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September 27
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October 1
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October 4
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October 8
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October 11
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October 15
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October 18
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October 22
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November 15
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November 15
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November 19
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November 21
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Classic Suburban Conference

2006-07 Final Standings
Tartan 13-1 17-10
Mahtomedi 12-2 19-8
Hill-Murray 8-6 14-14
North St. Paul 8-6 10-17
Richfield 7-7 9-16
Simley 6-8 11-16
Sibley 2-12 4-21
South St. Paul 0-14 6-21
2006-07 Leading Scorers
Kassie Robinson 2008 Simley 429
Krista Kaput 2008 Hill-Murray 414
Chrissy Holm 2009 Hill-Murray 361
Katie Haas 2007 Tartan 335
Mara Hjelle 2007 Mahtomedi 331
Heather Smith 2007 Mahtomedi 328
Danielle Daniels 2008 North 316
Carolyn Mobley 2008 North 310
Mandy Poke 2009 Richfield 279

Predictions

  1. Hill-Murray

    After a brief, one-year hiatus from the top of the Classic Suburban Conference, the Hill-Murray Pioneers just might find themselves atop the league in the 2008 season. Led by junior Chrissy Holm and senior Krista Kaput along with a solid supporting cast, the Catholic school is our pick for conference champions this season. Though Holm and Kaput combined for over 28 points per game last season, senior Taylor Cross may be the key factor to determining the Pioneers' success. Junior Rochelle Cichy gives Hill-Murray a defensive-minded point guard and should also play a big part in things for the Pioneers.

    Something to Watch for:
    If given the opportunity, look for versatile 8th grader Tessa Cichy to have an impact as a key figure off the bench. Cichy can play positions 1-4 on the floor.

    Top Returning Scorers
    Krista Kaput 2008 414
    Chrissy Holm 2009 361
    Taylor Cross 2008 233
    Jen Annoni 2008 108
    Kristin Vasko 2008 80
    Rochelle Cichy 2009 67

  2. Richfield

    LeAnn Wise faces a big year in turning around the Richfield girl's basketball program but should have an excellent opportunity to do just that with the help of a tremendous junior class. Richfield runs most of its offense through star junior Mandy Poke. Poke, a supremely athletic guard, averaged nearly 12 points per game last year and broke the 20 point mark on four occasions. Also, look for junior Jamie Noonan (9.2 ppg last year) to have a breakout season as a co-star in Richfield.

    Something to Watch for:
    If Wise can find a consistent position and role for junior Pamela January, she could have a high-impact season and maybe be an All-Conference performer.

    Top Returning Scorers
    Mandy Poke 2009 279
    Jamie Noonan 2009 231
    Pamela January 2009 167
    Hannah Nelson 2008 162
    Amy Peterson 2008 134
    Shelby Clarke 2008 91

  3. Simley

    If ever there was a year for Tim Peper and the Simley girl's basketball program to have a breakthrough year in the Classic Suburban Conference, this would be the year. Peper and the Spartans return all the major pieces from a year ago, including star Kassie Robinson, who averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds a game last year. Robinson is a player of the year candidate and will be joined in the frontcourt by junior Taylor Heltne (7.7 ppg last season) and sophomore Natalie Walseth (5.5 ppg last season). The big question mark for the Spartans will be if their guard play can improve from a season ago.

    Something to Watch for:
    If senior guards Bre Erickson and Sam Meyman are up for the challenge of handling the duties in the backcourt, the Spartans could easily find themselves as the team to beat in the Conference.

    Top Returning Scorers
    Kassie Robinson 2008 429
    Sami Meyman 2008 207
    Taylor Heltne 2009 199
    Natalie Walseth 2010 137
    Bre Erickson 2008 124

  4. Mahtomedi

    The Mahtomedi Zephyr basketball program will look to new head coach John Hardgrove to continue the program's recent success in the Classic Suburban Conference. The Zephyrs will have to offset the loss of two All-Conference players from last year (Mara Hjelle to Wayne State University and Heather Smith to Liberty University). Seniors Lauren Caswell, Josie Solie and Jordyn Strege will be the returning starters from a team that finished 18-8 last season. Also, 6-1 junior post Morgan Wyveen will be expected to carry much of the load left behind by the departed Hjelle.

