Sports schedule for: Dec 25 – Jan 6

For  a full calendar of events please refer to:

Winter Sports: Co-ed Nordic Ski, Adapted Floor Hockey, Gymnastics, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Boys Swimming, Danceline, Cheerleading, Alpine Ski

Activities the Week of December 25-30

Mon. Dec. 25:

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday Dec. 26:

Wed. Dec. 27:

  • Boys C-Squad & JV  1:10 & 3pm Basketball @ Tartan 12 & 2:20pm (11/4pm)
  • Boys Varsity Hockey Tournament vs. Austin @ Waseca Community Arena 7pm (Bus 3:30pm/9pm)
  • Co-Ed Nordic Ski @ Battle Creek Rec. Center 10am (Bus 8:30/11:30am)

Thurs. Dec. 28:

  • Girls ‘Blades’ Varsity Hockey Tournament @ Schwan Super Rink/Blaine 3pm  (Bus 1/4:45pm)
  • Boys Varsity Hockey Tournament vs. LaCrescent-Hokah @ Waseca Community Arena 2pm (Bus 11/4pm)
  • Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament @ St. Agnes 5pm (Bus 4/7:30pm)

Fri. Dec. 29

  • Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament @ St. Agnes TBD
  • Girls ‘Blades’ Varsity Hockey Tournament @ Blaine Super Rink TBD
  • Boys Varsity Hockey Tournament vs. Waseca @ Waseca Community Arena 7pm (Bus 3:30/9pm)

Sat. Dec. 30:

  • Girls ‘Blades’ Varsity Hockey Tournament @ Blaine Super Rink TBD

Activities the Week of Jan. 1-6

 Monday Jan 1:
Happy New Year!
 Tuesday Jan 2:
  • Co-Ed Nordic Ski @ Kenwood Trail (Bus 2/5pm)

Wednesday Jan. 3:

 School resumes
 Thursday Jan. 4:
  •  Co-Ed Nordic Ski Varsity Meet @ Hyland Hills Ski Area  (Bus 2:20/5pm)
  • Boys Swim/ Dive Meet @ Humboldt 5pm (Bus 3/6:45pm)
  • Girls Basketball vs. Breck @ HP JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm
  • Boys Basketball @ Holy Angels C-Squad & JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 4:30/8:30pm)
 Friday Jan. 5:
  •  Girls Basketball vs. Como @ HP  C-Squad 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm
  • Boys Varsity Hockey vs. Becker/ Big Lake Eagles @ Princeton Ice Arena 7pm (Bus 4:30/9pm)
Saturday Jan.6:
  •  Co-Ed Nordic Ski @ Theo Wirth Park 9am (Bus 7:30/12:30pm)
  • Gymnastics @ Park Center Invite 11am
  • Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. St. Peter @ Phalen Arena 1pm
  • Boys Swim/Dive Maroon & Gold Invite @ U of M Aquatic Center

Christmas movies to watch

It is finally December. I don’t know about you, but the minute November 1st started, I began listening to Christmas music and stringing up lights. I love Christmas. In my opinion, there is no better holiday. And what goes best with Christmas? Christmas movies! There is a long list of films that people around the world enjoy; almost too many to ever see. But here are some of my all time favorites:

1. Elf (2003)

Elf is a story about a grown man raised as an elf in Santa’s workshop. When he finds out the truth about his background, he travels to New York City to find his real family.

Elf is Will Ferrell at his best. He is lovably innocent and captures how many feel about Christmas at heart. While it is PG, there are plenty of adult jokes snuck into the script that make this movie enjoyable for all ages. As with any christmas movie, this film goes best with friends, family, and a whole lot of laughs.

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2. Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually is an intermingling of stories surrounding Christmas time. As you watch the film, you begin to find the distinct story lines. It is all about how people find love during the holiday seasons. It is rated R, so be sure to ask your parents before watching this and there are quite a few scenes you may have to close your eyes during. However, the overall message of the film is that love surrounds us no matter where we are, and to embrace it. This is absolutely one of the best Christmas movies ever made.

