Picture of ‘47 Johnson High State Hockey Champs (submitted photo)
The date of the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Johnson High School boys hockey team is getting close at hand.
The celebration will be Saturday, Dec. 21, and things are beginning to really heat up for a get-together of East Siders that might prove hard to handle -- especially when it involves old hockey players, with old memories.
The event is billed as “The Pride of the East Side.”
Tartan players Victoria Orlando (8), Tara Bighley (14), and Jordan Jackson (21) swarm to defend as Maggie Straka (30) minds the goal. Wayzata was up 3-0 after the first period at Tartan Nov. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
It was not unlike a game of cat-and-mouse Saturday, Nov. 30, at Tartan Arena when the Woodbury Royals girls hockey team faced off against the Tartan Titans.
Woodbury put the first goal on the board. Tartan countered with three and led 3-1 at the end of the first period.
North High senior forward Adam Hildebrandt (22) takes charge of the puck on the line with Justin Oliver (7) during second period action against Hastings. The Polars lost 5-2 at home Nov. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Hastings Raiders came to Polar Arena Tuesday, Nov. 26, and soon became opportunists at North High’s expense.
In all, the Raiders took advantage of half of the six North penalties when they scored three goals on power plays.
Hastings—which will be a regular visitor next season when the school becomes part of the newly formed East Suburban Conference —outshot North by 44-27 and generally enjoyed a territorial advantage.
The Tartan Titans boys basketball team hopes to be a power in the Classic Suburban Conference once again this season.
Coach Mark Klingsporn said recently, “We will return two starters (Brody Jackson and Tommy Hanson) and our entire front court players.
“We lost our entire back court to graduation, but we expect to fill any gaps back there from our highly successful JV and “B” squad teams.”
The Hill-Murray boys hockey forces opened the 2013-14 season with a hard-fought victory against the Burnsville Blaze at the Burnsville Ice Center Thursday, Nov. 21.
Though owning an 11-7 shots-on-goal advantage, the Pioneers were on the short end of a 2-1 score after the first period.
Perennial boys hockey power Hill-Murray High School began the 2013-2014 season with one major goal in mind. Well, maybe there is more than one thing on the team’s mind.
If I were a mind reader, I would say the Pioneers want to make their 27th bid to the state boys hockey tournament. And once there, I would say the one goal they may have in mind would be to win one more game than they have won the last two years they were in the tournament.
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.”
Ghizoni continued, “We have some good inside and good outside shooters. We will have a good mix of senior class and junior class players.”
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.
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.”