The people look like ants from up there too; the Copper Peak Ski Flying complex is the only ski flying hill in North or South America. That’s Lake Superior in the background. (photo by Keith L. Anderson, Montreal, Wisc., from WLUC-TV website uppermichiganssource.com)
It’s been 20 years since last they “flew” at Copper Peak It doesn’t seem that long ago.
Actually it seems like yesterday that I sat on a stool just inside a door and watched the ski jumping world pass by on their way into a banquet.
The year was 1970 and just about anyone I knew in that world of ski jumpers was in Ironwood, Mich. They had gathered to witness the first ski flying event ever held in the Western Hemisphere.
The Arcade-Phalen Post 577 Eastsiders and pitcher Brandon Langer probably deserved a better fate in an American Legion baseball game played June 13 at Kuenkel Field.
Through the first five and a half innings, the Eastsiders were on top of a 2-0 lead.
It took two games in as many days for the North St. Paul American Legion Post 39 baseball team to level its season record at 1-1. On June 11, the 39ers hosted the Rosetown Rockets at Kuenkel Field and beat them in a slugfest, 11-8.
The loss pushed Rosetown’s record to 2-1.
The opening of District IV American Legion baseball for both the North St. Paul Post 39 39ers and the Hamline Post 418 Purple Hawks was a tight, no-hit affair until just past the mid-mark of the seven inning.
Eli Wright of the Purple Hawks and Sam Shipstad of the 39ers were locked in a pitchers’ duel in which neither team had a hit, or a run, until the fifth inning at the Cretin-Derham Hall field June 10.
In high school semifinal action May 29 at McKnight Fields in North St. Paul, the four top-seeded softball teams were still competing in the section tournament.
Two of the teams advanced to the finals and two ended their seasons with losses in double-elimination action.
The four teams were Stillwater (seeded 1st), North (2nd), East Ridge (3rd) and Hill-Murray (4th).
At the end of the day only two -- Stillwater and East Ridge -- remained.
In a meeting May 15 at the North St. Paul Community Center, the activities directors of the nine-member Classic Suburban Conference voted unanimously to say "goodbye" to the conference at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
The Classic Suburban Conference has been in existence since the start of the 2000-01 athletic season. It is comprised of seven public schools and two private schools in the east metro area.
In the first motion of the meeting, Simley AD Will Short made the motion to dissolve the conference. North High AD Jed Helwig seconded the motion.It was May 22 and time once again for School District 622 to take pride and demonstrate all the right things about public education.
The 622 Education Foundation’s 16th annual banquet was held at the Prom Banquet Center in Oakdale. There were upwards of 500 people in attendance.
In a high school baseball game that could have gone either way May 28, Roseville and Hill-Murray went into the 10th inning before the Raiders finally scored two runs and moved into the “winners bracket” of sectional play.
Both teams had chances to win the game, which included some timely hitting and several mental errors on the base paths.
Tartan football player Dustin Meyers-Rost, a graduating senior who played a vital roll in the success of the Titans’ 2012 season, was recently selected to play in the Minnesota High School All-Star Football Classic.
In a game utilized by both the North Polars and the Roseville Raiders — May 21, at Kuenkel Field — as a warmup for the upcoming Section 4AAA playoffs, the Polars stopped the Raiders by a count of 8-2.
“We hit the ball well. We had some timely hits for a change,” offered North head coach Ron Adams. “It was a good test for us. I thought we played well. I think we had an errorless game in the field. It was also good to see that we had some good, two-out hits. Especially (Josh) Marlowe who was seeing the ball well today.”