Hill-Murray set to debut new stadium

After spending the first two weeks of the season on the road, the Hill-Murray football team plays its home opener this week. The Pioneers host Hastings on Friday at 7 p.m. but more important than the opponent is the venue. 

Hill-Murray is playing its first football game in its new stadium. Mary, Queen of Victory, Stadium has been under construction all summer and into the beginning of the school year but this week is ready for its opening.

Hastings opened the season with a 14-8 victory over Henry Sibley.

Because of the construction, the Pioneers were forced to play their first two games on the road. Hill-Murray opened the season on Sept. 2 at Tartan and lost 26-13. The Pioneers visited Henry Sibley on Sept. 9, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Against Tartan, Hill-Murray got the season off to a rough start by giving up a touchdown on the opening kickoff. Tartan’s Kingston Myles ran back the opening kickoff 97 yards for the score.

Tartan added another touchdown, this one a 12-yard pass, later in the first quarter to take a 12-0 lead (The Titans went for two points following both touchdowns and were unsuccessful both times).

Hill-Murray picked up some momentum heading to the locker room at halftime by scoring a late second-quarter touchdown. Patrick Kennedy scored the Pioneers’ first points of the season on a one-yard touchdown run. Hill-Murray missed the extra-point try and trailed 12-6 at halftime.

Tartan restored its two-possession lead with an 87-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter.

Hill-Murray pulled to within six points again at 19-13 on a 63-yard scoring strike from Jack Still to Anthony Hurley in the fourth quarter but would get no closer. Tartan salted the game away just over a minute later on a 46-yard touchdown run.

The loss to Tartan extended Hill-Murray’s regular-season losing streak to nine games. The last time the Pioneers won a regular-season game was in week eight of the 2014 season when they thumped Tartan 52-30.

Despite going 0-8 in the regular season in 2015, Hill-Murray went to the playoffs and pulled off an upset over New Life Academy before losing to Simley in the second round.



This is also homecoming week at Hill-Murray and in addition to football, the stadium will also host its first soccer games on Thursday. Hill-Murray’s girls team hosts St. Paul Central at 5 p.m. and the boys team hosts St. Thomas Academy at 7 p.m.

The Pioneers’ girls soccer team opened Metro East Conference play last week and started off on a high note. Hill-Murray visited North on Sept. 8 and came away with a 3-0 victory. 

Freshmen Katherine Schindler and Ally Bratland teamed up to score all three goals for the Pioneers. Schindler opened the scoring in the 37th minute when she launched a shot from 25 yards and sailed the ball in just under the crossbar.

About two minutes later, Schindler was in the same area where she scored the first goal but this time sent a pass into the box, where Bratland converted for Hill-Murray’s second goal.

Hill-Murray closed out the scoring fewer than two minutes into the second half when Bratland sent a pass toward the top of the box. Schindler was there to redirect the ball into the goal.

The win boosted the Pioneers’ overall record to 2-4.

Hill-Murray has three games on the schedule this week. In addition to the St. Paul Central match on Sept. 15, the Pioneers visit Tartan on Sept. 13 and host Cristo Rey Jesuit on Sept. 17.

The boys soccer teams from Hill-Murray and North also squared off on Sept. 8 and it was all Polars. North rolled to a 7-0 victory in the Metro East Conference opener for both teams.

North junior Ata Claremond had a monster game by scoring four goals, two in each half. The Polars also got goals from Phillip Thao, Xyong SengThao and Kory Pilarski. Busquets Jeudi picked up four assists in the victory.

The win was North’s fourth in a row following a season-opening loss to Park Center, which was ranked eighth last week. The Polars were sixth in the Class AA coaches poll.

On the schedule for the North boys this week are a pair of conference games and a non-conference tilt. The Polars host Hastings on Sept. 13 and visit Henry Sibley on Sept. 15 before traveling to Stillwater on Sept. 17.

The game against Stillwater, ranked third last week, is North’s fourth against the Suburban East Conference this season. The Polars enter Saturday’s game with a 3-0 record against SEC teams. Their wins came against Park-Cottage Grove, Woodbury and White Bear Lake.


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

East Metro Red District
standings (through week one)

Park-Cottage Grove  
South St. Paul  
Henry Sibley  
St. Thomas Academy  




East Metro Red District 

week three schedule

Hastings at Hill-Murray

Henry Sibley at Mahtomedi

St. Thomas Academy at Park-Cottage Grove

South St. Paul at Simley

Tartan at North


East Metro Red District 

week one results

Hastings 14, Henry Sibley 8

Mahtomedi 19, St. Thomas Academy 7

Park-Cottage Grove 27, Simley 18

South St. Paul 42, North 6

Tartan 26, Hill-Murray 13


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