Sports schedule for: Dec 11-16

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org

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 11-16

Monday Dec. 11:

Boys Basketball @ River Falls C-Squad & JV 5:45pm  Varsity @ 7:15pm ( Bus 4:30/8:30pm)

Tuesday Dec. 12:
Girls Basketball @ Mound Westonka C-Squad 4:15pm  JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 3:15/8:15pm)

Wednesday Dec. 13:

Co-Ed Nordic Ski Classic @ Hyland Hills TBD (Bus 2:20/5pm)

Boys Hockey @ Minnehaha Academy  JV 5pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 3:45 and 5:15/9pm)

Gymnastics @ North Star 6pm (Bus 3/8:15pm)

Thursday Dec. 14:

Boys Swim and Dive @ Humboldt 5pm (Bus 3/6:45pm)

Boys Hockey vs. Moose Lake/Willow River @ Highland Arena  JV 5:15pm  Varsity @ 7:15pm

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey @ Rosemount 7pm

Wrestling @ Como Park 7pm ( 3:30/8:30pm)

Friday Dec. 15:

Girls Basketball @ Cristo Rey Jesuit HS  JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 4:30/8:15pm)

Boys Basketball vs. Henry Sibley @ HP C-Squad & JV @ 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm

Boys Hockey  JV vs. Minnehaha Academy  Highland Arena 5:30pm  Varsity Scrimmage vs. Ely @ Highland Arena 7:30pm

Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. North Shore Storm @ Phalen Arena 7pm

Saturday Dec. 16:

Boys Basketball vs. Chaska @ HP  C-Squad & JV 12pm  Varsity @ 1:30pm

Go Scots!

NBA teams and more!

Being 8 weeks into the NBA season, the new and improved “super teams” have shown who will succeed in this year’s games and who will lose. This year, many teams have shown that they have what it takes to go all the way to the playoffs, and maybe even win a championship. Some of the better teams in the NBA have been known to not do so well, but because of a few new additions to the team, they have been doing quite well.

The first team that is becoming a surprise is the Minnesota Timberwolves, led by the three-year veteran Karl Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves have started to become a force to be reckoned with and are on a roll to a playoff appearance. The Timberwolves record is currently 14-10 and they are 5th in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves sort of have a “big three” which includes: center Karl Anthony Towns, guard Jimmy Butler, and forward Andrew Wiggins. A few other key players that contribute to the team’s wins are forward Taj Gibson, guard Jeff Teague, guard Jamal Crawford, forward Shabazz Muhammad, and center Gorgui Dieng. The team is still struggling to beat some of the better teams in the West though.

The second team we will be talking about is the Boston Celtics. With the acquisition of guard Kyrie Irving, from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics have the best record in the NBA with a whopping 20-4 record. The Celtics lineup contains guard Kyrie Irving, guard Marcus Smart, rookie forward Jayson Tatum, forward Marcus Morris and center Al Horford. The Celtics lost their star forward Gordon Hayward to a terrible ankle injury that has put him out for the rest of season. Hayward suffered the injury only five minutes into his debut with his new team, and has said to be very happy to be back, and to be able to start recovery for next year’s season. The Celtics have done very well, even with the loss of their hometown hero Isaiah Thomas, and are said to play just as well going into the rest of the season.

The last team that is coming up in the ranks of the NBA and its best teams is the Toronto Raptors. The raptors have a decent record at 14-7. The Raptors are 3rd in the Eastern Conference and have been playing pretty decent as of lately. The Raptors are struggling to try and find a constant starting lineup because of injuries, and just finding the players that fit there offense and defense the best. Right now, the line-up is guard Kyle Lowry, guard Demar Derozan, forward Norman Powell, forward Serge Ibaka, and center Jonas Valanciunas. The Raptors have started to become a threat in the East but will have to be able to confirm a starting line-up to be able to beat the Celtics in a future playoff matchup.

