Sports schedule for: Oct 23-Nov 1

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

Fall Sports: Co-ed Cross-country,Adapted Soccer, Football,Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Girls Swimming. Danceline, Cheerleading

Activities the Week of Oct. 23-Nov. 1

Monday  Oct. 23

Volleyball Twin CIties Match @ Mpls. Southwest  C-Squad & JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm  (Bus 4:15/8:15pm)

Danceline begins

Tuesday Oct. 24

Varsity Volleyball @ HP TBD

Girls Swim Varsity Twin Cites Meet @ Mpls. Southwest 5pm (Bus 4:30/8:30pm)

Wednesday Oct. 25

Co-Ed Cross Country Sectional @ Bolstad- University GC 3pm (Bus 1:30/5:30pm)

Girls Varsity Conference Diving @ Humboldt 6pm(Bus 4/8pm)

Thursday Oct. 26

Girls Swim Varsity Conference Meet @ St. Catherine’s 6pm

Friday Oct. 27

Saturday Oct 28

Mon.Oct. 30:

Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey begins

Tues: Oct. 31:

Wed. Nov. 1

Girls Swim Varsity Twin Cities Meet TBD @ Mpls. Site 6pm

Thurs. Nov. 2

Fri Nov. 3:

Sat. Nov. 4:

State Cross Country Championship @ St. Olaf College (Bus 7:30/12pm)

Go Scots!

Sports schedule for: Oct 16-21

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

Fall Sports: Co-ed Cross-country, Adapted Soccer, Football,Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Girls Swimming, Danceline, Cheerleading

Activities the Week of October 16-21

Monday Oct. 16:

Volleyball @ Humboldt  JV & C-Squad 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm

Tuesday Oct. 17:

Co-Ed Cross Country @ Como Park GC 3pm

Girls Swim Meet @ Humboldt 5pm

Volleyball @ Johnson JV & C-Squad 5:30pm  Varsity 7pm

Wednesday Oct. 18:

Varsity Football vs. New Life Academy @ St.Croix Prep 7pm

Thursday Oct. 19:

B-Squad Football vs. New Life Academy @ Health East Sports Center 4:15pm

Friday Oct. 20:

Saturday Oct. 21:

Go Scots!

Sports schedule for: Oct 9-13

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

Fall Sports: Co-ed Cross-country,Adapted Soccer, Football,Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Girls Swimming. Danceline, Cheerleading

Activities the Week of October 9-13

Monday Oct. 9:

Tuesday Oct. 10:

B Squad Football @ Minnehaha 4:15

Volleyball @ Central JV & C 5:30 Varsity 7:00

Girls’ Swimming @ Humboldt 6:30

Wednesday Oct. 11:

Thursday Oct. 12:

Volleyball @ HP vs Washington JV & C 5:30 & Varsity 7:00

Friday Oct. 13:

Varsity Football @ HP vs Providence Academy 6:00

Saturday Oct. 14:

Volleyball C & JV Tournament @ Harding TBA

B Squad Football @ HP vs Providence Academy 10:00

Go Scots!

Sports schedule for: Oct 2-7

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

Fall Sports: Co-ed Cross-country, Adapted Soccer, Football, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Girls Swimming. Danceline, Cheerleading

Activities the Week of October 2-7

Monday Oct. 2:

Boys B-squad Soccer @ Washington Tech. Magnet 4:30pm (Bus 3/6pm)

Tuesday Oct 3: 

Girls Soccer @ Simley JV 4pm  (Bus 2:30/5:30pm)  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 5:30/8:30pm)

Volleyball @ Harding  JV @ C-Squad  5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 4:30/8pm)

Wednesday Oct. 4:

Boys Varsity & JV Soccer @ Humboldt 3:15pm (Bus 2/5pm)

C-Squad Volleyball vs. SPA @ HP 3:30pm

Thursday Oct. 5:.

Co-Ed Cross Country Invitational  @ Fox Hollow Gun Club 4pm (Bus 1:15/5:30pm)

Girls Soccer vs. South St. Paul @ HP  JV @ 5pm  Varsity @ 7pm

Volleyball vs. Como Park @ HP  JV & C-Squad 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm

B-Squad Football @ St. Croix Lutheran 7pm

Friday Oct. 6:

Saturday Oct 7:

Varsity & JV Volleyball Tournament @ Park-Cottage Grove 9am

Varsity Football vs. St. Croix Lutheran @ HP 1pm  (Homecoming- Half Time Cross Country Exhibition)

Boys B-Squad Soccer Tournament TBD 11am start

Go Scots!

