Delano-Rockford Sports Briefs

Girls hockey topped

After dominating on offense for the six games to go undefeated, the area girls hockey team was shut down by North Wright County in a 4-0 loss last week.

Sophomore center Lindsay Roethke scored a goal against Rogers. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Sophomore center Lindsay Roethke scored a goal against Rogers. (Photo by Bill Nord)

The team that includes players from Delano, Rockford and Buffalo lost for the first time on the season and in the Mississippi Conference.

The Bison spent much of the time in the first period playing shorthanded. Excellent scoring chances were missed, including when Katie Rooney could not convert on a breakaway and Lindsay Roethke hit the goal post on a two on one break.

“We seemed a little snake bit,” said coach Ray Dahlof.

The shots were very even after two periods when NWC had a 1-0 lead. The Bison had a 10-9 edge on shots in the first period and got out-shot 12-9 in the second.

After the scoreless second period The RiverHawks netted three goals in the third period to ice the win.

Earlier in the week, the Bison blanked Rogers 4-0 in a league game. Goals were scored by Lindsay Roethke, Abby Halluska, Rooney and Emily Varner.

Goalie Lindsey Hartfiel earned her third shutout of the young season. The Rogers goalie stopped 51 of the 55 Bison shots on goal.

After playing at home against Centennial, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, the Bison play at Minnetonka, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The team returns home to face Wayzata, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.


First boys hockey loss

After four straight wins, the Delano-Rockford boys hockey team lost to 3-1 Breck last week.

Breck’s only loss was to St. Cloud Cathedral, another stare-ranked team that will come to face Delano-Rockford Thursday, Dec. 13. The team also goes to New Ulm Sept. 15, is home to St. Louis Park Dec. 18 and goes to face St. Michael-Albertville Dec. 20.

Against Breck Justin Oja scored twice and Levi Peterson had one goal. Aaron Grangroth made 45 saves while both Adam McLain and Eric Ylitalo had two assists.


North Shore gymnastics

The third and final state qualifying gymnastics competition was conducted Nov. 17-18 at Flyaways Gold Gymnastics in Forest Lake.

The North Shore’s Gymnastics Academy was well represented. The Level 6 team placed second and Level 5 was third.

Placing first in the Level 5 competition with an all-around score of 36.20 was Makena Rasmussen, 8. She was second on uneven bars (9.375) and finished in a three-way tie for second on floor exercise (9.20).

Teammates rounding out the top 20 finishers in all-around were with their respective AA scores were Samantha Poeschl, 12, (16th), Olivia Jahnke, 9, (19th) and Maya Loven, 8, (20th).

NSGA’s Level 6 team turned in strong performances in all age groups. In the age 12 and up the club won first in all events.

Taylor Burnham (Delano) had the top Vault score of 9.20. Meagan Boecker had the best uneven bars score of 9.05. The first place balance beam (9.575) and floor (9.45) routines belonged to Nicole Albertson.

In the 11-year-old group, Bella Burke placed third in the all-around with a score of 34.65.  Sara Murley finished strong in the 7-10 age group with an all-around score of 33.825.

The State Competition will be held Dec. 15-16 at the Colin Powell Center in Minneapolis.

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Dykstra leads soccer club

Simon Dykstra, a freshman from Delano, is the President of the soccer club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The purpose of the Soccer Club is to provide athletic competition for the students at SMSU. In the soccer club, students will learn how to be cooperative, confident and have the chance to meet new people.

This will benefit the University because it will present a more diverse front to SMSU, bringing unity among the various groups at SMSU and it will allow International students to become more involved in sports.