Xcel Energy Center was site of the State Volleyball Tournament as Hill-Murray took on Dassel-Cokato in Class AA Nov. 7. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Hill-Murray High School Pioneers won the Classic Suburban Conference volleyball title for the fifth year running. They moved through Section 4AA with three wins and advanced to the 2013 Minnesota State Class AA Volleyball Tournament for the first time.
The Pioneers then won their first two matches, defeating Dassel-Cokato and Kasson-Mantorville, before running into the Marshall Tigers in the championship game Saturday, Nov. 9.
Eight members of the Mounds View High School girls swimming and diving earned themselves another week of practice by qualifying for next week’s state meet. Seven swimmers and one diver are set to compete in the Class AA meet Nov. 18-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.The Mustangs qualified for state in two relays, one individual event and the diving competition.
The calendar might say it’s still autumn but the high school winter sports season has started. One Bulletin-area girls hockey team opened its season last weekend and the other two start things off this week.
This is a big season for all three teams. Two of them are out to prove that the success they enjoyed last year wasn’t a fluke and the third is playing under a new coach.
The Roseville Area High School volleyball team made its second consecutive appearance in the state tournament last week. This year’s results weren’t as positive as last year’s but the experience should help out when the 2014 season rolls around.The Raiders went 0-2 in the Class AAA state tournament after going 2-1 and finishing fifth in 2012.
Outdoor football in November in Minnesota can be a dicey proposition for any team because of the unpredictability of the weather. Those teams that rely heavily on a passing attack for offensive production are at an even bigger disadvantage.
Luckily for the Roseville Area High School football team, the weather won’t be of any concern in its next game. That’s because the Raiders are headed indoors this week for its first-ever game in the Metrodome. Roseville, by virtue of its victory in the last week’s state quarterfinals, gets to compete in climate-controlled comfort in the Class 6A semifinals on Thursday at 7 p.m.
North/Tartan adapted soccer goalie junior Arthur Crandall makes one of many saves during home action Oct. 30. North/Tartan lost 6-3 to Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee. The goal is 12 feet long and 4 feet high and the ball was played off the gym walls.
The Mounds View High School football team has been to the section final in seven consecutive years. The Mustangs haven’t won all of those games but they’ve usually been competitive. That wasn’t the case last week, however.
Mounds View couldn’t keep up with Rosemount in the Class 6A playoffs on Friday. The Irish scored six touchdowns while holding the Mustangs to 99 yards of offense in their 42-7 victory.
The St. Anthony Village High School volleyball team saw its season come to an end in the Section 5AA playoffs on Oct. 29. The Huskies dropped a four-set decision 30-28, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16 to Maple Lake.
The Mounds View High School boys cross country team turned in its best finish at a state meet in more than 10 years on Saturday.
The Mustangs, making their third consecutive appearance in the Class AA state meet, finished sixth out of 16 teams. It was the highest finish for a Mounds View boys team since a second-place performance in 1999.
Mounds View wound up with 217 points, nine fewer than seventh-place Bemidji and 19 more than fifth-place Hutchinson.