|ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 1|
|4:00pm||3:15pm / 6:00pm||Varsity Tennis vs. South||Powderhorn Park|
|5:00pm / 7:00pm||JV: 3:30pm / 6:30pm V: 5:15pm / 8:45pm||Boys Soccer vs. St. Croix Prep||St. Croix Prep|
|4:00pm / 4:00pm||2:45pm / 6:00pm||Tennis vs. Southwest||V: Linden Hills Park JV: HOME|
|5:00pm||Girls JV Soccer vs. Harding||HOME|
|6:00pm||4:00pm / 8:00pm||JV Football vs. Central||Central High School|
|4:00pm||B-Squad Soccer vs. Como Park||HOME|
|4:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pm||B: 3:15pm / 5:30pm JV: 4:00pm / 6:30pm V: 5:30pm / 8:45pm||Boys Soccer vs. Central||B: Jimmy Lee Rec Center JV/V: Central High School|
|5:00pm / 7:00pm||Girls Soccer vs. Central||HOME|
|5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm||Volleyball vs. Harding||HOME|
|9:30am||8:30am / 11:00am||Boys B-Squad Soccer vs. Holy Angels||Academy of Holy Angels|
|9:30am / 9:30am 11:00am||8:45am / 12:15pm||Volleyball vs. Minnehaha Academy||Minnehaha Academy|
|1:00pm||10:30am / 3:30pm||Football vs. Como Park||Como Park High School|
By: Aeden Evenson-McDermott
On the road in Portland the Loons addressed a few injury and suspension blips by testing out a new formation. United is known for their 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations. This time the new changes consisted of a 3-5-2 formation. They came out strong and looked like they would be on the front foot but unfortunately they didn’t come away with any points.
They maintained dominant possession and held Portland for the main course of the first 45 minutes. Having crosses and plenty of shots, and with 13 shots just in the first half, it left the Loons asking for more. Newly arrived Colombian striker Ménder García had some good quality chances but none could hit the back of the net.
On the backside of the field, the trio of Lawrence, Kallman, and Boxall allowed for a tight collective defense which prevented Portland from getting shots on goal. With the momentum in this game, it would be important to capitalize on your own chances and it was especially critical since the Loons had maintained more of a dominant presence against Portland. It’s fair to say that United’s coach Adrian Heath would be more pleased with their performance than Portland’s coach Giovanni Savarese at the halftime break.
Following halftime, Portland came out stronger than the first half but never posed much of a threat to the Loons’s shape and positioning. Anything can happen in a game, and when the 61st minute rolled around, disaster struck for the Loons.
Portland received a corner and on the kick, a high whipped in ball fell right to Portland’s Dairon Asprilla and was put through the Loon’s back line and into the net. 1-0 to Portland.
As the game went on, the Loons had trouble recovering their shape and found themselves a bit lackluster and tired out. With around 30 minutes left in regulation, the Loons had a few glorious chances but none that they were able to fully capitalize on.
Overall, the new formation worked fairly well as García and Amarilla posed threats up top in the attacking third. The midfield composition worked hard and helped with creating space. There were definitely many positives to take away from an overall good game but hard to accept defeat for the third time in 3 games straight.
The Loons went down to 6th place in the playoff race but will have plenty of work to do with the remaining four games of the season.
|ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 19 – SEPTEMBER 24|
|4:30pm||JV Football vs. Johnson||HOME|
|4:30pm / 7:00pm||JV: 3:30pm / 6:30pm V: 5:30pm / 8:30pm||Girls Soccer vs. Richfield||Richfield High School|
|5:30pm / 7:00pm||Volleyball vs. St. Paul Academy||HOME|
|4:00pm / 4:00pm||3:15pm / 6:00pm||Tennis vs. Como Park||V: Como Park High School JV: HOME|
|4:15pm||2:30pm / 6:00pm||Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Johnson||Johnson High School|
|5:00pm / 7:00pm||JV Girls Soccer vs. Central Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Johnson||HOME|
|4:00pm / 4:00pm||2:45pm / 6:00pm||Tennis vs. Minnehaha Academy||V: HOME JV: Minnehaha Academy|
|5:30pm / 5:30pm / 7:00pm||4:30pm / 8:00pm||Volleyball vs. Humboldt||Humboldt High School|
|7:00pm||Girls Soccer vs. Harding||HOME|
|4:00pm / 4:00pm||2:45pm / 6:00pm||Tennis vs. MPLS Southwest||V: Powderhorn Park JV: HOME|
|4:15pm||3:15pm / 6:30pm||Girls Swimming and Diving Meet vs. Harding||Humboldt High School|
|4:15pm / 4:30pm||3:15pm / 6:00pm||Boys B-Squad / JV Soccer vs. Harding||B: HOME JV: Bakken Field|
|3:00pm||1:00pm / 4:30pm||Boys / Girls Cross Country Roy Griak Invite||Les Bolstad Golf Course|
|3:15pm||Tennis Twin Cities Match||St. Paul Site|
|5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm||4:30pm / 8:15pm||Volleyball vs. Johnson||Johnson High School|
|7:00pm||5:15pm / 8:45pm||Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Harding||Bakken Field|
|TBD||TBD||Girls Swimming and Diving||Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center|
|10:00am / 10:00am||Girls Soccer vs. St. Paul Academy||St. Paul Academy|
|1:00pm||10:30am / 3:30pm||Football vs. Central||Central High School|
|5:00pm / 5:00pm 7:00pm||Boys Soccer vs. Irondale||HOME|
|ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 12 – SEPTEMBER 17|
|4:00pm / 5:00pm||JV: 2:40pm / 5:00pm V: 3:40pm / 7:00pm||Boys Soccer vs. Minnehaha Academy||Minnehaha Academy|
|4:00pm / 4:00pm||3:15pm / 6:00pm||Tennis vs. Tartan||Varsity: HOME JV: Tartan High School|
|4:30pm||JV Football vs. Bloomington Kennedy||HOME|
|4:00pm||3:15pm / 6:00pm||Varsity Tennis vs. Johnson||Eastview Park|
|5:00pm / 7:00pm||Girls Soccer vs. Holy Angels||HOME|
|5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm||4:15pm / 8:15pm||Volleyball vs. Hill-Murray||Hill-Murray School|
|4:15pm||3:15pm / 6:00pm||Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Humboldt / Washington||Humboldt High School|
|4:15pm / 4:15pm||2:45pm / 5:45pm||Girls Soccer vs. Humboldt||Humboldt High School|
|4:15pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm||V: 5:30pm / 8:45pm||Boys Soccer vs. Humboldt||JV: HOME B/V: Humboldt High School|
|5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm||Volleyball vs. Washburn||HOME|
|6:00pm||Football vs. Johnson||HOME|
|8:00am||C-Squad Volleyball Tournament||Mounds View High School|
|V: 11:00am JV: 1:00pm||V: 9:00am/12:30pm JV: 11:00am/2:30pm||Girls Soccer vs. Chisago Lakes||Chisago Lakes High School|
|ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 5 – SEPTEMBER 10|
|4:00pm||Tennis vs. Washington||HOME|
|4:00pm / 5:00pm 7:00pm||3:15pm / 5:45pm||Boys Soccer vs. Como Park||B-Squad: Como Park HS JV/V: HOME|
|4:30pm||3:15pm / 6:30pm||JV Football vs. Southwest||MPLS Southwest HS|
|5:15pm / 7:15pm||JV: 3:55pm / 6:45pm V: 5:45pm / 8:45pm||Girls Soccer vs. Como Park||Como Park High School|
|4:00pm / 4:00pm||3:15pm / 6:00pm||Tennis vs. Humboldt||V: Humboldt High School JV: HOME|
|4:15pm / 5:15pm 6:30pm||Volleyball vs. St. Croix Lutheran||St. Croix Lutheran Academy|
|7:00pm||5:45pm / 9:00pm||Swimming & Diving vs. Como/Johnson||Humboldt High School|
|V: 5:00pm JV: 5:00pm||3:30pm / 6:30pm||Girls Soccer vs. Washington||Washington Technology|
