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Lack of coach affects athletes

Nordic coach Doug Peterson speaks to skiers during a meeting Jan. 31. Peterson has been coaching for about 25 years.

Sam Swisher

February 4, 2020

After going unfilled this year, the fourth coaching position on Park’s Nordic team made junior and captain Danny Walsh realize the lack of coaches has an effect on the team's performance.  “It definitely has affected the team's season because the team is so big, it's difficult for everyone on the ...

Hopkins/Park ends regular season with loss to Edina

Junior Erin Brousseau battles in the goal crease against Edina goalie junior Sarah Swann Feb. 1. Brousseau has scored 15 goals and made four assists in the regular 2019-2020 season, with a total of 19 points.

Anna Benishek

February 2, 2020

Senior and captain Sarah McCallon said her team put forth a great deal of effort during their final game of the regular season.  “Although it may not have reflected on the scoreboard, I think that overall it was a hard-fought battle,” McCallon said.  Junior and captain Erin Brousseau said ...

Park scores a victory after 14 years

Junior Faith Johnson looks to pass the ball to one of her teammates. Park won against Robbinsdale Cooper 77-73 Jan. 30.

Sofia Seewald

February 1, 2020

After years of losses, junior and captain Kendall Coley said Park girls’ basketball fought hard to finally break its losing streak to Robbinsdale Cooper.  “We really came out in the second half and they came back on a run (and) tied up the game, but in the end we were the ones who played str...

Nordic team places in Conference meet

Sophomore Victoria Schmelzle skis downhill Jan. 7 at Theodore Wirth Park. At the Metro West Classic Dual meet, the girls placed third out of nine teams and the boys placed sixth out of nine teams. According to head coach Doug Peterson, the dual prepared the athletes for the conference meet Jan. 29.

Sofie Geretz

January 31, 2020

According to coach Pat Hartman, his favorite part of the Conference meet was seeing the girls’ team finish strong in their skate race. “I think the girls’ finishes in the skate section of the race were really good and that was pretty fun to watch,” Hartman said. According to sophomore Da...

Unexpected growth in Nordic program causes complications

Photo Illustration by Ayelet Prottas. Nordic coach John Dyste retrieved his Class B bus drivers license to drive the Nordic team to and from practice every day. Dyste got his license because there was a shortage of bus drivers.

Samantha Klepfer

January 31, 2020

As the Nordic ski team kicked of their season, they were faced with a problem: one bus did not fit all 81 skiers. According to coach John Dyste, the teams’ practices ended up being canceled because they couldn’t fit everyone. “We canceled going anywhere (for practice) one day,” Dyste said. “We h...

Boys’ basketball pulls off a buzzer beater win

Junior Paris Johnson dribbles down the court to score Jan. 30. Johnson scored the game winning point against Robinsdale Cooper 63-61.

Sadie Yarosh

January 31, 2020

Overcome with excitement and joy, senior Aaron Ellingson said he felt happy after a buzzer beater shot by junior Paris Johnson, giving Park its victory.  “That was crazy. I knew coming out of his release it looked good and I was just hoping it would go in. Just a crazy ending,” Ellingson said...

Park boys’ swimming finishes regular season undefeated

Junior Jason Chu swims the 200 yard medley relay Jan 30. The meet against Jefferson concluded the boys’ swimming season.

Tobias Khabie

January 31, 2020

While finishing the regular season undefeated brings excitement to the boys’ swim team, senior Brandon Bohanon said he experienced some sadness as this marks the class of 2020’s final regular season meet. “I feel sad that it's all over now and I'm not gonna be able to swim with these guys an...

Park falls to Bloomington

Freshman Ella Wasvick performs her beam routine Jan. 28 at Central Community Center. The gymnastics team lost their meet against Bloomington with a score of 124.8.

Talia Lissauer

January 29, 2020

Watching her teammates perform their floor routines and show off the skills they have been practicing is the best part of every meet, according to junior and captain Rachel Stein. “I always think the biggest event is floor just because it's really fun to watch everybody show what they can do and d...

Nordic team persists in harsh weather

Junior Max Gohman races in the classic meet at Elm Creek Jan. 24. Park boys' varsity placed third with a score of 242.

Sofie Geretz

January 27, 2020

Reflecting on a colder than average meet, senior Ella Hammerstrand said the Nordic team persisted and worked hard throughout the race. “It was super cold and we didn't even know if we were going to race because it was so cold,” Hammerstrand said. “But everyone went out there and gave it their al...

Hockey player takes over Instagram account

Junior McCabe Dvorak skates toward the puck during the Eastview game Jan 2. Dvorak is currently running the Boys' Hockey team instagram which has recently gained popularity.

Anna Benishek

January 27, 2020

According to Junior McCabe Dvorak, he took over the boys’ hockey instagram account because he wanted to give followers an inside look of the Park hockey team.  “Before the season I asked if I could run it because I feel like I could put more on it and show more and behind the scenes stuff,” D...

Hopkins/Park falls to Wayzata

Junior Abby Meyer fights to gain control of the puck Jan. 25. Wayzata defeated Hopkins/Park 7-0.

Anna Benishek

January 27, 2020

According to senior Anna Nicholls, the level of competition in the first period of the Hopkins/Park game against Wayzata was the team's best performance yet.  “Our first period was definitely one of the best periods we’ve played all season. We came out thinking we had this game in the bag (b...

Boys’ swim recovers after busy week

Sophomore Asher Danicic swims the 100-yard breast stroke Jan 16. Their next meet is Jan. 23 against Robbinsdale Cooper at Plymouth Middle School.

Tobias Khabie

January 22, 2020

According to sophomore Zachary Nathan, the boys’ swim team has been drained by a week of three meets. “I think we're all a bit tired. It's been a rough week,” Nathan said.  The team had meets Jan. 14 and Jan. 16, along with an all-varsity meet Jan. 18, where varsity swimmers from across the...

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