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Sections performance inspires Nordic team

Sections performance inspires Nordic team

Kaia Myers

February 5, 2019


Filed under Winter sports

Junior captain Rakesh Plantz said he was pleased with how the Nordic team skied at Sections. “I think our team did really well, considering the circumstances. It wasn’t the best conditions for the actual meet, but both teams finished sixth, and we did have one boy who got to state ... so I’m ...

The costs of winter sports

The costs of winter sports

January 16, 2019


Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

The different sports played at Park in the winter have a wide variety of equipment with differing prices. Girls' gymnastics costs the least with gymnasts paying for warmups, leotards and grips according to freshman Sophia Romero. Hockey is on the opposite end of the spectrum with players buying pads,...

Skiers compete at first meet after break

Skiers compete at first meet after break

Kaia Myers

January 11, 2019


Filed under Winter sports

According to sophomore Maya Lee, the Nordic team had a successful first meet back after winter break. “Everyone seems to be doing really well and (our) technique seemed good. Everyone seems pretty happy with how they did,” Lee said. “I feel like I did alright. I wasn’t feeling as good as ...

Nordic competes at largest ski meet in the country

Nordic competes at largest ski meet in the country

Kaia Myers

January 9, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Winter sports

According to Nordic head coach Doug Peterson, the team’s latest meet last weekend in Mesabi, MN drew competition from across the United States. It is the biggest Nordic race for high schoolers in the nation. The top ten skiers from both the girls’ and boys’ teams were selected to compete at thi...

Nordic ski performs well at first classic meet

Nordic ski performs well at first classic meet

Kaia Myers

December 22, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Winter sports

Nordic coach Kaitlyn Lindaman said the team skied really well despite the icy course conditions. Due to these conditions, the skiers had to use their poles to propel them forward instead of a skiing motion. “I know there were some nerves going into the race because the conditions are obviously n...

Senior tries out for Junior Nationals

Senior tries out for Junior Nationals

Kaia Myers

December 18, 2018


Filed under Winter sports

Senior Nordic captain Cece Schmelzle said she is trying out for the 2019 Junior National Cross Country Championships team. “People from the different divisions compete to try out and make their Nationals teams. (The tryout process) entails four weekends of racing in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. ...

Nordic Ski races in first 5k of the season

Nordic Ski races in first 5k of the season

Kaia Myers

December 16, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Winter sports

The Nordic team had their first 5k Metro West skate race on Dec. 13 at Hyland Park. Sophomore Olivia Etz said the longer distance gave the skiers an opportunity to work on pacing themselves as opposed to faster skiing.   “It was definitely harder than our last race, which was shorter. It was sh...

First Nordic meet cancelled

First Nordic meet cancelled

Kaia Myers

December 3, 2018


Filed under Winter sports

Nordic Ski’s first meet of the season, scheduled for Nov. 29, was cancelled. Co-head coach John Dyste said the race had traditionally been scheduled at this time every year with the stipulation that, if it doesn’t snow, it’ll be a running meet. “If we had snow, this wouldn't be a running r...

Nordic Ski looks forward to an eventful season

Nordic Ski looks forward to an eventful season

Kaia Myers

November 20, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Winter sports

According to Nordic Ski head coach Doug Peterson, the team is diligently working toward their goals, which includes state for some skiers. “I believe that the team is going to be competitive because they look like they are pretty hard workers and have pretty good character,” Peterson said. “I th...

Junior speeds toward State

Junior speeds toward State

Abby Intveld and Ndunzi Kunsunga

February 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Winter sports

Waiting anxiously for her results at nordic Sections Feb. 5, junior Cecelia Schmelzle said she was excited when she found out she qualified for State. “It was close. I didn’t know right away if I made it or not, so I had to wait a little bit,” Schmelzle said. “I’m really excited. I’ve worked r...

Seasonal sport competes despite no snow

Seasonal sport competes despite no snow

Ndunzi Kunsunga and Abby Intveld

December 8, 2017


Filed under Sports, Winter sports

Nordic senior captain Annie Van Pilsum-Johnson said she and her teammates train daily while waiting for the advent snow signaling the season to kick into gear. “We practice every day and then once snow comes, we’ll sometimes have Saturday practices as well,” Van Pilsum-Johnson said. “We’l...

Meet the Athlete: Cyrus Abrahamson

Meet the Athlete: Cyrus Abrahamson

Alec Pittman and Atticus Raasch

March 6, 2017


Filed under Uncategorized

When did you first start skiing? What drew you to it? “I began skiing in eighth grade after I had been introduced to the sport in fifth grade when we went on a field trip. It’s super fun and relaxing. You'll be out there and there's no pressure to always compete super hard.” How do you thi...

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