Andover continued a strong start that has pushed it into the top 10 in the Class AA rankings at No. 9, rattling off wins of 5-0 at Coon Rapids Sept. 5, 8-1 over St. Francis Sept. 7 and 6-2 over Class A’s No. 3 Totino-Grace Sept. 10. Coon Rapids then dropped a close 2-0 match at Elk River Sept. 10. St. Francis also had a 2-0 win over Becker Sept. 5 and a 5-4 loss against Chisago Lakes Sept. 10.
Anoka dropped a pair of tight 2-1 matches, falling against Duluth East Sept. 9 and Rogers Sept. 10.
Legacy Christian moved to 3-1-2 on the season with a 1-1 tie at Maranatha Sept. 6 and a 1-0 win at Chisago Lakes Sept. 9. Brian Halcomb scored the game-winner against Chisago Lakes, with six saves by keeper Jack Olson.
PACT split a pair of matches, defeating Metro College Prep 5-2 Sept. 6 before falling 2-1 at Princeton Sept. 7.
Sixth-ranked Andover remained unbeaten in Northwest Suburban Conference play as it defeated Coon Rapids 6-1 Sept. 5 and Totino-Grace 2-1 Sept. 10. Olivia Knoepfle had two goals and two assists and Corynn Grabau also scored twice against Coon Rapids, with a goal apiece by Cedar Jorgenson and Kelsey Kallio. Maria Stocke and Kallio scored in the win over Totino-Grace. Coon Rapids then fell 1-0 at Elk River Sept. 10.
After a 3-2 loss at Totino-Grace Sept. 5, Anoka recorded its first two wins, defeating St. Francis 3-1 Sept. 7 and Rogers 4-1 Sept. 10. St. Francis also had a 4-0 win over Becker Sept. 5 and a 2-0 loss at Chisago Lakes Sept. 10.
PACT continued its dominant start to the season, moving to 6-0 with a 5-0 win over Nova Classical Sept. 6 and a 1-0 win over Mayer Lutheran Sept. 9. Tamara Hegeman had two goals against Nova Classical and Kaia Kennedy had the winner against Mayer Lutheran. The Panthers have recorded four shutouts in a row.
Legacy Christian split four matches, including a 4-0 win at Hope Academy Sept. 6 and a 5-0 win at St. Paul Johnson Sept. 9.
Anoka finished fifth out of nine teams at the Cambridge-Isanti Invitational Sept. 6. Blake Fuller led the Tornadoes with an 11th-place run of 18:09.3, joined in the top 30 by Ryan Behnke-Nead (18:29.5), Elijah Grabinske (18:40.4) and Micah Hanson (18:42.0). Andover took sixth at the meet, paced by Cameron Heppner in fifth place in 17:26.2 and Logan Meinert in eighth in 17:51.7.
Coon Rapids placed 16th at the Hopkins Bauman/Rovn Invitational Sept. 5, led by Reed Smith in 46th in 17:36.8.
St. Francis took 11th place at the Rockford Rocket Run Sept. 5, led by Aidan Gomes finishing 22nd in 19:00.9.
PACT/Legacy earned third place out of 10 teams at the Pine City Invitational Sept. 5, with Jeremy Davie taking fifth in 18:17 and Ben Nauman taking eighth in 18:30.
Andover had a trio of runners finish in the top six as it placed second out of seven teams at the Cambridge-Isanti Invitational Sept. 6, with Alyssa Gerth the individual champion in 19:32. Claire Beckman (20:30) and Brekkyn Lammert (20:31) finished back-to-back in fifth and sixth, and Elizabeth Donner took 11th in 21:11. Anoka placed fourth at the meet, led by Kaelyn Nelson in third in 19:37, Alicia Blesi in 13th in 21:26 and Ingrid Norquist in 17th in 21:44.
Running individually for Coon Rapids at the Hopkins Bauman/Rovn Invitational Sept. 5 were Ilsa Hoaglund (22:17.2), Sarah Eichstadt (22:22.9) and Zoe Hoaglund (23:31.2).
St. Francis finished eighth at the Rockford Rocket Run Sept. 5, led by Isabelle Gomes in 21st in 22:38.0.
Leading PACT/Legacy individually at the Pine City Invitational was Reanna Cruz in 12th place in 21:58.
Coon Rapids continued its strong start to the season, shutting out Spring Lake Park in the resolution of a partially completed match Sept. 6, then placing third out of eight teams at the Moose Tournament in Brainerd Sept. 7. Finishing second at Brainerd were Kaytlyn Syverson at No. 2 singles and Anna Beczkalo at No. 3 singles, and placing third were Anna Samit at No. 4 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Ella Giorgi and Sophia Murillo.
Anoka shut out Fridley Sept. 4 before dropping close 4-3 matches against Armstrong Sept. 5 and Chisago Lakes Sept. 7.
Andover fell 5-2 against Totino-Grace Sept. 5 and Princeton Sept. 7.
St. Francis fell 7-0 against Becker Sept. 5.
Girls swimming and diving
Coon Rapids’ Ella Hacker won the 200-yard freestyle and 500 free in a dual against Maple Grove Sept. 5, moving her to 10th all-time in school history in the 200 and 11th all-time in the 500 free. The previous week, Megan Schultze broke the NWSC record in the 200 free against Blaine. Later in the meet she broke the Coon Rapids school 100 free record.
Anoka competed against Champlin Park in NWSC action Sept. 5. Event-winners for the Tornadoes included Reese Dehen in the 200 IM (2:14.60) and in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.70), Maddie Anderson in diving (184.95), Emma Diehl in the 100 butterfly (1:05.53), Lexci Wuorenma in the 100 free (58.88), Julia Solberg in the 500 free (5:35.66), the 200 free relay team of Dehen, Wuorenma, Diehl and Solberg (1:44.42) and the 400 free relay team of Wuorenma, Diehl, Solberg and Dehen (3:52.78).
Andover graduate Matthew Brodeur returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of his collegiate debut with St. Thomas as the Tommies defeated Trinity International 69-3 Sept. 7.
Legacy Christian graduates Talana Rudzitis and Gracie Zieroth helped Crown College win its season opener 3-1 over Mount Mary Aug. 30. Rudzitis had 11 kills and 15 assists and Zieroth had seven kills.