The fourth week of the 2013 prep football season has marked a division among the area schools, and the only unbeaten squad around these parts is Tartan.
At their homecoming game Friday, Sept. 20, the Titans posted a convincing 41-21 win over Henry Sibley.
The girls soccer match between the Mahtomedi Zephyrs and North Polars ended prematurely Thursday, Sept. 5, but this time it wasn’t due to the usual reason - thunderstorms with lightning.
High school soccer games are supposed to be two 40-minute halves, unless there is a tie at the end of 80 minutes, then there will be a 10-minute overtime session.
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)
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.