Why’s Harry Pitera always got a grin on his face? Probably because the two-time All-MIAC outside linebacker has his No. 2-ranked Tommies off to a 2-0 start. Maybe it’s knowing that 10,000-plus fans will be on hand to watch his senior class aim to cap their careers having never lost to arch-rival St. John’s, former MIAC immortal and national powerhouse.
St. Thomas hosts arguably the biggest small-college athletic event of the year Saturday as it opens the MIAC football slate against rival St. John’s at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. When the two teams met in St. Paul two years ago, St. Thomas broke a 29-year record with more than 10,000 people in attendance as the Tommies rolled to a 63-7 victory.
The death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
The Big East tournament will have a touch of a wake to it this week. When games end, there will be plenty of reminiscing about rivalries and talk of what is to come.
The St. Thomas basketball team is in the grind of its conference schedule, but it’s been making things look rather easy lately.
Kevin Love seems to be in a better place with the Timberwolves after meeting with Glen Taylor. He says he’s looking forward to the future because of Ricky Rubio.
Hey MIAC football teams, remember that Brett Baune guy from Concordia? You know, the fullback who racked up a school record 34 career touchdowns thanks to running all over you these past couple years?
One can’t blame the St. Thomas football team if it enjoyed its post game celebration a little more than usual on Saturday. After all, it’s always more fun to beat your rival in their home stadium.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is playing it safe at the St. Thomas/St. John’s football game in Collegeville.
Opening the conference season doesn’t get much better than facing arguably your biggest rival, and that’s exactly the case for St. Thomas this week.
As a quarterback, Scott Kirchoff led his Hutchinson team to a state title. He took his winner’s mentality to Bethel, where he won consistently.
Talks between eight Twin Cities hospitals and thousands of employees are underway in an effort to reach a new contract and avert a walkout.
Carleton College economics professor Michael Hemesath was named president of St. John’s on Tuesday. He says the selection of a lay president represents a new era for the Benedictine institution in Collegeville.
The monks of St. John’s Abbey celebrate on Sunday the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their famous Abbey and University Church in Collegeville.
It was unfamiliar territory for both St. Thomas and St. John’s at O’Shaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul on Saturday.