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COVID-19 strips away my last track and field season

COVID-19 strips away my last track and field season

Carissa Prestholdt

May 18, 2020

As soon as Gov. Tim Walz decided to temporarily close all schools March 18, I knew my senior year track season was not going to be normal.  After running track and field at the high school since the eighth grade, there was a possibility of my last season being cancelled. For a while, I still had...

Anna Keith honored with Athena Award

Senior Anna Keith competes in the five-kilometer race at the Roy Griak Invitational Sep 28. The Athena Award honors outstanding female high school senior student athletes.

Tenzin Gyaldatsang

May 18, 2020

Every year, an outstanding female high school student athlete is awarded the Athena Award, and when senior Anna Keith found out she had won the award, she said she was excited. “Honestly, I was surprised. I thought personally I wouldn't be the one winning. I thought it would be other girls winnin...

Athletic passions continue despite COVID-19 pandemic

Sophomore Henry Nelson runs in the Metro West conference championships. Nelson finished the 5 kilometer race with a time of 19:16.

Henry Nelson

April 8, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus spread throughout the world, I was immediately concerned about my track and field season and if it was still going to take place. Throughout the school year, I had been looking forward to this year’s season. I had previously joined the Nordic skiing team, in order to prepare an...

eSports teams compete from home

eSports coach Jake Utities points during the eSports meeting for the spring season March 5. Utities is a tournament organizer for Minnesota Varsity League's State championship, which moved online for League of Legends and Overwatch because of COVID-19.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

March 17, 2020

With two substitutes filling in for absent players, senior Joseph Lindstrom said he was satisfied with the team's play at the online-championship that resulted in a loss against Wayzata in the inaugural season of Minnesota Varsity League. “It was just difficult because we had two people that were sub...

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 ...

Student Council holds dodgeball tournament for Sno Daze Week

Junior Marissa Boettcher prepares for a throw at the Sno Daze Dodgeball Tournament. The tournament was held on Feb. 18

Tenzin Gyaldatsang and Adam Gips

February 19, 2020

After participating in the Sno Daze dodgeball tournament Feb. 18, sophomore Freya Wade said she enjoyed the event because of the enthusiasm and overall joy for the game. “I liked the competitiveness and how we all took it seriously and how we just had fun at the end of the day,” Wade said. Studen...

Aquafins performance recognizes seniors

Seniors Ella Hammerstrand and Mia Miller perform a pop-up during Aquafins show Feb. 8. The annual Minnesota Aquafins show consisted of 17 performances from all age groups.

Grace Schultz

February 9, 2020

Reflecting on her favorite part of the team, senior Annie Breyak said Aquafins has connected her with people she admires.  "All of the people and friends I've made and all of my coaches are such good role models, so it's really nice having them in my life," Breyak said. Aquafins, St. Louis Pa...

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 ...

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...

Concussions prompt football retirement

Concussions prompt football retirement

Adin Zweigbaum

January 22, 2020

My hand shakes as I click the arrow and send, ending my football career forever. There were a lot of factors that played into this decision, however, the primary reason for quitting football was the fact that the risk was far greater than the reward. As a person who has suffered two traumatic head injur...

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