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Sports Wrap Up -- Feb. 4

Park's Matt Haerle had the Wolfpack's lone first place individual finish in the 50 freestyle in Park's 98-83 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall last week.


'Pack sunk by Cretin; still looking for SEC win No. 1

In search of its first Suburban East Conference win of the season, the Park boys swimming and diving team took on Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, Jan. 29 at Cottage Grove Junior High. However, in the meet, Cretin-Derham Hall earned eight first place finishes, including three 1-2-3 finishes to sink the Wolfpack 98-83.

For Park, Matt Haerle had the lone individual first place finish in a non-relay event with his finish of less than 25 seconds in the 50 freestyle.

Also finishing strong in the 50 free was Zach Elliot, who also swam under 25 seconds in the event.

Elliot and Haerle also teamed up, along with Kyle Lewis and Tyler Jacobson, to earn a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay as well, which gave Park an 8-6 advantage after the meet's first event.

However, the Raiders pulled away from the Wolfpack with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 butterfly, in the 100 backstroke and in the 500 freestyle and won the meet with three events remaining.

Also scoring well for Park was Travis Dorsch, who finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a sub-1:13 time and in the 200 individual medley with a time under 2:23. Other second place finishes were turned in by Haerle in the 100 freestyle, Lewis in the 200 freestyle, Tyler Gelbman in diving, Wilson Schell in the 100 butterfly and the 200 free relay team of Elliot, Lewis, Justin Kong and Haerle.

Next, Park is at Roseville on Thursday, Jan. 6.


'Pack drops pair of conference games

The Park girls basketball team was unable to avenge its earlier losses to Woodbury and Forest Lake as the Wolfpack lost a pair of Suburban East Conference road games last week, 58-46 to Woodbury on Tuesday, Jan. 27 and 56-51 to the Rangers on Friday.

In the loss to intra-district rival Woodbury, Park saw a two-point halftime advantage evaporate as the Royals (13-3; 8-1 SEC) outscored the Wolfpack 34-20 in the second half to escape its own court with a win and take the regular-season series 2-0 over Park (3-13; 1-9 SEC). For the Wolfpack, senior Katya Leick scored a game-high 24 points to lead the way. Senior guard Jaimee Lurken added 10 points and senior post player Holly Riesselman added six points.

However, Woodbury had five players score nine or more points, led by senior guard Jessica Thone's team-high 12 points.

Against Forest Lake, the Rangers opened up a 26-12 halftime lead. However, led by Leick, the Wolfpack mounted a comeback and outscored Forest Lake 39-30 in the second half. However, the effort fell just shy as the Rangers (11-5; 7-2 SEC) staved off the comeback and claimed a five-point win. Leick had a game-high 31 points and Riesselman added nine points in the loss.

The Rangers were led by forward Gina Lange with 17 points and center Annie Berner with 16 points.

Park took on section foe Eastview (12-6 overall) on Tuesday in Apple Valley after the Bulletin went to print. Next up for the Wolfpack is Roseville (10-7; 6-3 SEC) at home on Friday, Feb. 6. The Raiders topped Park 70-67 in Roseville back in December.


HCA splits pair of games last week

The Hope Christian Academy boys basketball team defeated Coon Rapids Baptist 54-21 on Tuesday, Jan. 27 to improve its record to 2-8 overall. Leading the way for the Eagles was Sam Zimmer with 21 points, who was also a rebound short of a double-double with nine boards. In the game, the team had a season high 47 rebounds (14 offensive and 33 defensive), led by Joe Pahr with 13 rebounds, Jacob Miller with 11 and Zimmer with nine.

Miller also added eight points in the game, while Jacob Miller also had eight points, Pahr had seven points, Philip Gibbens had six points and Brian Woindrich had four points.

On Friday, Jan. 30 the Eagles were less lucky against Liberty Classical Academy in its game in Cottage Grove.

Hope Christian fell 72-43 to Liberty in the game. Against Liberty, Joe Miller had a team-high 13 points, while Zimmer followed with 12 points. Woindrich added eight points, Jacob Miller had six points and Gibbens had four points.

According to HCA head coach Steve Zimmer, the game was competitive until HCA got into foul trouble late in the first half. Three members of the team fouled out and HCA continued the game with four players, finishing strong despite the one-player disadvantage.

The Eagles played at St. Croix Valley Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 3, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the team is at Foreston Christian on Thursday, Feb. 5 and North Metro at home on Feb. 6.


