Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Minneapolis Floods SLP Orioles in Boys Lacrosse Home Opener

As torrential rains pelted the turf field at St. Louis Park High School, Peyton Krause scored four goals to lead Minneapolis to a 13-6 win over the host St. Louis Park Orioles Tuesday night in the boys lacrosse home opener.

Minneapolis would score the first two goals of the first quarter that started with a center slot goal from Krause and a liner by Campbell Goff.  The Orioles would get on the scoreboard on Brody Ilstrup's goal from the center slot but Minneapolis came back :14 later when Jack Pearson tallied.  Ilstrup scored his second goal as he went around the left side of the net and put the ball in.  It was 3-2 Minneapolis at the end of the first period.

St. Louis Park would strike early in the second period as Ilstrip got the hat trick with a shot from the 25 yard line.  It wasn't all Ilstrup for the Orioles since Jackson Lochan would score from the right side and Minneapolis got a goal from Nat Shogren.  Ilstrup would score his fourth goal with 1:10 left in the first half abd it looked like he would get his fifth with :06.5 to go but the official disallowed the goal due to an illegal stick,  St. Louis Park led 5-4 at halftime.

The Orioles lead would be washed away in the third period as Krause would score two goals in a span of 1:12.  His second came as he went through two St. Louis Park defenders and scored.  Ilstrip would score his fifth goal to tie the game at six but that would be all the scoring for St. Louis Park as Minneapolis would begin a seven goal run in the period to put the game away.  They would add a goal from Thomas Moreno with 1:51 left in the period to start the run.

Minneapolis would add six more goals to their ledger in the fourth period. Owen Kumasaka would begin the scoring, followed by Krause's fourth goal.  Ben Neal would tally :16 later, followed by Pearson, Jackson Schueller and Henry Huibregtse.

Minneapolis improved their record to 2-2 and hosts the Apple Valley Eagles on Saurday, April 29 at 11 AM at Mpls. Southwest High School.  St. Louis Park fell to 1-3 and hosts the Orono Spartans on Friday, April 28 at 7 PM.

Monday, April 24, 2017

SLP Orioles Edge Armstrong Falcons

The St. Louis Park Orioles began the first of a busy four game week on a high note when Conner Cornell's bases loaded ground out scored Luke Mobley in the bottom of the sixth to lead them to a 4-3 win over the Armstrong Falcons Monday night at Derrick Keller Field.

The Orioles began the scoring with two outs in the bottom of the first on Riley Dvorak's RBI double that scored Cornell and Dvorak would come across on Julien Shadle's RBI single.  They would come up big on defense in the top of the inning after an appeal that the Falcons leadoff batter Al Proctor left second base early to go to third and the base umpire Kyle Pieri ruled that he did jump the gun on the base so he was called out.

Better news would come for Armstrong in the top of the third when Proctor led off with a single and Braydon Gray lofted a two run home over the right field fence to tie the game.  St. Louis Park would bounce back in their half of the inning as Cornell would score his second run of the game on a bases loaded wild pitch from Jered Kuznia.

The Falcons would even the score at three in the top of the fifth when they would load the bases with two men out.  Dawson Dee walked, followed by a single from Mark Malik and Oriole starting pitcher Luke Boyum gave up another walk, this time to Nate Pertula.  Head coach Brian Kelly came out to get the ball from Boyum and bring in Dvorak to try and stop the bleeding.  He didn't on the first batter he faced, Eric Goldman as he walked him with the bases loaded.  Things would get better when he retired Mitchell Waletzki to end a potential rally.

Dvorak would come up big on defense in the top of the sixth with Proctor on second and Michael O'Malley on third.  a potential squeeze bunt to the Oriole pitcher would be foiled when Dvorak threw out O'Malley at the plate.  St. Louis Park would score the game winning run in the bottom of the inning that started with singles by Mobley and pinch hitter Zach Listiak.  Brent Ryan, who batted for catcher Sam Hunt would walk to load the bases and Cornell would ground out to second baseman Preston Reed to give the Orioles the lead.

The lead would hold up in the top of the seventh when Dee led off with a single but that was all the Falcons could do since Dvorak would retire the next three batters to pick up the first home win of the season.

