Meghan Lorence is a junior on the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team and has already experienced thrill of winning a national championship twice. Now in her third year with the Golden Gophers, Lorence, a Mounds View native and Irondale High School alumna, is on pace to have her best season yet at Minnesota.
With winter in full bloom, baseball season isn’t on too many people’s minds but there was baseball news out of Mounds View High School last week.
Mounds View senior Sam Hentges was named to the Louisville Slugger 2014 High School Pre-Season All-American Team. Hentges was also recently honored as the 2013 Fourth District American Legion Most Valuable Player at the 74th-annual Original Baseball Old Timers Hot Stove League of America banquet.
Another sport that doesn’t jump immediately to mind in January is track and field but for a St. Anthony Village High School alumnus, the season is in full swing.
Chris Lawson, a 2012 St. Anthony graduate, is a member of the College of St. Scholastica men’s track and field team that has started the indoor season already. Lawson and his teammates ran at the Blue Devil Invitational on Saturday in Menomonie, Wisc.
The Mounds View High School girls hockey team has been in the thick of the Suburban East Conference race all season and it appears that the championship won’t be decided until the final day of the regular season.
Despite suffering a conference loss last week, the Mustangs are tied for first with Stillwater with two games to play. Cretin-Derham Hall, one point behind in third place, also still has a shot at the title.
The Mounds View High School boys basketball team continued its mid-season roll with two more victories last week. The two wins pushed the Mustangs’ win streak to 11.
Mounds View made it 10 in a row with an 81-60 pasting of Roseville on Jan. 21 and won No. 11 on Friday by beating East Ridge 77-64.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers took their number one state ranking and 6-0 Classic Suburban Conference leading—14-2 overall—boys’ hockey records into the St. Thomas ice arena Jan. 23.
When a couple of hours elapsed and they emerged for the ride back home, Hill-Murray no longer was all alone atop the CSC.
St. Thomas had inflicted them with a 4-2 defeat that left them tied with the Cadets with identical 6-1 records.
The return girls’ hockey game featuring School District 622 archrivals North and Tartan high schools was a lot like everyone—except the Titans—might have expected.
In the first meeting between the foes—back on Dec. 17—Tartan triumphed at home with a 2-1 overtime victory.
The North Polars ventured into enemy territory at Tartan for a Classic Suburban Conference wrestling match Jan. 15 and saw the Tartan grapplers dominate their efforts in a 72-0 blitz.
“We met our expectations,” offered Tartan head coach Dan Recchio. “This win gives us second place in the conference behind, who else, Simley. We expected this outcome.”
The Titans have their eyes on their next goal, Recchio explained.
The last eight Class AA state gymnastics team championships have gone to either Roseville Area High School or Northfield High School. It appears that streak will reach nine next month.
Northfield and Roseville sat 1-2 in last week’s Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association rankings.
Roseville enters the final two weeks of the regular season undefeated. The Raiders are 6-0 in Suburban East Conference duals and have also won three multi-team non-conference meets.