Mounds View sophomore Luke Swenson busts a target at the range during one of the team’s practices at the Metro Gun Club in Blaine. (submitted photo)
Since 2001, trap shooting has been a club sport in high schools in Minnesota. Growth was slow at first but took off around 2009 and the number of teams and shooters has doubled each year since.
The Mounds View school district got in on the act this spring with teams at both Irondale and Mounds View. It took a few years to get approval, but now there are Knights and Mustangs representing their schools on the gun range.
After making a nice run in the section playoffs last year, the Concordia Academy fastpitch softball team faced a number of questions as this season approached. The Beacons graduated a bunch of seniors off last year’s squad so there were some holes.
As head coach, Gina Tupper began to assemble a roster, two positions seemed pretty well locked up and they are two of the more important spots on the field--pitcher and catcher. Seniors Courtney Larsen and Claire Heilman wasted little time showing the new players the way.
During the past three seasons, when some asked Roseville Area High School fastpitch softball coach Julie Standering how her team was doing, she would say “They’re getting there.” Now in her fourth season at the helm, Standering has changed her answer.
Only one member of the Roseville Area High School boys 4x800-meter relay team that earned All-State honors last season is back this spring, but it appears he has found some worthy new partners.
Senior Dan Wahlstedt teamed up with sophomore Collin Kiley, junior Jack Schugel and senior Dan Zalk to win the 4x800 at the Hamline Elite Meet on Friday. They completed the eight laps in a time of 8:09.19 to beat out the runner-up team from Hibbing by 0.88 seconds.
Ellie Zeller and Katie McDaniels, members of the Wheaton College women’s basketball team, were honored earlier this year by the conference in which Wheaton plays. They added to their post-season honors haul last month with some All-Region recognition.
The Roseville Area High School girls lacrosse team has an interesting mix of players on its roster this spring. The Raiders are led by a trio of veteran seniors but also have four eighth-graders on the roster.
Despite winning only four games during the regular season last season, the Roseville Area High School boys lacrosse team won the playoff game. This spring, the Raiders are once again hoping to hit their stride as sections roll around.
Maddie Gray recently finished up her sophomore season as a member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women’s swimming and diving team. Next fall, Gray will be more than just a member of the team.
With seven starters among eight returning letterwinners from last year’s team that won ten games, the Irondale High School girls lacrosse team is looking formidable. First-year head coach Wendy Frantz takes over a team that is athletic and experienced.