Polars, Titans basketball among conference frontrunners

Brian Meyers

sports writer


At one point last week, two teams had yet to lose a Metro East Conference boys basketball game. One of those teams might not surprise anyone but the other is enjoying a nice turnaround this season.

Tartan was one of those conference unbeatens. The Titans, coming off a 20-win season a year ago, were expected to once again compete for the Metro East title.

North was the other conference unbeaten and after winning only six games all season a year ago, had nearly doubled that total.

The Polars hosted Tartan on Jan. 15, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

The winner of last week's showdown moved into sole possession of first place while the other needs to regroup and try to stay close enough in the standings to make the rematch on Feb. 2 mean something.

Tartan entered last Friday's contest having won three in a row and all by healthy margins. The Titans opened 2016 with an 83-45 win over Hill-Murray and then stomped Hastings 81-49 and St. Thomas Academy 76-44.

Tartan plays at Simley on Jan. 19 for its only game this week.

North rode a five-game winning streak into the Tartan contest. The roll started with a two-point win over Breck in a tournament at Hamline University prior to Christmas and continued with wins in the Polars' first four games of 2016.

The Polars edged Eagan by five points on Jan. 2 and followed that up with a 76-53 win over Hastings, a 60-51 victory at St. Thomas Academy and an 81-37 drubbing of Hill-Murray.

North is back in action this week with games at South St. Paul on Jan. 19 and a home game against Mahtomedi on Jan. 22.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Metro East Conference boys hockey standings (Through Jan. 14)
  Conf. Overall Points
Tartan 7-0 12-3 -
North 6-0 11-4 1/2
Mahtomedi 6-1 11-4 1/2
Hastings 3-3 5-9 3 1/2
Simley 2-4 7-8 4 1/2
Hill-Murray 2-4 3-11 4 1/2
Henry Sibley 2-5 4-12 5
St. Thomas Academy 0-5 1-12 6
South St. Paul 0-6 1-11 6 1/2



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