Wally Wakefield

Wed
27
Nov

Girls hockey: Achiever Academy downs Polars

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.

Wed
27
Nov

Boys Hockey: Tartan facing hockey season with many questions

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.”

Wed
27
Nov

Girls Hockey: Tartan moves to 3-1 with triumph over St. Louis Park, Shakopee

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.

Wed
20
Nov

Boys Hockey: Polars return to the ice loaded with seniors

The North High boys hockey squad is looking forward to a stellar season.
Coach Jerry Diebel stated recently, “We are returning 14 seniors. Most of those returning to our team are coming back with varsity experience.

Wed
20
Nov

Wrestling: Tartan returning to wrestling battles with veteran squad

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.

Wed
20
Nov

Girls hockey: North opens season with shutout over Park of CG

The North High Polars opened the girls hockey season Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Polar Arena with a triumph over the Park of Cottage Grove Wolfpack.
The Polars had a stellar performance from goalie Marit Larson, who stopped all of the 24 missiles Park fired at her.

Wed
20
Nov

Boys Basketball: Pioneers looking at new starting lineup to gain success

The Hill-Murray boys basketball team is approaching the upcoming season with many question marks.
Pioneers head coach Dick Ghizoni said, “We lost five starters to graduation. We are returning many players with little varsity experience.”

Wed
20
Nov

North stadium light malfunctions under review

Problems with the lighting system at North Stadium came to a head this autumn.
On one occasion—the Sept. 5 girls soccer game between Mahtomedi and North High—the overhead lights failed to function adequately, and the contest was discontinued after just one half of play.

Wed
13
Nov

Volleyball: Hill-Murray advances to state tournament finals


Xcel Energy Center was site of the State Volleyball Tournament as Hill-Murray took on Dassel-Cokato in Class AA Nov. 7. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Hill-Murray senior Kennedy Fabian (4) goes up to block during Class AA State quarterfinal action at Xcel Nov. 7. The Pioneers defeated Dassel-Cokato 25-23, 26-24, 21-25 and 25-22.

Hill-Murray senior Rachel Kueppers (8) sends the block back as senior Raven Ousley-Brown (13) also goes up to block.

Setting the ball is Hill-Murray sophomore Hannah Angeli (9) at Xcel Energy Center during state tournament play.

Hill-Murray senior Raven Ousley-Brown goes for the kill during Class AA State quarterfinal action against Dassel-Cokato.

Hill-Murray senior Lauren Simonson (25), backed up by teammates, sends a volley over the net.

The Hill-Murray High School Pioneers won the Classic Suburban Conference volleyball title for the fifth year running. They moved through Section 4AA with three wins and advanced to the 2013 Minnesota State Class AA Volleyball Tournament for the first time.
The Pioneers then won their first two matches, defeating Dassel-Cokato and Kasson-Mantorville, before running into the Marshall Tigers in the championship game Saturday, Nov. 9.

Wed
06
Nov

Boys soccer: North High boys soccer team tops in the state


North High goalie senior Tommy Molski, credited with 4 saves, goes up for a save during State Class AA action at the Metrodome Oct. 28. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

A busy week for the North High pep band — playing at the Metrodome for boys state soccer as well as volleyball sections and adapted soccer’s final game of the season.

Polar senior midfielder Diego Olanda-Fernandez (8) and Andover defense follow through after a battle for the ball during Class AA State semifinal action at the Metrodome Oct. 28.

The Polar Bear mascot is surrounded by an excited sea of red during the Polars’ second trip to state boys soccer in three years.

North High senior midfielder Adam Hildebrandt (6) advances the ball against Andover. Hildebrandt scored in the 49th minute.

North High senior midfielder and captain Adolfo Barrera-Gonzalez (10) chases down the ball during state semifinal action, a 2-1 win over Andover.

The celebration was loud, long and real. And the gathered North High fans at the Metrodome Oct. 31 were not celebrating anything that had to do with Halloween.
The exuberant fans were cheering their heroes who were assembled in front of them to collect their gold medals after just winning the Minnesota Boys State Class AA Soccer Tournament.
It was an exciting finish to an exciting game and an exciting season for the Polars.

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