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Meet the athlete: Brody Illstrup

Brigid Duffy

April 27, 2015


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Who: Brody Illstrup Sport: Lacrosse How long have you played lacrosse? I started playing in the third grade. This upcoming year will be my eighth year playing. Why did you start playing? My brother started playing when he was a sophomore in high school, which got me interested in the sport. What...

Meet the athlete: Abby Melbye

Meet the athlete: Abby Melbye

Jackson Eilers

March 14, 2015


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Who: Abby Melbye Sport: Dance How long have you been dancing? I did some dancing at PSI from second to sixth grade and some other dance classes here and there, but I’ve been dancing with the Minneapolis Performing Arts Center since January. What do you do during a regular practice? We start with stretching and t...

Meet the athlete: Conor Klaers

Meet the athlete: Conor Klaers

Josh Mesick

February 24, 2015


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Who: Conor Klaers Sport: Hockey When did you start playing hockey? I started skating as soon as I could walk; some of my first memories have been on the pond. Who’s been your biggest mentor in the game? My dad played goalie in college and has been the SLP association go...

Meet the athlete

Meet the athlete

Neda Salamzadeh

January 29, 2015


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Who: Hannah Holmquist Sport: Gymnastics How long have you been on the varsity gymnastics team, and why did you initially join? I have been on the team since seventh grade but I started gymnastics when I was 2 years old. I enjoy it, because it’s a good workout. It’s fun ...

Meet the athlete: Ryan Domres

Meet the athlete: Ryan Domres

Sari Hattis

December 18, 2014


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Who: Ryan Domres Sport: Basketball When and why did you start playing? I’ve been playing basketball since third grade and started playing competitively in fifth grade. What position do you play? I’m center; I’m the big man and I shoot baskets. What is the most difficult part of being one of the few underclassman on the varsity basketball team? There are a few of us on there and proba...

Meet the athlete: Logan Romero

Zoë Eilers

November 3, 2014


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Who: Sophomore Logan Romero Sport: Football How long have you played football and when did you start playing? For seven years, and I started playing in the third grade, but I took off a year in the eighth grade. What made you want to start playing? I have watched football since...

Meet the Athlete: Rafferty Kugler

Meet the Athlete: Rafferty Kugler

Abby Hickstein

September 27, 2014


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Who: Rafferty Kugler Sport: Soccer Why did you start playing soccer? It’s fun, you get to meet new people, and I like to exercise. It’s fun to play with my friends, and I’m kind of competitive. How long have you played/when did you start? I started when I was like 5, ...

Meet the athlete: senior Carlos Siguenza

Meet the athlete: senior Carlos Siguenza

Josh Anderson

June 1, 2014


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When did you start playing lacrosse, and why? I started playing lacrosse in seventh grade when one of my hockey friends asked if I wanted to play with him. I decided that since I didn’t have anything else going on in the spring, I would give it a try.   Why did you decide to continue playing lacrosse throughout high school? As soon as I sta...

Meet the athlete; Ruby Lorreto

Meet the athlete; Ruby Lorreto

Kaylee Chamberlain

April 30, 2014


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When did you start running track? I started running track for the first time at the end of March this year.   What events do you run? I’m doing long distance. I’ll most likely be doing the 800 and 1 mile runs. So far I’ve only ran the 800, but I think I’ll be running th...

Pole vaulter raises the bar

John Kinney

March 27, 2014


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As junior captain Gabe Pimsler prepares to vault over a bar ten feet in the air, only one thought goes through his head. “My biggest fear is falling back onto the runway,” he said. “But there’s a lot of pressure from the outside, so I just have to do it.” It is this kind of mentality that he...

Meet the Athlete

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...

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