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Ball chasing brings new perspective

Ball chasing brings new perspective

Anna Benishek

October 10, 2019

This past summer, my parents received an email from my club soccer coach asking for girls ages 14-16 to ball chase at the new Allianz Field. At first, I was confused as to why the Minnesota United team needed a ball chaser, but I later realized it was for the U.S. Women’s National  Team. I remember wa...

Sports journalism opportunity educates, amazes

Sports journalism opportunity educates, amazes

Noah Orloff

April 10, 2019

When I originally heard the Final Four was coming to Minneapolis, I thought it would just be another event that was so close, yet so far; Super Bowl 52 being held in Minneapolis had no drastic impact on me. I soon found out that I was very far from the truth. When the opportunity to attend Ful...

Sharing culture through dance

Sharing culture through dance

Maggie Klaers

January 17, 2019

Irish dance is a staple of Irish culture and heritage — it was around way before the Riverdance tour took the world by storm. It originated as religious dancing rituals of the Celts and developed into a more disciplined sport that combined with traditional Irish music into what we see today as mode...

Dancing despite other demands

Dancing despite other demands

Katie Hardie

December 20, 2018

For me, dance has always been a priority. But this year, the hours of homework have forced me to put it on the back burner. In the beginning of dance class we have basic training and a time for conditioning. Since school has started, I’ve had to skip it and do homework instead. Basic training is the ...

Memories that keep on

Memories that keep on

Sophie Olmen

December 3, 2018

As I begin my final season of basketball for my high school career, many thoughts run through my head. I began playing the sport in kindergarten, and I have played it since. From parks and recreation, with everyone playing together, to varsity at the high school — and many teams in between. Including...

Playing through the pain

Playing through the pain

Emma Leff

November 1, 2018

At a cold, rainy soccer practice last April I remember lining up to kick a long ball. As soon as I had kicked it, I knew something was wrong. My quad was extremely tense and it hurt to walk. I tried to ignore it. Our tournament started in two days and I did not want to miss it. As I warmed up for ...

Closing down on competitive dance

Closing down on competitive dance

Rachel Salzer

October 9, 2018

At the age of 2 I went to my first dance class. I started my dance career at a studio in St. Louis Park called On Your Toes. At first I was only in recreational classes then when I turned 6 I started doing competitive dance. Being on a competition team meant more hours dancing and competing...

Lifting brings self-discipline

Lifting brings self-discipline

William Phelan

June 1, 2018

Since the beginning of high school, I have been lifting weights. I originally got into it because of my desire to gain a competitive advantage as a nordic skier. My coaches said that skiers hoping to compete on the varsity team need to start a weightlifting program, so I obeyed. Initially, it was a ...

Captains training fosters student leaders

Captains training fosters student leaders

Adam Johnson

May 21, 2018

I was selected to be the co-captain of the tennis team during my sophomore season, initially I felt ill prepared to lead my teammates many of which were upperclassmen. Despite trying my best, I struggled focussing on my responsibilities as a captain while also working to develop my game. During ...

Kicking gender standards

Kicking gender standards

Breanna Thompson

May 7, 2018

In “The Karate Kid,” like with many movies about martial arts, the main character and hero is male. Rarely are female martial artists depicted in the biggest blockbusters. When I first started karate nine years ago, I didn’t notice the gender disparity in the martial arts as I still had female ...

Fulfilling a sense of achievement

Fulfilling a sense of achievement

Alec Pittman

April 12, 2018

Times mean a lot in swimming. I used to base my achievements based solely on them, and by comparing my times with some of the most talented swimmers in the country. In early December, when I began my senior year of high school swimming, I approached the season with the same mindset that my times defi...

Supporting Park athletics, peers

Supporting Park athletics, peers

Jacob Stillman

March 15, 2018

So far this year has been an exceptional one for Park sports. A football Section championship and State appearance, a boys’ soccer conference title and Section runner-up and conference runner-ups for girls’ swimming, soccer and tennis were achieved by the fall sports teams. Success at State...

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