The Echo

Spring preview

Hannah Hein & Caroline Ahlgram, in-depth editor & entertainment editor

March 20, 2013

Athletes prepare for the spring season by stressing the fundamentals of their respective sports and building their stamina Girls' golf After losing key seniors last year, the girls’ golf team said they are focusing on rebuilding and improving upon last year’s fifth place conference standing...

Synchro plunges into new season

Ari Weinstein, News editor

March 20, 2013

Coach, girls hope to reclaim fourth place at State meet After an upsetting loss at State last year, the synchro swimmers are starting off the season with the goal to reclaim their title. Assistant coach Jessica Gust said she wants the team to place at State and gain synchro skills as well. “I’m always f...

Ralia provides athletic opportunity

Josh Anderson, Staff writer

March 20, 2013

Ralia Sports Center, located in Maple Grove, hosts indoor soccer throughout the offseason For soccer players seeking fast-paced and aggressive soccer matches during the winter months, the Ralia Sports Center offers a nearby outlet. Dean Campbell, Ralia soccer director, said the center provides many opp...

Learning from March underdogs

Grant Donad, Features editor

March 20, 2013

When I think of the month of March, three things immediately pop into my head: Shamrock Shakes, spring break and March Madness. I hate to disappoint, but I won’t be talking about how wonderful those green shakes from McDonald’s are, or how much fun I’ll be having in Florida. I want to focus instead...

Head coach to leave parkettes

Amelia Shankwitz, Staff Writer

March 19, 2013

Dance team searches for new coach in anticipation of fall season As the Parkette’s winter season comes to a close, the team’s attention turns to finding a new coach to bring them into the 2013 fall season. Former coach, Linnea Donahue, announced her resignation after the 2013 winter season a...

Hitting all the basics

Hitting all the basics

Hannah Hein, In-Depth Editor

March 15, 2013

Softball team hopes to improve performance by focusing on fundamentals Sophomore Amanda Mae Selly said she is already feeling the pressure of the new softball season as the team is working to correct mistakes from last year. Selly said before the official season began, the team was trying hard to ...

Hopes dashed after loss to Armstrong

Josh Anderson, Staff Writer

March 9, 2013

Basketball season comes to a close for Park after a 63-62 loss to Armstrong on March 5.  Students and players said they were left stunned and saddened knowing that for the 11 seniors on the team, it was their last game playing for Park. Senior varsity player Makhai Moore said he was completely shoc...

A-List Athlete: Branch Johnson

Cole Bacig, Staff Writer

February 26, 2013

Who: Branch Johnson, senior Sport: Boys’ swimming When did you start swimming? I started swimming sophomore year,  mostly because my friend wanted me too, but I’m glad I did. I wasn’t too interested at first, but I ended up liking it. Who do you look up to as a swimmer? I look up to...

Winter sports seasons come to a close

Noah Betz-Richman & Ari Weinstein, Staff Writer and News Editor

February 26, 2013

Boys' Swimming The swim team finished the season with its section meet Feb. 21-23. Senior captain Branch Johnson qualified for State in the 100-yard backstroke, and will compete March 1-2 at the University of Minnesota. The team ended the season with a record of 4-2-1. Freshman Mark Truskinovsky sai...

Boys’ basketball aims for postseason wins

Sarah Brandt, Editor in Chief

February 26, 2013

Team hopes to utilize  seniors’ talent to advance to State competition Senior Kashif Hayes hit the milestone 1,000 point mark in a game against Totino-Grace Jan. 29, but his goals for his last varsity season did not stop there. “I want to go to State so badly,” Hayes said. “It’s the only...

Boys’ tennis kickstarts spring training

Gabe Bichinho, Staff Writer

February 24, 2013

Reigning North Suburban Conference champions begin preseason captain’s practices at Lifetime Fitness   After suffering an injury when he dislocated his foot playing basketball, junior Jose Leon feared for his ability to participate in athletic activities come tennis season in the springtime. However, his slow comeback has also gr...

Boys’ golf swings into new season

Boys’ golf swings into new season

Sten Johnson, Staff Writer

February 24, 2013

Team is confident in future at captain's practices commence   Despite losing two seniors, including triple state competitor Matt Cichoski, Park boys’ golf captain Nolan Rockers said he is looking forward towards improvements. “This season will be a young team and I am looking forwar...

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