Chris Carroll was introduced as the new Blaine boys’ hockey head coach to a standing ovation during a team meeting of returning Bengals hockey players before the end of the 2013-14 school year.
Blaine standout Caleb Butler finished his final prep season in a Bengal uniform at the state track and field meet June 7.
Butler, a three-sport captain for the Bengals, will play football in the fall at North Dakota State University. But before he could turn his focus to the gridiron, he had to give it his all in the throwing events at the state meet.
Anoka senior Max Savini couldn’t write a much better finish to his prep golf days after tying for second place in the Class AAA state golf tournament played at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids June 10-11.
Blaine junior Alex Williams was in line to set a new state record in the 100-meter hurdles after a prelim time of 14.22. She beat the previous record of 14.32, set by Richfield standout Jessica January in 2012. A stumble on the wet track at Hamline University didn’t help Williams finish strong, but she settled for an eighth place finish in 17.61 seconds during Saturday’s Class AA finals.
Blaine was runner-up to Mounds View for the Section 5AA team titles with the girls 81 points behind Mounds View. The Mustang boys were 47 points clear of Blaine, which edged St. Michael-Albertville by one point.
Andover boys’ lacrosse was primed for a strong run through sections and perhaps its first trip to state.
At least two boys hockey programs will have new head coaches for the 2014-15 season.
Steve Moe will take over the boys hockey team at Coon Rapids, replacing Brandon Mileski after four seasons.
Legacy Christian freshman Josh Peterson helped the No. 3 seeded Lions open the Section 5A tournament with an 8-0 win against No. 6 North Lakes Academy in Andover May 23. Peterson no-hit North Lakes, struck out 16 batters, walked one and hit one batter.