Baseball ousted in 10
The Champlin Park baseball season came to a gut-wrenching close May 28, as the Rebels lost to Totino-Grace 9-8 in 10 innings during the Class 3A, Section 5 quarterfinal round at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids.
The Rebels were seeded fifth in the tournament, and opened with a 3-0 shutout of No. 12 seed Rogers May 25 before falling to the fourth-seeded Eagles on Memorial Day.
As of press time, Totino-Grace, top-seeded Maple Grove and third-seeded Robbinsdale Cooper were still alive in the tournament.
Champlin Park finished its season with an 11-11 overall record. The Rebels went 10-9 in the Northwest Suburban Conference, finishing in a tie with Blaine for fourth place in the 11-team league.
Boys golf season ends
The Champlin Park boys golf team wrapped up its season with a strong showing in the Class 3A, Section 5 tournament May 31 at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
The Rebels recorded a team score of 321, paced in large part behind a pair of Champlin Park golfers that completed the East and West courses at Bunker Hills after shooting in the 70’s.
Junior Luke Johnson carded a team best 77, which included an even-par 36 on his opening nine. Senior Jimmy Hochsprung also got in under 80, finishing his round with a 79.
Junior Tyler Berg was Champlin Park’s next best finisher with an 82, and senior Matt Ghostley completed his season with an 83.
Senior Tommy Fiskum(87) and junior Josh Phleger (88) also played for the Rebels in the section tournament.
Rogers was the team champion after posting a 299 team score. Mounds View finished second with a 304 and Osseo was third at 312.
The Rebels ended up eighth overall, just a stroke behind Centennial and within seven of fourth place Maple Grove.
Osseo’s Dalton Charboneau and Dayton Federley finished first and second respectively in the individual competition. Johnson’s 77 left him tied for 16th individually, and just three strokes out of a state qualifying spot.
The Class 3A boys state golf tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13 at Bunker Hills.
Tee times begin at 11:40 a.m.
Lacrosse teams done
The state tournament hopes for both the Champlin Park boys and girls lacrosse teams will have to be put on hold for at least one more year after each dropped out of their respective section tournaments with a loss to the eventual section champion.
The Rebel boys played into the final four of the Section 6 tournament before falling to Eden Prairie by just a single goal in what was a 7-6 defeat to the Eagles in the tournament semifinals.
Champlin Park was seeded third in the tournament, and they beat both Robbinsdale Cooper and Wayzata before that season ending loss at Eden Prairie.
The Eagles, Totino-Grace, Eastview and Edina all advanced into this week’s boys state lacrosse tournament.
The Rebels finished the spring with an overall record of 13-3, which included a runner-up finish in the Northwest Suburban Conference.
The Champlin Park girls were the 2012 Northwest Suburban Conference co-champions after posting a 7-2 league mark and a 12-3 overall record.
The Rebels were also the fourth-seed in Section 5, but after opening the postseason with victories over Forest Lake (14-4) and Mahtomedi (18-9), Champlin Park lost to Stillwater 17-10 in the section semifinals.
Stillwater, Eden Prairie, Apple Valley and Blake all advanced to this week’s girls state lacrosse tournament.