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.
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.
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.