Sartell sat atop the girls swimming world last February, easily winning the state Class A championship.
It was a dream team. The Sabres were deep and loaded.
Sartell returns a good chunk of that squad and has two noteworthy home meets this week as the 2012 season gets rolling.
Sartell is host to St. Cloud Cathedral and Monticello at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Monticello took fifth at the state Class A meet last February and Cathedral has a new head coach in Abby Schneider.
The Sabres (1-0 Central Lakes, 1-0 overall) then are host to St. Cloud Tech (0-1, 0-1) at 6 p.m. Thursday in a conference duel.
Sartell is led by Marissa Wood. The senior state records in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles last year and was a part of the 200 freestyle relay that won the state title.
She has help. Lauren Martens, Gaby Hagen and Jennifer Thompson also return after making big contributions to the state championship.
It’s definitely an area team to watch this fall.
Here’s a quick look at some other area events of note this week:
* Albany at St. Cloud Cathedral volleyball, 7:15 p.m.
Albany is a veteran team that has one of the better setters in the area in Sam Schlangen. The Huskies are off to a 1-0 start in their new conference, the Granite Ridge, and are 4-1 after losing to Sauk Centre in the Albany Purple Pride Tournament.
Cathedral is 0-1 in the Granite Ridge, 0-1 overall.
* Sauk Rapids Invitational cross country meet, 4:30 p.m.
St. Cloud Apollo, Cathedral, Eden Valley-Watkins, Rocori, St. Cloud Christian and St. Cloud Tech compete. Cathedral is the favorite in boys and girls, though watch for the Christian school’s McKenzie Holt, one of the top runners in the state.
* Little Falls (0-1) vs. Cathedral (1-0) football, 7 p.m. at Husky Stadium.
Little Falls was clobbered 49-0 by state power Hutchinson and Cathedral beat Holdingford 14-6 in its opener.
Someone gets off to a good start in Granite Ridge play with a victory here.
* Tech (1-0) at Brainerd (0-1) football, 7 p.m.
Tech had a solid 28-13 win at Alexandria and Brainerd fell 48-28 to defending state champion Rocori.