A year ago, the Roseville Area High School volleyball team was coming off a "Cinderella" season that included a trip to the state tournament. Last year's team was dealing with the graduation of three key players in that tournament run and faced a number of unknowns.
This year, the Raiders are also preparing for a season following a state-tournament trip but have a much better feel of what to expect from their lineup.
For the past five seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls cross country team has qualified for the state meet. The Raiders are seeking state trip No. 6 this fall and return a decent nucleus from last year's team.
The Mounds View High School football team has played in the game to go to the state tournament the last three seasons, but came up short all three times. The Mustangs open the season this week with the goal of ending that tournament-less drought.
The St. Anthony Village High School football team last year suffered through its worst season under head coach Todd Niklaus. The Huskies won just twice and had a losing record for the first time since 2009.
St. Anthony begins what it hopes to be a bounce-back season on Friday when it hosts Brooklyn Center starting at 7 p.m.