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3. A Christmas Carol (1984)

There have been plenty of different versions of A Christmas Carol made in history. This one, however, is my personal favorite. It encompasses the joyful, yet also sorrowful, spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge. I remember watching this with my grandmother and being eternally freaked out yet also intrigued and in love. It is a wonderful movie to pass on through the generations and learn lessons from.

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4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

There is a live action and cartoon version of this movie. Both are good, but Jim Carrey’s ability to live out the Grinch to the fullest has me watching this movie every year. His unscripted and crazy nature keeps you on your toes, all while he plays out the infamous story of a Christmas hating Who. I have endlessly enjoyed this film and the cinematography and makeup is unbeatable.

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5. Meet Me in St Louis (1944)

This is the ultimate Christmas movie from the past. The classic song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” comes from this movie. Judy Garland shines as a wonderful older sister and a teenager who falls in love. While the entire movie isn’t centered around Christmas, the climax takes place on Christmas Day. I make a point to watch this every Christmas with my sisters, and it never gets old.

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Now go out there and get your movie-watching marathon on.

California wildfires

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In Southern California, many are being forced to flee because of the wildfires. Officials refer to the wildfires as the “Thomas Fire.” The “Thomas Fire” started on Dec. 4th, about 69 miles from Los Angeles. According to Fox News, about 50,000 people have been forced to evacuate.

Officials had not yet figure out what caused the “Thomas Fire” to start in the first place. On Dec. 6th, another wildfire erupted known as the “Skirball Fire.” It burned about 422 acres and was around in the area of Bel-Air neighborhood. The “Skirball Fire” started because of an illegal cooking fire under the San Diego Freeway.

Scott McLean, an information officer at the California Department Of Forestry and Fire explained that the wildfires have been so destructive recently because of the drought that California has had for the last 5 years, which created a lot of dead vegetation. This year, California had a good amount of rainfall during the spring, but the summer heat dried out the growth of the vegetation.

Firefighters monitor the Thomas fire as it burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The autumn winds is also something to worry about. It is fueling the wildfires, causing the wildfires to spread faster and cover more area. This year, primarily, it is the Santa Ana winds that are fueling a lot of the wildfires. Usually, most winds will blow off to the Pacific Ocean, but the Santa Ana winds blow off into the desert of Arizona, then move west toward California. The millions of dead trees also allows wildfires to move quicker, scorching more land.

On Dec. 11th, the Santa Ana winds begin cooperating by pushing the fire away from the nearby communities, which allowed firefighters to see and help people. The “Thomas Fire” has destroyed around 1,000 structures. There has been only one death so far, 70-year-old Virginia Pesola died in a car crash while trying to evacuate from the “Thomas Fire.” A firefighter was injured while 3 other people were burned trying to retrieve the woman’s body.

Later, a firefighter was killed by the “Thomas Fire.” According to CNN, Lynne Tolmachoff, the spokesperson for The California Department Of Forestry and Fire Protection, the firefighter was driving on a fire engine on the east flank of the “Thomas Fire.” The man had not been identified at the time of this article, but he was pronounced dead on the scene by a medical team.

CNN meteorologist, Brandon Miller, reported that the winds had been picking up again and would make the job tougher for the 8,000 firefighters. CalFire had reported that about 1,000 fire engines, and 27 helicopters are involved in dealing with the “Thomas Fire” alone. The winds continue to be fierce, with the wind going 60 mph in the mountains, and about 35-50 mph in the valley-coastal areas.



