North High senior Matt Kelly makes the tag on a 1st and 3rd steal attempt to end the inning in the first of a double header. The Polars lost to Mahtomedi 2-3 and 2-4 at home April 30, their first outdoor game.
Tartan senior Gary Wendlandt returns a volley during first singles at North High April 30. The Polars won 6-1. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North High senior Dan Schultz returns a volley during first singles competition against Tartan April 30. The Polars won 6-1 at home. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
In somewhat less than ideal temps but dry conditions of April 30, the North Polars hosted School District 622 archrival Tartan at the tennis venue at the McKnight complex in North St. Paul.
The trip back to Oakdale was made with less enthusiasm for the Titans than the ride on the way to North as a result of a 6-1 loss handed them by the Polars.
Way back when the temperature was 72 degrees and ideal for playing softball outdoors -- that would be early last week -- the Hill-Murray Pioneers hosted the Mahtomedi Zephyrs in a revised-schedule double-header of 5-inning games.
The Zephyrs came to Hill-Murray April 29 hoping for twin wins. But the high-flying Pioneers pushed their 2013 record to 5-0 with a sweep of the two games played.
The recent attempt to oust St. Thomas Academy from the Classic Suburban Conference has raised more than one question.
Probably the first question raised was if it was legal. After a vote of 6-2 and one abstention by the nine activity directors of the conference to kick out St. Thomas beginning in the 2014-15 school year, a review of the Classic Suburban bylaws raised the question of legality. Evidently the bylaws are unclear as to whether that can or can’t be done.
While North softball coach Cliff Charpentier is “new” to the Polars as head coach, he is not new to the Polar team or to softball in general.
“I have been coaching at various high school levels for the last 11 years,” Charpentier said. “Also, I have coached the majority of the players we have on our team in summer ball for the last four years.”
Like everyone else in the Classic Suburban Conference, the Hill-Murray boys tennis forces are champing at the bit to move outdoors to play.
As of this writing the CSC coaches have not met to revise their schedules.
The North Polars played their second softball game of the season in the new West St. Paul Dome and had similar results to the contest the day before.
April 1, the Polars hung a 6-0 shutout on the Mahtomedi Zephyrs. April 2, against the Sibley Warriors, it took just 5 innings for North to paste an 11-1 score up on the board as they pushed their early season mark to 2-0.