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."
For several hard-fought seasons, the North High Polars have been on the threshold of the top Classic Suburban Conference volleyball standings.
But the Polars have just been unable to take the final step into the championship role. But that could change this fall.
The Hill-Murray High School boys cross country fortunes will be hinged on a few strong, experienced runners. Among them is Max Lokrantz, who is returning as the 2013 captain.
Lokrantz is a two-time All-Conference performer. He finished ninth in the Classic Suburban Conference in 2011 and moved up to the No. 5 spot a year ago.
The Hill-Murray High School girls cross country team finished fourth in the Classic Suburban Conference a year ago and is looking at moving up in the standings this season.
There are a couple of very good reasons for optimism. Coach Tim Ryan cited a pair of seniors who will be leaders as captains.
Picture of ‘47 Johnson High State Hockey Champs (submitted photo)
It’s hard to believe, but Johnson High School has had a hockey program for the past 100 years.
A group of diehard Johnson hockey fans is about to stage what they hope will be a huge celebration of the storied East Side institution’s legacy as a mighty power.
For those who lived through the years in which Johnson basked in hockey success, the demise of the sport in inner-city schools is nearly incomprehensible. But the Johnson hockey program has held on and is one of a handful of high schools in St. Paul that still fields a team.
The days of the huge hockey rivalry between the Governors and the upstart Harding Knights are now memories that are quickly fading into oblivion.
Dan Marquardtsen (left) hoists the 20-25 pound “whopper” coho salmon that Dan Paladie (right) just pulled from the waters of Lake Michigan. The pair of Dans were on a fishing outing with a group of six that included Barb Marquardsen, Laura Wakefield, Wally Wakefield and Randy Kovars. In all the group netted five salmon. (submitted photo)
I haven’t been fishing in a long time.
It started a while back with a question from my daughter Laura.
“Would you like to go fishing with us to Lake Michigan?” she asked.
It didn’t take any time answering. “Sure,” I said.
Then came the questions. “Who’s going?” “When?” “How much will it cost?” etc., etc.
But after a while, I wondered, in my mind, perhaps the most pertinent question: “How am I going to get into a boat that will embark onto one of the great inland seas?”
July 25 at Kuenkel Field, in the State Sub-Section 7 playoffs, the North St. Paul Post 39 baseball team ran into the Fridley Post 303 Golden Eagles.
The 39ers were relegated to the “Loser’s Bracket” in the first round when they dropped a game to the yet to be defeated Mahtomedi Post 507 Meteors.
Their win against Fridley puts them into a July 26 meeting against the Oakdale Mavericks.
In the State Sub-Section 7 finals, the Oakdale Mavericks pressed ahead until the final game before losing to Mahtomedi Post 507 and being eliminated.
There is a new format this year in the playoffs for the right to go to the State Tournament. Instead of each district — there are 10 American Legion Districts in the state — being represented, there are 15 sections, and teams from different districts have been seeded against one another in the playoffs. In playoff action games are nine innings long.