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Winter sports given the green light

 The MSHSL board voted to go ahead with the winter sports season in a meeting Oct. 1. During the meeting the board also decided to add playoffs to the fall sport season.
MSHSL votes on winter season, fall playoffs
October 16, 2020

In a virtual meeting Oct. 1, the Minnesota State High School League board unanimously voted to allow the 2020 winter sports’ season to take place. The schedule approved includes a 30% decrease in the...

Winter sports captains remain optimistic during the pandemic

Nordic captains practice Oct. 3 at Dakota Park. The team starts it's season on Nov. 30.
Teams push through challenging times
October 13, 2020

As winter sports are approaching, team captains are finding ways to hold practices while keeping their teams safe. According to senior gymnastics captain Maddie Olson, captains are maintaining strong communication...

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.
Gamers take pride in competition
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...

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.
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...

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.
Minnehaha Academy brings competition, crowds
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...

Meet the Athlete: Jordan Dolinar

Meet the Athlete: Jordan Dolinar
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...

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.
Despite the competitive nature of the position, players work together to improve
February 5, 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...

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.
Athletes perform in icy, cold meet
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...

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.
Boys preparing for tough matchup at home
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...

Cutting through the complaints: is the sports budget fair?

Cutting through the complaints: is the sports budget fair?
Fall sport's spendings go over expected amount
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...

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.
Team hopes to bring new intensity to next game
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...

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