With a talented and experienced lineup, the St. Anthony Village High School gymnastics team would like to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish in the section meet.
“We are hopeful that with the majority of our letter winners returning, we can finish in the top 3 this season,” said Kelsey Engstrom, who is in her third year as the Huskies’ head coach.
The Mounds View High School gymnastics team has been rising through the ranks in Section 5AA the last few years and appeared poised to break through and capture a section team title. That plan was put on hold, however, as state powerhouse Roseville was moved from Section 4AA to 5AA for the past two years.
This year, Roseville, the two-time defending state champion, has returned to 4AA, leaving 5AA once again up for grabs. Mounds View head coach Julie Coopet likes her team’s chances come mid-February.
Mounds View High School boys hockey coach Rick Thomas couldn’t have been more pleased with the work that his players put in over the summer in anticipation of the season that starts this week. With a dearth of experienced players on the roster, the Mustangs will need for that hard work to pay off if they want to be successful.
Mounds View returns only six letterwinners from last year’s team that went 13-10-2.
Basketball tends to be a sport for the tall but the Mounds View High School girls hoops team is hoping to buck that trend this year. The Mustangs plan on using their speed to their advantage to make up for a lack of size.
Mounds View returns four key players from last year’s team and will combine them with some new faces.
“We are excited about this year,” said head coach Dave Montgomery. “We have a good mix of returning players and newcomers who should contribute for us.”
Of the six gymnasts who helped the Roseville Area High School gymnastics team win the Class AA state championship last season, five are back this year. They will form the backbone of the team that will try to win yet another state title.
Roseville enters the season as the two-time defending state champion and has won six of the past eight titles.
After winning 50 games over the past two seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team is looking to continue that impressive run again this year. The Raiders will try to do so with a revamped lineup.
Roseville graduated five players who are on college rosters from last year’s team that set the school record for regular-season, conference and total wins. Despite that turnover, head coach Jeff Crosby expects to field another solid team.
A few years ago the Roseville Area High School wrestling team found itself with a senior-heavy lineup, which helped the team finish above .500. The problem with that situation is that it left the Raiders with a thin senior class last year, when they won just three dual meets.
Head coach Mike Holmes and his staff have retooled the roster and are shooting for a quick turnaround.
Most of the pieces appear to be in place for the Concordia Academy girls basketball team this season. From solid defenders to tenacious rebounders, the Beacons have a lineup full of athletic players with basketball smarts.
The one thing on head coach Amy Bellus’ wish list at the beginning of the season is a proven scorer to compliment Michala Walther.
Mounds View High School senior Kiley Kuether closed out her prep diving career on the highest of high notes last week. Kuether won the Class AA state diving championship on Nov. 20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Kuether amassed 408.05 points over 11 dives to win the state title by almost seven points. Rochester Century sophomore Adrianna Jacobs finished second with 401.15 points.
The Hill-Murray boys hockey forces opened the 2013-14 season with a hard-fought victory against the Burnsville Blaze at the Burnsville Ice Center Thursday, Nov. 21.
Though owning an 11-7 shots-on-goal advantage, the Pioneers were on the short end of a 2-1 score after the first period.