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Nordic braves the cold temperatures

Nordic braves the cold temperatures

Sam Crary
January 10, 2016
Filed under Winter sports

Senior captain Conrad Phelan shivered as he slid through the end of the course, breathing heavily with the rhythmic movement of his skis. Phelan said despite the cold and the team’s lack of experience,  it performed adequately. “It was a really cold day, and people were able to race pretty...

Girls’ gymnastics strives for victory after loss

Girls’ gymnastics strives for victory after loss

Paige Steward
January 7, 2016
Filed under Winter sports

After losing to Chaska-Chan Dec. 15, the girls’ gymnastics team plans to use positivity to stay focused throughout the rest of the season in hopes of preventing future losses, according to sophomore gymnast Annika Eldridge.   Eldridge said the team filled out goal sheets at the beginning of the season that p...

Winter pastime focuses on fun

Winter pastime focuses on fun

Elise Riley
January 4, 2016
Filed under Winter sports

Senior Park broomball manager Luke Cichoski strides onto the playing field after winning for the first time that season. Despite only winning one game last season, Cichoski said the team thrived because of the enjoyable and laid-back environment. “We’re just a ragtag group of guys so we all just ...

Annual tournament motivates players

Annual tournament motivates players

Brigid Duffy
December 27, 2015
Filed under Winter sports

For junior captain Bauer Neudecker, spending part of the week in Duluth playing competitive hockey his favorite part of the season. For the past four years, the boys’ hockey team treks to the Heritage Center in Duluth to participate in the Heritage Holiday Classic hockey tournament Dec. 28-...

Merge unites girls’ hockey players

Merge unites girls’ hockey players

Jane Anderson
December 22, 2015
Filed under Winter sports

According to senior captain Elena Basill, the girls on the hockey team have adjusted to the merge with Hopkins and are working well together. According to Basill, the Park girls enjoy playing with the Hopkins team, which has a record of 5-4-0. “I know for sure the varsity group has meshed really...

Freshman gymnasts impact team

Freshman gymnasts impact team

Paige Steward
December 14, 2015
Filed under Winter sports

16 young, energetic gymnasts enter the gym focused and ready to accomplish their goals. As the majority of the gymnastics team, head varsity coach Gretchen Novack said the girls improve the atmosphere. “The newer girls bring a lot of fun energy to the team,” Novack said. “It's great bec...

Team maintains perfect record

Team maintains perfect record

Ethan Brown
December 9, 2015
Filed under Showcase, Winter sports

Junior Mykal Howard steps on the court each game, knowing the Orioles are protecting something — an undefeated record. The team improved its record to 5-0 after beating Hastings 80-58 Dec. 4, Howard said. “In the locker room everyone is so proud of each other,” Howard said. “We’re all so c...

Boys’ swimming to compete in first meet

Boys’ swimming to compete in first meet

Mara Bacig
December 9, 2015
Filed under Showcase, Winter sports

Boys’ swimming starts off their season with a relay meet consisting of unusual events, such as a t-shirt relay, against the entire West Metro conference. Head coach Amanda Forsberg said she believes the first week of practice solidifies how the swimmers will compete in the relay meet. “Th...

Athletes stretch to improve performance

Athletes stretch to improve performance

Sophie Yarosh
December 8, 2015
Filed under Winter sports

After injuring her knee cap early in the volleyball season, sophomore DaeBreona Byrd got back on her feet and started stretching so she could return to the court. “Eventually I will get back. (They told me to) keep working with what I have to do and what I’m told to do so that I can eventually g...

Nordic picks up after slow start

Nordic picks up after slow start

Sam Crary
December 7, 2015
Filed under Winter sports

Sophomore captain Caroline Green glides through the melting snow of a November afternoon on the Nordic team's first outing of the 2015 season. Green said the first time skiing this year excited many participants because of how long there was no snow on the ground. “We have done a lot of dryl...

Girls’ basketball dedicates time to hard work

Girls’ basketball dedicates time to hard work

Alec Pittman
December 1, 2015
Filed under Winter sports

Running in from the morning cold, the girls’ basketball players hustled to arrive on time for the first 6:30 a.m. practice. With tryouts wrapped up and the teams beginning to practice, varsity head coach Brian Massie said the players and their attitudes look promising. “We have a group o...

Team begins season with victory

Team begins season with victory

Brigid Duffy
November 25, 2015
Filed under Winter sports

The boys’ hockey team won 5-2 in its first game of the season against Orono Nov. 20, scoring early to create more opportunities on the ice. According to coach Terry Keseley, it was a big first win for the team. “In past years we have lost to Orono, or it has been a close game,and so for us t...

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