The Echo

Nordic skiers stride into season

Josh Mesick

December 15, 2013

While some may associate falling snow and dropping temperatures with a cozy fire and cup of cocoa, the nordic ski team has already started waxing and practicing in anticipation of hitting the trails. This year the boys’ varsity team is ranked fourth in the state for the pre-season and head coach D...

Juniors dominate the varsity team

Juniors dominate the varsity team

Amira Warren

December 11, 2013

Last year’s boys’ basketball team accomplished a 20-6 record, which hasn’t happened in  over 30 years. Of last year’s team, 11 seniors graduated. Therefore, this year’s team consists mostly of juniors and underclassman, along with one senior. The team is trying to stay positive as the season...

Girls’ head volleyball coach resigns

Girls’ head volleyball coach resigns

Suh Koller

December 11, 2013

Only weeks after their season ended, some players were shocked when athletic director Andy Ewald told   them their head coach resigned. Girls’ volleyball head coach Mark Nelson met with Ewald for a postseason meeting Nov. 13. Ewald cited data privacy policies as the reason he could not comment....

Youth raise the pace with 5K fun runs for charity

Youth raise the pace with 5K fun runs for charity

John Kinney

December 11, 2013

Running long distances has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, but never before have organized races been as popular with young adults, according to a Oct. 2013 study. The study, conducted by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, more young adults are participating in...

Meet the Athlete: Molly Mintz

Meet the Athlete: Molly Mintz

Sten Johnson

December 11, 2013

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...

Preparing to jump into the new season

Preparing to jump into the new season

Suh Koller

November 13, 2013

After three high schools left their conference, the gymnastics team will compete with only three other schools, Columbia Heights, Irondale/Spring Lake Park and St. Anthony. According to head coach Gretchen Vandeputte, the coaches of the remaining schools have decided to elongate the gymnastics season...

Benilde’s placement evokes reaction

Noah Betz-Richman and Erin Wells

November 13, 2013

The decision to keep Benilde St. Margaret’s in the Metro-West Conference will have differing impacts on Park athletics. Senior soccer captain Luke VonEschen said the strong history of competition against Benilde makes its team an exciting opponent. “It’s a rivalry we’ve always had, so the...

Meet the Athlete: Ben Takata

Meet the Athlete: Ben Takata

Maddy Bremner

November 13, 2013

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...

Boys’ hockey gains experienced coach

Boys’ hockey gains experienced coach

Noa Raasch

November 13, 2013

Terry Keseley replaced Shjon Podein as head coach of the Park boys’ varsity hockey and gives players a chance to start the season with a new outlook. Last season, varsity was 4-20 according to mnhockeyhub.com. With its new coach the team members hope their outcome will be more successful with...

Gene found in some power athletes

Gene found in some power athletes

Natalie Vig

November 13, 2013

If at first a sport seems daunting it may just not be in your genes. According to a study that found certain power athletes  are more likely to have a genetic variance than other types of athletes. Research conducted by Dr. Pawe Cieszczyk at the University of Szczecin, Poland concluded a polymorphism,...

Girls’ hockey opens season

Girls’ hockey opens season

Maddy Bremner

November 12, 2013

After a tough last season, the St. Louis Park girls hockey team is looking to build basic skills and team chemistry to improve. The 2012 season ended with a record of 4-2-20. Senior Captain Molly Arntson said she thinks the team has potential to see considerable improvement this season.“We want t...

Park football’s section run ends quickly

Park football’s section run ends quickly

Josh Mesick

October 24, 2013

After a season of preparation for the games that could take the Orioles to the championship, the team was unable to progress past the first round. Entering the first sections game with a winless regular season record of 0-8, Park football was playing with nothing on the line according to junior Dunca...

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