Girls' hockey laces up another season of South St. Paul tradition

  • Article by: AARON PAITICH , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 5:18 PM

South St. Paul girls’ hockey is synonymous with grit and state tournament teams.

hide

South St. Paul’s Abby Palmquist, a varsity hockey player since eighth grade, and her teammates know how to be successful. She plays on the Packers’ top line.

Photo: File by BRUCE BISPING • bbisping@startribune.com,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

 

Since the inaugural 1994-95 season for South St. Paul girls’ hockey, the Packers have made 13 state tournament appearances and captured four championships.

Coach Dave Palmquist has been around for all of it. When the program started, South St. Paul had a nucleus of strong-skating ringette players who adapted to hockey very well. They’ve been putting together winning seasons ever since.

“Tradition just means a lot at South St. Paul,” Palmquist said. “I think every year, the next group of girls step up. They don’t want to be the ones that let down the program.

While participation numbers aren’t large — 26 skaters and three goalies arrived at tryouts last Monday — the foundation remains strong. It goes all the way down to the commitment and sacrifice shown in youth hockey.

“It takes a lot of kids and great families to make it a great program,” Palmquist said. “It wouldn’t have happened without a lot of people putting in a lot of time and a lot of effort into it. It’s a small town. I know all these kids and families. I think that’s a real benefit.”

Palmquist was recognized recently for his contributions to the game. He was inducted into the first class of the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.

“I didn’t get into it to be a hall of fame coach,” Palmquist said. “I just love to coach. I love the kids. That was just a really neat bonus. Certainly very flattering and humbling.”

Winning is also a nice bonus.

The Packers lost just two seniors off last season’s state tournament team.

Loaded first line

All three captains are on the top line: Abby Palmquist, Brigette Miller and Maddie DeSmith.

Abby Palmquist, the coach’s daughter, began playing varsity hockey in eighth grade. She has a high hockey IQ. Miller is one of the fastest players in the state. DeSmith is a strong, tough winger who can protect and shoot the puck with authority.

“It’s a line that has a good balance of strength, power and smarts,” coach Palmquist said. “It will be a fun line to work with this year.”

Returning in goal is junior Sydney Conley, a veteran of two state tournaments.

“As a coach, you can’t put a value on having a kid like that between the pipes,” Palmquist said.

“She works so hard at hockey and she’s been rewarded with great play at big moments for us. We expect her to have a great year.”

Anna Barlow is one of the premier defensemen in the state. The junior has played in four state tournaments. Barlow, who has several Division I suitors, is strong, smart and shoots the puck hard. Barlow beats the first girl on almost every breakout to spearhead the Packers’ rush.

