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eSports holds meeting in preparation for spring season

Junior Angel Diaz smiles during the eSports meeting March 5. According to coach Jake Utities, the meeting was in preparation for the eSports spring season.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

March 9, 2020

Just like in athletic sports, eSports coach Jake Utities said the tenets of collaboration, perseverance and friendship are also key to eSports.  “This program gives an opportunity for those that are typically not celebrated at the school to have that opportunity, to give them that ability to b...

Meet the Athlete: Ben St. Clair

Junior Ben St. Clair practices freestyle during practice Feb. 19. St. Clair first began swimming several years ago after a series of injuries in other sports.

Gabriel Kaplan

February 20, 2020

How long have you been swimming for Park? For the high school team, this will be my fourth year. I've been swimming for around six or seven years in total. Have you played any other sports? I haven't played any other sports for high school, but when I was younger, I played hockey and soccer...

Boys’ basketball loses to top ranked team

Junior Jacob Holm guards Minnehaha Academy junior Hercy Miller. The final score of the game was 52-69.

Claire Bargman

February 16, 2020

When playing against Minnehaha Academy and its nationally ranked player Jalen Suggs, coach David Breitenbucher said the plan was to keep him away from the basket.  “We tried to have a game plan to pack it in on Jalen (Suggs) who is their best player. We wanted to focus on making him an outside ...

Meet the Athlete: Jordan Dolinar

Meet the Athlete: Jordan Dolinar

Grace Schultz

February 10, 2020

What's it like being on the gymnastics team as a freshman? It's a lot of fun, I really enjoy the sport. It's nice seeing all the girls from the team at school. I was on a team in middle school and I didn’t get to see my teammates at school. The older girls are inspiring, so it’s nice to have some...

Park’s goalie corps has teamwork at its core

Seniors Flynn Spano and William Pinney talk center ice after practice Jan. 31. Spano and Pinney spent the first portion of practice working on goalie skills.

Maggie Klaers, Ruthie Posada, and Emily Ziessman

February 6, 2020

Goalies hold a special position in hockey, according to goalie coach Dan Nispel, not only because of the necessary skills, but also the nature of the position. “Hockey goaltending is interesting because in hockey it's a skill set that none of the other players really have. The skating techniques are different, training is different and it's essent...

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...

Park looking to overtake Chanhassen

Senior Cole Ewald looks to pass the ball to his teammates Dec. 21. Park’s current record is 2-9.

Adin Zweigbaum

January 8, 2020

According to senior Aaron Ellingson, Chanhassen demands near perfection on the court, and it is crucial to eliminate any possible mistake. “I always remember (Chanhassen) is very disciplined, and they will make you pay if you make mistakes,” Ellingson said. Coach Dave Breitenbucher said Cha...

Cutting through the complaints: is the sports budget fair?

Cutting through the complaints: is the sports budget fair?

Kaia Myers and Grace Schultz

January 8, 2020

In light of complaints from athletes about their programs not receiving enough funding, the question comes down to whether there is enough money given to the athletic department, or if the budget is unevenly distributed.

Boys’ hockey loses to Minneapolis

Seniors Will Pinney and Jacob Young work to stop a shot against Minneapolis Dec. 10. Pinney has a save percentage of .887 in the 2019-2020 season, according to the Star Tribune.

Maggie Klaers, Ruthie Posada, and Emily Ziessman

December 11, 2019

After suffering a loss against Minneapolis with a final score of 3-5, coach Zach Strouts said one of the team’s most notable qualities is perseverance. “Our goaltending is one of the best in the state,” Strouts said. “One of the best things that we have is the fight level. The boys just don'...

Girls’ basketball stays positive after loss to Park Center

Senior Jordyn Turek jumps to shoot the to ball while being defended by a Park Central player. The Girls Basketball team was defeated 62-70 by Park Central Dec. 2.

Maddie Schutte and Molly Schochet

December 5, 2019

After starting off the season playing three of the top five teams in the state, coach Arsenio Richardson said the team has improved and kept its spirits high despite being defeated by Park Center. “Park Center is the number four team in the state — they are undefeated,” Richardson said.  “We...

Boys’ swim optimistic about upcoming season

Sophomore Hiro Mckee preforms the butterfly during practice Nov. 25. The team trains for its upcoming season with hopes of taking the conference title.

Tobias Khabie

November 27, 2019

The Park boys’ swim team has high hopes this year, as it is aiming to take the conference title after missing out the last few years, according to swim coach Amanda Forsberg. “I would like to try to win the conference this year, we haven't done that for a couple years. That would be a really ...

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