The new year got off to a dandy start for the girls basketball team, who surged to a pair of easy victories last week. However, same could not be said for the Spartans boys cagers, who began 2012 with a pair of ever-so-close losses.
Richfield Girls Basketball
With another pair of blowout victories, the —ranked third in Class AAA — ran its winning streak to seven games with lopsided triumphs both at home and on the road.
The Spartans opened 2012 with a 67-43 win over visiting South St. Paul in the Classic Suburban Conference opener on Jan. 3, then devastated non-conference host Minneapolis Southwest by a count of 71-36 two nights later to improve to 10-2 on the season.
is pacing the Spartans with 21.4 points-per-game, with chipping 10.9 ppg, Hannah Wise 10.3 ppg and Sierra Washington 10.0 ppg.
Richfield faces its toughest road test of the season thus far on Tuesday with a trip to face top Classic Suburban rival Hill-Murray — ranked fourth in Class AAA — in its lone game of this week.
Richfield Boys Basketball
The begins this week still searching for its inaugural win of the month after the Spartans fell out of the Top-10 in the Class AAA rankings with back-to-back two-point road losses to open Classic Suburban play.
A 68-66 setback at St. Thomas Academy on Jan. 3 was followed up with a 61-59 defeat at Henry Sibley on Jan. 6 to drop Richfield to 5-4 on the season.
Sean Bear leads Richfield with 19.9 points per game, followed by Dashawn Jones at 15.4 ppg and Jared Noonan at 13.1 ppg.
The Spartans open this week looking to put a cap on its three-game losing skid as the team hosts conference foe Hill-Murray at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in the first of three-straight home matchups, with South St. Paul paying a visit to Richfield at 7 p.m. Friday.
Richfield Boys Swimming and Diving
The team narrowly lost a close meet against North St. Paul on Jan. 5, dropping a 92-88 decision to the Polars on the last event of the night — the 4x400-meter relay.
The Spartans had 52 season-best times overall in the meet, according to coach Marc Hamren, who attributed the tight contest in part to the hard work team members have put in over the first six weeks.
Richfield hosts Henry Sibley at 6 p.m. this Thursday, with the Section 2A True Team meet to also be held at the pool on Saturday.
The competed at the Hopkins Invitational on Jan. 7, dropping matches to Mahtomedi (44-35) and Tartan (53-21).
James Lettow (138), Shane Walfoort (170) and Mike Dyer (Hwt.) all went 2-0 on the day, with Dyer winning his two matches by pin. It took the senior just nine and 11 seconds, respectively, to claim his two falls and improve to 16-2 on the year by claiming the meet title in his weight class.
Lettow finished second to improve to 13-5, as did Obsa Ali (113) to improve to 13-8 and Christian Wellens (126), while Walfoort placed fourth.
The Rampage wrestle Minneapolis Southwest on Tuesday night at the Edina Community Center, beginning at 6 p.m. for junior varsity with varsity starting one hour later; the team returns to RHS on Thursday for a dual meet versus St. Thomas Academy and on Saturday for an eight-team tournament that starts at 10 a.m.
Richfield Boys Hockey
After an 8-3 win at St. Paul Highland Park on Jan. 5, the Richfield boys hockey team fell 4-2 to Henry Sibley in its Classic Suburban opener two nights later to fall to 5-7-1 on the season.
Mick Dhein leads the Spartans with 36 points on 14 goals and 22 assists, with Tyler Martinez logging 30 points on 18 goals and 12 assists to go with Sam Schrick's 26 points on 11 goals and 15 assists through 13 games. John Meyer has a 5-6-1 record and 263 saves manning the Richfield goal.
The Spartans will host the Minneapolis Novas on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before heading to Dodge County on Saturday. Richfield defeated the Wildcats 9-3 in the Rochester Tournament on Dec. 30.
Holy Angels Boys Basketball
The boys basketball team improved to 5-3 on the season with an 81-54 thumping of Minnehaha Academy at home on Jan. 3.
Jordan Dembley leads the Stars with an average of 15.6 points in the team's eight games so far, with Danny Sullivan at 14.8 ppg, Charlie Koontz at 11.4 ppg and Delshon Strickland at 10.0 ppg.
Holy Angels opens Missota Conference play on Friday when Chanhassen pays a visit for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
Holy Angels Girls Basketball
New Prague provided a rude greeting to both the new year and the conference schedule for the by means of a 63-31 defeat of the Stars on Jan. 6.
The loss dropped Holy Angels to 5-7 on the season, with the Stars set to return home to face Missota rival Red Wing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Evan Wise leads Holy Angels with 10.5 points-per-game, followed by Kate Benovetz at 9.3 ppg.
Holy Angels Boys Hockey
The began the new year in fine form by means of a resounding road victory, yet dropped the two games that followed last week to fall to 2-10 on the season.
After an 11-2 blasting of host and Missota foe Farmington on Jan. 3, the Stars dropped two in a row to squads from the Lake Conference — 6-2 to Edina on Jan. 5 and 6-4 versus Eden Prairie on Jan. 7.
Tony Haeg leads Holy Angels with 22 points on nine goals and 13 assists, with Mario Bianchi logging 21 points on nine goals and 12 assists. Brett Pierce leads the Stars' legion of goalies, making 237 saves, followed by Will Dupont's 123 stops.
Holy Angels, 2-1 in conference play, hosts circuit rival Northfield at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, before the Stars head to Chaska on Thursday and Minnetonka on Saturday.
Holy Angels Girls Hockey
Two conference losses to open January dropped the to 1-16 overall and 0-6 in the Missota.
The Stars fell 1-0 to Farmington and 4-1 to Shakopee on Jan. 3 and 5 at the , with a trip to conference member Northfield up next on Tuesday.
Amanda Navratil's seven points on four goals and three assists lead Holy Angels, with the Stars set to return home on Thursday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against Chaska.
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