Tuesday's metro prep roundup

  • Updated: February 28, 2012 - 11:57 PM


No. 1 Maple Grove defeats Osseo to advance to final


• SECTION 5: Maple Grove continued its season-long mastery of Osseo, as the No. 1 seeded Crimson skated to the section final with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum. Maple Grove was led by four seniors: forward Alex Mason scored both of his goals in the third period, while Drew Aspinwall, Dylan Steman and Tony Paulson all contributed two assists. Maple Grove swept the regular-season series in the Northwest Suburban with a 9-0 victory on Jan. 7 and 6-0 victory on Feb. 18. ... Anoka, the No. 6 seed in the section, fell short in its second upset bid as Blaine prevailed 6-3 in the other section semifinal. Michael Brodzinski and Jesse Norling led the No. 2 seeded Bengals with two goals each.


• SECTION 2: No. 3 seed Blake sprung a mild surprise in the section semifinals, knocking off No. 2 seed Delano 4-2 at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis. Blake freshman forward Mark Lyman scored twice in the second period -- including a shorthanded goal -- while sophomore defenseman Johnny Austin sealed the victory with an empty net goal with 23 seconds remaining. ... Senior forward Wesley Iverson powered No. 1 seed Breck past No. 4 seed Mound-Westonka 8-1 with three goals and one assist.

• SECTION 4: A balanced offensive attack keyed No. 1 seed St. Thomas Academy to the section final in its 5-0 shutout of South St. Paul at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. The Cadets found point production from 10 different skaters. Andrew Commers, Tom Novak, Matt Perry, Henry Hart and Austin Sattler each found the back of the net for St. Thomas Academy, which outshot the No. 4 seeded Packers 41-17. Junior goalie David Zevnik recorded 17 saves and the Cadet penalty kill kept South St. Paul scoreless despite four power-play chances. ... No. 2 seed Totino-Grace overcame an early deficit to defeat Mahtomedi 6-1. Senior defenseman Luke Mezzenga led the Eagles with two goals and one assist.


Waconia tops Chaska in OT CLASS 3A

• SECTION 6: No. 4 seed Waconia prevailed in overtime 72-67 over Chaska behind a tying three-pointer by senior guard Laura Schmitt with five seconds remaining in regulation. Senior post Lauren Deadrick completed the comeback in overtime on her bucket with a minute to play to give the Wildcats the lead for good. Waconia senior guard Laura Schmitt scored a game-high 24 points. ... No. 1 seed Richfield found little resistance from Orono in the Spartans' 49-33 opening-round victory at home. Richfield led 32-20 at halftime and was sparked by junior guard Jessica January's 19 points. ... No. 2 seed Benilde-St. Margaret's cruised to a 65-51 victory in quarterfinal action. The Red Knights were powered by senior forward Khadijah Shumpert's team-high 19 points and senior guard Josie Dillon's 18 points.


Hopkins swamps Edina

• HOPKINS 88, EDINA 62: The Royals are peaking at the right time of the season and appear primed for another deep postseason run. Hopkins (25-1) jumped all over Lake Conference foe Edina, building a 53-31 halftime lead and never looking back in securing its 21st consecutive victory. Sophomore guard Jacob Wright paced the Royals with 18 points. Junior guard Graham Woodward led the Hornets with 20 points.

• STILLWATER 56, EAST RIDGE 55: Stillwater junior forward Andrew Duxbury connected on a pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play, lifting the Ponies in the Suburban East. Duxbury finished with a team-high 12 points.

• EDEN PRAIRIE 71, WAYZATA 52: A late-season skid by Wayzata continued Tuesday night at home with its fifth consecutive loss to a Lake Conference opponent. Wayzata is 1-6 in conference action this season, while mastering its nonconference opponents with a 17-0 mark. Eden Prairie dominated the first half of play, building a 40-22 advantage. Sophomore guard Andre Wallace and senior center Jordan Peterson led the Eagles with 18 points each.

• EAGAN 66, LAKEVILLE SOUTH 64 (OT): The Wildcats prevailed in overtime behind senior guard Nicki Sabatke's 19 points. Lakeville South senior guard Devon Bzoskie was stellar in defeat, posting a season-high 26 points.


Rocori coach to retire

Rocori boys' basketball coach Bob Brink will retire at the end of the season, his 42nd year at the school and 51st overall.

Brink is the second-winningest coach in state history, behind Bob McDonald of Chisholm. Brink's career record is 932-325, while McDonald's is 984-396 through Tuesday night's games.

Brink has guided 12 teams to the state tournament during his tenure. The Spartans won their only state championship under Brink in 1988. That was back in the two-class format, and the Spartans won the large school division. They beat Armstrong 66-56 in the finals.

Brandt takes AP honor

Hill-Murray senior forward Hannah Brandt was named the Associated Press Player of the Year for girls' hockey. The Gophers recruit had 59 goals in her final season, and concluded her sensational career with 133 goals and 108 assists.

Brandt was joined on the all-state first team by forwards Kayla Gardner of Warroad and Hanna Brodt of Roseville; defensemen Milica McMillen of Breck and Lee Stecklein of Roseville; and goalie Maddie Dahl of Edina. Gardner is the lone junior in the group.


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