The undefeated starts continued for both the Blaine boys and Blaine girls soccer teams Sept. 8. The Bengal boys shut out Elk River 1-0, the deciding goal a late first-half strike by Roman Podolyanchuk, to move to 3-0 on the season. The Bengal girls improved to 2-0-1 by defeating Elk River 2-1, picking up goals from Kendall Stadden and Jordan Pascarella.
Totino-Grace girls soccer also moved to 2-0-1 on the season Sept. 8 with a 1-1 tie at Anoka.
Blaine cross-country opened its season Aug. 28 with a tri meet against Champlin Park and Centennial. The Bengal boys finished with a trio of runners in the top five, including River Santiago as the runner-up in 17:32, Josh Fike in third place (18:02) and Ben Lewis in fifth place (18:07). In the girls race, Shalom Sulungaine earned third in 21:48 and Jordyn Lang earned sixth in 22:02 to pace the Bengals.
Blaine tennis swept all four singles matches on its way to a 6-1 victory over Totino-Grace Sept. 2. Molly Garber (6-4, 6-2), Grace Troy (5-7, 6-4, 7-5), Brooke Freeland (6-7, 6-2, 6-2) and Jillian Saulsbury (6-0, 6-4) won in singles action for the Bengals, with doubles victories added by Grace Halseth and Allison Terry (6-0, 6-4) and Clare Merck and Kierstin Sticha (6-4, 6-4). Winning for the Eagles were Olivia Baldwin and Hannah Gray (6-4, 6-2).
Spring Lake Park girls tennis clipped Armstrong 4-3 Sept. 3 on the strength of a doubles sweep, receiving wins from Olivia Busack and Alexa Nielsen (6-4, 7-5), Carissa Roell and Genevieve Nusbaum (7-6, 6-2) and Taylor Hinkle and Kari Jackson (5-7, 6-4, 6-1). Zoe Nelson earned the decisive singles victory for the Panthers 6-4, 7-6.