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.
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.
Simley Spartans reclaim the Class AA wrestling title in dominant fashion. Downing Dawson-Boyd in the quarter finals 46-12, followed by a trouncing of last year’s state champion, Kasson Mantorville, they then turned in a solid performance against Scott West High School with a 33-21 victory.
North High junior Claire McNamara (21) muscles her way to the basket against Simley. The Polars lost 61-31 at home Feb. 7. (Linda Baumeister/Revie)
North misses injured Ross
The Simley Spartans traveled to the Hal Norgard Gymnasium Saturday, Feb. 8, for a Classic Suburban Conference girls basketball game against the North Polars.
The Polars were without a key player -- ninth-grader Jolisa Ross, who was hospitalized in Minneapolis with a severely injured foot.
In a make-up girls hockey game Feb. 4, the South St. Paul Packers invaded Tartan Arena and left the Titans feeling as cold as the subzero temperatures that caused the weather-related postponement in the first place.
Though the Titans had a occasional sorties into the Packers zone, they could not penetrate the visitors’ armor and the result was a 3-0 setback.
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.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers took their number one state ranking and 6-0 Classic Suburban Conference leading—14-2 overall—boys’ hockey records into the St. Thomas ice arena Jan. 23.
When a couple of hours elapsed and they emerged for the ride back home, Hill-Murray no longer was all alone atop the CSC.
St. Thomas had inflicted them with a 4-2 defeat that left them tied with the Cadets with identical 6-1 records.
The South St. Paul Packers came to Polar Arena Dec. 7 to face off with the North Polars in the opening game for both in girls’ Classic Suburban Conference hockey.
In a display of dexterity and superior puck movement—the Packers out shot North 39-25—South St. Paul rode the bus home and across the river with a 4-1 victory in their collective duffel bags.