 

 

Sports schedule for: Dec 4-9

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org

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 4-9

Monday Dec.4

Tuesday Dec. 5:

Co-Ed Nordic Ski vs. Henry Sibley @ Mendota Trail  3:45pm (Ski to race then Bus return 5:30pm)
Girls Basketball vs. Mpls. Roosevelt @ HP  C-Squad 4pm  JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm
Boys Basketball @ Mpls. South C-Squad & JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 3/8:30pm)
Girls Varsity ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Bloomington Jefferson @ Phalen Arena 7pm


Wednesday Dec. 6:

Wrestling @ Johnson Invitational 3:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 2:30/8:30pm)

Gymnastics vs. Edison/Henry @ HP 6pm

Thursday Dec. 7:

Girls Hockey to Eveleth (Bus 1pm)

Friday Dec. 8:

Girls Basketball @ Concordia Academy-Roseville C-Squad 4:15  JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 3/8:15pm)

Boys Swim Conference Preview @ Humboldt 5pm (Bus 3/7:30pm)

Boys vs. Basketball vs. Simley @ HP C-Squad & JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm

Boys Varsity Hockey vs. Legacy Christian Academy @ Highland Arena 7:30pm JV vs. St. Francis @ 5:30pm

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Eveleth-Gilbert @ Miners Memorial Arena 7pm

Saturday Dec. 9

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Northern Lakes Lightening @ Breezy Point Arena TBD

Go Scots!

Sports schedule for: Nov 27- Dec 2

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org

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 November 27- December 2

Monday Nov. 27:

Boys Swim/Dive starts

Girls Basketball @ Harding 3pm (Bus 2:15/4pm)

Tuesday Nov. 28:
Girls Basketball @ Tartan  C-Squad 4pm JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 2:45/8:15pm)

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey @ Fairbault Ice Arena 5pm (Bus 2:45/6:45pm)`

Wednesday Nov.29:

Thursday Nov. 30:

Girls Basketball vs. St. Croix Prep @ HP  C -Squad 4pm JV @ 5:30   Varsity @ 7pm

Wrestling vs. Humboldt @ HP 7pm

Boys Hockey @ Highland Arena  JV 5:30pm  Varsity 7:30pm

Friday Dec. 1:

Girls Basketball @ Waconia HS  C-Squad 4:15pm  JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 2:15/8:15pm)

Boys Hockey @ Pine City Civic Center  JV 5pm  Varsity 7pm (Bus 2:45/9pm)

Gymnastics Conference Preview ( Central, Como, Johnson) @ HP 6pm

Saturday Dec. 2:

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Rochester Century @ Phalen Arena 1pm

Go Scots!

Sports schedule for: Nov 20-25

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org

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 November 20-25

Monday Nov. 20:

Boys Basketball begins

Wrestling begins

Tuesday Nov. 21:

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey Tournament vs. Henry Sibley @ Baldwin United Civic Center 7:30pm


Wednesday Nov. 22:

Varsity Girls ‘Blades ‘ Hockey Tournament vs. River Falls @ Baldwin United Civic Center 7pm

Thursday Nov. 23:

Friday Nov. 24:

Varsity Girls ‘Blades ‘ Hockey Tournament vs. River Falls @ Baldwin United Civic Center 11:45am

Boys Hockey Tournament vs. Amery @ Amery Wi. Ice Arena  JV @ 12pm   Varsity @ 2pm

Saturday Nov. 25:

Varsity Boys Hockey @ Amery Ice Arena 2pm

Boys JV Hockey Tournament vs. Amery @ Amery Wi. Ice Arena 4:30pm

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. River Falls @ Baldwin United Civic Center 3pm

Go Scots!

Sports schedule for: Nov 13-18

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org
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 November 13-18
Monday Nov. 13:
Opening Day for Girls Basketball 
Opening Day for Gymnastics 
Opening Day for Boys Hockey 
Opening Day for Alpine and Nordic Ski
Tuesday Nov. 14:

Wednesday Nov. 15:

Thursday Nov. 16:
Boys JV Hockey Scrimmage River Falls vs. Highland/Central @ Highland Arena 5:20pm  Varsity @ 6:30pm
 
Friday Nov. 17:
Saturday Nov. 18:
Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey @ Mahtomedi 3pm

Highland Park winter sports

By Alivia Arredondo, Piper Gallivan, and Natalie Braga

Winter sports season is here! Here are some of the great sports you can join this winter to get even more involved with Highland and make our school proud!

Boys Hockey
Join hockey! They practice every Monday-Friday from 5-7pm. It’s a great way to get fit fast. There are two teams JV, and varsity, and no experience is required to join! All players need to do to join is pay the $100 fee and provide their own equipment. Hockey offers the opportunity to get closer to one another with super fun dinners for the team and at least 2 games a week. So if you’re looking for a high commitment fun sport join hockey!

