Holiday tourneys keep local teams busy

Many local high school teams kept busy during the break by playing in tournaments. Following are some highlights of last week’s action:


The boys hockey team finished third in the top division at the Schwan Cup tournament.

The Blaze defeated Breck 5-4 in a shootout in the Gold Division third-place game. The result will be recorded as a tie because the Minnesota State High School League doesn’t recognize shootout results.

Dan Ames had a hat trick against Breck, and Anthony Rikberg assisted on two of his goals.

Burnsville (6-4-1) defeated Blaine 3-1 and lost to Hill-Murray 7-2 in the first two rounds of the tournament. The Blaze played at Edina on Thursday and will go to Prior Lake at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The girls hockey team defeated three opponents by a combined 18-3 to take first in its own holiday invitational at Burnsville Ice Center.

Paige Skaja had two goals and an assist as the Blaze defeated Proctor/Hermantown 4-1 on Saturday to clinch first place in the tourney. Burnsville (8-5-2) played Apple Valley on Thursday and will go to Prior Lake at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Burnsville broke a 13-game boys basketball losing streak with its 82-68 victory over Hastings in the third-place game of the Hastings Invitational. Burnsville had lost the final six games of the 2011-12 season and the first seven games in 2012-13.

Zach Smith scored 20 points, Ben Nienow had 18 and Joe Morris 15 against Hastings.

The girls basketball team won its first two games of the season at the Roseville Tournament, beating St. Anthony 48-43 in the first round and Spring Lake Park 59-48 in the final round. Georgi Donchetz led Burnsville (2-7) with 17 points in the Spring Lake Park game. Kate Griffin added 10.


The girls basketball team improved to 8-2 overall by sweeping three games at the St. Olaf Invitational.

Eagan defeated Northfield 77-64 in its final game of the tournament behind 35 points from senior guard Sammie Delzotto. Bryn Parsons and Delzotto had 14 points each in a 65-39 victory over Stewartville. Twelve Eagan players scored in a 69-48 victory over Owatonna, led by Parsons with 15 points.

The absence of its best player showed in the girls hockey team’s three losses at the Eden Prairie Invitational. Senior forward Megan Wolfe is playing for the U.S. team in the world Under-18 tournament. Without her, the Wildcats fell to Anoka 3-2, Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 3-2 and Chaska/Chanhassen 7-4. Eagan dropped to 7-7 overall.


The girls basketball team won three games at the St. Olaf Invitational to remain undefeated at 11-0. South Suburban Conference rivals Eagan and Lakeville North also played at St. Olaf, but the Lightning did not face either of those teams.

Eastview’s closest game was a 76-40 victory over Holy Family Catholic in the final round Saturday. Madison Guebert (26 points), Mikaela Wilson (15) and Tyra Johnson (14) were the Lightning’s leading scorers.

Eastview, ranked second in Class 4A, played third-ranked Bloomington Kennedy in an SSC game Wednesday night. The Lightning will play at Apple Valley at 6 p.m. Friday in the first game of a girls-boys varsity doubleheader.

The wrestling team was sixth in its division and 11th overall of 53 teams at the Bi-State Invitational in La Crosse, Wis. Three Lightning wrestlers were place-winners and seven made it to the second day of the tournament, meaning they were among the top 16 in their weight classes.

Jacob Rukavina (15-2), George Farmah (17-3) and Anthony Munos (16-3) have the team’s best individual records. Nick Pegelow and Casey Dravis also have more than 10 victories each.

Apple Valley

The boys basketball team continued to play without Tyus Jones but won both of its games at the Granite City Classic in St. Cloud.

Dustin Fronk scored a game-high 33 points as the Eagles (6-1) beat defending Class 4A champion Osseo 74-71 on Saturday. Fronk had 18 points, leading four players in double figures, in an 84-56 victory over St. Cloud Tech on Friday. Jones sat out both games because of a lingering back injury.

Robert Tobroxen and Chris Laymon had 13 points each against St. Cloud Tech, and Dennis Austin scored 12.

Apple Valley plays Eastview at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the second game of a girls-boys varsity doubleheader at Apple Valley High School. On Saturday, the Eagles will play Robbinsdale Cooper in the Timberwolves Shootout at Target Center.

The girls basketball team finished second in the Rochester Rotary Classic, losing to Providence Academy 45-33 in the championship game. Providence Academy is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A.

Apple Valley had a 45-44 victory over Chaska, ranked fourth in Class 4A, in the semifinals. Jaryn Pipkins had 10 points and Taylor Dagon nine rebounds in that game.

The Eagles (6-4) will play undefeated and second-ranked Eastview at home at 6 p.m. Friday.

A match between Apple Valley and St. Michael-Albertville, the top two teams in the state Class 3A wrestling rankings, didn’t happen at last week’s Clash Duals in Rochester because they wound up in different brackets for the tournament’s second day.

Apple Valley went 3-3 in the tournament. The Eagles were the fourth-place team in the second bracket, which equates to eighth place overall. St. Michael-Albertville reached the championship bracket and won in a tiebreaker over Montini Catholic of Illinois and Brandon, Fla.

Ninth-grader Mark Hall remained undefeated by winning all six of his matches at 152 pounds. He had five pins and one major decision.


The wrestling team tied for 23rd place at the Rumble on the Red tournament in Fargo, N.D.

Rosemount had one top-eight finisher in the tournament – Sam Moeller, who finished seventh at 182 pounds. Moeller was 4-2 in the event, with one of the losses coming against the eventual weight-class champion.

The girls basketball team went 2-0 in the Grand Rapids Invitational, defeating the host school 79-54 in the first round and beating Duluth Denfeld 64-59 the second day.

Hannah Grim and Meghan Schuster scored 13 points each to lead Rosemount against Duluth Denfeld. Rosemount outscored Denfeld 41-22 in the second half. Grim had 17 points and Kalley McMenomy 16 against Grand Rapids.

Rosemount, 5-6 overall, will play at Bloomington Kennedy at 7 p.m. Friday.

The boys hockey team won two of three games at the Heritage Holiday Classic last week in Duluth.

Lukas Gillett had a hat trick and one assist as the Irish (4-7 overall) defeated St. Louis Park 6-3 in the opening round. After losing to Duluth Denfeld 4-1 in the second round, the Irish closed their tournament with a 6-0 victory over Owatonna.

Six players scored one goal each against Owatonna, and goalie Austin Leslie made 26 saves to earn a shutout.

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