Wolfpack beaten by Stillwater; Tank, Kuzj and Chelmo in top 10

The Wolfpack's Charlie Tank was the lone top-10 finisher in the Park boys alpine team's 49-6 loss to Stillwater on Jan. 22 with a time of 63.61, which was good for fifth place overall. Stillwater's Scott Sievert took first with a combined 59.17 time. Tank's best run was his first with a time of 31.32.

Josh Kellner turned in the Wolfpack's second best time with a 67.21 finish, which was good for 11th overall.

Kellner was followed by Cody Apiz-Henn, with a time of 36.57, Jonas Hey, with a time of 36.34 and Jordan Eigenheer, with a time of 37.57. Park's Ross Blesner, Zeno Rama, Mathias Jensen, Lane Crose and Brody Weber rounded out the Wolfpack's finishes, respectively.

In the girls race versus the Ponies, Park's Andrea Kuzj and Ashley Chelmo were the Wolfpack's lone top-10 finishers in a 52-3 loss to the Ponies. Kuzj finished ninth with a time of 78.97 and Chelmo was 10th with a time of 82.21. Stillwater's Carly McDowell had the race's top time with a 59.02 total time. Corine Seipel, Kaitlyn Conwell and Jennifer Brown, rounded out the Park girls top finishes, respectively.


Pair of Eagles go over 1,000 career points

To go over 1,000 points in a high school basketball career is a rare feat. Even more rare, is to have two players from the same school reach the milestone in the same week.

Robbie Anderstrom, a senior post player on the New Life Academy boys basketball team and Cara Lutes, a sophomore forward on the New Life Academy girls basketball team, each went over 1,000 career points as both teams split a pair of games last week.

Anderstrom reached the milestone on Saturday in a 74-73 non-conference loss to Barnum. Needing 15 points, Anderstrom surpassed the mark with a baseline jump shot that tied the game 35-35 in the first half. However, Barnum (10-5) won with a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining.

The Eagles (8-9; 4-3 MCAA) fought back from 14 points down early in the second half and New Life's Sam Penwell hit one free throw to put the Eagles up one point late, before Barnum sunk the game-winners.

In the game, Anderstrom had 29 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore guard Joe Mann had 24 points as he hit eight three pointers in the game on nine attempts from behind the arc. Earlier in the week, Anderstrom provided more excitement as the senior drove the length of the court and nailed a seven-foot jump shot at the buzzer to lift the Eagles past Trinity 52-50 in overtime in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association.

Anderstrom finished the game with 23 points, while senior guard Ryan Furlong added nine, Mann had eight and junior guard Kory Kiekhoefer had seven in the win over Trinity (4-13; 3-4 MCAA).

The boys took on Bethany Academy (3-11; 1-6 MCAA) on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the team faces Maranatha Christian Academy (15-2; 6-1 MCAA) on Thursday at home, before heading to Faribault to play No. 4- ranked Bethlehem Academy on Saturday. The Eagles are currently tied with Heritage Christian for fifth place in the MCAA.

On the girls side, in a non-conference battle between No-1 ranked Barnum and the No. 4 Eagles on Saturday, Jan. 31, Lutes -- who went over 1,000 points earlier in the week -- scored a team-high 21 points, but New Life (13-4; 7-0 MCAA) fell 73-64 to the top-ranked Bombers. New Life senior guard Jenny Ramey added 18 points, senior Danielle Schmidt and sophomore Rebekah Schmidt each had eight points and senior guard Danielle Cathey added seven points in the loss to Barnum (17-0). The loss was New Life's first of 2009.

A day earlier, Lutes went over 1,000 career points and netted a game-high 20 points in a 61-23 drubbing of Trinity (4-10; 1-6 MCAA) on Friday. New Life racked up a 43-6 first half lead and took its foot off the gas in the second half, but cruised to the 38-point victory.

For the Eagles, in addition to Lutes' 20 points, Danielle Schmidt added 12 points, Ramey had nine points and Rebekah Schmidt and senior Rachel St. John each had eight points.

The win extended the Eagles' conference win streak to 28 games.

The Eagles took on Bethany Academy (2-12; 0-7 MCAA) on Tuesday after the Bulletin went to print. Next up for New Life is Maranatha Christian (14-3; 6-1 MCAA) on Friday, Feb. 6 at home.