Bayside chatter: March. 22
By: Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
Silver Cup hockey
The 17th annual battle for the Silver Cup at Rukavina Arena had this season’s four teams under the names of red, blue, green and yellow. Yellow came out on top with a 6-3 victory over blue in the title contest. Green beat red 9-5 for third. The semis saw yellow beat green 12-4 and blue beat red 3-2. Names going on the Silver Cup for this season are Cory Nelson, Rebecca Dilley, Jared Conboy, Dan Timm, Justin Ketola, Caleb Dilley, Jake Swanson, Tanner Aho, Sam Andrus and Sean Graden, along with goaltender Zach Duresky. Caleb Dilley and Duresky are the only repeats from last season.
Champions crowned in girls’ basketball last weekend were Hopkins, DeLaSalle, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva and Minneota. Grand Rapids, Esko and Lakeview Christian Academy are all playing in the boys’ tournaments this week.
State champions were also crowned in 10 divisions of youth hockey last weekend. Wayzata Blue won in girls 14U-A and Rochester in 14U-B. St.Paul Johnson Como Park took first in 12U-B and Edina Green in 12U-A. In Peewee action the winners were Edina in B, Minneapolis in A and Edina in AA. In Bantams it was Wayzata navy in B, Mahtomedi in A and Edina in AA. Duluth East was second in Bantam AA and Denfeld won consolation in B. East was third in Peewee AA and Virginia took consolation in A. Proctor/Hermantown gold was runner-up in 12U-B with Cloquet runner-up in the consolation game.
The same four towns were represented in both of the semifinals of the Bantam and Peewee AA tournaments. They were Duluth East, Edina, St.Michael/Albertville and Wayzata. East, Edina and Wayzata were also three of the four semifinalists in the high school AA tournament.
College women’s hockey
Elmira defeated Middlebury 1-0 for the women’s Division III hockey title and UW/Eau Claire beat Oswego 5-3 for the men’s Division III title. The four finalists for the women’s Division I tourney are Minnesota, Boston University, Boston College and Mercyhurst.
Softball players started working with their coaches on March 11 and baseball players began on March 18.The odds look very slim for players to see any outside action in March or the first ten days of April. The first few softball games scheduled at Lynch Field are unlikely to be played as scheduled. The softball team has ten home games scheduled and a tournament at Pine City. The baseball team has eight home games scheduled and a date at the Metrodome on April 19 to play Esko and Floodwood.