Andover swim coach Marcia Ford’s message to her young team after the Class AA state swimming and diving meet was simple.
“This is a learning process. This is just the beginning, every year we will do a little better,” she said after the team collected 22 points to place 21st among 34 teams at the final meet of the season.
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka extended its reign on the state adapted soccer title to seven straight state titles after scoring a 2-1 upset of north division top-seed Anoka-Hennepin in the Physically Impaired (PI) Division championship game played at Stillwater High School, Nov. 15.
The Bengals turn a page this season under new leadership of head coach Chris Carroll, who takes over one of the premier programs in the state from David Aus, who left after 14 seasons to lead the Brainerd program.
After four Division I players graduated from last season’s section runner-up team, Blaine girls hockey coach Steve Guider realizes his team is very young.
Pool siblings share the spotlight: Anoka crowned Section 7AA team champions while Andover has a record-breaking day as the two teams that call Fred Moore pool home won 10 of 12 events
For the first time since the 1980s, Anoka’s girls swimming and diving team will be able to hang a section title banner after the team clinched the Section 7AA title, 87.5 points ahead of Andover.
Andover opened play in the Section 7AAA tournament with a 3-1 win over Grand Rapids Oct. 24 before succumbing to North Branch 3-1 in the semifinal round Oct. 29.
After pulling out a 24-21 win on a late field goal to top Centennial in the Section 5-6A first round, Blaine (5-5) struggled in the Section 4-6A, 5-6A crossover game, losing at Mounds View 41-7 on Halloween night.
Blaine eighth-grader Sarah Olson likes to think about a running quote on the course or a motivating song to keep her legs moving throughout a cross country race.