In a Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey season finale for Tartan and Hill-Murray Thursday, Feb. 13, at Tartan Arena, the Pioneers showed their prowess with a 9-2 trouncing of the overmatched Titans.
At the Sunday, Feb. 16, annual meeting of the Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey coaches to select All-Conference candidates, North High School’s two nominees, twins Justin and Tyler Oliver, were inexplicably not selected by the assembled coaches.
“I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe they would be overlooked,” said long-time North coach Jerry Diebel.
North High junior Claire McNamara (21) muscles her way to the basket against Simley. The Polars lost 61-31 at home Feb. 7. (Linda Baumeister/Revie)
North misses injured Ross
The Simley Spartans traveled to the Hal Norgard Gymnasium Saturday, Feb. 8, for a Classic Suburban Conference girls basketball game against the North Polars.
The Polars were without a key player -- ninth-grader Jolisa Ross, who was hospitalized in Minneapolis with a severely injured foot.
The Classic Suburban Conference boys hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Polar Arena featuring archrivals Tartan and North was a make-up game of an earlier contest postponed because of cold weather.
The Titans offset two early goals by the Polars to pull ahead in the third period and win going away, 7-3.
Tartan’s four unanswered goals in the final 17 minutes made the difference for the second time in two meetings this season. Tartan gained a 7-4 win in the first outing between the rivals on Dec. 12.
In a make-up girls hockey game Feb. 4, the South St. Paul Packers invaded Tartan Arena and left the Titans feeling as cold as the subzero temperatures that caused the weather-related postponement in the first place.
Though the Titans had a occasional sorties into the Packers zone, they could not penetrate the visitors’ armor and the result was a 3-0 setback.
Over the last four seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls hockey team has lost only two section playoff games. Both of those defeats came at the hands of Hill-Murray, which has quickly turned into the Raiders’ biggest post-season rival.
That rivalry is set to be renewed this week when Roseville and Hill-Murray square off in a Section 4AA semifinal on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Aldrich Arena.