by MATTHEW DAVIS
Champlin Park roasted Andover in Blaine during the past week, 84-47 and 83-46 respectively. Ian Smith had a double double with 10 points and 10 assists in the Thursday, Jan. 9, win over Andover. Jeremy Johnson had a team-high 16 points along with four boards and three steals.
Brennan Witt earned a double double with 15 points and 12 boards against Blaine on Friday, Jan. 10. He nearly reached a triple double with 8 assists. Johnson finished with 13 points. Marty Hill, JT Gibson, McKinley Wright and Smith each had 11.
The Rebels (13-1) remained at No. 4 in the state rankings. They host Maple Grove in league play Tuesday, Jan. 21, before another showdown with Robbinsdale Armstrong on Jan. 24.
Alexander comes up big in girls hoops victories
Lexi Alexander scored 14 and 16 points respectively in the Champlin Park Rebels’ wins over the Andover Huskies and Blaine Bengals last week.
Rebels center Hanna Crymble had a team-high 19 points for the 61-55 Rebels win against the Huskies Thursday, Jan. 9. Against the Bengals, the Rebels exploded for a 40-21 first half lead and didn’t look back in the 62-45 win.
Rebels girls hockey comes up short to Crimson
Marjie McNamara scored quickly for the Champlin Park Rebels against the Maple Grove Crimson on Saturday, Jan. 11.
Her goal put the Rebels up 1-0 at the 4:20 mark of the first period, assisted by Abbey Dokken. Then, the game swung as a Crimson tide of four unanswered goals washed away the Rebels’ chances in a 4-1 loss. Despite 47 saves from Hannah Goettl in net for the Rebels, the Crimson scored two in the first and tacked on another two in the final two periods.
The Rebels mustered only 8 shots through the first two periods, and their 9 shots in the final period came as too little too late. Their schedule gets no easier after falling to the Northwest Suburban’s second-place team. The Rebels will host first-place Blaine on Saturday.
A flurry of Rebels power past Armstrong
Five different Champlin Park boys hockey players scored goals as the Rebels downed Robbinsdale Armstrong 5-2 on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Danny Eggerichs, Cole Groebner, Mason Schmitt, Bryce Plunkett and Trent Malnau all put pucks in the net for the Rebels. Assists also came from Michael Borrell, Plunkett, Kienan Lundstrom, Groebner and Mason VanTuyl. Rebels goalie John Brey had 20 saves in goal and a .909 save percentage.
A fast start at Maple Grove dissipated quickly for the Rebels on Saturday, Jan. 11. Anthony Towberman scored on an assist from Plunkett at 12:47 in the first period.
No Rebels player found the net again as the Crimson scored five unanswered goals to hand the Rebels a 5-1 loss. Brey had 36 saves in the loss.
First-place Blaine awaits the Rebels on Saturday. The Rebels currently sit at seventh place in the conference.
Boys swimmers beat Centennial
Sweeping the relays propelled Champlin Park boys swimming past Centennial on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Ben McBroom won the 50-yard freestyle race for the Rebels with a commanding time of 23.48 seconds, beating second-place by almost two seconds. Ryan Rodeback and Colon-Ramirez Angel took the top two spots the 1-meter dive at first and second place respectively. Colon-Ramirez won the 100-yard butterfly, and Zac Wanger took second.
Casey Carlson finished first for the Rebels in the 100-yard freestyle, and Christian Magalis took second. Likewise, Josh Olson and Max Baumgartner claimed the top-two finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke at first and second place respectively.
Champlin Park’s Anthony Towberman is congratulated by his teammates after scoring at 12:47 in the first period against Maple Grove. (Photo by Rich Moll – richmollphotography.com)