Highland Park Cross Country Season Highlights

The Highland Park Cross Country team had an overall very successful season this year including: sending the top seven girls and seven boys of the team to city conference, being conference champions for both girls and boys, and winning against our rival Central!

Girls conference had a great outcome with Erin Moening coming in third place. Boys conference also had a good outcome with Michah Mather coming in second and Abram Donovan getting 5th. Michah Mather also won second during the sections race! The girls team unfortunately did not get into the top three but had three girls in the top thirty, Elizabeth Pearson, Erin Moening, and Anna Schmidt.

Micah at state meet

photo courtesy of Nancy Galligan

Abram, Coach Moening, Coach Johnson and Micah at State Meet

photo courtesy of Nancy Galligan

This year, the Highland Park Cross Country team sent two boys to state, Michah Mather and Abram Donovan, which has not happened in years, according to their coach Brad Moening. Michah Mather came back with amazing results coming in second place overall. Coach Brad Moening said, “This is one of the best performances we’ve had, we’ve only sent 4 people to state in the past 15 years so this was a big deal. I’m very proud of them.”

Another great mention, and thanks, to the cross country coach, Brad Moening, who was voted “Coach of the Year”. He said, “Being voted coach of the year really reflects how the kids have done and it’s really fun for them to be recognized as well.”

Congratulations Scots! We’re all very proud!

Fall sports recap

Fall sports are up and running at Highland Park! So far, we’ve been off to a good start with many wins against conference and non-conference teams. Here’s an update on all of the fall sports at Highland through the first week of school:

*UPDATED* Girls swimming and diving just got their first win of the season against Harding with a score of 94 to 69! This Saturday, the 19th, they will participate in the Laker Invite and hope to take home another win.

The football team is currently 3-1, with a big victory over St Croix Lutheran, the 5th ranked team in state. They also defeated rival Como Park with a score of 45-7. Two players from the team were nominated two weeks in a row for MNHSL football player of the week; Amitri Collins and Charles Klug.

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Taken from the Highland Park Football Facebook page

The volleyball team has also had a successful start to the season, with a 7-2 record. They are also currently undefeated in conference. The weekend of the 11th and 12th, they participated in a tournament atVisitation with other schools around the twin cities. They finished in 2nd with wins against St Louis Park, Como Park, and Armstrong, but lost in the championship to Holy Angels.

The girls tennis team is also undefeated in conference, and currently holds a record of 5-6. Their next match in against Johnson at Highland, and they would love to see supporters come out to watch!

The danceline, coached by Ms. Mendenhall, has performed twice now at halftime at the home football games. They will also be performing a new dance at this falls pepfest. They are a crowd favorite!

Cross Country has only competed in two meets, but both have been successful. Senior, Micah Mather has won individual winner at both meets! Congratulations Micah!

Boys soccer is currently 3-1-1, and undefeated in conference. Last week they had two big wins over Johnson and Washington. Girls soccer holds an impressive record at 4-2-1, and they are also undefeated in conference. This week they will take on rival schools Central (at Central) and Como (at Highland). They would love to see fans come to support!

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Highland Park has entered a contest with Car2Go to win 10,000 for our athletic program. Many students participated by tweeting, “#Car2GoScots” which enters our school in the contest for a chance win. Highland Park is the only Saint Paul school that is getting involved with the contest, so make sure to Tweet or Instagram that hashtag to increase our chances of winning! The football team loves the turnout of fans and school spirit at the games! They still encourage everyone to come for an even bigger student section. Check back here for more updates on schedule and results: http://sports.spps.org/

Go Scots!

Congratulations Annie Conzet and Micah Mather!

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Congratulations to Annie Conzet (12) and Micah Mather (11) for being featured as Pioneer Press high school athletes of the week! Annie was featured for volleyball and Micah for cross country. Below are the write-ups of each from the article. We are so proud. Thanks for being all-star representatives of Highland!

ANNIE CONZET

School: Highland Park

Sport: Volleyball

Year: Senior

The Scots rallied from a two-game deficit to defeat Johnson in the first round of the Class 2A-Section 4 playoffs and then defeated Holy Angels in another five-set match. Conzet had 76 assists, 19 digs, 1 ace and a 92 percent serving percentage.

