Lax teams into semi’s
The Champlin Park lacrosse season has extended into the semifinal round of the section playoffs for both the boys and girls teams.
The Rebel girls beat both Forest Lake and Mounds View last week, advancing into a Section 4 semifinal match-up with top-seeded Stillwater May 29.
Champlin Park was seeded fourth in the 15-team field, and the Rebels opened with a 14-4 victory over No. 13 Forest Lake.
Kara Wendell scored seven goals in the win, and Kassie Padden and Maria Dalbec added two each.
Wendell netted seven more goals in Champlin Park’s 18-9 victory over fifth-seeded Mounds View. Dalbec added four goals and three assists, Padden had four points and Sarah Leseman scored three times in the win.
Second-seeded Coon Rapids and third-seeded Mahtomedia were also still alive in the Section 4 tournament. Those two teams also played May 29.
The winners of the two semifinal games will play in the Section 4 championship game Thursday, May 31 at Osseo High School.
The Champlin Park boys were hoping to be playing then too, as the Rebels also opened their postseason with back-to-back wins to move into the final four of Section 6.
Champlin Park, which was seeded third in the section, played at No. 2 seed Eden Prairie May 29.
The Rebels started the postseason with a 17-1 victory over No. 14 Robbinsdale Cooper.
Ryan McNeil had seven points in the win. Max Turgeon added five, Matt Patterson and Luke Dalman four each, and Connor Smith and Zack Turgeon both finished with two goals.
The Rebels also beat sixth-seeded Wayzata 12-11 May 24.
Fifth-seeded Maple Grove and top-seeded Minnetonka played in the other Section 6 semifinal. The winners were scheduled to meet in the Section 6 championship game at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.
Baseball stays afloat
The Champlin Park baseball team survived a soggy start to the Class 5A, Section 6 tournament.
The fifth-seeded Rebels beat No. 12 seed Rogers 3-0 in their playoff opener May 25.
Spenser Daniel took care of most of the work, pitching a complete game shutout with eight strikeout and just five hits allowed.
Scott Stuckmeyer was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. He scored a run knocked another in as Champlin Park advanced into a waiting game that lasted all the weekend.
The Rebels were originally scheduled to play at 10 a.m. May 26. Rain pushed the game to 1 p.m., and it was eventually postponed until noon May 28. Once again, officials moved the game back, this time to 4:30 p.m. – after this edition of the paper went to press.
Champlin Park was playing fourth-seeded Totino-Grace. The winner advanced to Midway Stadium to face either Irondale or Maple Grove May 30. The tournament continued June 1, and wasn’t scheduled to conclude until June. 6.