  • related content

  • Packers coach Dave Palmquist expects Sydney Conley, a veteran goalie with state tournament experience, to have a great season.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Golden State 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
Phoenix
Vancouver 0 1st Prd 7:45
Buffalo 0
Arizona 1 1st Prd 7:33
NY Rangers 1
Montreal 2 1st Prd 9:01
Columbus 1
Philadelphia 6:30 PM
Toronto
Chicago 6:30 PM
Florida
St. Louis 7:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 7:30 PM
Nashville
Ottawa 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Detroit 9:30 PM
San Jose
Northern Ky 78 FINAL
Kennesaw St 53
East Tenn St 54 2nd Half 8:46
Citadel 59
Winthrop 16 1st Half 7:04
Campbell 18
Delaware 24 1st Half 7:45
Drexel 15
Jacksonville St 16 1st Half 7:47
Eastern Ky 20
Northeastern 14 1st Half 6:38
Elon 21
Sacred Heart 28 1st Half 6:20
Fair-Dickinson 30
Western Carolina 17 1st Half 7:30
Furman 12
Char Southern 20 1st Half 8:43
Gardner-Webb 26
Western Ill 16 1st Half 10:30
IUPUI 16
Nebraska Omaha 11 1st Half 11:48
IUPU-Ft Wayne 13
Radford 8 1st Half 9:34
Liberty 20
St Francis-NY 12 1st Half 9:33
Long Island 20
Wofford 23 1st Half 5:09
Mercer 18
Minnesota 19 1st Half 10:38
Michigan State 23
High Point 24 1st Half 7:58
UNC-Asheville 26
Samford 18 1st Half 10:08
UNC Greensboro 18
Nebraska 15 1st Half 6:22
Ohio State 27
Wagner 15 1st Half 8:18
Robert Morris 28
Mount St Marys 7 1st Half 10:30
St Francis-PA 16
Houston 28 1st Half 6:58
Temple 26
Vanderbilt 16 1st Half 7:47
Tennessee 17
Chattanooga 23 1st Half 8:00
Va Military 24
Milwaukee 22 1st Half 8:05
Wright State 20
Coastal Carolina 15 1st Half 9:30
Presbyterian 14
Central Conn St 21 1st Half 8:30
Bryant 13
Ga Southern 6:30 PM
Appalachian St
SIU Edwardsville 7:00 PM
Austin Peay
Green Bay 7:00 PM
Ill-Chicago
Texas-El Paso 7:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
FIU 7:00 PM
Marshall
Rider 7:00 PM
Monmouth
Eastern Ill 7:00 PM
Murray State
Charlotte 7:00 PM
North Texas
North Dakota St 7:00 PM
Oral Roberts
Old Dominion 7:00 PM
Rice
TX-San Antonio 7:00 PM
Southern Miss
UT Martin 7:00 PM
Tennessee St
Fla Atlantic 7:00 PM
Western Ky
Northern Ariz 7:00 PM
North Dakota
Grand Canyon 7:05 PM
Chicago State
Utah Valley U 7:05 PM
UMKC
ULM 7:05 PM
South Alabama
Texas-Arlington 7:30 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 7:30 PM
Ark-Little Rock
Troy 7:30 PM
Texas State
Arizona 8:00 PM
Colorado
SMU 8:00 PM
Memphis
Tenn Tech 8:00 PM
Morehead State
Rutgers 8:00 PM
Purdue
Southern Utah 8:00 PM
Northern Colorado
Montana State 8:05 PM
Eastern Wash
UC Davis 9:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara
UC Irvine 9:00 PM
Cal Poly
Cal State Fullerton 9:00 PM
CS-Northridge
Montana 9:00 PM
Idaho
BYU 9:00 PM
Portland
Pacific 9:00 PM
Santa Clara
Arizona State 9:30 PM
Utah
San Diego 10:00 PM
Gonzaga
St Marys-CA 10:00 PM
San Francisco
Oregon State 10:00 PM
Stanford
Long Beach State 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Rice 68 FINAL
Old Dominion 83
Georgia Southern 39 FINAL
Appalachian St 66
Manhattan 67 FINAL
Monmouth 84
Marshall 68 2nd Half 2:32
FIU 45
TX-Arlington 44 2nd Half 9:51
Arkansas State 49
ULM 30 2nd Half 12:05
South Alabama 27
Georgia State 31 2nd Half
Ark-Little Rock 33
Troy 36 2nd Half
Texas State 33
LSU 11 1st Half 8:34
Ole Miss 17
(11) Miss State 10 1st Half 11:14
(2) South Carolina 15
North Texas 15 1st Half 11:20
Charlotte 19
Western Ky 23 1st Half 9:03
Florida Atlantic 14
William & Mary 33 1st Half 5:26
Coll of Charleston 26
Delaware 20 1st Half 7:41
UNC-Wilmington 12
UMBC 8 1st Half 10:48
Maine 17
UMass Lowell 12 1st Half 9:56
Vermont 13
Albany 16 1st Half 7:40
Hartford 12
Stony Brook 12 1st Half 9:05
Binghamton 15
Boston College 6 1st Half 12:00
(8) Louisville 14
(23) Syracuse 17 1st Half 10:20
Clemson 13
(16) Duke 8 1st Half 10:16
Georgia Tech 21
Florida 14 1st Half 9:52
Alabama 8
NC State 15 1st Half 9:08
(9) Florida State 21
Miami-Florida 26 1st Half 5:03
Wake Forest 29
Fairfield 23 1st Half 7:23
Iona 14
Marist 16 1st Half 8:17
Saint Peters 17
Quinnipiac 19 1st Half 11:40
Rider 5
Virginia 18 1st Half 10:55
(15) North Carolina 8
Pittsburgh 19 1st Half 9:02
(4) Notre Dame 31
Ohio State 22 1st Half 7:34
Penn State 20
Indiana 21 1st Half 7:28
(5) Maryland 24
Massachusetts 12 1st Half 11:00
Dayton 19
(22) George Washington 19 1st Half 10:08
Richmond 21
Saint Louis 8 1st Half 6:21
Rhode Island 31
Wright State 23 1st Half 7:36
Detroit 19
Green Bay 24 1st Half 7:52
Oakland 13
Central Arkansas 6:30 PM
Sam Houston St
SE Louisiana 6:30 PM
Northwestern St
Missouri 7:00 PM
(12) Texas A&M
Denver 7:00 PM
No Dakota State
IUPU-Ft Wayne 7:00 PM
Nebraska Omaha
IUPUI 7:00 PM
South Dakota
Lamar 7:00 PM
McNeese State
Incarnate Word 7:00 PM
Stephen F Austin
Nicholls 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Western Ill 7:00 PM
South Dakota St
Southern Miss 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
(13) Kentucky 7:00 PM
Arkansas
Wisconsin 7:00 PM
(17) Iowa
(20) Rutgers 7:00 PM
(25) Northwestern
North Dakota 7:30 PM
Northern Ariz
(24) California 8:00 PM
Oregon
(19) Stanford 8:00 PM
(7) Oregon State
USC 8:00 PM
Washington
Portland 8:00 PM
BYU
Gonzaga 8:00 PM
San Diego
San Francisco 8:00 PM
St Marys-CA
Northern Colorado 8:00 PM
Southern Utah
Auburn 8:00 PM
Vanderbilt
(6) Tennessee 8:00 PM
Georgia
Chicago State 8:00 PM
Grand Canyon
UMKC 8:00 PM
Utah Valley U
Eastern Washington 8:00 PM
Montana State
Idaho 8:00 PM
Montana
Louisiana Tech 0 Postponed
Texas-El Paso 0
UCLA 9:00 PM
Washington St
Santa Clara 9:00 PM
Pacific
CS-Northridge 9:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
UC Santa Barbara 9:00 PM
Cal-Irvine
Hawaii 9:00 PM
Long Beach St
Cal Poly 9:00 PM
UC Davis

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close