South-West Area Sports


'Ruth' will live on in legend

People still ask, 'Who is Ruth?'
For quite a while, I have ended my columns with "Hey Ruth, you hang in there!"
I don't intend to stop, but now an explanation is once again in order.
The "Ruth" in question was Ruth Goethel. She was the wife of Arno Goethel, the former executive sports editor of the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press.


Football: Tartan and North win while Hill-Murray goes down at Sibley

Tartan junior running back Emmanuel Willies (7) carries for a 71-yard touchdown. He ran in three on 18 carries for 224 yards. The Titans won 21-13 over Fridley Oct. 3. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Tartan junior Benjamin Engwer (18) gains 12-yards on a quarterback keeper against Fridley Oct. 3, a 21-13 win. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Tartan Fall Pom Squad, attired in pink, performed at the football halftime Oct. 3. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

As week five of the fall football season wrapped up, Tartan gained a victory over non-conference foe Fridley. North traveled to Hastings and came away with a three-point win. Hill-Murray ventured to West St. Paul to face Henry Sibley and took it on the chin by a touchdown.


Future of area ice arenas in question

Back in the days when most everyone who skated or played hockey, it was on an outdoor pond or lake. Getting ice depended on “Mother Nature” to supply cold enough weather to freeze water.
Then came the flooding of outdoor rinks. Suddenly ice sheets popped up on every local playground as well as in many back yards.


Football: Area teams get knocked by opponents

North High senior running back Deon Benson (11) pushes forward for yardage against Henry Sibley Sept. 26. Benson rushed for 161 yards on 16 carries for two touchdowns in the 21-18 Homecoming loss Sept. 26. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

North High senior tight end Avery Ostertag (48), getting protection from Zach Lauzon (12), makes a 23-yard reception during second quarter action against Henry Sibley Sept. 26. The Polars lost their Homecoming game in the closing seconds, 21-18. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

(Linda Baumeister/Review)

The North High band performed Fight Song, What Stop the Tea, and Thrift Shop during the homecoming halftime show Sept. 26. Despite a standing-room-only Homecoming crowd at North Stadium, Polars fans left disappointed after Henry Sibley took the lead in the final seconds and won 21-18. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Henry Sibley senior running back Garrett Beaman (47) carries as North High defense swarms in. The Warriors won 21-18 Sept. 26. (Linda Baumiester/Review)

Week five of the 2014 football season proved to be less than fruitful for area teams. Homecoming festivities at both Hill-Murray and North High were dampened by losses Friday, Sept. 26.


39ers no-hit and 10-run visiting West St. Paul

The West St. Paul Post 521 Challenger baseball team is having an impressive season.


Softball: South St. Paul takes it on the chin at North

Packers rebound against Titans in doubleheader action
In makeup Classic Suburban Conference softball action Wednesday, May 14 at McKnight Fields, the North High power-hitters dismantled the Packers by a score of 22-3 in a five-inning game.
“We started out OK,” said South St. Paul head coach Paul Moen, “but then we never have fared well against North. That 13-run inning really hurt us.”


Pioneers hold off Spartan softball rally

It was 6-4 when the dust settled on a well-played Hill-Murray vs. Simley softball game at the Pioneers’ home field May 5.
But it was a very near thing.


Spartan’s State Tournament visit matches their mascot

Toward the end of their season, the Simley Spartan regrouped and, rolling with momentum, tore through the Section 4AAA girls basketball finals to gain their third trip to the State Girls Class AAA Basketball classic.
Then, by the luck of the draw — five teams are seeded and three are randomly selected for opponents — the Spartans drew the number one seed Park Center as a 6 p.m., March 18 opponent at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.


Girls Basketball: On their way to Class AAA state tourney, Simley ends Hill-Murray's season

Simley 64 - Hill-Murray 52

In the semifinals of Section 4AAA girls basketball playoffs, the Simley Spartans closed out Hill-Murray with some talented offense and a torrid defense.


Simley Spartans bring home wrestling hardware

Simley’s Trom Peterson closed out his high school wrestling career at the state tournament, where he was the silver medalist in the 182-pound weight class. (Tony Fragnito/Review)

The Simley High School wrestling team proved they were the No. 1 Class AA wrestling team in the state in dominating fashion last weekend.  
The Spartans opened the Minnesota State Class AA Wrestling Team Tournament against No. 8-ranked Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United.  
The Spartans flattened United by winning 10 of the 14 weight classes. The final score was 46-12.