Lee Stecklein has played at the top levels for most of her hockey career and next month she’ll take another step up that ladder. Stecklein, a Roseville native and Roseville Area High School graduate, is headed to Sochi, Russia, as a member of the United States women’s hockey team.
After amassing 50 victories over the past two seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team appeared poised for a drop-off this year. The Raiders featured a senior-heavy roster last year and among the departed graduates were three players who are on Division I or II college teams this year.
Because of some deadline changes because of the holidays, the sports stories in this edition were written the week before Christmas. Since the timeliness of that kind of turnaround isn’t great, I thought I’d do an end-of-the-year list.
Instead of a rundown of the sports stories of 2013, I decided to go a little different route. With the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome set to meet its demise in the coming weeks, I compiled some lists of the events I was fortunate and not so fortunate to see in person.
‘Tis the season to catch some holiday high school tournament action.
Seven different varsity teams from Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy are in action this week in holiday tournaments. Here’s a look at where each school’s teams are headed while school is out.
The two most high-profile sports teams at Roseville Area High School during the fall season were the football and volleyball teams. Both had successful seasons that culminated with trips to the state tournament.
Players from both of those teams piled some impressive post-season awards. Here’s a look at those players and their awards.
Of the six gymnasts who helped the Roseville Area High School gymnastics team win the Class AA state championship last season, five are back this year. They will form the backbone of the team that will try to win yet another state title.
Roseville enters the season as the two-time defending state champion and has won six of the past eight titles.
After winning 50 games over the past two seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team is looking to continue that impressive run again this year. The Raiders will try to do so with a revamped lineup.
Roseville graduated five players who are on college rosters from last year’s team that set the school record for regular-season, conference and total wins. Despite that turnover, head coach Jeff Crosby expects to field another solid team.
A few years ago the Roseville Area High School wrestling team found itself with a senior-heavy lineup, which helped the team finish above .500. The problem with that situation is that it left the Raiders with a thin senior class last year, when they won just three dual meets.
Head coach Mike Holmes and his staff have retooled the roster and are shooting for a quick turnaround.