Anoka and Andover contests are often close, no matter the sport or the situation. No. 2 seed Andover (13-12), the defending Section 7AAAA champions, held on for a 64-61 win against No. 6 seed Anoka, March 5.
As bad as a 1-6 record appears on paper, Anoka coach Jeff Buerkle remains hopeful that the 2013 season will end on a positive note after the Tornadoes turned the ball over five times in a 21-10 loss at Champlin Park in the Battle for the Paddle Oct. 11.
One week after Coon Rapids senior receiver Alex Boxwell set a new school receiving yards record (212), he didn’t catch a pass against Anoka (1-5) in a 13-10 win that spoiled the Tornadoes Homecoming game at Goodrich Field Oct. 4.
Anoka (1-4) couldn’t solve undefeated Maple Grove (5-0) as Crimson running back Clark Wieneke continued to light up the field, this time for 166 yards on 24 carries but without a touchdown, in a 24-7 Anoka loss Sept. 27.