No. 1 seed Hopkins is one step closer to a repeat of their 2011 State Championship title as the girls basketball team overtook Lakeville North Wednesday at the Target Center 51-29.
Both teams began the game timidly, choosing to run the ball rather than shoot it. Hopkins Junior guard Nia Coffey scored the first 5 points of the game, giving Hopkins the early lead. It was a lead they never gave up as they finished the first half with a tight 17-12 lead over Lakeville.
Though still very much in the running for the win, Lakeville North couldn’t overcome the nearly 20 point run that Hopkins took in the second half courtesy of Coffey. Adding to that impressive streak, Coffey’s older sister and captain Sydney Coffey along with Freshman guard TT Starks gave Hopkins an additional 20 points on the scoreboard. The game – a repeat of a December 9th match earlier in the season – ended in similar fashion with Hopkins beating Lakeville North 51-29.
The Hopkins girls will play in the Semifinals against Eastview High School at the Target Center on Thursday night.
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Hutton Arena played host to the section 3AAAA Girl’s Basketball section championship between top-seeded Eastview and Park on Thursday night in Minneapolis.
Eastview was the first to score as freshman guard Madison Guebert sunk a two-pointer just over a minute into the first half. Eastview took a thirteen point lead before Park managed to make it onto the scoreboard nearly a third of the way through the first half. Eastview’s domination kept the Park girls at least ten-points behind and the first half ended 25-15 Eastview.
The Park girls came out fighting during the second half and steadily edged out Eastview until they took the lead, 42-39 with six minutes left in the half. It wasn’t enough to clinch the win as Eastview regained their lead and finished the game five points ahead of Park.
The cinderella story was left incomplete as Park failed to make good on their first trip to the section final since 2008. Eastview defeated Park 52-47 and will advance to the State Championship next weekend.
Minnetonka and Benilde St. Margaret’s took to the ice on Wednesday night at Mariucci Arena for the Section 6AA Championship and the chance to play for the State title.
BSM dominated the first two periods, outshooting Minnetonka twenty-five to ten. BSM forwards Zach Hale and Jake O’Borsky each slipped one past the goalie and, after a goal by Minnetonka forward Sam Rothstein, the first period ended 2-1; BSM only slightly ahead.
During the second period BSM cemented their lead as Jake O’Borsky scored his second goal of the night with just under two minutes left in the period.
BSM took an insurmountable lead in the third period as Tyler Ellegard and Christian Horn scored and the clock ran to zero with a final score of 5-1, Benilde St. Margaret’s.
As BSM players threw off their helmets and celebrated their win, a huge roar went up throughout the stadium as Jack Jablonski made his way onto the ice to celebrate with his team and accept the Section 6AA trophy for BSM’s 5-1 upset over favored Minnetonka.
North Saint Paul senior Julia Stedman – 2011′s Floor Champion – took gold in the All-Around on Saturday at the Class AA Girls Gymnastics Individual Championship, held at the University of Minnesota, with a score of 38.40.
Vault Champion, senior Leah Robinette scored a 9.825 and became the first gymnast from East Ridge High School to win a state championship title thanks to her 1/4 twist-on, 1/4 twist-off front tuck vault that had a starting value of 10.0.
Mackenzie Dent of Eden Prairie won gold on bars with a 9.75, as well as floor with a 9.725. She also placed third on vault with a 9.75.
All-Around gold medalist Stedman shared the final podium of the night with silver medalist Dent (38.275) and bronze medalist Bailey DuPay of Northfield (38.25) – both champions in their respective sections.
It was silver medals again for South Saint Paul as they lost to Breck in a double overtime Class A Championship showdown at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.
The first period was scoreless and it took a five minute major penalty for checking from behind, given to Breck’s number 10 Megan Sweet, to give South Saint Paul the edge it was looking for. Twenty seconds later number 9 Emily Reibert scored, assisted by Lauren Wilcox and Sam LaShomb.
Breck took the lead in the third period thanks to Leah Schwartzman and Alex Wallin, both freshmen. South Saint Paul tied it up with four minutes left in the period and the teams went into the first overtime tied at 2-2.
South Saint Paul had three shots on goal, Breck had five, but in the end of the first overtime the score was still stuck at 2-2. Finally, after eleven minutes of heart pounding near-misses and a penalty for South Saint Paul, Breck’s Leah Schwartzman had her second goal of the game and Breck beat South Saint Paul 3-2 to win the Class A championship title.