|JV: 4:00pm B: 6:00pm V: 6:00pm||JV: 3:15pm/5:45pm B/V: 4:30pm/7:45pm||Boys Soccer vs. Washington||Washington Technology|
|4:30pm / 5:00pm||Boys & Girls Cross Country Meet St. Paul 2-Mile||HOME|
|7:00pm||Football vs. Kennedy||HOME|
|TBD||11:15am / 2:00pm||Girls Swimming & Diving Hastings Invite||Hastings High School|
|9:00am / 9:00am 2:00pm||JV: 8:00am / 3:00pm V: 1:15pm / 7:00pm||Volleyball Tournaments||C: Lakeville North High School JV: Blaine High School V: Visitation School|
By: Abby Altman
*Note: This article was originally written May 20th, so obviously things have happened since
In 2021, the starting shortstop for the Minnesota Twins was Andrelton Simmons. Simmons was a previous gold glove winner, but his bat was nothing exciting, and he often brought down the Twins lineup in important games.
In 2022, the Twins now face a complete opposite issue.
After the MLB lockout, the Twins signed All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa from the Houston Astros for 3 years, with an opt-out option after each year. Correa, excluding a brief stint on the 10 day-IL (as of mid May), was batting .255, with a .721 OPS. Correa’s glove has been exceptional at shortstop, and he has been a very valuable addition to the team.
While Correa was on the IL, someone needed to fill in at the shortstop position. This is where the Twins brought in rookie shortstop Royce Lewis from AAA. Lewis was the number 1 overall draft pick in 2017. In the 11 games Lewis played with the Twins, he hit .308, with 4 doubles, 2 home runs, one of which was a grand slam, 11 RBI, and 12 runs scored.
Lewis still has a lot to learn in the big leagues, and that showed in the few mistakes he made at shortstop in his big league appearance.
Many fans are upset, however, that the Twins sent Lewis back to St. Paul and AAA upon the return of Correa.
The Twins organization stated that Lewis would be spending time at other positions, as well as shortstop while he was in AAA, to see where Lewis would fit in the Twins lineup, without having to bench Correa.
“We’re going to move him around the field a little bit, to get him a little bit of exposure at some different spots,” Baldelli said, via The Athletic. “The last thing we would want to do is start sending him all around the field to play in places where he’s literally never played a game…But he was fantastic for us.”
In his professional baseball career, Lewis has played 308 games at shortstop, 13 games at third base, 6 games in center field, and 5 games at second base.
There are not many places where the Twins are looking to replace the current fielder. Jorge Polanco has been heating up at the plate and holding second base steady.
Luis Arraez is in the most similar situation as Lewis defensively. Arraez has played third base, first base, second base, shortstop and left field since he joined the Twins. Lewis replacing Arraez is not a solution on anybody’s roster, however, as Arraez has been batting .354, with only 7 strikeouts in 113 at bats.
In his first at bat back in AAA, Lewis blasted a home run, showing once again that he does belong in the major leagues.
Since Correas’ return from the IL, he has batted .300 in the 6 games he played in. Lewis down in AAA has been batting .346 in his last 7 games.
After an apparent leg injury for right fielder Max Kepler, Lewis was once again called up to the big leagues, this time as a center fielder. Lewis played just 1 game at center field in his time in Saint Paul.
This center field debut did not last long. In the top of the 3rd inning, Emmanuel Rivera flew out sharply to deep center field. Lewis made the leaping catch at the wall, but this resulted in Lewis crashing into the wall, and leaving the game early with apparent “right knee soreness”.
