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Soccer captain to play in Germany

Soccer captain to play in Germany

Tamar Gewirtz

November 6, 2018

This coming winter, senior soccer player Zinedine Kroeten will be going off to Germany to play for soccer team Werderbrenem. According to Kroeten, this opportunity arose only recently. “I went to guest play for this team in Chicago. I did really well there, so the coach of the team showed the videos of...

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 ...

Boys’ soccer wins second section game

Boys’ soccer wins second section game

Claire Bargman

October 13, 2018

Senior Sam Diamond said Park boys’ soccer has an upper hand on other schools because the whole team can control the ball with great skill. “Every single player on our team is just really good on the ball, and you don't find that in too many high school teams so I think that’s probably our biggest...

Girls’ soccer looks to improve season

Girls’ soccer looks to improve season

Nolan Kelly and Ella Hammerstrand

October 1, 2018

The girls’ varsity soccer team aims to fill the gap left by recently graduated seniors by becoming more comfortable with newer and younger players, according to assistant coach Brad Brubaker. Brubaker said the team felt accomplished with its defensive performance after its first game against Chaska , b...

Senior commits to run collegiate track

Senior commits to run collegiate track

Nicole Sanford

April 30, 2018

Senior Abati Dedefo said while being a multi-sport athlete as a track runner and soccer player, he chose to continue running track at the collegiate level because he believes it offers him the most potential. “To be honest, I grew up playing soccer, and soccer is fun, (but) then I just decided...

Boys’ varsity soccer reflects on improvement

Boys’ varsity soccer reflects on improvement

Tjessa Arradondo

November 16, 2017

According to assistant coach Pat Hartman, the boys’ varsity soccer team has come a long way since losing its first two games this fall. “We have really skilled players, but I think one of the biggest things was our team unity was really high this year. It wasn't about being an individual scoring...

Junior captain awarded high honor

Junior captain awarded high honor

Jenna Cook

November 8, 2017

Junior captain Zinedine Kroeten said although being named to Minnesota’s second All-State team is an honor, he doesn’t play soccer for the awards. “I’ve just been playing my whole life,” Kroeten said. “I play it because I love it, and I don’t play for awards.” According to Kroeten, ...

Boys’ soccer moves toward improvement

Boys’ soccer moves toward improvement

Jenna Cook

September 28, 2017

Park’s varsity boys’ soccer team pulled quickly ahead of Bloomington Jefferson Sept. 26, finishing the game with a 3-1 score in their favor after Jefferson scored the first goal. The team has been on a winning streak since their tie with Chanhassen Sept 14. According to mnsoccerhub.com, Park’s...

Meet the Athlete: Rosa Rut Sigrunardottir

Meet the Athlete: Rosa Rut Sigrunardottir

Amaia Barajas

September 28, 2017

When did you start playing? I started playing soccer when I was 7 years old and two years ago I took a break. When I came here, I thought it would be a great opportunity to (start playing again). How is soccer in Iceland different than soccer in the U.S.? We don’t have high school soccer (in Iceland), we just pr...

Athletes take a stand by kneeling down

Athletes take a stand by kneeling down

Mimi Fhima

September 26, 2017

Frustrated and teary-eyed after taking a knee during the national anthem at the girls’ soccer game Monday night, senior foreign exchange student and player Rosa Sigrunardottir said she felt this protest was necessary. “Coming to America from Iceland and seeing all of the kids here — it’s hard. Everyo...

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