Ball family takes another L

Starting 2 years ago, in Chino Hills, California, 3 young basketball players by the names of LaMelo, LiAngelo, and Lonzo Ball became famous for dominating in their state high school league. The oldest, at the time, was Lonzo Ball, who was in his senior year of high school, and was planning to attend UCLA to play basketball before heading off to the NBA. LiAngelo (Gelo) is the middle child, who was a junior, and was also planning on going to UCLA like his older brother Lonzo. The youngest of the three Ball brothers, is LaMelo (Melo), who has been playing 16u basketball since he was in the 6th grade. LaMelo’s being a freshman at the time, put a large spotlight onto the Ball brothers, and it definitely stuck with them after the season.

CHINO, CA – SEPTEMBER 02: (L-R) Lonzo Ball, LaMelo Ball, Tina Ball, LaVar Ball and LiAngelo Ball attend Melo Ball’s 16th Birthday on September 2, 2017 in Chino, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Crosswalk Productions )

Lonzo Anderson Ball is the oldest of the three Ball brothers and is currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. Lonzo played at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for a year before heading to the 2017 NBA draft, where he was picked second overall by the Lakers. LiAngelo Robert Ball is a 19 year old freshman, who was a former basketball player at UCLA before an incident in China  caused LiAngelo, and three two other teammates, to be suspended from the team. The youngest brother, LaMelo, was a junior at Chino Hills High School, but was pulled out by his father Lavar Ball, and is now being homeschooled. Both LiAngelo and LaMelo are to begin playing overseas soon.

Recently, a lot of negative attention has been falling on the Ball family. The family recently started their own reality show call Ball In The Family. The show had gone well, but interfered with their personal lives and caused drama between some of the boys and their female partners. The show has given the Ball family a lot of success lately and has been good for more exposure. Lonzo has been playing somewhat okay in the NBA and until a few months ago both Melo and LiAngelo had been playing well in their seasons as well.

LiAngelo and 2 of his teammates were arrested in China at a Louis Vuitton store. They were accused of stealing sunglasses and were put into detention. President Trump had talked to the president of China and was able to get LiAngelo and his teammates released from the Chinese police force.

The head of UCLA basketball said that he didn’t want people like LiAngelo and his 2 other teammates to be playing at UCLA anymore, so he, and the other two young men, were suspended permanently from the UCLA basketball program, and UCLA itself.

LaMelo was pulled out of his high school because his father thought it would be better for him to be homeschooled to help him work on his “NBA progress.” We all know what happens when LaVar says something big like this. Most likely, Melo won’t be going to the NBA anytime soon because of his current situation in Lithuania.

Russia banned from the Winter Olympics

By: Gabe Mattick and Riley Lumpkin

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On Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, Russia was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea because of allegations of heavy doping. Russia’s athletes accused of doping will not be able to attend the Olympic Games, and government officials from Russia are also banned. The athletes who passed drug tests cleanly will be able to declare as independents, and will wear neutral uniforms. Russia’s anthem will not play during the Opening Ceremony, and their flag will not be displayed. According the the New York Times, “In barring Russia’s team, Olympic officials left the door open for some Russian athletes. Those with histories of rigorous drug testing may petition for permission to compete in neutral uniforms. A panel appointed by the International Olympic Committee will rule on each athlete’s eligibility.” Winter sports that Russia has excelled at, such as biathlon and cross-country skiing, could be completely wiped out because of the large amount of drug violations.

These drug violations are not a new occurrence though, according to a New York Times article written in 2015, “an elaborate overnight operation at the 2014 Sochi Games, a team assembled by Russia’s sports ministry tampered with more than 100 urine samples to conceal evidence of top athletes’ steroid use throughout the course of competition. More than two dozen Russian athletes have been disqualified from the Sochi standings as a result, and Olympic officials are still sorting through the tainted results and rescinding medals.” This was all run through the nation’s deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, who was Russia’s top sports official during the 2014 Sochi Games. He has now been banned for life from the Olympic Games. Russia will also be competing in the 2018 World Cup in June. They have not yet been banned from the World Cup; FIFA still has to make a decision.

