A couple of Cretin-Derham Hall standout sophomore baseball players made Big Ten college commitments this week. Shortstop and outfielder Jake Quinn committed to the Gophers, while first baseman, pitcher and outfielder P.J. Jones made his commitment to Maryland.
The Raiders reached the Class 4A, Section 4 final last season.
Also this week, Raiders senior boys lacrosse goalie Eddie Kielkopf committed to Belmont Abbey College, a Division-II program in North Carolina. Previous commitments this fall for the Raiders include volleyball player Gillian Kircher, who committed to Farleigh Dickinson, and girls soccer player Annie Mulcahy, who committed to Illinois State.
Heading into Highland Park’s Hall of Fame are:
— 2012 grad Kionda Nicks, a 1,000-point career scorer who was a four-time all-conference girls basketball selection.
— 1980 grads PJ McGrath and Jim Goldman, starting pitchers for the Scots’ baseball team that finished third in state.
— The 1971 Scots football team, which won the first St. Paul City Conference football championship in school history by allowing just 25 points in eight games.
The inductees will be honored at halftime of Highland Park’s home football game vs. North St. Paul on Oct. 15.
The Stillwater girls soccer team’s 14-game winning streak came to an end Saturday, as Centennial knocked off the Ponies 3-2 in overtime on goals from Addi Van Zee, Marisa Frost and Isabella Sipe.
The Cougars’ victory served as a bit of vengeance after Stillwater beat Centennial in last year’s state title game. Stillwater rebounded from Saturday’s loss with a 4-3 win over White Bear Lake on Tuesday.
The Stillwater boys soccer team remains undefeated this season, moving to 10-0 with its 2-1 win over White Bear Lake on Tuesday.
Rosemount athletic director Mike Manning will retire at the end of the school year, his 27th as head of the Irish’s athletic department.
Legendary Mahtomedi gymnastics coach Debbie Driscoll was inducted into Bloomington Kennedy’s Hall of Fame last weekend for the 1973 Kennedy alum’s own high school performance in the sport.
NEW NO. 1
Highland Park junior Luna Scorzelli is the top-ranked Class 2A girls cross country runner in the latest state poll after she placed second at the Eden Prairie Metro Invitational on Saturday. Scorzelli was previously ranked fourth.
The Metro Invitational served as a showdown of sorts between the Scots, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, and Wayzata, then the top-ranked team in Class 3A.
Wayzata held off Highland Park for the meet victory with 33 points, eight fewer than Highland Park.
Scorzelli posted a time of 18 minutes, 8 seconds at the invite, second only to Wayzata senior Abbey Nechanicky, who finished in 17 minutes, 17 seconds. Nichanicky is the top-ranked runner in Class 3A.
The Trojans were passed in this week’s Class 3A state poll by Minnetonka.