When Irondale and Mounds View square off in their girls hockey section playoff game on Tuesday, expect the Knights to win a low-scoring game. Or it might be the Mustangs securing the victory in overtime.
The only thing the above predictions are based on is past history. The last four times Irondale and Mounds View met in the playoffs, that’s how the games ended.
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.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers traveled to Tartan Jan. 29 for a Classic Suburban Conference boys basketball confrontation and ended up on the bottom side of an 85-70 final tally.
From the stands, it may have appeared there were two different teams playing two different games. The first half belonged to Tartan and the second half to the Pioneers, as they came back and outscored the Titans by 11. But for the Pioneers it was not enough to overcome Tartan’s domination in the first 18 minutes.
The Mounds View Mustangs came to Tartan Jan. 30 for a makeup boys’ hockey clash. In a rare afternoon start, the Mustangs rode home with a 3-2 victory.
It was a sweet success for Mounds View head coach Rick Thomas, who is rebuilding the team this year.
The South St. Paul Packers girls basketball forces headed to Hill-Murray Jan. 31 for a Classic Suburban Conference contest.
The Packers fought hard to the very end, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a determined Hill-Murray offense and a more stubborn defense.
The final result was a 55-32 CSC victory with Hill-Murray on the top side of the score.