Stocking stuffer ideas

Seeing what’s inside your stocking is equally as exciting as opening your gifts on Christmas morning. But sometimes it’s hard to know what to put inside someone’s stocking especially because some items costs as much as the regular gift. It might be especially hard if the person is picky. Here are some fun and easy stocking stuffer ideas that won’t hurt your wallet and that anyone would love.


Who doesn’t like music? Putting earbuds in someone’s stocking would be great, especially if you know that they’re always losing theirs like I am. You can find earbuds for as little as $5.00.

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Skincare/Gift sets

Many brands come out with gift/holiday sets around this time. Again, depending on how much you’re willing to spend, you can get gift sets like this for an affordable price, or you can always get a more luxurious gift set from Sephora or Ulta. If you have a lot of stockings to fill you can also open it and put one in each stocking.

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PopSocket/phone grips

These are everywhere now-a-days, and they’re pretty inexpensive. You can always go the extra mile and customize it for whoever it’s for.

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Funny Keychains

From Crocs keychains to Sriracha keychains, you’ll find a keychain for anyone.

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Hand sanitizer

Something that is simple and easy to get, you never know when you might need hand sanitizer!

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Gift cards

Gift cards are easy and quick to get, and something you can never go wrong with.

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And if you still have a lot of room left to fill, just add a bunch of their favorite candy and snacks!

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These are not the only things you can put inside stockings, but these are a few ideas if you’re a little stuck. Happy holidays! 🙂

Places to visit in winter break

There are a lot of places to go for winter break, and there are warm and cold places to go to; like in Mexico, it’s cold just like here, but without snow, and in San Diego it’s warm. Both are a good place to have a vacation, and you can learn, have fun, learn history about where you are, and learn how it became to be. Mexico is an amazing place to visit anytime, and San Diego is too.

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This a good place to go to on winter break. It might be cold, but there are places to go to and have fun in, and places you’ve never been to, like the capital. There are amazing places to see and learn about history or your relatives. There is a lot of history in Mexico that people don’t think, or know about. People might think Mexicans might be bad or good, but all they care about is to get things better. Their cities are very beautiful and the places to visit are: Mexico City, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Puebla, Guadalajara, and more. There are a lot of different cultures, and people there will surprise you.

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Fallbrook, in San Diego county, is the avocado capital of the world, and San Diego’s average year round temperature is 70 degrees. San Diego is a city on the Pacific Coast of California, that is known for its beaches, parks, and warm climate. They have amazing zoos, art galleries, artist studios, museums, and gardens. San Diego has a lot of beautiful things to see and learn about, like when, and how, and who, discovered it. People also can be in boats and sail. They have casinos, cruises, sports, and a lot more. There is a lot of history and activities to do explore with your family.

The brief history of Christmas

Christmas is a time for families, whether related or not, to come together and celebrate the holiday spirit with some hot cocoa and your favorite Christmas movie that you watch every year! As someone who really likes Christmas, I thought it’d be fun to learn the history, and origin, of Christmas.

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In most areas of Europe, December was a perfect time to celebrate, as most cattle were slaughtered so they wouldn’t have to be fed durning winter. During this time, they had the largest supply of fresh meat, and most beer and wine being fermented would be ready to drink by this time. In Germany, they celebrated the pagan god Odin during mid-winter. Germans believed Odin would make flights through the sky during the night to observe his people. He would then decide who prospered and who perished.

In the early stages of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday, and Jesus’ birthday was not celebrated. However, in the 4th century, the Church decided a date to celebrate his birthday since the Bible doesn’t mention the date. There is evidence to suggest that his birth took place during the spring, but Pope Julius I chose December 25th so that they could absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. By having Christmas at the same time as other traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be embraced.

In the early 17th century, religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. In 1645, Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans took over England, and they vowed to get rid of decadence and thus cancelled Christmas. However, due to popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne, and Christmas came back with him.