The last 2 years, Lewis has been plagued with injuries, most prominent including an ACL tear on the same knee he was experiencing soreness in. More tests will be run to evaluate the degree of Lewis’s condition.
Less worrisome, but still concerning, Carlos Correa has contracted COVID and finds himself on the COVID IL.
|ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: MAY 23 – MAY 28|
|9:00am||Boys Varsity Golf Match||Goodrich Golf Course|
|4:30pm / 4:30pm||Baseball vs. St. Anthony||HOME|
|4:00pm||2:15pm / 7:00pm||Track and Field Conference Prelims||Harding High School|
|4:00pm||Softball vs. Holy Angels||Lincoln Field|
|4:30pm||JV Baseball vs. Como Park||HOME|
|5:30pm / 7:00pm||Girls Lacrosse vs. St. Croix Prep||St. Croix Prep Academy|
|5:30pm / 7:00pm||Boys Lacrosse vs. Hopkins||Central High School|
|9:00am||Girls Varsity Golf Match||Oneka Ridge GC|
|4:15pm / 4:15pm 4:15pm||Baseball vs. Two Rivers||Two Rivers High School|
|4:30pm||Girls Lacrosse vs. Cooper||Central High School|
|4:00pm||2:15pm / 7:45pm||Track and Field Conference Finals||Harding High School|
|5:45pm / 7:30pm||Boys Lacrosse vs. Rosemount||Rosemount High School|
By: Toby Martin-Kohls
With the 2022 NFL Draft in the rearview, I’ll be taking a way-too-early look at the top two draft prospects for the 2023 draft.
This year’s draft was considered a poor class for quarterbacks by many experts and analysts. Only 1 QB was taken in the first round, which is rare in today’s pro game. QB is considered the most valuable position, so many are picked early.
In next year’s prospective draft class, two quarterbacks are expected to be the first two picks of the NFL draft.
C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Stroud is a sophomore QB for Ohio State, a football powerhouse that plays in the Big 10 conference. He is expected to go pro after this upcoming season.
He was a 4-star prospect coming out of Rancho Cucamonga, CA in the class of 2020. He had a mesmerizing senior season throwing for 3,878 yards and 47 touchdowns in just 13 games under Coach Mark Verti. He was the 42nd best prospect in the class and had other offers from other major programs such as: Michigan, Georgia, Oregon, and USC.
Stroud possesses all the intangibles NFL evaluators are looking for in a pro QB. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has praised his work ethic and professionalism. He is capable of making throws all over the field but struggled a small bit with accuracy his freshman year.
Another thing to watch for is his injury history. Stroud suffered a separated joint in his throwing shoulder during the first week of the 2021 season. While this might be a small concern, QB is so valuable to NFL scouts that his talent should overrule his injury history in this case.
Stroud set an Ohio State and Rose Bowl single-game record with 573 passing yards in a come from behind victory over Utah and finished the season with 4,435 passing yards, along with 44 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Young is a sophomore QB for Alabama, which is currently the best dynasty in college football. Like Stroud, he is expected to go pro after this upcoming season.
According to the 24/7 Sports Composite rankings, Young was a 5-star prospect and No. 2 nationally, coming out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. He chose Alabama over offers from a variety of other big programs such as: USC, Auburn, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon, and Texas.
Young won the Heisman Trophy for best QB in college football in 2021 and also won the Maxwell Award, given to the all-around most outstanding player. He earned the starting job after sitting behind, now pro QB, Mac Jones (New England Patriots).
He set the Alabama single-season marks for passing yards with 4,872 and 47 touchdowns. Evaluators say he is a smart, athletic passer that has a great arm and has the intangibles. He served as team captain for Alabama last season. He has a natural feel for the pocket, has scrambling ability, and doesn’t make many mistakes. His leadership combined with his football knowledge is a great combination to get picked early, especially at a premium position.