The top seeded Minnetonka Girls Hockey team easily advance to the second round of Class AA State Hockey Tournament with a 4-1 win over Eagan on Thursday
Both teams were slow to pick up much speed during the first period and it wasn’t until nearly ten minutes in that the Skippers finally slipped the puck past the Wildcats.
Wildcats co-Head Coaches Kolehmainen and Darwitz must have given one heck of a speech in the locker room because the Eagan Wildcats came back onto the ice for the second period ready to fight. Freshman number 18 Alexia Wilson tied up the score two minutes in and the remaining fifteen minutes were filled with close calls – nine shots on goal from Eagan and five from Minnetonka – and an all out fight for control of the rink and the puck. It may have been close, but the second period belonged to the Wildcats.
The third period belonged to Minnetonka as the Skippers managed to score three goals on only four shots on goal. Number 19 Kelsey Crow, number 16 Laura Bowman and number 37 Kira von Steinbergs scored for Minnetonka while goalie Sydney Rossum knocked down all five of Eagan’s shots on goal.
With this win the Minnetonka girls are one step closer to clinching the Class AA State Title for the second year in a row.
Four future D1 players couldn’t clench the win for Eagan as they hosted the Burnsville Blaze at Eagan’s Civic Arena in a tense, physical showdown between two of the top South Suburban high school hockey teams.
Burnsville was first out of the gate and onto the scoreboard as Tyler Sheehy 22 put one into the net at 3:22 into the game followed by teammate Cory Chapman 16 at just over 5 minutes in. Though not able to make their mark on the scoreboard, the Eagan Wildcats didn’t shy away from the action as they kept the puck on the Burnsville end for the remainder of the first period but left the ice with nothing to show for it.
It may have been a scoreless second period but it certainly was not a dull one. Each team racked up their fair share of penalties - four Eagan players were sent to the box, two for interference, one of roughing, and one for crosschecking, along with two Burnsville players, one for charging and the other for tripping.
Burnsville took a three-point lead early in the third period as Hunter Anderson 21 scored just two-and-a-half minutes into the period. But as they say, better late than never as Cullen Willox 15 and Michael Zajac 16 each scored for Eagan, Zajac with just over a minute left in the period. As the clock ran to zero the Eagan Wildcats tried in vain to tie up the score but as was the case the for most of the game, they couldn’t get the puck past Burnsville goalie Chris Mallon 1.
Though Eagan outshot their rival 39-24, they were unable to translate that into a win and the Burnsville Blaze gave the Wildcats their first loss of the season with a 3-2 upset.
The 2nd seeded Class A Breck hockey team hosted 6th seed Totino-Grace at their Anderson Arena in Golden Valley.
Barely a minute into the game Breck took the lead with 14 Grant Opperman scoring with an assist from 5 Conor Andrle. It took Breck a few more shots on goal but they quickly followed with a second, this time from 41 Mark Sharp assisted by 16 Thomas Lindstrom. The first period ended with Breck standing solo on the scoreboard at 2-0.
During the second period a livelier Totino-Grace team was denied an early goal only to follow it up exactly a minute later with one that would make it onto the scoreboard as 23 Derek Lodermeier was assisted by 11 Tj Roo to make the score 2-1. Their celebration was short lived when Breck scored again just minutes after as 16 Lindstrom, assisted by 5 Andrle brought the score to 3-1 Breck. After a couple close call for Totino-Grace, Breck scored their fourth goal with just over six minutes left in the period as 23 Matt Colford drove one into the net, assisted by 16 Lindstrom. His adrenaline may have got the better of him, though, as 16 Lindstrom, along with teammate 33 Oesterle were both sent to the penalty box, the former for roughing and the latter for boarding, which netted him a five-minute stay behind the glass. It was on this powerplay that Totino-Grace stepped up and scored two goals both coming from 10 Andrew McDonald. The second period ended with Breck barely holding their lead at 4-3.
The third period began not with a goal but a penalty. Breck’s 14 Grant Opperman was sent to the box for a five minute boarding penalty. That did nothing to slow down Breck as 26 Wesley Iverson was awarded a penalty shot for interference on a breakaway, but missed it as the puck sailed over the goalie’s head and into the backboards. Totino-Grace took advantage of their powerplay and scored two goals to take the lead for the first time. Not happy with the single point lead, Totino-Grace added not one, but two more goals, as 23 Lodermeier and 7 Mezzenga each added to Totino-Grace’s comeback. The final score was an upset 7-4, Totino-Grace.