Wrestling
Do you want to work on your strength and defense skills? Join wrestling, where you can practice five days a week from 2:30-4:30pm to train for meets, matches, and tournaments against other schools. You can either be on the junior varsity or varsity, however, if you miss 3 practices, you will not be able to wrestle in the meets. Shoes and head gear are expected, as well as the $45 sports fee. Wrestling may be hard, however, it is extremely fun and is welcome to all!

Girls Basketball
Want to be a true baller? Join the girls basketball team! The team practices Monday-Friday 2:15-4:15pm and Saturday 8:30-10am. It’s a great way to challenge yourself and meet new people! There are usually 3 teams you can join, varsity, JV, and C squad, and no experience is required. This sport doesn’t require much besides the regular sports fees to play a winter sport, and other than that, the only thing that you need to provide are basketball shoes. There are games once a week, so come join the girls basketball team for a great time and great exercise!

Boys Swim
Calling all boy swimmers! Join the boys swim team. Boys swim team practices everyday Monday-Friday 3:30-6pm and Saturdays 8-11am. It’s a great way to meet a bunch of really cool boys. You can either make JV or varsity and you’re guaranteed a spot on the team as long as you can swim 50 meters without stopping. To join the team you have to have all your physicals up to date as well as paying the fee, which is $45, to join. Suits for races also cost an additional $45 (roughly). You, yourself, would need to provide a practice suit (that is not your race suit), goggles, and a towel. Boys swim team competes in dual meets weekly and have remained conference champs for many years. Although it is a high commitment sport, it’s a great way to meet a bunch of really fun goofy guys and make great friends. The coaches are all very qualified and make things even more fun, so don’t forget to join the team!

Gymnastics
If you want a medium to high commitment sport where you can get fit, learn fun skills, and make new friends, join gymnastics! Practices are every weekday 2:30-4:30pm, and meets will be on Wednesdays at 6pm. You can compete in routines on all four events (bars, beam, vault, floor) against other SPPS and Minneapolis schools, all while being cheered on by your teammates. No prior experience is necessary, and all you will need is athletic clothes or gymnastics wear if you have it. Even if gymnastics is not the sport for you, it is very interesting to watch, so come down to watch the team at one of the Highland meets!

Girls Hockey
Interested in the full Minnesotan experience? Join girls hockey! There you will face an incredibly fulfilling experience with a very tight group of girls. Currently, they only have a varsity team, and by playing for 2 years you’ll automatically letter. You don’t need any experience to join, but you’ll need to be able to complete certain skills to play. Some equipment can be provided for you if ask, but most things will need to be provided by the athlete. You’ll need a stick, helmet, skates, chest pad, elbow pads, hockey socks, shin pads, and breezers. You’ll become close with a lot of girls by doing things like bowling, and staying in a hotel with them at the annual out of town tournament. It’s a pretty high commitment sport, practice is everyday from 3:30 to 5:10pm Monday through Friday. They have at least one game during the weekend. If you have interest, it is $100 to join, and talk to Mr. Auran.

Alpine Ski
Alpine Ski is calling all athletes new and old to join their team! You will have the opportunity to meet lots of new people because it is combined with many SPPS schools. You will need race skis, boots, poles, goggles, and a helmet, which can be found for cheap at ski swaps! The team tries to practice at least 2-3 times per week at Afton Alps, where they also compete against other teams in races. You will be able to make either JV or varsity, for either boys or girls, if you play for Highland. The commitment level is what you make it, but they encourage everyone to come as much as they can. Talk to Mr. Auran if you want to join!!

Dance Team
Dance Team is a great opportunity for everyone who wants to improve their dancing skills, while also bonding with the fun people with similar interests. Practices are Monday-Friday 2:15-4:15pm, and they mainly focus on kick and jazz types of dance. The team competes against other AA dance teams in the area at day long competitions that you can invite your friends and family to. While you are expected to come to the practices and competitions, the team understands that school, health, and family comes first. Dance team includes everyone no matter how much experience you have, and welcomes everyone to join!