The knock on Young will most likely be his size. He is not the size of a prototypical QB. He stands at 6’ 0” and 194lbs. However, NFL execs and scouts say his athleticism and competitiveness outshine this physical attribute. This size and combo have worked in the NFL before at a high level, with the likes of 9-time Pro Bowler Russell Wilson and 2020 NFL Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray.
It will be interesting to see how mock drafts change over the course of this next season, and which teams will pick these two talented signal-callers.
By: Abby Altman
In 2021, the Minnesota Twins defined “disappointing”. They went from being back to back division champs, the league leader in home runs, and one of the best teams in baseball, to taking last place in the AL Central in 2021. The 2021 Twins were plagued with injuries, pitching problems, and an offense that seemed to have lost its power.
In preseason power rankings for 2022, the Twins were consistently found in the lower 20’s. That has quickly changed.
Just 1 month since the lockout ended, and the season began, the Twins now find themselves at #10 in the MLB Power Rankings.
The Twins started off the first few games in rough shape, but quickly turned it around.
Beginning the season in a 4 game series against the Mariners, the Twins started 0-2, but came back to split the series 2-2. The 2 game series against the Dodgers was a well expected sweep by the Dodgers, potentially the best team in baseball.
There were 2 more series before the Twins took their first series win. Minnesota split the series with the Red Sox, and then lost the 3 game series to the Royals 1-2.
It was the mid April homestand when the Twins got hot. The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers traveled to Minnesota, where the Twins won 6 games in a row, sweeping 2 division rivals back to back.
The Twins then traveled to Tampa Bay, where they won the series 2-1 against the Rays, landing a 7 game winning streak.
In the most recent games, the Twins split a 4 game series with the Orioles and swept the Athletics. The Houston Astros swept the Twins in a 3 game series in Minnesota last week. The Guardians came to Minnesota to end the Twins longest home stand of the year, and the Twins took a 2-1 series victory.
The Twins are now traveling to Oakland to take on the Athletics for the 2nd time this season. In game 1, the Twins took a 3-1 victory with Chris Archer pitching 4 innings, allowing only 1 run, and the bullpen shutting the A’s down the remainder of the game.
The Twins .583 record has not come without any injuries or difficulties. Many Twins players have found themselves benched due to injury or COVID, or placed on the IL.
Players like Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sanó, Luis Arraez, and many others have missed significant amounts of time due to injury and illness. Because of this, the Twins lineup is often full of young players.
MLB veterans like Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Gio Urshela, and Gary Sanchez are essential parts of the Twins nearly every game, with the amount of young players in the lineup.
Alex Kirriloff, Royce Lewis, Gilberto Celestino, and Jose Miranda are just a few names who are found in the starting lineup more often than you would expect.
Alex Kirrilof played in 59 games last season, before undergoing a season ending wrist surgery. Before the surgery, Kirilloff was batting .251 with 8 home runs. This season, he is batting just .172 in only 10 games.
Royce Lewis and Jose Miranda are 2 players the Twins recently called up from AAA. Both infielders, Lewis has been playing shortstop while Correa heals his hand on the 10-day IL. Miranda has been making appearances at 1st base and 3rd base, with Miguel Sano on the IL as well.
The Twins bats have been slower this year than in previous years, so a large part of the Twins success is provided by the pitching. The Twins have the 5th lowest overall ERA in the MLB, 10th in starting pitchers, and 6th in relief pitchers.
The Twins have a fairly new pitching staff, acquiring Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Chris Archer, Chris Paddack, and Dylan Bundy, all just before the 2022 season. For the majority of the time, these pitchers make up the Twins starting rotation, who have held opponents to 4 or less runs in 70% of this season’s games.
The AL Central is perhaps one of the worst divisions in the MLB. Because of this, the Twins find themselves in 1st place in the division, 3 games ahead of the White Sox. The Twins have the 5th best record in the AL, and the 9th best record in the MLB.