The District 621 high school football teams’ games last week started an hour apart. That would have given anyone who was so inclined time to catch parts of both contests.
Those who were able to see the endings of those games were doubly rewarded for their efforts. They got to see a pair of fourth-quarter rallies that led to dramatic finishes.
It took a while for the folks who vote in the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaching Association poll to come around on the Mounds View High School girls soccer team. The Mustangs weren’t anywhere to be found in the first two editions of the rankings and didn’t crack the top 10 until they were 7-0.
St. Anthony Village and Brooklyn Center high schools have been conference-mates for more than 20 years, including eight years in the Metro Alliance Conference and two different stints in the Tri-Metro.
In the recent history between the two schools, St. Anthony has had the upper hand in football but that changed last week.
The Roseville Area High School football team won its fourth game of the season last Friday when it drubbed Park-Cottage Grove 45-19. This is the first time since 2006 that the Raiders have won four games in the regular season and that year they went on to qualify for the state tournament.
In their Tri-Metro Conference tilt on Friday, St. Agnes and Concordia Academy matched each other with four touchdowns each. The game was ultimately decided by point-after attempts and the Aggies won that battle.
St. Agnes scored five points on PATs while Concordia got four and fell 29-28. The loss was the Beacons’ third in a row following a 2-0 start to the season.
On Sunday morning, Sept. 15, in the Hill-Murray chapel, the high school’s 2013 Hall of Fame inductees were grouped together.
The six former athletes and coaches were: Andre Beaulieu, Monica Hilger, Bob Sullivan, Tom Quinlan, Jeff Whisler and Mya Whitmore.
Tartan senior forward Stephen LaVick (11) and Hill-Murray senior midfielder Peter Blaney (6) get after the ball during action Sept. 17. The Pioneers won 6-1 at Tartan. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
During the first half of the boys soccer game at Tartan Sept. 17, the Titans and Hill-Murray Pioneers appeared fairly evenly matched.
Although the Pioneers led 3-1 at halftime, neither team dominated the action on the field. But the momentum shifted in the second half, and the Pioneers far outshot and outplayed the Titans, and eventually recorded a 6-1 win.