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The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Senior Brady Walsh gets handed the ball during the sections semifinal at Hopkins March 8. Park lost the game 55-64.

Season ends in a royal fall

Oliver Smith, Henry Harper, and Harris Keekley March 14, 2022

As the last seconds ticked off the clock and the season came to a close, senior Evan Donesky said he reflected on his basketball career, having played with many of his teammates since middle school. Donsky...

Senior Andre Barajas swims the 500 yard freestyle March 5. Barajas made it to the podium, placing 8th in the state.

Boys swimming finishes season at State

Lilia Gonzalez and Najma Hussein March 8, 2022

The Boys swim team made it to Class AA Finals which took place March 4 and 5 at Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. It was a success for the team, with two out of three swimmers competing in the championships. According...

Echo File Photo by Carissa Prestholdt

Victoria Schmelzle receives Athena Award

Abby Bartleson March 7, 2022

When senior Victoria Schmelzle found out she had won the Athena award, she was proud of herself because her hard work paid off.  Every year, a high school student athlete is presented with the Athena...

Senior Selam Maher passes the ball after being pushed to the ground March 5. Maher was the only senior on the team this season.

Wayzata win ends Orioles’ season

Molly Schochet March 7, 2022

Senior Selam Maher held back tears as the buzzer went off, marking the end to her final game of her high school career . While the team's loss marked an end to a chapter in her life, Maher said she...

Sophomore Evelyn Schmitz drives towards the basket March 2. Park won against Robinsdale Cooper 71-54.

Girls’ basketball triumphs over Cooper in Sections

Spectators stood up and cheered as the game ended with a 71-54 win for Park. Junior Shantell Harden said she was glad the team made it to Sections, since it was an excellent chance to compete against a...

Boys swimming places second in section finals

Lilia Gonzalez March 3, 2022

Park achieved its goal of getting second place at section finals Feb. 26 despite high competition and no diving points, according to senior captain Andre Barajas. “(It’s) already a pretty hard...

Senior Will Dvorak shoots a free throw during the second half of the game March 1. Dvorak had 17 points.

Park defeated by Chaska

Tenzin Gyaldatsang March 3, 2022

Down by nine with two minutes left, senior Evan Donesky threw up a three-point shot from the far-right wing. Despite being heavily contested, the ball clattered into the rim, cutting down Chaska’s lead...

Juniors Isabel Nathan and Greta Runyon compete for who can get the disc Feb. 19. Girls Ultimates next practice will be held March 2.

Girls’ Ultimate flies to the sky

Jordyn Deschamps, Sarah Kluckhohn, and Anya Panday March 1, 2022

As the girls are gearing up headstrong for the incoming ultimate season, senior Natashia Johannes said she feels the extra practice helps to gain interest for the team and for the girls to work on skills,...

8th grader Kaylee Crump skates her way to the finish at the state meet Feb. 17. Crump finished in 102nd place.

Nordic seizes the day

Sophia Curran-Moore, Lily Nugteren, and Mya Stanberry February 24, 2022

Park has some new awards to display on its shelves. After excelling in Sections last week, the girls’ nordic team qualified for the state tournament. The team finished the meet in fourth place and according...

Park students attend a boys basketball game against Waconia on Feb. 18. There has been less fans present at girls sporting events.

Fan disparity impacts athletes

Elena Ortiz-Fishman and Danny Shope February 24, 2022

Surrounded by countless empty bleachers at basketball games, senior Selam Maher said the lack of fans at girls’ games has been alienating.  “It's completely opposite. Girls’ games and gyms are...

Junior Rachel Katzovitz skis at sections Feb. 10. The girls Nordic team qualified for the State meet for the first time since 2004.

Nordic victorious at Sections

Lily Nugteren, Sophia Curran-Moore, and Mya Stanberry February 13, 2022

After a long day of competing against other schools in the area, Park’s nordic team was tremendously successful at Sections, according to sophomore Jersey Miller. “Finally getting to be at that...

Senior Shantell Harden drives towards the basket for a layup Feb. 11. Masks are not required for athletes while actively playing in a practice or game.

Girls’ basketball loses to Orono

Ivan Zank, Ari Lissauer, and Colin Canaday February 13, 2022

Falling to Orono Feb. 11 with a final score of 74-41, coach Arsenio Richardson said that a lack of intensity contributed to the loss. “I thought we were going to be able to compete better,”...

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