In 1620, the pilgrims came to America, and didn’t bring Christmas with them because their beliefs were more orthodox than Cromwell. Christmas was not a holiday in early America. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. However, after the American Revolution, Americans had rejected English customs and Christmas became a federal holiday in June of 1870.

Washington Irving wrote a book called The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, which was a series of stories depicting the celebration of Christmas in an English manor house. All the traditions he wrote about in his 1819 book were nothing he actually had attended, but were things he had imagined. Many historians say that Irving had invented the traditions. Around the same time, Charles Dickens created A Christmas Carol. The story had a poignant message of the importance of charity and good will towards everyone, which struck a chord with Americans and Englishmen. Also, families were becoming less disciplined and more sensitive to the emotions of children.

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8 Ways to get in the Christmas spirit

By Piper Gallivan, Natalie Braga, and Alivia Arredondo

December is here and for all the people who celebrate it, it’s officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. For those who want to immerse themselves into this joyful holiday, here are 8 ways to get into the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Movies
Christmas movies are essential for getting into the Christmas spirit. There’s nothing better than getting all cozy and warm on the couch while watching your favorite Christmas movie. There are a variety of Christmas movies to choose from.

Some are old classic ones like Miracle on 34th Street (1950’s), that really touch the heart and teaches about the true meaning of Christmas, and others are more modern day Christmas movies like Elf and the live action Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, that are meant to make people laugh.

Meanwhile, there are the romantic Christmas movies like Love Actually, and family classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas and  the cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Overall, Christmas movies are great for gathering around with family and friends, and enjoying each other’s presence while being cozy and comfy.

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After Thanksgiving it’s time to get the Christmas tree up! Everyone knows the best way to get into the Christmas spirit is decorating. Setting up the Christmas tree with family and other loved ones, while playing Christmas music, can get anyone into the Christmas spirit. There are many ways to decorate for Christmas. Some people get real trees, and others get fake ones, but either way everyone loves decorating their beautiful trees with lights, ornaments, and a center-piece on the top.

Another way to decorate for Christmas is setting up lights around the house, inside and out, so that everywhere you go it feels like Christmas! In some religious households, the manger scene with the birth of Jesus Christ is displayed, which also helps some people to get into the Christmas spirit.

Finally if you’re really into the Christmas spirit, or are really wanting to get into it, some people make huge snow statues and buy huge blow-up Santa Claus’, and other Christmas figurines, like Rudolph. These huge blow-ups will definitely draw attention to your house while you get to proudly show off your Christmas spirit.

Christmas Clothing
To get into the Christmas spirit, you must dress for the occasion. You can do this by pulling out any holiday spirit wear you have, including sweaters, socks, and hats. If you haven’t got any at home, there are many options on sale at stores, all over, including: Target, TJ Maxx, and Macy’s.

Often times, these can be expensive, but luckily, if you stop by your local thrift store, you can usually find some cheap festive sweaters. It may be a simple change from a regular sweater to a Christmas one, however it’s an easy and fun way to feel more connected to the holiday.

Christmas Shopping
A major part of Christmas is being able to give gifts to your friends and family to show your love for them (and also to get some gifts in return). Gift giving is not always the easiest task, and can be overwhelming at times, but by planning ahead you can make sure you not only get all the gifts you need, but also get in the spirit while you’re at it!

Stores, all around town, are showing their festivity, and having many holiday sales you can take advantage of. If you’re buying a gift for someone with a definite list of things they want, we recommend buying off that, however, if not, there are some basic gifts that can be used for anyone. These gifts include: perfume/cologne, books, blankets, small clothing items such as hats or socks, candles, mugs, and more.

Gifts don’t always need to be material goods either; a loving letter, or time well spent, can be just as good, or even better. Christmas Shopping doesn’t need to be difficult, and in the end it is worth it to see your loved ones be surprised with great presents.

