Sports Notebook: Experienced crew back for Rebels tennis

By Matthew Davis

Contributing Writer

 

Champlin Park’s boys tennis looks similar to last year’s and that bodes well in a tough conference.

“We return eight of ten players and should be an experienced team that plays with confidence,” Rebels coach Brian Larson said. “Last year we won every 4-3 match.”

Rebels pitcher Brandon Rushmeyer shut out Maple Grove 8-0 on Tuesday, April 15. (Photo by Rich Moll - richmollphotography.com)

Rebels pitcher Brandon Rushmeyer shut out Maple Grove 8-0 on Tuesday, April 15. (Photo by Rich Moll – richmollphotography.com)

In 2013, the Rebels went 7-8, which included playing through a challenging Northwest Suburban Conference. Elk River and Maple Grove came out of the NWSC as the third and fourth place teams in

the Class AA state tournament respectively. The Rebels finished sixth in the NWSC last season and hope to go higher this year.

“Elk River and Maple Grove are two of the best teams in the state that we get to play,” Larson said. “Our players always look forward to Park Center.”

Returning players include senior captains in singles players Mikayeel Mulla and Greg Ledray. Alex Hilley, a doubles player and senior captain, also returns. Fellow upperclassmen Alex Virasey, Ryan Fredrick and Hunter Femrite also return. Seniors Matt Gamber, Alex Kocher and Matt Gullickson have moved up to varsity this season.

 

Baseball: Rebels notch first win 6-4 over Elks

Champlin Park gave new skipper Cory Davis his first win as varsity head coach on Monday, April 14 in a key conference road win.

A game originally scheduled as more a midseason Northwest Suburban contest, became the teams’ season opener due to the lingering winter weather. Temperatures in the 30s and players with long sleeves still displayed signs of the winter lingering.

Rebels pitcher Trevor Kiminski went six innings with three runs allowed. Jason Anderson drove in two runs, including an RBI double.

Jason Anderson gets a hit for Champlin Park in the Rebels’ 8-0 win over Maple Grove on Tuesday, April 15. (Photo by Rich Moll - richmollphotography.com)

Jason Anderson gets a hit for Champlin Park in the Rebels’ 8-0 win over Maple Grove on Tuesday, April 15. (Photo by Rich Moll – richmollphotography.com)

In two games, the Rebels allowed four runs after shutting out Maple Grove 8-0. Moreover, Rebels pitchers only gave out four walks.

Brandon Rushmeyer pitched a complete game for the win over the Crimson. Kiminski drove in two RBI.

Michael Brooks has been hot at the plate with .500 hitting in those two games.

While Davis likes a lot of things about his team’s start, he sees need for improvement on offense.

“We left eleven runners on base versus Elk River,” Davis said.

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The navy-and-silver had a tough lineup this week with Anoka, Park Center, Coon Rapids and Moorehead on the schedule.

 

Softball: Rebels fall to Elks 12-2

Batting struggles continue to plague Champlin Park in the young season.

They put their first two runs on the board for the season on Monday, April 14 in falling to the Elk River Elks 12-2. The Rebels mustered only four hits in the game.

Maggie Cragg went 1-3 at the plate with two RBI for the navy-and-silver. Randi Rogers and Haley Maus each had a hit and a run. Cassie  Meyer took the loss on the mound and had three strikeouts.

 

Three to join Northwest Suburban

Champlin Park will have extra company beginning next fall in the Northwest Suburban Conference. The league announced last week that Totino-Grace, Spring Lake Park and Irondale will all join the NWSC. With the increase to 14 schools, some sports such as football will have two divisions for conference play.

 

Contact Matthew Davis at mdavis.sunpostsports@gmail.com

 
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