The Hill-Murray Pioneers will be sporting a new softball coach this season. But though she’s new to Hill-Murray, Donny Kealy has had plenty of softball coaching experience, most recently at his own alma mater, Totino-Grace.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers have high hopes of repeating as the Classic Suburban Conference boys golf champions, but head coach Kris Oftedahl knows there are plenty of others waiting in the wings to put up better scores.
On March 27, the Tartan boys basketball team gathered one more time to celebrate a very successful season.
In addition to varsity cagers celebrating their 23-7 record, Section 4AAAA championship and brief trip to the 2014 state tournament, the Tartan JV team, the “B” squad and the freshman teams were in attendance to receive awards.
Toward the end of their season, the Simley Spartan regrouped and, rolling with momentum, tore through the Section 4AAA girls basketball finals to gain their third trip to the State Girls Class AAA Basketball classic.
Then, by the luck of the draw — five teams are seeded and three are randomly selected for opponents — the Spartans drew the number one seed Park Center as a 6 p.m., March 18 opponent at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
With a determined effort that added 15 points to the Titan slate, Tartan freshman guard Jordan Horn (23) drives in for the shot against Hopkins in quarterfinal state Class AAAA action. The Titans lost 58-70 to Hopkins at Target Center March 12. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Loyal Tartan fans cheer on their boys basketball team at Target Center during their spring break vacation.
Tartan senior center Brody Jackson (45) puts up a shot on his way to 15 points in the Minnesota State Boys Class AAAA Basketball Tournament quarterfinal against #1 ranked Hopkins March 12.
Hopkins tries to tie up Tartan freshman forward Emanuel Humphrey (34) during state action at Target Center.
Hopkins 70 - Tartan 58
The Tartan Titans and the Hopkins Royals were still rubbing sleep out of their eyes when they tipped the ball at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the opening game of the 2013 Minnesota State Class AAAA Boys Basketball Tournament at Target Center.
Tartan freshman guard Jordan Horn (23) puts up a shot against the Polars. Horn added 11 points to the Titan 66-61 win at North High Feb. 18. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan heads to state tournament
In the Section 4 AAAA boys basketball finals March 5, the No.1-seeded Woodbury Royals met No. 3-seeded Tartan Titans played a torrid, hotly-contested game at East Ridge High School. The Tartan five jumped to an early lead and, despite stiff opposition, never relinquished it. The Titans' stifling defense shut off an almost equally stubborn Woodbury offense to secure a hard-fought 90-78 triumph.
The victory over the Royals won the Titans a trip to the Class AAAA boys State Tournament, which begins March 12 at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Titan Elijah McGeehan embraces coach Matt Trulen after winning a hard fought 3-2 decision over Lucas Pumper of Prior Lake at the Class AAA State Team Wrestling quarterfinals at Xcel Feb. 27. Tartan senior T.J. Ohara took second place. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan’s Dion Wallisch upended Prior Lake’s Sean O’Neil in the 152 # prior to getting the pin. The Titans lost the Class AAA State Wrestling quarterfinal 57-13 Feb. 27. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The match up between Tartan and Prior Lake in the Class AAA State Team Wrestling quarterfinals at Xcel get underway in the lower right corner. It was the Tartan’s second team appearance, previously qualifying in 2008. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
In the 182#, Tartan senior T.J. O’Hara won a dec. over Prior Lake’s Rylee Streifel 15-5. O’Hara, also in his 6th Class AAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament, took second place. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Tartan High School Titans won the Section 4AAA wrestling title in dramatic fashion to qualify as a team for the Minnesota Class AAA State Wrestling Tournament
In their first match Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Tartan ran into third-ranked Prior Lake, and the Lakers won convincingly by a score of 57-13.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers boys’ hockey forces had a challenge set out for them: to match the exploits of the Hill-Murray girls’ hockey team.
In case you haven’t heard, the girls won the Class AA State Championship last week.
The boys took a huge step toward their 27th State Classic appearance when they routed Roseville by a 5-1 score.