Christmas Music
Christmas music is an essential to feeling the Christmas spirit. There are many varieties of music, and you can pick which one based on your preference or your mood. There are the more classic types such as carols like “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” those with a rock kinda vibe like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” and there is also the modern-pop style like “All I Want For Christmas Is You” or “Baby Please Come Come.” All are amazing options for getting you in the spirit. You can play these during any Christmas activity like decorating, cooking, baking, or just generally hanging out with your loved ones.

Christmas Parties
Christmas parties are a great way to celebrate and make the most out of the most festive time of year. Whether they are spent with family or friends, they are a great way to spend time with the ones you love. Hosts can decide on the general theme they want for the party, and there are many fun options.

If you wanted a more intimate celebration with your friends, Secret Santa is a great way to do it. It works best with groups of 4-20. If you’re not familiar with Secret Santa, it is when a group of people put their names into a hat or bowl (or more recently electronic versions), and each person picks out 1 other name and buys a gift just for them. This is a simple way to help save money, because you only buy one gift. You can have a party at the end of it, where everyone gives their gift and has a good time.

You can also follow other themes like: an ugly sweater party, where the person wearing the ugliest one wins a prize; or a white elephant party, where everyone brings a random gift and you can steal the ones you like! Whatever you do, we hope you have a great time with all your loved ones!

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Christmas Events
If you are lucky enough to live the Twin Cities, you have access to wonderful events throughout the season to participate in. The Union Depot is known as the “Hub for the Holidays,” and they host may events throughout December. They have multiple movie screenings in their grand hall such as Elf and The Polar Express.

They also host a full re-enactment of the train from Polar Express, with a running train where they decorated it almost exactly as the train from the movie. Then they have employees recreate iconic scenes like the dancing hot chocolate part.

They also have a European Christmas Market up all season, where you can buy everyone on your gift list authentic European gifts, and help support family businesses.

If you want to venture out into Minneapolis, you can go to a classic Minnesota tradition at the Holidazzle parade, and festive events at Loring Park.

If you want a fancy night out, there is nothing better than a nice evening at the Guthrie. Every year they put on A Christmas Carol, and it is a great way to enjoy the arts while getting in the festive spirit.

We hope you have found something to help you enjoy the season around the city!!

Volunteer Work
Not only is Christmas about being surrounded by ones you love, but it is about giving, and one easy way you can give is through volunteer work in your community. People all around the world have little, to nothing, on this holiday, and there are many ways to help them out.

One way to do this is through the Salvation Army by: helping prepare and serve holiday meals, being a bell ringer, and more.

Another way, is through Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Holiday Volunteers where you can prepare and serve meals at their locations in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and deliver to elders who can’t get to the centers.

Neighbors, Inc. helps distribute a large wish list of food items, and gifts, to needy families, and they have a variety of other tasks to do.

These ways and more, are easy to do, and will make you feel the Christmas spirit through helping out those in need.

Sports schedule for: Dec 18-23

For  a full calendar of events please refer to:

Winter Sports: Co-ed Nordic Ski, Adapted Floor Hockey, Gymnastics, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Boys Swimming, Danceline, Cheerleading, Alpine Ski

Activities the Week of December 18-23

Monday Dec. 18:

Tuesday Dec.19:

Co-ed Nordic Ski @ Highland Park Nine-Hole GC TBD

Boys Basketball vs. Prairie Seeds Academy @ HP JV 5:30   Varsity @ 7pm

Boys Varsity Hockey @ Mora Civic Center 6pm (Bus 3/8pm)

 Wednesday Dec. 20:
Gymnastics @ HP 6pm  HP/Mpls. So. / Roosevelt and Southwest /Como

Thursday Dec. 21:

Boys Swimming/Dive @ Hopkins North Jr. Hi 5pm (Bus 3/6:45pm)

Wrestling @ Orono 5pm (Bus3/8pm)

Boys Basketball @ Richfield HS  C-Squad & JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 4:30/8:30)

Friday Dec. 22:

Saturday Dec. 23:

Go Scots!