Holiday tournament roundup

Rough go for area prep teams

Finishing in the upper half of the field in their respective holiday tournaments proved difficult for a number of Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy winter sports teams. Of the five area teams whose tournaments concluded prior to the deadline for this edition of the Review, only one placed in the top half.
That team was the Legacy Christian Academy/Concordia Academy boys hockey team. Playing in the North Shore holiday tournament in Silver Bay and Two Harbors, LCA/CA finished fourth out of eight teams.
LCA/CA, a co-op that also includes PACT Charter and Spectrum, got off to a nice start by posting a 7-3 victory over Ely/Northeast Range in the quarterfinals on Dec. 28. That was the highlight of the tournament for the Lions.
Rice Lake was LCA/CA's semifinal opponent and the Wisconsin team downed the Lions 7-0 on Dec. 29 to dash their title hopes.
LCA/CA closed out the tournament in the third-place game on Dec. 30. Redwood Valley, a co-op consisting of Redwood Valley High School, BOLD High School and Cedar Mountain High School, topped LCA/CA 7-1.
LCA/CA (4-8) hosted North Branch on Jan. 2 but results were not available for this edition of the Review.
Next up for the Lions is a home game on Jan. 5 against Pine City/Rush City and a trip to St. Paul on Jan. 8 to face Highland Park.

RAHS boys hockey
Like LCA/CA, Roseville also won its tournament opener. The Raiders, playing in the Hilltopper Holiday Classic hosted by Duluth Marshall, held off a late charge and beat Superior (Wisc.) 4-3 on Dec. 29.
David Pauletti led Roseville with a hat trick. The Raiders led 3-0 before Superior netted a pair to trim the deficit to one. Pauletti's third goal turned out to be the game-winner.
The victory moved Roseville into the semifinals and a rematch with Hermantown, the No. 2-ranked team in Class A. The Hawks had beaten Roseville 5-3 back on Nov. 28.
Hermantown improved to 2-0 against the Raiders with a 6-3 victory. The Hawks started quickly and led 4-0 in the first period before Jeremy Suciu got Roseville on the board.
Suciu's second goal of the game made the score 6-2 and Drew Liberkowski closed out the scoring.
Roseville faced Notre Dame (Wisc.) in the third-place game on Dec. 31, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.
Roseville also hosted Mounds View on Jan. 2.
The Raiders are in action twice this week. They host Forest Lake on Jan. 7 and visit Woodbury on Jan. 9.

RAHS girls basketball
Roseville entered its own tournament as the three-time defending champion but the Raiders' hopes for a fourth consecutive title were dashed in the first round. Roseville dropped its tournament opener 57-47 to Robbinsdale Cooper.
The Raiders were able to rebound and win their next two games and take home fifth place honors. Roseville beat Andover 52-41 in the consolation semifinals and Bloomington Jefferson 49-40 in the consolation final.
Kaia Porter led Roseville with 43 points in the tournament. Her 19-point performance against Jefferson was the Raiders' single-game high in the tournament and she also led all scorers with 17 against Andover. Jolisa Ross added 33 points in the three games and she led the Raiders with 13 against Cooper.
With the holidays wrapped up, Roseville returns to Suburban East Conference play with a pair of games this week. The Raiders travel to Woodbury for both games as they play at Woodbury High School on Jan. 5 and at East Ridge on Jan. 8.

Concordia Academy girls basketball
The Beacons left the South St. Paul tournament, which it played in three years in a row, behind and ventured to Moorhead this year. Concordia Academy lost to Bismarck-St. Mary's (N.D.) 60-36 in the first round on Dec. 29 but bounced back to claim third place with a 50-39 win over Barnesville on Dec. 30.
Concordia Academy hosts St. Paul Highland Park on Jan. 7.

RAHS boys basketball
The Raiders played in the Bethel University holiday tournament on Dec. 29-30 and dropped both of its games. Roseville fell 55-46 to Totino-Grace in the first round and 74-38 to Minnetonka in the third-place game.
Roseville had three players reach double figures in the two games. Against Totino-Grace, Joe Wright scored 10 points, as did Aleksa Ognjanovic and Henry Bensen against Minnetonka.
Roseville (4-8) returns home for a pair of games this week. The Raiders host Woodbury on Jan. 5 and East Ridge on Jan. 8.

Concordia Academy boys basketball
The Beacons entered the Crusader Classic at St. Cloud Cathedral High School having gone 1-2 in the event each of the last five years. That changed this year but in the direction they would have liked.
Concordia went 0-3 against some stiff competition. The Beacons' opening-round opponent was Braham, which is ranked fourth in Class AA. The Bombers showed why in beating Concordia 94-60.
Round two pitted the Beacons against Litchfield, which won 67-52. In the final round, Concordia Academy fell 71-53 to Mandan (N.D.).
Concordia Academy (0-12) goes in search of its first victory of the season on Jan. 5 when it visits Minneapolis Edison (1-9). The Beacons then play at Brooklyn Center on Jan. 7.

RAHS girls hockey
The Raiders played in the Kaposia Classic in South St. Paul over the weekend. Results were not available for this edition of the Review.
Roseville is back in action this week with a trip to Mounds View on Jan. 5 and a visit from Forest Lake on Jan. 9.

Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Roseville Holiday Girls Basketball tournament

First round
Game 1 — Apple Valley 86, St. Anthony Village 49
Game 2 — Centennial 49, Bloomington Jefferson 33
Game 3 — Lakeville South 50, Andover 47
Game 4 — Robbinsdale Cooper 57, Roseville 47

Consolation semifinals
Game 5 — Bloomington Jefferson 42, St. Anthony Village 20
Game 6 — Roseville 52, Andover 41

Game 7 — Apple Valley 75, Centennial 71
Game 8 — Lakeville South 56, Robbinsdale Cooper 41

Seventh-place game
Game 9 — Andover 71, St. Anthony Village 43

Consolation final
Game 10 — Roseville 49, Bloomington Jefferson 40

Third-place game
Game 11 — Centennial 55, Robbinsdale Cooper 42

Championship game
Game 12 — Apple Valley 58, Lakeville South 55

Bethel University holiday boys basketball tournament

First round
Game 1 — Eagan 88, Minnetonka 79
Game 2 — Totino-Grace 55, Roseville 49
Third-place game
Game 3 — Minnetonka 74, Roseville 38
Championship game
Game 4 — Totino-Grace 62, Eagan 49

Crusader Classic boys basketball tournament

First round
Game 1 — Braham 94, Concordia Academy 60
Game 2 — Pierz 60, Litchfield 29
Game 3 — Melrose 85, Watertown-Mayer 64
Game 4 — St. Cloud Cathedral 55, Mandan (N.D.) 49
Consolation semifinals
Game 5 — Litchfield 67, Concordia Academy 52
Game 6 — Watertown-Mayer 66, Mandan (N.D.) 65
Game 7 — Braham 93, Pierz 67
Game 8 — Melrose 65, St. Cloud Cathedral 60
Seventh-place game
Game 9 — Mandan (N.D.) 71, Concordia Academy 53
Consolation final
Game 10 — Watertown-Mayer 49, Litchfield 47
Third-place game
Game 11 — St. Cloud Cathedral 78, Pierz 48
Championship game
Game 12 — Braham 73, Melrose 71


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