MICAH MATHER

School: Highland Park

Sport: Cross Country

Year: Junior

He was third in the Class 2A-Section 4 meet, matching his school record with a 5,000-meter time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds at Les Bolstad Golf Course. This season, he won the Blaine Invitational and St. Francis Invitational. Next up is Saturday’s state meet in Northfield.

Original article link: http://www.twincities.com/prep/ci_26808113/pioneer-press-high-school-athletes-week

 

Highland Students Named PiPress High School Athletes of the Week!

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From left to right: Emilia Czapiewska and Molly McMahon

This week, three Highland students were named High School Athletes of the Week, by the Pioneer Press. Sophomore Erin Moening for cross country, junior Emilia Czapiewska for volleyball, and senior Molly McMahon for volleyball.

From the article:

“The outside hitters led the Scots (19-4) to victories over Como Park and Central to wrap up a 12-0 season in the St. Paul City Conference. Highland Park won 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 over Como Park and 25-20, 25-12, 25-21 over Central. Czapiewska had four aces, 17 kills, four digs and four solo blocks in the two matches, and McMahon had six aces, 11 kills, six digs and two solo blocks.”

“She won the St. Paul City Conference meet with a time of 16 minutes, 16.8 seconds on the 4,000-meter course at Como Park Golf Course, leading the Scots to the team championship for the third consecutive season.” (Erin Moening)

Congratulations to Molly, Emilia, and Erin for their fabulous accomplishments. You make Highland proud! #scotsnation #scotslove

Original story link: http://www.twincities.com/prep/ci_26763512/pioneer-press-high-school-athletes-week

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Pictured middle: Erin Moening with state qualifying teammates Riley Quinlan and Micah Mather

!Fantasy Fitness: Revolutionizing Highland Cross Country

bveM6Qcj_bigger!Fantasy Fitness was a website/platform created by current Highland junior Tate Bosler back in the summer of 2012. Brad Moening, a staff member at Highland, created the overall concept years prior. Tate took the next step to bring it onto the web. It’s an aerobic training/exercise game played each summer by the Highland Cross Country team, as well as alumni of the team, coaches, parents, and a group of Highland staff members.  About 80 people played last year, the second season of the game. The game lasts 10 weeks – 70 days – from the last week of school to the first day of practice (the team’s summer training season).

During the game athletes try to score as many points as possible. Athletes score points by performing aerobic exercise – running, biking, swimming, rollerskiing, and hiking all count for different amounts of points. They then go to the game’s website, ifantasyfitness.com, to post their records. Records get posted onto a leaderboard (http://www.ifantasyfitness.com/leaderboard/?season=2014&disp=a) that is publicly viewable.  You win if you score the most points, run the most miles, or if you are on the team with the most points. All players are drafted onto teams, led by upperclassmen, at the start of the game – this year’s Draft is Wednesday, May 28 right after school. It will take place in room 3303. Cross country runners and participants need to register by Wednesday, May 28 at noon. The official competition dates are June 2 to August 10 2014.

Using his skills in web development, Bosler created a platform that will continue to have an impact not only on the Highland Cross Country team but other sports teams at Highland for years to come. “I developed the original version (in 2012) from scratch. I am maintaining it year after year but this is my last year running it. Coach Moening will take over mid-summer and into next year.”

For more information on !FF, visit the website for find it on Twitter:
http://www.ifantasyfitness.com
Twitter: @ifantasyfitness

Saint Paul School Board Recognizes Conference Champions

Three Highland Park teams were honored for their conference wins at the Saint Paul School Board meeting on Tuesday, November 12. The  girls’ varsity soccer team and the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams were recognized. Having three teams representing Highland Park at the ceremony is an outstanding accomplishment for the school and for all the students who worked to get there. Every student received a medal, was named in front of an audience, and shook hands with members of the School Board.

Principal Winston Tucker and Athletic Director Nancy Galligan were present to support the teams. Valeria Silva, the superintendent, congratulated team members and even stepped in for a photo with the girls’ cross country team!

Elowyn Pfeiffer, the Girls’ Soccer Team Captain and a runner for the Girls’ Cross Country Team, said in regards to soccer: “I’m very proud because everyone tried their hardest every single game and I think that’s why we took conference, because everyone was giving it their all.” In regards to cross country, Elowyn said: “Everybody worked really hard every practice, starting in the summer; the work they put in got us here.”

The event was publicized on a live stream by the Saint Paul Public School website.

For more information about the Saint Paul Board of Education, visit: http://boe.spps.org/home.html

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