The main goal for the Roseville Area High School volleyball team this season was to successfully defend the section championship it won a year ago. With a decent amount of turnover from last year’s state-tournament team, it wasn’t going to be easy.
Roseville started the season 0-4 but came together as the season progressed and this week the Raiders enter the Section 4AAA playoffs as the No. 2 seed.
Despite a losing regular-season record, the Concordia Academy football team faces a favorable road to the state tournament. The Beacons are seeded second in Section 4AA and can get to state without playing a true road game in the playoffs. Concordia (3-5) hosts seventh-seeded St. Paul Humboldt (1-7) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and with a victory in that game will also play at home in the second round on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the Roseville Area High School football team made it to the state tournament, it won a pair of home section playoff games before playing a third section game on the road. This year, the Raiders need just the two wins on home turf to qualify for state.
Roseville, despite dropping its final game of the regular season last Wednesday to Mounds View, received the No. 2 seed in Section 4 of Class 6A and opens the post season Friday at home against seventh-seeded Woodbury. A victory over the Royals guarantees the Raiders a second home playoff game on Nov. 1 with the winner that night advancing to the state tournament.
Tartan junior Kayla Morris (6) spikes the ball over the net as North High’s Holly Ellwanger (2) goes up to block. The Polars won 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 at home Oct. 9. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Tartan Titans found it difficult to put together a concerted effort on the volleyball floor two nights in a row.
The day before the Titans nearly knocked off highly touted, league-leading Hill-Murray from the unbeaten ranks.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers volleyball forces traveled to Oakdale Oct. 8 to face the Tartan Titans in a key Classic Suburban Conference contest.
What the Pioneers - 8-0 in the CSC and 17-4 overall - didn’t expect was an ambush by the Titans - 6-2 CSC and 11-10.
It hadn’t snowed in months but that didn’t stop the storied St. Paul Ski Club from hosting its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Sept. 14.
It was a festive affair at the North St. Paul American Legion hall, and three new members joined the ranks of those enshrined in the club, which traces its beginning back to 1885.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers scored first and last in the Classic Suburban Conference game Oct. 11 at Mahtomedi.
In between those two scores, the Mahtomedi Zephyrs put 26 points up on the scoreboard and outscored the Pioneers by 21 points for a 36-15 win.
Not much has changed from the regular season to the post-season for the Mounds View High School girls soccer team. The Mustangs went undefeated and gave up just five goals in the regular season and that trend has continued in the Section 5AA playoffs.
The Mounds View High School girls tennis team wrapped up the Section 5AA team title on Oct. 10 with a 5-2 victory over Centennial. The victory sends the Mustangs to the Class AA state tournament for the seventh consecutive season.