The first third of the season couldn’t have gone much better for the Concordia Academy boys basketball team. The Beacons lost just one of their eight games before Christmas and headed into a holiday tournament with plenty of momentum.
Concordia added a victory in the first round of that holiday event but wins have been difficult to come by since. The Beacons enter this week on a five-game losing streak but still have time to right the ship.
Roseville Area High School senior Caroline Brisbois was ranked sixth in last weekís Skinnyski.com high school Nordic ski racing individual poll. She made a case for a possible rise in this week’s rankings thanks to her performance at Saturday’s Mesabi East Invitational.
The Mounds View High School boys basketball team did not close out the pre-Christmas portion of its schedule on much of a high note. The Mustangs dropped three of four prior to the break.
Following a couple of days off for Christmas, Mounds View returned to action and picked up a pair of wins in a holiday tournament and added to the win streak with a conference victory last Friday.
Irondale High School senior Jordana Brady qualified for last year’s state meet in two events and placed in one of them. This year, she would like to earn a spot in the state all-around competition.
If she continues to perform the way she did on Saturday, she should realize that goal.
Lee Stecklein has played at the top levels for most of her hockey career and next month she’ll take another step up that ladder. Stecklein, a Roseville native and Roseville Area High School graduate, is headed to Sochi, Russia, as a member of the United States women’s hockey team.
After amassing 50 victories over the past two seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team appeared poised for a drop-off this year. The Raiders featured a senior-heavy roster last year and among the departed graduates were three players who are on Division I or II college teams this year.
Because of some deadline changes because of the holidays, the sports stories in this edition were written the week before Christmas. Since the timeliness of that kind of turnaround isn’t great, I thought I’d do an end-of-the-year list.
Instead of a rundown of the sports stories of 2013, I decided to go a little different route. With the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome set to meet its demise in the coming weeks, I compiled some lists of the events I was fortunate and not so fortunate to see in person.
‘Tis the season to catch some holiday high school tournament action.
Seven different varsity teams from Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy are in action this week in holiday tournaments. Here’s a look at where each school’s teams are headed while school is out.