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Sports apparel prices lead to student doubt

Juniors Eastyn Samoy and Max Wyatt wear their baseball and hockey apparel March 13. Apparel items for sports have been priced high recently, causing athletes to turn away from purchasing sports apparel.

Adam Gips and Tenzin Gyaldatsang

March 13, 2020

Recently, student athletes have had to contemplate whether to buy overpriced apparel to show support for their teams. Sophomore Danny Shope said sports apparel is beneficial for team bonding, but is sometimes overpriced. “One of the main objectives of sports apparel is to unify the team, and if ...

Junior competes in Nordic State meet

Junior Danny Walsh competes in the Nordic State meet Feb. 14. Walsh participated in the freestyle and classic pursuit races.

Sofie Geretz

February 23, 2020

Reflecting on his performance at State for Nordic, junior Danny Walsh said the races were difficult because of the amount of competition. “It went okay, I didn't do as well as I was hoping, but it was all around a solid race,” Walsh said. "Every second basically, someone else places, so it's just...

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 ...

Nordic skiers put to work at Theodore Wirth Park Trailhead

Sophomore Adam Gips helps a girl off the tow rope at the Theodore Wirth Trailhead-Park tubing hill. Gips works at the hill alongside sophomores Tait Myers and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Sofia Seewald

February 4, 2020

With the Nordic team practicing daily at Theodore Wirth Park Trailhead, sophomore Ryan Fitzpatrick said he decided to spend a few extra hours at the tubing hill to make some money. “Since I’m on the Nordic skiing team, I’m there every single day. It’s an easy commute,” Fitzpatrick said. ...

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...

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...

Nordic competes in large, joint meet

Sophomore Ryan Fitzpatrick double poles at the start of the five kilometer race 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.

Sofie Geretz

January 8, 2020

After racing in a Nordic race with significantly more competition than usual, junior and captain Danny Walsh said the stakes were much higher than average meets. “This was the joint meet with Minneapolis, so a lot more people were in each heat and it was kind of hectic the first half of the race...

Nordic skis in Loppet Invite

Sophomore Tait Myers races downhill in a classic ski race Jan. 4 at the Loppet High School Invite at Theodore Wirth Park. Myers and his relay partner senior Rakesh Plantz placed ninth in the boys' classic relay competition and the boys' team placed eighth overall.

Sofie Geretz

January 5, 2020

After cheering on her teammates, senior and captain Maggie Klein said the race was different than usual because the team competed in relays. “This meet is unique because there were relays, (which) we’ve never done before,” Klein said. “Normally, we stick with one style for an entire meet, s...

Nordic goes on annual winter ski trip

Junior Danny Walsh double poles at the start of the Metro West Classic race Dec. 16 at Hyland Park Reserve. The ski team went to Giants Ridge Ski Resort Dec. 26-28 to train for future meets.

Sofie Geretz

December 31, 2019

Junior Max Gohman said the ski trip at Giants Ridge aids athletes in preparation for the upcoming State meet and brings together the team. “The winter trip is at Giants Ridge, near Biwabik in northern Minnesota where the State meet is,” Gohman said. “It's good practice for those who are doing...

Science teacher coaches Nordic for the first time

Nordic skiing coach Patrick Hartman helps instruct athletes on how to wax their skis while practicing Dec. 16 at the Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails. Waxing skis helps to keep skis in prime condition as well as improve smooth skiing on the course.

Maria Perez Barriga

December 17, 2019

Excited to have science teacher Pat Hartman coach Nordic, junior Ivy Houts said having an additional coach for the team has made a positive impact on Nordic.  “It's really helpful to have another coach, especially one that knows what he is doing and (can) help new skiers. He is a great addition to ...

Nordic begins strength and conditioning

Junior Josh Krueger and senior Maggie Klein lift weights at strength training Dec. 4. Nordic has morning lifting with strength coach Jessica Gust Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7–7:30 a.m.

Sofie Geretz

December 6, 2019

According to senior and Nordic captain David Klein, strength and conditioning is pivotal to the quality of a season. “We started doing the strength training program because Nordic is a very, very intense physical sport,” Klein said. “If you're not working the right muscles and you're not workin...

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