Amid personal loss, Mound-Westonka skater fueled a team win

  • Article by: JIM PAULSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 3:44 PM

Following the death of his grandfather the previous day, Mound-Westonka defenseman Charlie Curti focused all of his energy on the ice Thursday and carried the White Hawks to a 6-3 victory over Chaska.

Curti scored three goals and added an assist. He added a goal Saturday as the White Hawks beat Monticello 4-1 for their third consecutive victory.

"The Thursday game was especially important for Charlie," coach Doug Runke said.

"He channeled a lot of emotion into the game and was a very big reason why the team came away with a win."

Washburn's Coley says 'No' a record number of times

With long arms, a lengthy frame and instinctively good timing, Minneapolis Washburn girls' basketball forward Chase Coley set a state record last year with 183 blocked shots.

Coley, a junior, appears to have improved her timing this season.

She recently capped off a memorable three-game stretch, in which she averaged 22 points and 15 rebounds, with a jaw-dropping defensive performance in the Millers' 59-39 victory over Hutchinson Saturday.

Coley swatted away a state record 21 shots in the game, just one day after blocking 15 shots in a 72-51 victory over Becker.

Injuries mount at Hopkins as guard T.T. Starks is out

Road games against South Suburban Conference teams are proving hazardous to the health of players from No. 1, Class 4A Hopkins.

Sophomore guard T.T. Starks was lost for the season when she suffered a torn ACL in a 75-44 victory over host Lakeville South.

One week earlier, the Royal lost Viria Livingston to a similar knee injury in a victory at Bloomington Kennedy.

Edina boys struggling, but Woodward hits milestone

The Edina boys' basketball team is off to an unexpectedly slow start, having lost its first three games, but guard Graham Woodward is living up to his billing.

Woodward, who signed a letter of intent to play at Penn State, has scored 80 points in those games to top 1,000 points for his career. He has 1,036 points heading into Thursday's game at Woodbury.

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