by MATTHEW DAVIS
Champlin Park boys basketball showed what they can do at the Hopkins Thanksgiving Invitational on November 29-30.
The Rebels continued to have Robbinsdale Cooper’s number with a 92-64 victory on Friday, Nov. 29. That marks the Rebels’ fourth win in their last five contests with the Hawks, which includes Rashad Vaughn’s time with the Hawks. Coach Steve Burton had hoped to reverse his team’s fortunes against the Rebels this time around.
“We have been preparing and working hard to change the results to Cooper’s advantage,” Burton said.
Brennan Witt had a double double for the Rebels with 28 points and 13 rebounds. JT Gibson added 17 points, and Jeremy Johnson scored 14 and had nine boards.
The Rebels also gave No. 3-ranked Hopkins a tough game on Saturday, Nov. 30, in a 106-103 loss. Witt again led the Rebels with 28 points and seven boards.
Strong three-point shooting kept the Rebels kept close as they buried 10. Gibson, Alex Hilley and Alec Leabo each had two from three-point land.
Ian Smith had 22 points and four steals for the Rebels in the loss. Marty Hill neared a double double for the Rebels with eight points and seven rebounds.
Robbinsdale Armstrong started their season strong with a 76-55 win against Andover on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Falcons turned around a 31-29 halftime lead by the Huskies into a 47-24 second half advantage. Jerome Dixon led the Falcons with 20 points. Evan Nolan added 13 points, and Melvin Newbern had 12.
Knocking off an unbeaten team is one way to snap a losing skid.
The Champlin Park Rebels turned their fortunes around at the Irondale Tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend with a 3-2 win over once-unbeaten East Ridge on Friday, Nov. 29 at Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine.
“We played well all night and got good play from the entire team,” Rebels coach Jim Koltes said.
Sydney Peluf scored the game-winner in the extra period, her second of the game. Emily Stoll had her first varsity goal, and Kaylee Wood assist on two goals. Hannah Goettl played solid in net.
The Rebels lost the finale of the Irondale tournament 3-0 to the Irondale Knights on Saturday, Nov. 30. Four misses on breakaways cost the Rebels.
“It took us a bit to get our legs going from the night before,” Koltes said.
They returned to conference action with a contest against Centennial on Tuesday. The Rebels (2-6, 1-4 NWSC) will look to start rebounding in the conference race with games at Coon Rapids (1-5-1, 1-3-1 NWSC) on Saturday and against Andover (4-2-1, 3-2-0 NWSC) on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
North Metro’s struggles continued on the ice in the past week. The Stars fell 12-0 to Maple Grove on Nov. 23 and 8-0 to Andover on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Stars goalie Molly Dreblow stopped 49 and 46 shots respectively in those games. The Stars also surrendered only two power play goals in those games.
The Champlin Park Rebels fell to Wayzata 4-1 on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Calvin Spencer had the lone goal for the Rebels (0-2), and goalie John Brey stopped 29 shots.