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Team starts from scratch

Team starts from scratch

Sam Crary
April 28, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

After a painful loss in the playoffs last season, senior captain Patrick Bordewick hopes for a better season under new leadership. Bordewick said the hiring of a new coach this year will help the team surpass last year’s performance. “We really liked coach (Jim Nun) last year but we didn’t really...

Girls’ lacrosse adds leader

Girls’ lacrosse adds leader

Ndunzi Kunsunga
April 26, 2016
Filed under Sports, Spring sports

When junior girls’ lacrosse captain Talia Simonett heard of junior Sofia Roloff’s addition as a captain, she felt excited at the prospect of a new leader on the team. “I’m really excited. I think she’s certainly dedicated to lacrosse and she’s a great leader,” Simonett said. “I think n...

Trap team keeps eyes on State competition

Trap team keeps eyes on State competition

Genesis Buckhalton
April 24, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

Senior Luke Cichoski and his father trek through the grass, looking for the right spot to shoot trap, giving Cichoski a chance to practice for the trap season. Cichoski said he looks forward to guiding the team as a captain this year. “I'm glad that I will be able to lead the guys in all the d...

Synchro chooses captains, creates goals

Synchro chooses captains, creates goals

Ndunzi Kunsunga
April 19, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Spring sports

When senior synchro member Arianna Thomas found out the team chose her to be one of this season’s co-captains, she felt ecstatic and humbled to have such an opportunity. “It’s super exciting for me,” Thomas said. “I’m really honored to be (a) captain. Going into it, I feel like it’s going...

Girls’ golf embraces youth

Girls’ golf embraces youth

Alec Pittman
April 17, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

Focusing on one swing at a time, the girls practice on the turf at the Brooklyn Park Golf Dome instead of the grass outside, according to coach Zach Strouts. Strouts said he would like to practice on the grass, but because of weather the team usually practices in the dome. “I think the beginning...

Ultimate team moves outdoors

Ultimate team moves outdoors

Mimi Fhima
April 14, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

Despite the initial lack of space for boys’ ultimate practices, junior Santeyne Thornton looks forward to more outside practices in the future. “(The practices) are at places like (Park Spanish Immersion) and some of them are at the middle school,” Thornton said. According to coach Marc Pedon...

Boys’ lacrosse prepares for opening game

Boys’ lacrosse prepares for opening game

Ethan Brown
April 14, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

Junior captain Brody Ilstrup grabs a ball with his lacrosse stick, slinging another shot toward the goal in preparation for a new season and a new coach. Ilstrup, a member of Star Tribune’s all-metro team last season, said the coaching change to current head coach Chris Bixby came as a surprise. “I...

Boys’ golf rebuilds team, program

Boys’ golf rebuilds team, program

Brigid Duffy
April 11, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

The boys’ golf team looks to rebuild after losing numerous seniors, according to senior captain Mikey Segal. According to Segal, the team looks forward to redeveloping the team. “We aren’t making any cuts this year because we want to work more on developing the team instead of turning peo...

Athletes run for more than physical benefits

Athletes run for more than physical benefits

Alissa Meredith
April 11, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

Sophomore Katie Fredrickson leads a pack of runners through the course as she prepares herself for the final leg of her cross country race. Fredrickson said running provides her with an escape during stressful times. She said running at least three times a week helps her think clearly. “Run...

Staff plead for more spirit

Staff plead for more spirit

Max Kent
March 24, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Spring sports

Athletic director Andy Ewald walked out of Armstrong High School following the boys’ basketball section quarterfinal game not only sad about the team’s loss, but also about the lack of Park students who attended. During his five years as head football coach, and his last twelve years as athlet...

Strength and conditioning gears up for heavy problems

Strength and conditioning gears up for heavy problems

Max Kent
March 23, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

As the spring sports season begins, strength and conditioning coach Jessica Gust said she prepares for a problem that limits the amount of space in the gyms and weight room for strength and conditioning: the weather.   “Weather always makes everything harder,” Gust said. “There tends to be a l...

Athletes train to grow mentally

Athletes train to grow mentally

Max Blackburn
March 22, 2016
Filed under Spring sports

Junior Meili Liss and the rest of the varsity girl’s soccer team worked with a sports psychologist during the summer of last season. She said the experience helped her to better understand the mental side of playing a sport. Justin Anderson, a sports psychologist at the University of Minnesota, said a...

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