Wally Wakefield

Wed
28
Aug

Boys Cross Country: Pioneers looking for numbers to move up in CSC standings

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.

Wed
28
Aug

Girls Cross Country: Pioneers return with strong senior leadership

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.

Thu
08
Aug

Johnson Hockey is 100 years old


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.

Thu
01
Aug

On the slide - Another first was enjoyed


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?”

Thu
01
Aug

39ers stay alive in playoffs

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.

Thu
01
Aug

Oakdale moves to the finals before losing to Mahtomedi

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.

Thu
25
Jul

Legion baseball: 39ers drop final regular season contest to Mahtomedi


Nailing the throw home, North St. Paul Legion catcher Matt Kelly (20) put the tag on Mahtomedi to end the 8th inning. The 39ers lost 9-7 July 23, the double elimination American Legion Playoffs Substate 7. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The North St. Paul American Legion Post 39 traveled to Mahtomedi for a nine-inning baseball game July 20 that ended the 39ers’ regular season before the playoffs. 
The “home” team, the Willernie Post 507 Meteors handed the visiting 39ers an 8-4 setback. 
The Meteors used a 7-run sixth inning to cause most of the damage. 

Thu
25
Jul

39ers post an even dozen against Tri-City Maroons

The Tri-City Maroons came to Kuenkel Field July 18 to make up an earlier scheduled contest. They may now wish they hadn’t.
A good, close contest was suddenly interrupted in the last of the sixth when the 39ers put 12 runs across the plate.
The head-spinning baserunning ended the game with North St. Paul on top of a 14-4 count. 

Thu
25
Jul

Legion baseball:  Mapleleafs stymie 39ers — Glomb hurls 5-hit, 11 K gem

The North St. Paul Post 39 American Legion baseball nine’s venture south didn’t sound too hazardous; after all, they were only headed to the nearby Hill-Murray baseball field July 17.
But the 3M Post 599 Mapleleafs they met there seemed to be playing a game a world apart. 
What put the game firmly in an unreachable league: Mapleleafs fireballing pitcher Lucas Glomb. 

Thu
18
Jul

Legion Baseball: 39ers open Gopher Classic Tournament with 4 straight victories

The North St. Paul Post 39 baseball nine opened play in the 2013 Jim Hanus Memorial Gopher Classic Tournament July 12 against Giant Valley (Minneapolis) Post 234 in a game at Ralph Kuenkel Field in North St. Paul.
The Giant Valley club is made up mostly of Minnehaha Academy players.
In an exciting finish, the 39ers gained a first-round triumph with a bottom-of-the-eighth-inning run that gave the locals a 6-5 win over their adversaries from Minneapolis.

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