Nordic Ski
Nordic Skiing is a great opportunity to make the most out of our beautiful Minnesota winters! You can join with zero experience and are guaranteed to make either varsity, JV, or A or B squad. Practice for JV and varsity takes place 5-6 days a week and A and B squad practices 4-5 times a week. All teams try to race either classic or freestyle once a week, depending on snow conditions. It’s a pretty high commitment sport; you have to show up everyday ready to do your best. You will meet, and get to know many great people, and partake in fun activities with your team. Every year you will have the opportunity to go to MapleLag Ski Resort, something every Nordic skier holds close to them all year. It is $120 to join, plus extra if you want to rent materials from the school. Anyone who wants great exercise while drinking lots of hot chocolate should talk to Mr. Auran soon!

Boys Basketball
Want to be a baller? Join boys basketball! They practice Monday-Friday 2:30-4:30pm and Saturdays from 12-2:30pm. No experience is required, and tryouts are held to place you on either C-squad, JV or varsity. Games are super fun and there are at least 2 a week. To join, make sure to pay the $45 fee and make sure you can provide your own basketball shoes! Basketball is a great way to be a part of a team with a bunch of cool guys, and teaches you about responsibility. This is a high commitment sport that will get you in shape, and it’s a great way to make new friends.

Special Thanks to Lizzy Symmons, Cameron Pittman, Olivia Johnson, Calvin Boone, Abby Johnson, Cathie Carlson, Will Altman, Axel Lang, Holly Kampa, and Maggie Blomgren for the interviews!

Sports schedule for: Nov 6-11

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org

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 November 6-11

Monday Nov. 6:

Tuesday Nov. 7:

Wednesday Nov. 8

Thursday Nov. 9:

Girls Swim Section Prelims 5pm @ South View Middle School, Edina

Friday Nov. 10:

Varsity  ‘Blades’ Girls Hockey vs. Owatonna @ Phalen Arena 7pm

Girls Diving Section Finals 6pm @ South View Middle School, Edina-

Saturday Nov. 11:

Girls Swim Section Finals 1pm @ South View Middle School, Edina

Go Scots!

Sports schedule for: Oct 20-Nov 4

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org

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 Oct. 30-Nov.4

Monday Oct. 30:

Adapted CI Soccer @ Humboldt 4:30pm Hawks vs. North Tartan

Tuesday Oct. 31:

Wednesday Nov. 1

Thursday Nov. 2:

Adapted PI Soccer @ Humboldt 4:30pm Hawks vs. South Suburban

Friday Nov. 3:

Saturday Nov. 4:

Go Scots!

Highland Park Athletic Hall of Fame

By: Gabe Mattick and Riley Lumpkin

On Saturday, October 7th, 2017, Highland Park Senior High inducted the following individuals, and teams, into the Athletic Hall of Fame: John Heller, Louise Kramer, Charles Portis, Gary Podas, the 1999 Basketball Team, and the 1977 Volleyball Team. All of the inductees that were inducted into the Highland Park Athletic Hall Of Fame had notable accomplishments in their sports, while also helping the school thrive.

We attended the luncheon on Saturday morning, and listened to the various inductees and what they had to say. The first inductee was John Heller. He served as Head Football Coach from 1985-2000 and as the Athletic Director from 1995-2009. He did not say much about his accomplishments as the Highland Park football coach, but focused more on his amazing achievements as the Athletic Director. In an approximately 15 minute speech, he gave the audience a great story of how he was able, with the help of many parents, students, and teachers, to add on a field house to the school, and help install brand new lights onto the football field.

The next inductee was Charles Portis, and the 1999 Boys Basketball Team. Charles Portis was a school counselor and coached boys basketball from 1989-2010. He helped lead the 1999 Boys Basketball Team to a great season and a state title.

Next up, was Louise Kramer and the 1977 Girls Volleyball Team. No one from the 1977 team was able to attend the luncheon, and neither was Ms. Kramer, but we did get to hear a few words of their accomplishments, including a quote from Ms. Kathleen Kramer (who is not related the coach of the 1977 Volleyball Team) “The team that year went 6-0 in conference and went on later that year to win the state tournament with coach Louise Kramer.” Kramer coached from 1972-1978.

The final inductee was Gary Podas, who is the current golf coach at Highland Park Senior High. He has been the coach of the boys golf team since 1979, and has lead numerous boys golf teams to conference titles and state. He is the longest serving coach in the SPPS district.