised for a drop-off this year. The Raiders featured a senior-heavy roster last year and among the departed graduates were three players who are on Division I or II college teams this year.
The Tartan Titans took their potent ice hockey forces to West St. Paul Arena Saturday, Dec. 14, and displayed their prowess in a Classic Suburban Conference clash with the Henry Sibley Warriors.
The final was an 8-0 whitewash of the Warriors that pushed the highly successful Titans to an overall mark of 7-1 and 2-0 in CSC boys hockey action.
Because of some deadline changes because of the holidays, the sports stories in this edition were written the week before Christmas. Since the timeliness of that kind of turnaround isn’t great, I thought I’d do an end-of-the-year list.
Instead of a rundown of the sports stories of 2013, I decided to go a little different route. With the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome set to meet its demise in the coming weeks, I compiled some lists of the events I was fortunate and not so fortunate to see in person.
‘Tis the season to catch some holiday high school tournament action.
Seven different varsity teams from Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy are in action this week in holiday tournaments. Here’s a look at where each school’s teams are headed while school is out.
Despite North High net keeper Marit Larson’s amazing performance in stopping 45 shots by the Hill-Murray Pioneers Friday, Dec. 13, it was the four that eluded her that cost her and her teammates the hockey game.
The Pioneers scored three goals in the first period of the game at Polar Arena and then were limited to just one more in the final 34 minutes.
The North High Polars traveled to Phalen Arena Tuesday, Dec.10, for a hard-skating, good end-to-end contest with the Johnson Governors and emerged on top, 4-1.
“It was a bit sloppy,” said North veteran mentor Jerry Diebel at game’s end. “But Johnson is that kind of club. They make you look ‘sloppy’ out there on the ice. But both teams played hard and gave a good effort.