Champlin Sports Shorts: Dec. 6, 2012

Girls hoops starts 3-0

The Champlin Park girls basketball team opened its season last week with a trio of games, and it resulted in a perfect 3-0 start for the Rebels.

The girls made their debut Nov. 27 by hosting Cretin-Derham Hall. Ali Zopfi scored 18 points, Kalli Zimmerman had 15 and Alexis Alexander and Mariya Sampson seven each as the Rebels started the year with a 54-41 victory.

Two days later, Champlin Park doubled up Spring Lake Park 70-39 at home. Alexander had 16 points in the Nov. 29 victory, Zopfi added 13 and Zimmerman nine.

Then, the very next night, Zopfi and Alexander scored 13 more points each as the Rebels started the Northwest Suburban Conference portion of their schedule with a 49-39 victory in Andover.

The girls were scheduled to play their second league game of the year at home against Park Center Dec. 4 before taking a week off leading up to a Dec. 11 visit to Maple Grove.

Girls puck splits a pair

The Champlin Park girls hockey team managed a two-game split against Elk River and Blaine last week.

The Rebels won 5-3 up in Elk River Nov. 27. Marjie McNamara scored a pair of goals, Maggie Cragg and Abbey Dokken finished with two assists each and Maddy Foss had 21 saves in goal.

Champlin Park then dropped a 4-3 decision to Blaine Dec. 1.

Cragg had a goal and an assist, McNamara scored another goal, and Briana Johnson also netted one in the loss.

This week, the girls headed to Centennial for a game Dec. 4, and the returned home to host Coon Rapids at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Boys drop opener

The Champlin Park boys hockey team lost its season opener in Eden Prairie Nov. 29.

Luke Dalman had a goal, Bryce Plunkett an assist and Tyler Nelson 34 saves, but it wasn’t nearly enough in an 8-1 defeat to the Eagles.

The Rebels will be back on the ice this week, including a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 match-up with Centennial in the home debut at the Champlin Ice Forum.

Champlin Park also plays at Coon Rapids at 3p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

at 7:30 Thursday, Dec. 6, at Coon Rapids at 3 Saturday, Dec. 8