Tartan senior forward Stephen LaVick (11) and Hill-Murray senior midfielder Peter Blaney (6) get after the ball during action Sept. 17. The Pioneers won 6-1 at Tartan. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
During the first half of the boys soccer game at Tartan Sept. 17, the Titans and Hill-Murray Pioneers appeared fairly evenly matched.
Although the Pioneers led 3-1 at halftime, neither team dominated the action on the field. But the momentum shifted in the second half, and the Pioneers far outshot and outplayed the Titans, and eventually recorded a 6-1 win.
The Tartan Titans took their unbeaten 3-0 Classic Suburban Conference into the Hill-Murray Fieldhouse Sept. 19. When they emerged a couple of hours later, the Pioneers had inflicted the first blemish on their CSC record.
In gaining the 3-1 victory, the Pioneers moved their season record to 4-0 in CSC volleyball action.
The fourth week of the 2013 prep football season has marked a division among the area schools, and the only unbeaten squad around these parts is Tartan.
At their homecoming game Friday, Sept. 20, the Titans posted a convincing 41-21 win over Henry Sibley.
The girls soccer match between the Mahtomedi Zephyrs and North Polars ended prematurely Thursday, Sept. 5, but this time it wasn’t due to the usual reason - thunderstorms with lightning.
High school soccer games are supposed to be two 40-minute halves, unless there is a tie at the end of 80 minutes, then there will be a 10-minute overtime session.
The North girls tennis forces took their talents to the Larry Fronczak Courts Thursday, Sept. 12, and came out on top of a 7-0 sweep of the Titans.
One major factor: the Tartan team was somewhat handicapped in that two players were not able to compete - both varsity players - because they had not taken the necessary physical examination.
Over the past few years, the boys soccer matches between North High and Hill-Murray have been little short of a war.
They have been highly emotional contests in which the final score was in doubt until the final horn. The Sept. 3 contest at Hill-Murray was of the same caliber. When the final horn sounded, the Pioneers celebrated their 1-0 triumph over the defending Classic Suburban Conference champion Polars.
Tartan senior Keenen Bellaphant (27) finds the openings against Simley Sept. 6. Bellaphant had 20 carries for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns to help lead the 34-21 Titan win. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan senior quarterback Tim McCarthy (17) looks to pass during home action, a 34-21 win over Simley Sept. 6.
Many costumed in Hawaiian attire, North High fans react with cheers to a 4th-quarter Polar touchdown by Akeem Sirleaf on a tropical Friday night.
A bunch of Hill-Murray defenders take down North High junior running back KeShaun Lovelace (7) during a 25-22 Polar loss at home Sept. 6.
North High sophomore quarterback James Bothwell (8) gets set to pass during their home opener. The Polars lost 25-22 to Hill-Murray Sept. 6.
Hill-Murray senior running back Dusty Krueger (3) ran for 3 touchdowns in a win at North High Sept. 6.
On the night that Tartan High School played its home-opening football game, it also dedicated its new artificially covered field.
On hand for the Sept. 6 celebration was District 622 Superintendent Patty Phillips, who led a contingent of school board members.
Former Tartan principal Dr. John Besek was there to witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by former Tartan activities director Lee Alger.
The Hill-Murray girls tennis squad, one of the premier teams in the Classic Suburban Conference, visited North High Sept. 5 to do battle with the Polars.
After the last swing of a racket, the Pioneers had handed North a 6-1 loss.
“We have been building a lot in the last three or four years, and we have really improved,” said Hill-Murray head coach Pete Doyon.
Two days after suffering their first Classic Suburban Conference loss in three years — 1-0 at Hill-Murray — the North Polars hosted the Simley Spartans Sept. 5.
Whether or not the Spartans expected it, they became the victims of a concerted North effort as the Polars fought hard to get back to their winning ways.
Leading the North attack were Tyler and Justin Oliver. The two tallied a near unbelievable 19 points.