Regardless of weather, winter sports starting up

Despite the fact that there has been no wintry weather blowing through the upper Midwest yet, the high school winter sports seasons have arrived. A half-dozen sports have already had their first practices.

Girls hockey is always the first winter sport to get going. Official practices started on Oct. 26 and the first games around the state were held late last week.

Among the teams that opened their schedules last week was Irondale/St. Anthony Village, which lost 5-1 to Spring Lake Park/Coon Rapids. Emma Fagerlee scored the Knights' lone goal off of an assist from Abby Bollensen. Kalley Elwell made 25 saves in the loss.

The Knights were back in action this week with its home opener on Tuesday against Anoka, after deadline for this edition of the Bulletin. They head north for games on Friday at Hibbing and Saturday at Grand Rapids.

Mounds View's girls hockey team is waiting until this week to play its first game. The Mustangs host Champlin Park on Thursday.

Five other sports began official practices on Monday. They include boys basketball, boys hockey, Alpine skiing, Nordic ski racing and gymnastics.

Wrestling and girls basketball start next Monday and boys swimming and diving kicks off its practices on Nov. 30.

—Brian Meyers


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