Wally Wakefield

Wed
26
Feb

Boys basketball: Polars come close before Titans close them out


Leading the Polars with 22 points, junior guard Jake Steckler (1) puts up a shot defended by Tartan senior center Brody Jackson (45). North lost 66-61 at home Feb. 18. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

When the sports teams from North and Tartan high schools clash, it’s a good idea to avoid guessing who the victor might be.
Such was the case Feb. 18, when the powerhouse Titans invaded North High’s Hal Norgard Gymnasiuum for a Classic Suburban Conference boys basketball game.

Wed
26
Feb

Pioneers reach the pinnacle of girls hockey


The Pioneers celebrate a second period goal in the Minnesota State Girls Hockey Class AA Tournament quarterfinal game against Burnsville Feb. 20. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

After defeating Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the title game, the jubilant Hill-Murray players gathered around goalie Leah Patrick as they celebrated their first girls state hockey title.
Seeded second in the Minnesota Class AA Girls Hockey Tournament, the Pioneers downed the top-seeded Red Knights, 5-3, Saturday night, Feb. 22. Patrick made some key saves late in the game to help seal the win.
On their way to this year’s state crown, the Hill-Murray girls won the Section 4AA title with a 4-1 win over Stillwater.

Wed
19
Feb

Girls hockey: Pioneers gain second straight state tournament


Hill-Murray junior goalie Leah Patrick makes a save as sophomore Mekenzie Steffen (12) defends during Section 4AA semifinal action at Aldrich Arena. The Pioneers beat Roseville 4-1 Feb. 11. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Hill-Murray Pioneers are headed to the girls state hockey tournament for the second year in a row.
Seeded No. 1 in Section 4AA playoffs, the Pioneers received a first-round bye.
The Classic Suburban Conference (12-0) champions played their first game in semifinal action against Roseville (4th seed) Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Aldrich Arena and won 4-1.

Wed
19
Feb

Ski Jumping: Norge Ski Club jumper tops field of 45 in Feb. 14 valentine tournament

A field of 45 ski jumpers from throughout the Central Division and one from Decatur, Ga., converged on the St. Paul Ski Club’s Nordic complex in Maplewood on Friday, Feb. 14, to participate in a huge “Valentines Ski Jumping Love In.”

Wed
19
Feb

Wrestling: Tartan gains ‘State’ with Section 4AAA grappling title

In the Section 4AAA wrestling matches, held at Woodbury High School Feb. 15, the Tartan High School Titans went into the day as underdogs.
As the mats were being rolled up and the Titans were boarding the bus to head home, they had spent the day living up to their name and were riding high as the 2014 Section 4AAA champions.   
For only the second time in the history of the Oakdale institution, Tartan was heading to the Minnesota State Class AAA Wrestling Tournament as a section champion.

Wed
19
Feb

Boys hockey: Pioneers sail past Titans in final of CSC play

In a Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey season finale for Tartan and Hill-Murray Thursday, Feb. 13, at Tartan Arena, the Pioneers showed their prowess with a 9-2 trouncing of the overmatched Titans.

Wed
19
Feb

Oliver twins snubbed at CSC All-Conference vote

At the Sunday, Feb. 16, annual meeting of the Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey coaches to select All-Conference candidates, North High School’s two nominees, twins Justin and Tyler Oliver, were inexplicably not selected by the assembled coaches.
“I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe they would be overlooked,” said long-time North coach Jerry Diebel.

Fri
14
Feb

Girls basketball: Simley stomps on ‘hurting’ Polars


North High junior Claire McNamara (21) muscles her way to the basket against Simley. The Polars lost 61-31 at home Feb. 7. (Linda Baumeister/Revie)

North misses injured Ross
The Simley Spartans traveled to the Hal Norgard Gymnasium Saturday, Feb. 8, for a Classic Suburban Conference girls basketball game against the North Polars.
The Polars were without a key player -- ninth-grader Jolisa Ross, who was hospitalized in Minneapolis with a severely injured foot.

Fri
14
Feb

Boys hockey: Titans’ third period carves up Polars

The Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Polar Arena featuring archrivals Tartan and North was a make-up game of an earlier contest postponed because of cold weather.
The Titans offset two early goals by the Polars to pull ahead in the third period and win going away, 7-3.
Tartan’s four unanswered goals in the final 17 minutes made the difference for the second time in two meetings this season. Tartan gained a 7-4 win in the first outing between the rivals on Dec. 12.

Thu
13
Feb

Girls hockey: Packers shut down Tartan attack

In a make-up girls hockey game Feb. 4, the South St. Paul Packers invaded Tartan Arena and left the Titans feeling as cold as the subzero temperatures that caused the weather-related postponement in the first place.
Though the Titans had a occasional sorties into the Packers zone, they could not penetrate the visitors’ armor and the result was a 3-0 setback.

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