The private school sports teams in the south and western Twin Cities suburbs have had considerable success this winter, but the Breck School girls hockey team stands alone as a state champion.
Early in the season, Mustang girls hockey fans had a pretty good idea that this team would be special. In the semifinals of the Walser Invitational at Braemar Arena, Breck scored its biggest win of the season, 4-2 over the eventual Class AA state champion, Edina.
Had she been a senior this year, Breck’s leading scorer, Olivia Mobley, would have been a finalist for the Ms. Hockey of Minnesota Award. She will have to wait until next year to compete for that title.
Mobley made the Class A All-State team along with sophomore forward Sadie Lindsay, who keyed Breck’s 6-1 win over Warroad in the state finals by converting a penalty shot.
Sadie Lindsay skated on the same line with her sister Ava, an eighth-grader. Ava had an incredible season with 23 assists.
Mobley’s stats included 52 points on 25 goals and 27 assists. Sadie Lindsay added 43 points on 24 goals and 19 assists. And don’t forget about Allyson Qualley, who had 34 points on nine goals and 25 assists.
Breck dominated at the state tourney with a 19-2 scoring advantage in three games. In addition to beating Warroad, the Mustangs shut out Fergus Falls 2-0 and beat Mound Westonka 11-1.
Great season for Holy Angels hoops
There aren’t many schools in the state that sent two basketball teams to state this winter, but count Holy Angels among them.
Holy Angels’ girls team had a nail-biting first-round win over Fergus Falls in the State Class 3A Girls Tournament. Top-four finishes are nothing new for the Stars’ dynamic head coach Danny Woods, who counted on two young players, sophomore forward Frankie Vascellaro and ninth-grade guard Kassandra Caron. The Stars could be back at state next year since they lose only two seniors, guards Emma Mastre and Alex Walker.
On the boys side, the Stars have a new coach this year, former Holy Angels star Andy Hannan. He was able to shift the offense into a higher gear with the Johnson brothers, Charles and Emmett pushing the pace. Matt Banovetz had a big year for the stars and scored 40 points in a playoff game.