Defending Class 2A state tennis singles champion Summer Brills of Mounds View bounced back from a recent loss with a convincing 6-2, 6-3 victory over Edina’s No. 1 player, Caitlyn Merzbacher, last week. Brills improved her record to 14-1.
“She was very determined to prove that the loss was not indicative of a decline in her play,” Mustangs coach Mike Cartwright said. “She stepped up and drove the ball well.”
Poll positions shift for four north-metro soccer teams
Soccer teams representing North metro schools showed well in the coaches’ polls this week.
On the boys’ side, Blaine (5-1-1) moved up two spots to No. 5 while Anoka (4-1) slipped two spots to No. 8. Maple Grove (3-1-1) jumped into the field at the No. 10 spot.
On the girls’ side, undefeated Mounds View (7-0) moved from a team to watch to No. 9.
Top performers shine in boys and girls’ cross-country
Centennial’s boys’ cross country team, ranked No. 10 in this week’s coaches poll, placed second at the Applejack Invitational held at Lakeville North.
Senior Ben Jack led the Cougars and placed sixth overall with a time of 16 minutes and 14 seconds.
Maple Grove senior Mitchell Dickerson finished third at the Metro Invitational run at Round Lake Park. His time of 16:37.5 was topped only by two runners from No. 3-ranked Eden Prairie.
The Mounds View girls’ team won the Rum River Invitational while Totino-Grace took third and host Anoka fifth.
Mounds View senior Carly Bandt paced the Mustangs and placed third overall with a time of 14:54.1.
On the boys’ side, Mounds View took second, one spot ahead of Totino-Grace.
Kick out hunger with Champlin Park soccer
Champlin Park’s girls’ and boys’ soccer programs are bringing aid to fellow students with a “Kick Out Hunger!” drive Thursday.
All proceeds benefit The Shelf, an in-school resource to help students and families in economic crisis. The Shelf offers food, school supplies, personal hygiene items and some clothing.
Adults that bring a donation for The Shelf will receive $1 off admission to the girls’ game at 5 p.m. or the boys’ game at 7 p.m.
David La Vaque • 612-673-7574