St. Louis Park improved their record to 2-4 and hosts the Chanhassen Storm on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 PM at Derrick Keller Field.  Armstrong fell to 3-3 and will also be in action on the 25th hosting the Totino-Grace Eagles at 4:30 PM.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bahr and Bergsland Lead BSM Red Knights to Rout

A wet and chilly Thursday night heated up for Ellie Bahr as she scored six goals and Anna Bergsland added four to lead the Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights to a 12-4 win over the host St. Louis Park Orioles.

Bahr, who will play lacrosse next season at Northern Michigan University would would be a dominant force in the first half, scoring three of the Red Knights first four goals.  Her first came from the left side of the net 1:36 into the game and her second goal was a center slot goal.  Bergsland would score he first goal off a centering pass from Maria DeCaesare and Bahe would get the hat trick to put BSM up by four.  The Orioles would end the Red Knights four goal run halfway through the first half on SJ's first goal.  Caroline Pauly, daughter of long-time Red Knight boys hockey coach Ken Pauly would wrap up the first half scoring on a shot from the center slot with :11.5 to go to give BSM a 5-1 halftime lead.

The Red Knights broke out of the chute quickly in the second half when Bahr went around the left side of the net and put it past Oriole goalie Kenna Jacobson :42 into the half.  Bergland would tally :36 later, circling around the net and scoring her second goal.  Bahr and Bergland, two of seven BSM seniors would alternate the Red Knights next four goals.  St. Louis Park would score three times in the second half.  The first goal was a center slot goal from freshman Sarah McCallon.  SJ would score her second goal on an underhand shot and Anna Roethler would conclude the scoring for the Orioles with 7:00 to play.  It wasn't "The Bahr and Bergsland Show" for the Red Knights as Sally Calengor would score from the center slot to wrap up the scoring.

BSM improved their record to 2-0 and returns to action Friday, April 21 as they host the Orono Spartans at 7 PM.  St. Louis Park falls to 0-2 and will head to Richfield on Tuesday, take on the Holy Angels Stars at 5:30 PM.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

End of an Era at DeLaSalle

The architect behind one of Minnesota's great basketball dynasties is leaving the state.

Dave Thorson, head boys basketball coach at DeLaSalle for 23 years resigned April 10 to become an assistant coach at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.  He will join another Minnesotan on the Bulldogs coaching staff, head coach Niko Medved.  Medved, a graduate of Roseville High School was previously the head coach at Furman University in South Carolina.

Thorson, who also served the Minneapolis based school as the Vice President of Development, came to DeLaSalle in 1994 after assisting then head coach Clem Haskins at the University of Minnesota.  He would replace Ed Cassidy, Jr., who led the Islanders to the 1992 state Class A final, losing to the Austin Pacelli Shamrocks.  Cassidy, Jr. would lead two other schools to state tournaments, Simley and St. Bernard's.

The islanders under Thorson's tutelage brought nine state championship trophies back to the Minneapolis campus, starting in 1998.  Two more titles would follow in 1999 and 2006 before beginning one of the most notable dynasties in the history of Minnesota high school basketball that started in 2012 with the first of six consecutive state Class AAA boys basketball championships.  The most recent was the 2017 title game with the Islanders pounding the Austin Packers 72-44.  DeLaSalle would make 15 trips to the state tournament in Thorson's 23 year run.

When you look at the keys to Thorson's success at DelaSalle, he has had top quality players in his program including Reid Travis, who went on to Stanford and Jarvis Johnson, who signed with the Minnesota Golden Gophers but hasn't played due to a heart condition.  Another key is a tough nonconference schedule that has also included schools from outside Minnesota.  In the 2016-17 season, the Islanders have played against teams from Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida and South Dakota.

Last season, Thorson picked up his 500th career win as DeLaSalle beat the Fergus Fall Otters in the Class AAA championship game 79-65.  This season, he led the Islanders to a 27-3 record, bringing his career total to 527-136.

As Thorson heads down I-35 to Des Moines, a big question remains for the school near the Mississippi River, who will take over for the coach that has built a stellar program in the state?  Can his successor lead the Islanders to an unprecedented seventh consecutive state title at the newly renovated Target Center in 2018?  The answer is coming soon.

