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.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers — under the tutelage of head coach Tim Walen — have established themselves as a Classic Suburban Conference volleyball dynasty.
In the past four years running the Pioneers have claimed the CSC volleyball championship. A year ago they were whipped in the Section 4AAA quarterfinals to eventual State Class AAA champion Roseville.
In the six years that Walen has been in charge of the Hill-Murray volleyball program he has a record of 138-37. The Pioneers were 13-1 a year ago in the CSC.
Hill-Murray senior Michael Alada (6) manages to hang on to a leaping catch, shake the defense, and run for a touchdown during the 2012 State Tournament Class AAAA quarterfinal; the Pioneers lost that match 27-23 to Holy Catholic Family. This year, new coach Tony Danna has a younger squad which will be looking to learn from its first outing against Tartan. (file photo)
The opener of the high-school football season featured a close rivalry and an across-the-river clash.
Tartan’s match against Hill-Murray highlighted a faceoff between two new coaches.
And North’s game at Sibley, though all the stats fell the Polars’ way, left the travelers on the losing end.
The Tartan Titans hope to improve on their record — 9-5 in Classic Suburban Conference play and 12-14 overall — of a year ago as they look forward to the start of the volleyball season.
“We are returning 13 players from last year’s section team,” stated Tartan head coach Joshua Mattison. “We will have plenty of varsity experience. We will also be a very athletic team. We expect to be able to keep the the ball off the floor and keep rallies going.”
The Tartan Titans headed into the 2013 football season with high hopes of bettering their mark of 2-5 in Classic Suburban Conference they posted a year ago. Tartan went 3-7 overall last season.
First, head coach Aaron Mullen outlined why the Titan coaching staff is optimistic. "We are a heavy-laden senior-led team. Additionally, we have a talented and athletic group of juniors to supplement those seniors.
"We also have four sophomores who play aggressively and physical. This team as a whole loves to be physical and are very aggressive in practice."