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.
A pair of Roseville Area High School graduates was recently honored for their athletic and academic prowess by their respective collegiate conferences.
Kristina Poss and Sam Toso were named academic all-conference for the fall season. Poss is a senior cross country runner at St. Catherine University in St. Paul and Toso is a sophomore on the men’s cross country team at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.
The state rankings held true to form at last week’s Suburban East Conference Nordic ski racing championship meet. Roseville’s girls team entered the meet ranked as the second-best team in the conference and that’s how the final results played out last week.
Roseville was ranked among the group of teams just outside of the top five while Stillwater was ranked No. 2. The Raiders wound up just behind the Ponies when the final scores were tallied at the conference meet.
Stillwater won the conference team title with 472 points while Roseville was second with 442 points.
The last eight Class AA state gymnastics team championships have gone to either Roseville Area High School or Northfield High School. It appears that streak will reach nine next month.
Northfield and Roseville sat 1-2 in last week’s Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association rankings.
Roseville enters the final two weeks of the regular season undefeated. The Raiders are 6-0 in Suburban East Conference duals and have also won three multi-team non-conference meets.