Second Half Comeback Leads Hopkins Royals in Girls Lacrosse Opener

The 2017 girls lacrosse season opened with goals by the gallon as Samantha Galinson scored five goals to lead the Hopkins Royals to a 9-7 over the host St. Louis Park Orioles Thursday night.

The Orioles got the early lead on Talia Simonet's goal from midfield.  The Royals would strike twice Sadie Skadron's right slot goal and Samantha Galion's first goal.  St. Louis Park would surge ahead as Simonet would get the hat trick with two more goals.  The second came from the center slot and the third came when she went around the left side of the net and put the ball past Hopkins goalie Tara Lee.  The Orioles would go up by two on a center slot goal by Anna Roethler.  Simonet would score her fourth goal as she drove down the field like she was headed down Minnetonka Blvd, going through several Royal defenders, cut toward the center slot and sent the ball to the net.  Samantha Galinson made things interesting in the first half's final minute with two goals.  She scored the first with :49 left and the second with :07.5 to go and trim St. Louis Park's halftime lead to 5-4.

Hopkins would clinch in the second half with five unanswered goals.  Samantha Galinson would score :11 into the half and pick up an assist on a goal from Sadie Skadron.  Samantha Galinson would pick up her fifth goal to put Hopkins ahead by two goals.  The would go up by three on Kylie Hanley's right side goal.  There would be some good news for the Orioles when Sarah McCallon ended the Hopkins run scoring on a free shot.  Luci Swift would concluded the scoring for the Royals and SJ got St. Louis Park's final goal as she went around the right side of the net, found an opening and put the ball in.

The Royals opened their season with a 1-0 record and host the Edina Hornets on Tuesday, April 18 at 5:30 PM.  The Orioles began their season at 0-1 and return to action on Thursday, April 20 as they host the Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights at 7 PM.

Former St. Louis Park girls hockey player Amy Goldfine is an assistant coach for Hopkins.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Boltmann's Blast Helps Edina Hornets Batter SLP Orioles

A wet and chilly Wednesday got a lightning bolt from Brock Boltmann's grand slam that led the Edina Hornets to aan 11-1 win over the St. Louis Park Orioles at Derrick Keller Field at Dakota Park.

The Hornets opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the first inning when Charlie Fischer's drive to left field was dropped by the Orioles Brent Ryan that enabled Carter Theis and Boltmann to score after they reached base on a single and a double.  Fischer would come across on a sacrifice fly to second baseman Riley Dvorak by Will Gudorf.

St. Louis Park would cut the lead to two in the bottom of the third as Connor Cornell and Johnny Sorenson reached base on one out singles and Dvorak would drive home Cornell on a sacrifice fly to Edina's right fielder Chester Dixon.

That would be as close as the Orioles would get since the Hornets would break the game open in the top of the fourth by batting around and scoring six runs.  Dixon and Matthew Nunn would reach base on singles and Azar's RBI single scored Dixon.  Logan Krenik would be the fourth straight Hornet to reach base.  Then the damage would be done.  Boltmann, who was also the quarterback on the Hornet football team, belted a grand slam over the left field fence and Fischer would follow with a solo shot over the right field fence.

Edina would wrap up the scoring in the top of the fifth with two more runs.  Dixon would lead off with a double and Krenik's RBI single drove him home.  Theis would bring home Krenik with an RBI double and St. Louis Park could only get a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth from Cornell before Jimmy Connell, pitching in relief of winning pitcher Jackson Slaney set down the next three batter to end the game.

The Hornets opened their season with a 1-0 record and host the Hopkins Royals on Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 PM at Braemar Park. The Orioles fell to 0-3 and return to action on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:45 PM against the Richfield Spartans at US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Eighth grade catcher Sam Hunt made his varsity debut against Edina.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bizarre Weather Postpones Edina Hornets-SLP Orioles Baseball

First came rain, then came snow as the culprit for postponing the Edina Hornets-St. Louis Park baseball game that was scheduled for Monday at Derrick Keller Field at Dakota Park.

The game will be rescheduled on Wednesday, April 12 at 4:30 PM.

The game was supposed to be the season opener for Edina.  They will open up their season on Tuesday, April 11 against the Delano Tigers at 6:30 PM at Braemar Park in Edina.