The Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village track and field teams are usually in the thick of things when it comes to the North Suburban Conference championship chase. Those expectations aren’t any different under new head coach Jason Liston.
Most baseball teams’ successes start with its pitching staff, which appears to be the strength of this year’s Concordia Academy squad. The Beacons return their entire staff, including a pair of senior starters, from last year.
“Pitching will be our strength,” said Concordia head coach Eric Schutte.”We don’t have anyone who will overpower on the mound but all keep the ball down and hit their spots.”
The last time the Mounds View High School boys track and field team was a serious contender at the state True Team meet was 2008. The Mustangs were the defending champs that year and ended up finishing 2.5 points behind Eden Prairie.
The Mounds View High School girls track and field team won three of the four biggest meets of the season last year. The Mustangs return nearly 30 letterwinners from 2013 and appear to be more than capable of successfully defending those titles.
The past two seasons have been the most successful in program history for the Irondale High School fastpitch team. The Knights have won the past two North Suburban Conference championships and made a deep run in the section playoffs last spring.
Contending for the North Suburban Conference championship is an annual goal for the Irondale High School girls track and field team. This year’s team will try to achieve that goal with a lineup full of young athletes.
The Irondale High School boys tennis team returns six starters from a year ago and number of those players already have multiple years of varsity experience under their belts. With that kind of veteran lineup, the Knights are looking to improve on last year’s season.
The rotten weather in 2013 forced the Mounds View High School fastpitch softball team to play its entire season in the span of three weeks. This yearís team would like the season spread out a bit in order to get more practice time between games.
Head coach Frank Roth has a group of veterans who will need help from some newcomers in order to reach this year’s goals.
The Concordia Academy girls track and field team heads into the 2014 with a solid group of returning athletes. That has Beacons head coach Marc Paul feeling optimistic about what his squad might be able to accomplish.