Sports Wrap Up -- Feb. 10
PARK BOYS HOCKEY
'Pack unable to even things with Royals, falls 7-4 to rival
Park's losing streak hit seven on Saturday, Feb. 7 as the Wolfpack boys hockey team was taken down 7-4 to Woodbury at Bielenberg Sports Center in the team's only game last week and last of the regular season between the District 833 rivals. Earlier in the year, Woodbury defeated Park 4-1 back on Jan. 8 at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
In Saturday's game, Woodbury broke open a 2-2 tie with three consecutive goals and had a 5-2 lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the game, before Park senior forward Drew Hirsch stopped the bleeding with a goal 9:04 into the third period to cut the Royals' lead to 5-3.
However, that's as close as Park would come.
As has been the case in its past three contests, Park was the first team to score in the game. Park senior Brenden Schmidt put the Wolfpack up 1-0 one minute into the second period with an unassisted goal. Woodbury struck back with a pair of goals just over four minutes apart to go up 2-1 6:30 into the second. However, Park tied the game 2-2 with just under 10 minutes to play in the second period as sophomore Kirby Quebodeaux tied things up with his team-leading 10th goal of the year. But, at that point, Woodbury took over, scoring five of the game's next seven goals.
For Park, Quebodeaux now has a team-leading 19 points on the season. Park juniors Brandyn Graff and Brandon Handwerk are tied for second on the team in scoring with 13 points a piece.
The Wolfpack travels to Forest Lake on Thursday, Feb. 12 and plays host to Mounds View on Saturday, Feb. 14 in its last regular season home game of the year. The regular season finale is Thursday, Feb. 19 at Stillwater.
-- Patrick Johnson
PARK GIRLS BASKETBALL
Upset of Eastview not in the cards, 'Pack falls 73-48
The Wolfpack girls basketball team turned a page on the calendar, but was unable to turn its fortunes last week.
Park's losing streak hit eight games as the Wolfpack fell to a pair of powerful foes -- Eastview and Roseville -- in its first two games of February.
On Tuesday, Feb. 3 Park was unable to exact revenge on Eastview -- the team that defeated the Wolfpack in last season's section final -- as the eighth-ranked Lightning proved too much in a 73-48 defeat of Park.
In the game, Katya Leick went over 30 points for the third time this season to lead the Wolfpack (3-15; 1-10 SEC) with a game-high 30 points. Leick is now averaging 22.8 points per gameon the year. Fellow senior Holly Riessleman had seven points in the game, while freshman Jenna Joswiak added six points.
On Friday, Park was back in the Suburban East Conference, hosting Roseville, but the result was the same as the Raiders (12-7; 7-3 SEC) outscored the Wolfpack 36-21 in the second half to win 59-44, breaking a 23-23 halftime tie.
Leick led the way with 23 points, while Jaimee Lurken added a season-high 13 points.
On the year, Riesselman is second in scoring for Park with 7.6 points per game and Lurken is third at 6.7 points per game.
Park hosted Hastings (4-15; 0-10 SEC) on Tuesday, Feb. 10 after the Bulletin went to print. Next up, the 'Pack travels to Mounds View to take on the Mustangs (14-6; 9-2 SEC) on Friday, Feb. 13.
Park beat Hastings 53-43 back on Jan. 6 and lost to Mounds View 51-42 on Jan. 13.
-- Patrick Johnson
NEW LIFE BOYS BASKETBALL
Eagles stay at .500
The New Life Academy boys basketball team maintained its waltz with the .500 mark by splitting its pair of games with Maranatha and Bethlehem Academies last week.
The Eagles downed Maranatha, 43-41, on a buzzer-beating three-pointer from center Robbie Anderstrom on Feb. 5, before dropping a 71-55 to Bethlehem two days later.
New Life entered this week with a 10-10 record and will play Southwest Christian on Feb. 13.
-- Tom Carothers
NEW LIFE GIRLS BASKETBALL
NLA still unbeaten in MCAA play
The New Life Academy girls basketball team kept itself in a first-place tie with Southwest Christian atop the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association standings with a 67-55 win over Maranatha on Feb. 6.
The win was the second in a row for the Eagles (15-4 overall, 9-0 MCAA), who also downed Bethany Academy, 78-22, on Feb. 3.
New Life will host Southwest on Feb. 13 in a battle for the MCAA regular-season title.
-- Tom Carothers