Anoka boys' soccer coach Pete Hayes can empathize with athletes and the burdensome pursuit of milestones.
Hayes began his 25th season one career victory shy of 300. But his Tornadoes, ranked No. 3 by coaches, stumbled to the first 0-4 start in Hayes' tenure.
The elusive victory came against Elk River on Sept. 4. A banner congratulating Hayes was unfurled, allowing him to take an updated photo with his three children who were present when Hayes won game No. 200. The refreshments suffered, however.
"The cupcakes got moldy," Hayes joked. "It was more about us winning a soccer game against a section opponent. I'll think more about milestones when I retire."
Anoka won the 2007 Class 2A state boys' soccer championship.
No school north of Anoka has won a title since the tournament began in 1974.Starting fast
Centennial senior Jenna Roering set a school record with a goal just nine seconds into a 3-1 victory over Mounds View on Saturday.No fly zone
Mounds View's defense heads into Friday's football game against East Ridge without a passing touchdown allowed in two games this season. The Mustangs lead the Suburban East Conference in fewest passing yards allowed (206). East Ridge, in Woodbury, leads the conference in fewest rushing yards allowed (126).Morrisette carries her team
Maple Grove senior Mariah Morrisette helped her team go 2-0-1 last week with points in all three games. She contributed a total of two goals and three assists while playing virtually every minute of all three games.Let there be light
St. Anthony Village christens its refurbished stadium before a 7 p.m. game Friday against Minnehaha Academy.
The improvements, including replacing outdated fencing and light fixtures, were funded by a Hennepin Youth Sports Program grant.
The money comes from the county sales tax increase to build Target Field.
"It used to cost $40 to $45 an hour to run the lights," Huskies activities director Troy Urdahl said. "Now it's about $5 per hour."
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