    Something to Watch for:
    Sophomore post Haley Zajac should provide some much needed help to the Zephyr front court and could be a solid presence with her size and strength.

    Top Returning Scorers
    Lauren Caswell 2008 153
    Josie Solie 2008 125
    Kelly McKenna 2008 59

  5. Tartan

    The defending champions will have all they can handle in 2007-08 replacing departed stars Katie Haas (University of Minnesota-Duluth), Jenny Hooper, and Lauren Pellowski. Senior Arie Johnson will be asked to carry most of the load for Bill Larson's squad. Johnson offers a physical presence and rebounds the ball well in the low post.

    Something to Watch for:
    Junior Nicole Huset could have a big season after seeing some solid varsity minutes as a sophomore including a 10-point game against North.

    Top Returning Scorers
    Ari Johnson 2008 251
    Nicole Huset 2009 106
    Alina Axelrod 2008 61
    Ashley Ebner 2009 60

  6. Sibley

    If there is one team who will surprise some people in the Classic Suburban this season, it will likely be the Henry Sibley Warriors. Despite just four wins last season, the Warriors have reason for optimism. The young Warriors will return all five starters and every major piece from their team a year ago. The sharpshooting combination of guards Katie Ahlstrom (10.5 ppg) and Natalie Hanson (9.8 ppg) combined for 52 makes from 3-point land.

    Something to Watch for:
    Junior Eleanor Garcia averaged 10.7 points and 6 rebounds per game last season and is one of the most underrated players in the conference.

    Top Returning Scorers
    Kate Ahlstrom 2009 262
    Eleanor Garcia 2009 257
    Natalie Hanson 2008 234
    Briana Allen 2009 203
    Grace Arnold 2009 102

  7. North St. Paul

    The Polars will be looking at the start of a major rebuilding process after the losses of stars Carolyn Mobley and Danielle Daniels. The two combined for 24 points per game last season for North and will be taking their services across Saint Paul to Johnson High School for their senior seasons. This loss is part of North losing a total of six of their top seven scorers from last season. It will no doubt be an uphill battle for the Polars in the 2008 season.

    Something to Watch for:
    5-11 Freshman Lisa Loeffler will be given an opportunity to make a huge impact to replace some of the power the Polars lost in the offseason.

    Top Returning Scorers
    Kimmie Linda 2008 102
    Tina Kern 2009 58
    Ann Kleithermes 2008 55

  8. South St. Paul

    This may be the season that energetic head coach Stuart Lang gets the Packers off the bottom of the Classic Suburban Conference standings. South Saint Paul will have to compensate for the loss of senior Mary Marschinke (11.2 ppg). However, junior Courtney Johnson is a promising young leader with a solid back-to-the-basket game and athleticism. Janelle Wricks will also be asked to pick up her play if the Packers are to get out of the conference cellar.

    Something to Watch for:
    The Packers don't have a true point guard who can handle all the responsibilities to go with the position. Wricks maybe asked to accept those duties.

    Top Returning Scorers
    Courtney Johnson 2009 162
    Janelle Wricks 2008 149
    Erica Jensen 2009 73
    Paige Sanders 2008 72

Classic Suburban Conference Player of the Year:
Kassie Robinson, Simley, 2008 - Robinson returns after leading the conference in scoring last season. Kassie offers a tremendous offensive skill set when facing the basketball. She can score inside but also extend to three-point range and shoot the ball effectively. If Robinson can improve her physical presence inside and own the glass she could improve her own college prospects and propel the Spartans to the top of the conference.

Classic Suburban All-Conference Selections:

First Team
G Mandy Poke Richfield 2009
G Krista Kaput Hill-Murray 2008
G Jamie Noonan Richfield 2009
F Chrissy Holm Hill-Murray 2009
F Kassie Robinson Simley 2008
Second Team
G Katie Ahlstrom Sibley 2009
G Nicole Huset Tartan 2009
F Pamela January Richfield 2009
F Lauren Caswell Mahtomedi 2008
F Taylor Cross Hill-Murray 2008


Five members of the Fury girls program will compete in the Classic Suburban Conference this season. Chrissy Holm, Rochelle Cichy and Tessa Cichy are teammates on the Hill-Murray squad. Taylor Heltne and Haley Zajac will take the floor for Simley and Mahtomedi, respectively.