Wednesday, October 17, 2012
It took a shootout, but the Knights girls' soccer team erased last year's nightmare and advanced to the Class 2A dance.
Who cares if you can't seem to "buy a goal," even when you have a couple of clear breakaways. It really doesn't seem to matter when you have MiCale Jensen between the pipes. Jensen came up huge Tuesday night in the Section 8-2A final, making two saves in the shootout as St. Michael-Albertville topped Anoka to make it to the state tournament. "She's [MiCale] just steady. She's been a starter for so long, and she knows what she has to do for our defense back there. To have that on the field is what you need," said head coach Megan Johnson prior to the end of the regular season. Her teammates call her "Mick," and she came up big again and again Tuesday night, stopping a high breakaway shot in the second half and keeping Anoka out of the …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Dani Sibley scored four times, and the North Wright County RiverHawks pulled out their first victory over a ranked opponent by the slimmest of margins.
The North Wright County RiverHawks moved to 2-0 on the season and picked up a win over a ranked opponent in Class AA Thursday night, but they had to work every minute for it at St. Michael-Albertville Ice Arena. The Hawks, who pulled out a 6-5 victory, even had to overcome a two-skater advantage in the final seconds to hang on for dear life. Dani Sibley led the way for the RiverHawks offense with four goals. Maddi Sjelin and Halie Gudmonson each added two assists, and senior goalie Amanda Koep stopped 17 of 22 shots for the win. North Wright County dominated the opening period, and ended the first frame with a 2-1 advantage that could have easily been two goals larger, if not for solid goaltending by Centennial. The Cougars' Mataya …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The Knights tied Rogers 0-0 Tuesday. Tonight, they could win the conference outright with a win or tie and a Rogers tie or loss.
St. Michael-Albertville played Rogers to a scoreless tie Tuesday night on the Royals' home field, challenging the defending conference champs to a draw on their senior night. The Knights had several first half chances, including a couple created by junior Maddie Barr, and a near finish by No. 9 Kara Hendrickson, one of the Knights' few seniors on this squad. The girls square off with Cambridge-Isanti in Cambridge tonight, while Rogers hosts Buffalo. The outcome will determine this year's conference champ.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Edged out by Elk River in the section finals last year, it's "state or bust" in 2011.
You have to admire senior Andrea Boisner's confidence. "We're making it to state, this year, I think," she said. And her fellow senior captain Kara Hendrickson's assurance. "You don't think. We know. We're making state." The St. Michael-Albertville girls' soccer team was about a half-minute away from a golden ticket to state in 2010. Until Elk River caught a break, scored, and stole a trip to the Metrodome. "I think it plays for us this year. I think you have to use that, a little," said Megan Johnson, head coach of the Knights. "This is a big year for us. It's the ninth year of our program. Our youth program is 12 years old. You can tell these girls grew up with the game." A young squad that made big strides last year, the Knights are …
Monday, July 25, 2011
The U16 competitive team is unbeaten on the season, and opened State Cup play in Coon Rapids with a 6-1 win.
This weekend 14 teams from St. Michael-Albertville United’s Competitive Program moved into league district playoffs with the hope of making it to State Championships. Two squads advanced through the district tournament and moved on to state. John Hagen's U16 C2 girls followed up their undefeated league record (12 wins, 0 ties, 0 loses and 38 goals scored, 5 conceded) with a District Playoff Final Win over Centennial on Sunday, July 17. Their strong league standings meant they only had to play one game to make it to the State Championships. They eventually won 2-1 The U-16 squad opened state play last week, and cruised to a 6-1 victory over Alexandria. The U-16 Hagen team faces Blaine at 5 p.m. Tuesday night, with the winner advancing to…
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
After a disappointing campaign in 2010, the Knights are off to a 3-1 start in the Mississippi 8 Conference, and they’re still learning.
The question for any coach coming off a losing season is: Do you take last season and completely throw it out the window? Or, do you try to learn from the mistakes you made en route to a 7-15 season and build on them? “I think you have to build on it, a little bit. But you can’t dwell on last year,” said St. Michael-Albertville softball skipper Kellie Schumway. “We had a group that never gave up. But they were really young, and playing in a conference that is really talented.” The squad has “already shown great improvement from last year” en route to a 3-1 start in the Mississippi 8, and a 3-2 start overall. The Knights clobbered Zimmerman and have edged two conference rivals in Cambridge and Becker, a couple of teams they struggled with …
Sunday, March 20, 2011
The under-14 girls, with players from St. Michael, Albertville and Monticello, skated to glory in Woodbury.
The North Wright County RiverHawks skated into Woodbury as the No. 2 team frmo its region, but finished on top of the whole state after breaking through for the state championship in the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament this weekend. They girls' team, which includes players from St. Michael, Albertville, Monticello and Annandale-Maple Lake, opened with a win over Roseau 2-1 on Friday. Saturday, the girls avenged a regional loss to Wayzata and won in the state seminfinal 1-0. The girls played in the state championship game against Centennial and pulled out a 3-1 win, crowning them the U14 State Hockey Champions. The 2011 squad is Paige Voight, Marina Chapman, Alex LaMere, Julia Bogenholm, Mikayla Habel, Maddie Young, Sydney Renzaglia…
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The middle school's eighth grade staff is empowering young women with special seminars geared for their growth.
Thirty female eighth-grade students from St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West came together recently for another meeting for a newly formed group called “Girl Power. “ This meeting’s theme was “Self-Defense and Smoothies.” The class was taught by our local police officer, Sgt. Brian Johnson, who donated his time with the girls to help them learn how to be safe and avoid dangerous situations. The girls loved listening to the different techniques about how to protect themselves and appreciated Sgt. Johnson’s funny, yet serious presentation. After Sgt. Johnson left, the girls hung out and talked about future Girl Power meetings while they enjoyed their ‘berry’ delicious smoothies. Girl Power was started this academic year as an after…
Friday, March 11, 2011
St. Michael-Albetville and Buffalo will meet for the third time this season. This time, everything is on the line.
It’s hard to downplay a conference championship. But, when you’re playing someone you know you’re going to meet again, sometimes it’s best not to tip your hand. That was the philosophy used by St. Michael-Albertville girls’ basketball coach Kent Hamre, as the Knights fell to Buffalo on the Bison’s home court Feb. 22. “Both teams weren’t putting everything out there. It was more of a feeling out, where are you know kind of thing,” Hamre said. “We just ended up on the short end of it.” Hamre’s squad has been waiting for tonight’s Section 8-4A final, as the Knights and Bison meet again with a lot more on the line at St. John’s University in Collegeville. “If you asked everyone, this is what they thought would happen. So I guess the experts …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
For the first time ever, a Pee Wee team from St. Michael will skate at a state tournament. Meanwhile, the North Wright County RiverHawks U14 team showed the program can make state at another level.
St. Michael-Albertville hockey fans tipped Patch off to a pair of area teams that are headed to State Hockey Tournaments next weekend, after the boys play in the big dance this weekend. First, the St. Michael-Albertville Pee Wee B team skated in the West Regional Final tournament last weekend, and opened with a 5-1 win versus Wayzata Navy. The Knights then earned a spot in the state play-in round, knocking off Edina 4-3 in a dramatic, overtime contest. In the final, top-ranked Wayzata Blue knocked off St. Michael-Albertville, setting up a re-match for Wayzata Navy and STMA in the "true state" play-in game. The Knights responded with their 18th shutout of the season and advanced to Stillwater with a 2-0 win. The RiverHawks girls' U14 …