Three members of the Roseville Area High School wrestling team will close out their seasons by competing at the state wrestling tournament this weekend. All are juniors and each qualified for state by finishing second in their respective weight classes at the Section 4AAA meet on Saturday.
December Htoo, Tyler Graham and Isaac Schmaedeke will represent their team and school on Friday and maybe Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Roseville Area High School wrestling team opened the post-season on Saturday in the Section 4AAA team tournament. The Raiders were the fifth seed and lost 61-12 to fourth-seeded Stillwater in the quarterfinals.
Roseville finishes the season with a dual record of 11-14. Among the highlights were Suburban East Conference victories over Cretin-Derham Hall and East Ridge. The Raiders also beat all six teams it faced from the St. Paul City Conference and picked up wins over Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village, Brooklyn Center/Concordia Academy and North St. Paul.
The Roseville Area High School girls hockey team saw its streak of consecutive trips to the section final snapped last week. The Raiders couldn’t make it six straight years.
A familiar playoff foe was responsible for the demise of Roseville’s streak. Hill-Murray and the Raiders have squared off the section playoffs in each of the past five seasons but this year was the first time is wasn’t in the section final.
It’s more than halfway through February, which means that the Roseville Area High School gymnastics team is preparing for the state meet. That’s just what happens at this time of the year.
The Raiders go after their third consecutive and seventh overall state championship on Friday at the Class AA meet at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.
Participating in the state meet has become a common occurrence for the Roseville Area High School girls Nordic ski team. The Raiders competed at state last week, marking the fourth straight year they have qualified.
Roseville finished fifth in the team standings with 320 points. Wayzata won its second consecutive state championship with 382 points, outscoring runner-up Robbinsdale Armstrong by 35 points. Stillwater took third place, one point behind Armstrong.
The Roseville Area High School boys hockey team spent the first half of the season flirting with a .500 record. That changed midway through January, however, as the Raiders went on a bit of a tear.
Roseville has lost just once in its last nine games. That surge helped the Raiders land in the top half of the seeds for the upcoming Section 4AA playoffs.
By placing four competitors in the top eight, the Roseville Area High School girls won the Section 5 Nordic ski racing team title and advances to this week’s state meet. The Raiders amassed 382 points to beat runner-up Irondale by 12.
The Roseville Area High School gymnastics team wrapped up its ninth consecutive Suburban East Conference title last week. The Raiders outscored Park-Cottage Grove to secure a perfect 9-0 record in conference dual meets.
Roseville posted a team score of 150.10, its highest of the season, to beat the Wolfpack, which finished with a 138.15.
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.
For the past four years, the Section 4AA girls hockey championship has come down to Roseville Area High School and Hill-Murray High School. That streak will end this year.
The seedings for this year’s section tournament were released on Sunday and Roseville ended up as the fourth seed while Hill-Murray got the No. 1 spot. That means that if the two squads do square off in the post-season this year, it will be in the semifinals.