Bayside chatter: March 28
Steve Gow for the Lake County News Chronicle
The North Shore Storm girls’ 12U hockey team came in at number three in the final state poll, after being ranked No.10 on Jan. 23.
Luke Small was a late addition to the Duluth roster for the CCM/ St. Luke’s all-star hockey series. Duluth beat the Iron Range 3-1 and 6-3 to sweep the series.
Brandi Nopola was added to the girls’ roster and Eben Fischer to the boys’ roster for the Polar League all-star basketball game held at Two Harbors.
Former Mariner Rebecca Dilley will graduate from Rainy River Community College in International Falls this spring. She plans to transfer to Bethel College where she’ll play both hockey and softball. Her brother Caleb was named MVP of the Monticello JV team.
The girls’ state basketball tournament concluded the winter sports season in Minnesota. Eastview in 4A and Park Center in 3A won their first titles. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva won their 61st straight game to repeat as AA champions. Win-E-Mac, unhappy about not being seeded, did something about it as they dethroned Minneota in A.
The field has been set for the NCAA division I men’s hockey tournament with Minnesota coming away with the top seed. The other top seeds are Boston College, Union and Wisconsin. Hockey East ended up with five entrants, the ECAC and NCHC each got three, the Big Ten and WCHA, two each and Atlantic Hockey, one. Union was the only No.1 seed to win its conference. It was No.2 Wisconsin in the Big Ten, No.2 Massachusetts-Lowell in Hockey East, No.2 Minnesota State in the WCHA, No.6 Denver in the NCHC and No.5 Robert Morris in Atlantic Hockey. The Gophers and Boston College are the favorites on paper. Around this time last season the same things were being said and four first-time entrants made it to the Frozen Four. Defending champion Yale did not return to defend its title.
Clarkson upset Minnesota 5-4 to win the women’s division I hockey title. This is the first title in any sport for Clarkson. It is also the first time a team from the WCHA did not win the title in the 14 years of the event.
St.Norbert of Green Bay is the men’s division III hockey champion for the third time in five years with a 3-1 win over UW/Stevens Point. Plattsburgh won the women’s division III title with a 9-2 romp over Norwich.
All of the local spring sports teams are now able to practice with their coaches. All we need is for spring to actually appear and get rid of the snow. Outdoor events scheduled for the first week of April appear to have slim chances of occurring right now.