Tartan heads to state tournament
In the Section 4 AAAA boys basketball finals March 5, the No.1-seeded Woodbury Royals met No. 3-seeded Tartan Titans played a torrid, hotly-contested game at East Ridge High School. The Tartan five jumped to an early lead and, despite stiff opposition, never relinquished it. The Titans' stifling defense shut off an almost equally stubborn Woodbury offense to secure a hard-fought 90-78 triumph.
The victory over the Royals won the Titans a trip to the Class AAAA boys State Tournament, which begins March 12 at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
All three Bulletin-area high schools sent competitors to the state wrestling tournament last weekend at Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. Here’s a look at how each fared at the biggest prep wrestling event of the season.
Irondale High School junior Jacob Wielinski was his team’s lone entrant at last weekend’s state swimming and diving meet and he made the most of his time in the spotlight.
Wielinski advanced to the finals in both of his events and wound up climbing fairly high on the medals stand on Saturday evening at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Titan Elijah McGeehan embraces coach Matt Trulen after winning a hard fought 3-2 decision over Lucas Pumper of Prior Lake at the Class AAA State Team Wrestling quarterfinals at Xcel Feb. 27. Tartan senior T.J. Ohara took second place. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan’s Dion Wallisch upended Prior Lake’s Sean O’Neil in the 152 # prior to getting the pin. The Titans lost the Class AAA State Wrestling quarterfinal 57-13 Feb. 27. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The match up between Tartan and Prior Lake in the Class AAA State Team Wrestling quarterfinals at Xcel get underway in the lower right corner. It was the Tartan’s second team appearance, previously qualifying in 2008. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
In the 182#, Tartan senior T.J. O’Hara won a dec. over Prior Lake’s Rylee Streifel 15-5. O’Hara, also in his 6th Class AAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament, took second place. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Tartan High School Titans won the Section 4AAA wrestling title in dramatic fashion to qualify as a team for the Minnesota Class AAA State Wrestling Tournament
In their first match Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Tartan ran into third-ranked Prior Lake, and the Lakers won convincingly by a score of 57-13.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers boys’ hockey forces had a challenge set out for them: to match the exploits of the Hill-Murray girls’ hockey team.
In case you haven’t heard, the girls won the Class AA State Championship last week.
The boys took a huge step toward their 27th State Classic appearance when they routed Roseville by a 5-1 score.
The road to the final high school winter sports state tournament begins this week for the Bulletin-area girls basketball teams. All three teams face tough tasks in their respective section tournaments.
With only a few weeks left in the winter high school sports season, the girls basketball squad is the lone Roseville Area High School team still in action. The Raiders begin their quest for a state-tournament berth this week.
Roseville ended up as the No. 2 seed in Section 4AAAA and hosts seventh-seeded Mahtomedi on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It is a very top-heavy section as three teams have reached the 20-win plateau this season.
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.
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The match up between Tartan and Prior Lake in the Class AAA State Team Wrestling quarterfinals at Xcel get underway in the lower right corner. It was the Tartan’s second team appearance, previously qualifying in 2008.
As winter’s icy grip refuses to let go here in Minnesota, finding indoor activities continues to be difficult. Unfortunately, a pair of Roseville Area High School boys athletic teams were unable to extend their seasons and provide some addition entertainment options.
Here’s a look at how the Raiders’ boys hockey and boys basketball teams saw their campaigns conclude.