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Meet the Athlete

Zoe Kedrowski
March 26, 2014
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When did you start dancing and why? I started dancing when I was 2 years old. My parents put me in it because every little girl does ballet. I started competing when I was 6, and the whole idea of competition was fun for me, so I stuck with it.   What is your favorite style of dance and why? I really like tap because it just comes really natural to me.   What are some challenges you face in dance? It’s very time consuming. We practice for six months before a competition. It’s also very strenuous on your body, so it’s hard to do my best when I’m sore.   How do you mentally prepare yourself for competition? I get very nervous before competition, especially for solos. It’s hard to make up for mistakes and the judges can remember you for that. To not be nervous, I talk to my dance teacher backstage, and I don’t watch the dancer before me because it puts pressure on me. It also helps to have a lot of people cheer for me.   What is your favorite dance memory? In the summer of 2012, my team won nationals in Virginia Beach. They only announced the top five teams and we thought we weren’t going to make it. When they announced second place, we knew that we won. Everyone was crying and all our hard work had paid off. I have been dancing for 12 years and everyone’s ultimate goal is to win dance nationals, so I felt very accomplished.   What are some things that dance has taught you? Dance has taught me about dedication. You need to work hard and learn how to take criticism. You don’t just get a number for a score, but actual feedback from the judges so it taught me how to take the criticism. It also taught me time management skills.   How did dance teach you how to manage your time? It taught me that I needed to get my homework done right after school so I’m not up until midnight. I only have a window of two to three hours until I have to go to dance, and sometimes I’m there until 10 p.m.   Do you have any plans on dancing in the future? I’m planning on dancing in college and maybe have some profession involving dance, even if it is on the side because dance is my favorite thing.

Sibling teamwork transcends sports

Artis Curiskis and Gabe Bichinho
March 5, 2014
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Sibling rivalry can be summarized in a simple statement about a younger brother. “I hate when (Jackson Sokolowski) runs in front of me,” senior Nick Sokolowski said. Beyond the rivalry exists great admiration between the two brothers. The younger brother, freshman Jackson Sokolowski, sai...

Meet the Athlete

Meet the Athlete

Emily Melbye
March 5, 2014
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When did you start playing golf? I first started playing in second grade.   Does your height affect how you play golf? I’m 5’11, but my height is not my strong point. Theoretically it should help me hit the ball further, but I don’t think it gives me much of an advantage.   What are your goals as captain this season? My main goal is to get the younger girls to continue developing their skills. We gained a lot of freshman last year so I hope to keep them excited and wanting to come back and keep playing for the team.   Do you have any pre-match rituals? Before matches our team writes inside jokes on each others balls. It’s a fun thing to do and it helps ease the pre-match tension.   Are there any personal challenges you think you might face during the season? I just want to be a good role model and inspire the younger players to want to keep playing and keep trying, because it’s a frustrating sport.   What are some of the frustrations new golfers will face and how will you help them overcome these challenges? Mentally, you can have a really bad day and that can make you want to stop golfing all together. But just being able to make fun of yourself and laughing it off helps a lot. My goal is to be optimistic and help them.   What is your favorite part of golfing? I really like being outside and how every course is different. Also you get to be in a really pretty golf course with your friends.   How will you push yourself and the other girls as a new captain this season? Keeping a positive attitude and also helping the girls notice what they can improve on. Then the next day at practice, focusing on those things so they can become better golfers.   What are some of the benefits from playing golf? It makes you mentally tough. The game is more mental than people think. Being able to calm yourself down can be applied to other difficult situations as well.

Meet the Athlete

Meet the Athlete

Shoshi Fischman
January 16, 2014
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What team do you skate for? I skate for the Lake Minnetonka Windjammers. How many hours do you practice a week? We have around three to four practices a week depending on if we have a competition, anywhere between six and eight hours a week. How did you get started? I started taking lessons at...

Meet the Athlete: Molly Mintz

Meet the Athlete: Molly Mintz

Sten Johnson
December 11, 2013
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When did you start skiing? I started skiing when I was 2, but I didn’t start racing until I was 7.   What challenges have you faced in skiing? My competitors are also my friends on the team, so when somebody does really well and you don’t do so well, it’s really hard t...

Meet the Athlete: Ben Takata

Meet the Athlete: Ben Takata

Maddy Bremner
November 13, 2013
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When did you start fencing? I started in eighth grade. Originally my brothers got into it, and they recommended it to me so I thought I might pick it up.   What’s your favorite part of fencing? You get to play with swords. What’s better than that?   What’s the most challenging part of fencing? Adapting from one opponent to the ne...

Meet the athlete: Natalie Lorentz

Meet the athlete: Natalie Lorentz

Carolyn Guddal
October 23, 2013
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Who: Freshman Natalie Lorentz Sport: Girls’ tennis When and why did you start playing tennis? I started when I was 7, and ever since then I have been playing competitively. I liked the fact that it was a sport all by yourself and that you got to make the decisions.   ...

A-List Athlete

Janet Holmes, Staff Writer
June 8, 2013
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Overall, how did you feel about the season? I felt that it went well. This is my first year, and it was a great experience. It was a lot of fun to play and to improve. How did the bad weather affect the team? The season felt short because there was about a month where we couldn’t do anything...

A-List Athlete — Grace Williams

A-List Athlete — Grace Williams

Maddy Bremner, Staff Writer
May 6, 2013
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Who: Grace Williams, freshman Sport: Girls' track Why did you start running? Because my dad and grandfathers from both sides ran track, and they encouraged me to run from a young age. I guess I was also born with the natural ability to run, so it just came naturally to me. What is your bigges...

Q&A: Sean Cork, nordic skiing

Emma Weisner, Staff Writer
April 11, 2013
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Sophomore Sean Cork traveled to Fairbanks, AK in March to compete in the Nordic Skiing Junior Nationals, a meet for elite high school skiers from across the country. This was his second year competing at the event for the Midwestern team. Cork has been skiing for the Park Nordic team for four seasons...

Q&A with Athena Award Winner, Kathryn Ostrom

Q&A with Athena Award Winner, Kathryn Ostrom

Cole Bacig, Staff Writer/Designer
April 9, 2013
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Senior Kathryn Ostrom has been awarded with the 2013 Athena Award. This award is given to the outstanding female athlete at Park and is based on excellence in individual sport, or for participation and accomplishments in team sports. She has lettered eight times in Park girls’ swimming. She has earned ei...

A-list athlete

Ryan McCanna, staff writer
March 20, 2013
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Who: Sophia Noreen, sophomore Sport: Girls’ lacrosse When did you start playing lacrosse and why? I started playing in eighth grade because I saw my friends were having a lot of fun, and I wanted to try it and spend time with them. What is your favorite part of being on the team? It’s...

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