Murray Middle School sports roundup
Coach Malcolm Little’s volleyball squad won the regular season championship of the St. Paul City Conference with a 10-1 record. After a season-opening loss, the Pilots rattled off 10 straight wins to claim the title. The competition at the top of the conference was intense with Capitol Hill, Highland and Murray playing close matches against each other during the regular season and in the year-end tournament, where Murray finished third.
Twenty-nine middle school girls committed to a successful and fun season that produced an overall record of 6-2-1. The returning eighth-grade players included Anna Erickson, who led the team in scoring with 13 goals; Gigi Gabrielli, a fierce outside midfielder; goalie Cecilia Wulff; and defenders Celia Olson and Ruby Beckman. The team also featured a strong sixth-grade class of 12 players, including four starters. The girls finished on a roll with a five-game winning streak, while allowing no goals.
The Pilots played quality soccer against talented opponents and improved throughout the season evidenced by a three-game winning streak in October. The strong finish propelled the team to an overall mark of 4 wins and 6 losses. Experienced eighth-graders led the team and set a wonderful example of hard work and commitment for the sixth- and seventh-graders to build on next season.
Several key returning players from last year’s team brought the Murray Pilots Flag Football team to the top tier of the St. Paul City Conference. With a record of 8 wins and 3 losses, including big victories over rivals from Ramsey and Highland Park, the season was very successful. The losses were all close games, with the total point differential of those three games being just nine points.