Toward the end of their season, the Simley Spartan regrouped and, rolling with momentum, tore through the Section 4AAA girls basketball finals to gain their third trip to the State Girls Class AAA Basketball classic.
Then, by the luck of the draw — five teams are seeded and three are randomly selected for opponents — the Spartans drew the number one seed Park Center as a 6 p.m., March 18 opponent at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
With a determined effort that added 15 points to the Titan slate, Tartan freshman guard Jordan Horn (23) drives in for the shot against Hopkins in quarterfinal state Class AAAA action. The Titans lost 58-70 to Hopkins at Target Center March 12. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Hopkins 70 - Tartan 58
The Tartan Titans and the Hopkins Royals were still rubbing sleep out of their eyes when they tipped the ball at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the opening game of the 2013 Minnesota State Class AAAA Boys Basketball Tournament at Target Center.
Tartan freshman guard Jordan Horn (23) puts up a shot against the Polars. Horn added 11 points to the Titan 66-61 win at North High Feb. 18. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan heads to state tournament
In the Section 4 AAAA boys basketball finals March 5, the No.1-seeded Woodbury Royals met No. 3-seeded Tartan Titans played a torrid, hotly-contested game at East Ridge High School. The Tartan five jumped to an early lead and, despite stiff opposition, never relinquished it. The Titans' stifling defense shut off an almost equally stubborn Woodbury offense to secure a hard-fought 90-78 triumph.
The victory over the Royals won the Titans a trip to the Class AAAA boys State Tournament, which begins March 12 at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Titan Elijah McGeehan embraces coach Matt Trulen after winning a hard fought 3-2 decision over Lucas Pumper of Prior Lake at the Class AAA State Team Wrestling quarterfinals at Xcel Feb. 27. Tartan senior T.J. Ohara took second place. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Tartan High School Titans won the Section 4AAA wrestling title in dramatic fashion to qualify as a team for the Minnesota Class AAA State Wrestling Tournament
In their first match Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Tartan ran into third-ranked Prior Lake, and the Lakers won convincingly by a score of 57-13.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers boys’ hockey forces had a challenge set out for them: to match the exploits of the Hill-Murray girls’ hockey team.
In case you haven’t heard, the girls won the Class AA State Championship last week.
The boys took a huge step toward their 27th State Classic appearance when they routed Roseville by a 5-1 score.
A field of 45 ski jumpers from throughout the Central Division and one from Decatur, Ga., converged on the St. Paul Ski Club’s Nordic complex in Maplewood on Friday, Feb. 14, to participate in a huge “Valentines Ski Jumping Love In.”
Emerging with the top total points of 185.0 was Norge Ski Club (Fox River Grove, Ill.) ski jumper Shane Kocher. The 14-year-old Kocher was skiing in Class 3 for jumpers 12-13 years old.
After two decades of guiding the North High School boys hockey program, head coach Jerry Diebel, center, and assistant coaches Thom O’Neill and John “Andy” Anderson are hanging up their skates. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Diebel, Anderson and O’Neill hanging up their skates after two decades of coaching North High boys hockey program
When the North High School boys play their final hockey game this season, it will mark the end of 20 years of coaching for three stalwarts.
It will also be the conclusion of what has been a remarkably consistent coaching program established by head coach Jerry Diebel and assistants John “Andy” Anderson and Thom O’Neill.
Leading the Polars with 22 points, junior guard Jake Steckler (1) puts up a shot defended by Tartan senior center Brody Jackson (45). North lost 66-61 at home Feb. 18. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
When the sports teams from North and Tartan high schools clash, it’s a good idea to avoid guessing who the victor might be.
Such was the case Feb. 18, when the powerhouse Titans invaded North High’s Hal Norgard Gymnasiuum for a Classic Suburban Conference boys basketball game.
The Pioneers celebrate a second period goal in the Minnesota State Girls Hockey Class AA Tournament quarterfinal game against Burnsville Feb. 20. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
After defeating Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the title game, the jubilant Hill-Murray players gathered around goalie Leah Patrick as they celebrated their first girls state hockey title.
Seeded second in the Minnesota Class AA Girls Hockey Tournament, the Pioneers downed the top-seeded Red Knights, 5-3, Saturday night, Feb. 22. Patrick made some key saves late in the game to help seal the win.
On their way to this year’s state crown, the Hill-Murray girls won the Section 4AA title with a 4-1 win over Stillwater.