The North girls tennis forces took their talents to the Larry Fronczak Courts Thursday, Sept. 12, and came out on top of a 7-0 sweep of the Titans.
One major factor: the Tartan team was somewhat handicapped in that two players were not able to compete - both varsity players - because they had not taken the necessary physical examination.
With only a few returning starters on the roster this year, the Mounds View High School football team was a bit of a question mark as season approached. The Mustangs have put up some big point-totals in three victories but those wins are against teams with a combined record of 2-7.
The Roseville Area High School girls cross country team is a perennial state-meet contender, having qualified in nine of the last 11 years. Some major turnover on the roster from last year caused the Raiders to begin the 2013 season unranked.
That unranked status changed earlier this week, however. Roseville made its debut in the rankings on Monday, landing at No. 8 in the Class AA coaches association poll.
Going into its week-three game last week, the Concordia Academy football team was the only unbeaten squad in the Tri-Metro East Conference. The Beacons’ trip to Nicollet Island in Minneapolis on Friday changed that.
DeLaSalle High School, the main tenant of Nicollet Island, welcomed Concordia to its home field but was anything but an accommodating host. The Islanders ended the Beacons’ win streak with a 46-13 victory.
If there was such a thing as the King of the Raiders, the Roseville Area High School football team could lay claim to that title this season. The Raiders have beaten the other two teams in the Suburban East Conference with the same nickname.
Roseville improved to 2-0 over the Raiders teams by beating Hastings 27-0 last Friday.
Over the past few years, the boys soccer matches between North High and Hill-Murray have been little short of a war.
They have been highly emotional contests in which the final score was in doubt until the final horn. The Sept. 3 contest at Hill-Murray was of the same caliber. When the final horn sounded, the Pioneers celebrated their 1-0 triumph over the defending Classic Suburban Conference champion Polars.
Tartan senior Keenen Bellaphant (27) finds the openings against Simley Sept. 6. Bellaphant had 20 carries for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns to help lead the 34-21 Titan win. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
On the night that Tartan High School played its home-opening football game, it also dedicated its new artificially covered field.
On hand for the Sept. 6 celebration was District 622 Superintendent Patty Phillips, who led a contingent of school board members.
Former Tartan principal Dr. John Besek was there to witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by former Tartan activities director Lee Alger.