The Tartan Titans boys basketball team hopes to be a power in the Classic Suburban Conference once again this season.
Coach Mark Klingsporn said recently, “We will return two starters (Brody Jackson and Tommy Hanson) and our entire front court players.
“We lost our entire back court to graduation, but we expect to fill any gaps back there from our highly successful JV and “B” squad teams.”
Tartan senior Tia Elbert signed her college letter of intent, making her dream of playing college basketball official. Elbert plans to major in business administration and minor in communications at Marquette University in Milwuakee, Wisc. Having averaged 30 points per game the last two years and over 2,500 career points, she gave a shout-out thanking her coaches, mom, teammates and friends.
Achiever Academy, a small school in Vadnais Heights devoted to hockey, made a trip to Polar Arena Nov. 14, and the Aces gave a skating lesson to the North High Polars.
Except for North goalie Marit Larson, who was just short of perfect, in goal, the Polars found getting into the Aces’ zone a difficult chore.
Larson turned aside 42 of the 44 missiles ticketed for the 24 square feet behind her. She held the opposition scoreless until the third period. Through the first 34 minutes of action, Larson had stopped 27 shots on goal.
When you attend a Tartan High School boys hockey game this season, make sure you pick up a roster as you enter the arena.
The old saying, “You can’t tell the players without a program” may well hold true. Last season the Titans had no less than 14 seniors. Those players have since graduated and moved on to other pursuits, and their co-head coach Jim McElmury has retired.
When talking about his expectations for the 2013-2014 hockey season, Tartan co-head coach Steve Romanchuk succinctly stated, “We lack experience.”
Behind the three-goal hat trick of junior center Ellie Tabaka, the Tartan High School girls posted their third straight hockey win Thursday, Nov. 21.
Also with a pair of goals was senior forward Hannah Croonquist.
The Tartan Titans wrestling team is expected to challenge perennial-favorite Simley for the Classic Suburban Conference title this season.
Simley, which has a long tradition of sending wrestlers to the state tournament, is the defending CSC champion.
Hill-Murray junior Marshawn Wilson stretches towards the goal line, one of two touchdowns, as Johnson defenders DeMarko Venton (32) and Todd Wyberila (3) are in on the down. The Pioneers won 42-22 in the Section 4AAAA semifinal held at Harding Oct. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan senior Dion Wallisch (20) wrestled St. Thomas Academy Carter Vanasek (23) out of bounds during Section 5AAAAA semifinal action. The Titans lost 35-14 at home Oct. 26 (Linda Baumeister/Review)
In section football playoffs, Hill-Murray met Johnson at Bakken Field on the campus of Harding High School Oct. 26 and dashed the Governors’ hopes of further play this season with a 42-22 triumph.
In other playoff action, the Tartan Titans hosted St. Thomas Academy and fell to their Classic Suburban Conference (CSC) opponents by 35-14.
Tartan, ranked eighth, and North, ranked first, met in the Section 4AA playoffs, a 3-0 Polar win Oct. 8. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan junior midfielder Andrew Collins (3) takes a kick near his St. Croix Prep Academy opponent during the last game of the regular season. The Titans won 9-2 at home Oct. 5. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)