Eight metropolitan area private and charter schools of similar size have banded together to create a new athletic conference.

The Skyline Conference will bring together Concordia Academy, St. Agnes, Maranatha Christian, New Life Academy, St. Croix Prep, Trinity, Cristo Rey Jesuit and Nova Classical Academy.

The league, which revives the name of a conference that existed in the metropolitan area from 1959 through 1976, will begin competition in the 2019-2020 school year.

Jim Paulsen

Change at No. 1

The Gophers men’s hockey team rose one spot to No. 12 after its weekend split with Notre Dame, which was displaced as the nation’s No. 1 team by Cornell. Ohio State cracked the top five, a spot ahead of St. Cloud State. Omaha made a big move, rising six spots to 13th.


• Pat Lamb, who became Carleton’s first women’s athletic director in 1970 and established 12 varsity sports during a 15-year tenure, died Sunday at age 83, the university announced. Lamb came to Carleton as a physical education instructor in 1962.

•  The Gophers’ Shane Wiscus and Lexy Ramler were chosen the Big Ten’s men’s and women’s, frehsman gymnasts of the week, respectively.