St. Michael-Albertville running back and defensive back Mitchell Kartes suffered a season-ending knee injury in Friday’s loss to Totino-Grace. An MRI on Saturday confirmed Kartes tore the ACL and meniscus. The senior has committed to play at North Dakota State University next year.
Kartes had 620 yards and nine touchdowns on 79 carries in five games this season, which put him in the running to be the Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year.
“He never missed a football game since Week 2 of his freshman season,” Knights head coach Jared Essler said. “He had a phenomenal career with STMA athletics. It is a hard loss for us. We will try to rebound and get kids ready.”
After Kartes went out Friday, Desean Phillips filled in with 12 carries. The junior is second on the team in carries this season, just one less than Kartes. He has 411 yards and five touchdowns.
“We’ll adjust and get some other kids with unique talents ready to play,” Essler said. “There is no other Mitchell, but we’ll get the kids we have in position to succeed.”
Roseville 5, Eagan 3: Jonas Kazlauskas scored three goals to lead the Raiders past the host Wildcats. The senior has 14 goals on the season. The Raiders scored the final three goals of the game, including two in the second half, for the victory. Youssef Abdallah and MayPaw Wah also scored for the Raiders. Ryan Erickson, Imraan Mitha and Adrian Morales scored for the Wildcats. John Llapa stopped seven shots for the Wildcats, Cody Barrett six for the Raiders.
Prior Lake 4, Minnetonka 2: Devan DiGrado scored two goals to lead the Class 2A, No. 9 Lakers past the Skippers, ranked No. 8. Logan Weller had a goal and two assists and Daniel Wee had a goal and an assist for the Lakers. The Skippers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second minute. They got to within a goal in the 58th minute, Weller’s goal in 66th minute put the game away. Ethan Derks finished with eight saves for the Lakers.
Maple Grove 1, St. Michael-Albertville 0: Junior defender Jack Gleckler scored in the second half to lift the Class 2A, No. 7 Crimson past the host Knights. Matthew Hennessey earned the shutout. His fifth of the season.
Maple Grove is 10-1-2 with its lone loss coming on the road to Totino-Grace, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A on Thursday.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s 1, Mahtomedi 0: Claire Grazzini stopped 14 shots to help the Class 1A, No. 8 Red Knights upset the No. 5 Zephyrs on their field. Claire Van der Heide scored off a pass from Amanda Show with 25 minutes left in the first half for the Knights.
Centennial 4, Totino-Grace 0: Hannah Bombeck scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Class 2A, No. 10 Cougars past the visiting Eagles. Brittany Bordson and Megan Shock also scored for the Cougars and Lauren Sicora stopped six shots.
St. Paul Central 5, Hastings 1: Junior Katherine Ashley scored a hat trick to lead the Minutemen over the Raiders. Sunniva Dunagan and Loretta Wacek added the other two goals.
Central is 10-2-1 and will take on Blake (8-3-1), the No. 4 in Class 1A, at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the Bears’ pitch.
Rogers 1, Elk River 0: Cassidy Lehrke stopped eight shots to lead the Royals past the host Elks. Claire Swan scored for the Royals in the first half.
Delano 2, Buffalo 0: Leah Kangas and Chloe Kuechle had a goal and an assist each to lift the Tigers past the visiting Bison. Olivia Condon stopped six shots for the Tigers.