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.
Spring Lake Park’s swim team qualified three individual events and one relay team from the Section 2A meet to the Class A meet.
Spring Lake Park (9-3) moved one step closer to its first state championship since 1991 after a 43-19 win over Faribault (8-3) in the Class 5A state quarterfinals Saturday.
St. Francis/North Branch came out of the gates on fire in the season opener and led Andover 3-0 after the first period in the Nov. 6 opener.
Twelve months ago, Spring Lake Park walked off the field at Andover in tears with heads down after a 33-32 loss in overtime.
This year, as the No. 1 seed of Section 4-5A, Spring Lake Park celebrated its third section title under head coach Jeff Schlieff after a 28-11 win against Mahtomedi.
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.