Sports schedule for: Sept 18-23

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

Fall Sports: Co-ed Cross-country,Adapted Soccer, Football,Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Girls Swimming. Danceline, Cheerleading

Activities the Week of September 18-23

Monday Sept. 18:

Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Humboldt @ HP 3:15pm

Boys Varsity & JV Soccer vs. Humboldt @ HP 5pm   B-Squad vs. Como @ McMurray Fields 3:15pm (Bus 2:15/5pm)

Volleyball @ Washington Tech. Magnet  JV & C-Squad 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 4:30/8pm)

Tuesday Sept.19: 

Co-Ed Cross Country @ Battle Creek Reg. Park 3pm (Bus 2:15/5:30pm)

Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Johnson @ HP 4pm  JV @ Phalen Tennis Courts 4pm (Bus 2:45/5pm))

Girls Varsity Swim Meet @ Humboldt 6:30pm (Bus 5/9pm)

Wednesday Sept. 20:

JV & Varsity Boys  Soccer vs. Johnson @ HP 3:15pm   B-Squad @ Como Park 5pm (Bus 3:45/6:45pm)

Varsity Tennis @ Humboldt  3:15pm  (Bus 2:30/5:30pm)  JV vs. Simley @ HP 3:30pm

Girls Varsity & JV Soccer  vs. Johnson @ HP 5pm

Volleyball vs. Humboldt @ HP  JV & C-Squad 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm

Thursday Sept. 21:

Girls B-Squad Tennis  vs. CDH @ HP 3:30pm

Friday Sept. 22: 

Varsity Football vs. Central @ HP 4pm

Boys Varsity & JV Soccer @ Washington Tech. Magnet 3:15pm (Bus 2:10/5pm)

Girls Varsity & JV Soccer @ Washington Tech. Magnet 5:15pm

Saturday Sept. 23:

Varsity Volleyball Tournament @ Nova Classical Academy 9am

Girls Varsity  Soccer vs. Trinity School @ River Ridge 2pm (Bus 12:45/3:30pm) JV 10am (Bus 8:45/11:30am)

Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Trinity School @ River Ridge 4pm (Bus 2:15/6pm)   JV 12pm (Bus 10:30/2pm)

Co-Ed Cross Country Invitational @  Bolstad- University GC 2:15pm

The wildest ending in Super Bowl history

Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots, defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28, in overtime, to win the Super Bowl.

In the first quarter, not much happened offensively for the 2016/17 season MVP Matt Ryan, of the Atlanta Falcons, as the first quarter ended 0-0.

In the second quarter, Devonta Freemen ran it in for the first Atlanta touchdown. The Falcons then got the ball back and scored again, this time throwing it to the tight end, Austin Hooper, for another touchdown, making it 14-0 very quickly. Even though no team has ever come back from being more than 10 points behind, the Falcons were still relentless. Tom Brady ended up throwing an interception, which was returned for a touchdown by Robert Alford, a starting corner for the Atlanta Falcons, making it 21-0.  The Patriots got some life back by kicking a late second quarter field goal, making it 21-3 at the half.

The Falcons started the second half the same way they did in the second quarter – scoring a quick touchdown making it a 28-3 game. Matt Ryan threw his second touchdown to Tevin Coleman. Brady then finally threw his first touchdown of the game, late in the third quarter, giving Patriots fans hope in a comeback. That hope quickly went away though, as Gostkowski, the Patriot’s kicker, missed the extra point, narrowing the deficit to 19 points going into the 4th quarter: 28-9.

Matt Ryan was sack fumbled by Donta Hightower, but the Patriots could not capitalize with the great field position they had and settled for a field goal making it 28-12 in the 4th quarter, with 9:44 left in the game.  Atlanta got the ball back, but didn’t do much with it as they went 3 and out. Tom Brady then drove down the field, once again, and threw a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola. The Patriots were successful in their 2 point try making it a 20-28 game. The Patriots somehow got the ball back again with 3 minutes left, scoring with less then a minute on the clock making it 28-28 and sending the game to overtime.

The refs called the coin toss for possession in overtime. The Patriots selected heads and the coin flipped heads. The Patriots selected to receive the ball, and they drove down 75 yards and scored the game winning touchdown, making the game 34-28, and completing the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

 

Highland Park falls short of a State appearance once again

The Scots lost for the second time in a row, in the Section Finals, to Fridley, a team they had beat earlier in the season. Had the Scots beat Fridley, they would have made their first State Tournament appearance in the school’s history. The Scots came back from a 28-7 deficit, but it wasn’t enough in the end as they fell 49-40.

This season has been full of many up and downs.  Some of the highlights include beating the Fridley Tigers in the regular season at their homecoming.  The Highland Scots also got the Musket back as they beat the Central Minutemen, at Central, beating them 21-14 and ending a 6 game losing streak in the musket bowl to Central.

Next season the Scots will be facing 5A teams, unlike this year where they faced many 4A teams, so they will see much better competition then they did this year.  The Scots will also be losing key Seniors, such as team captains Will Conzet, Amitri Collins-Westlund, and Antonio Ortiz.

Key Sophomores and Juniors will need to step up in the next offseason if they want to be the first to make it to the State tournament after losing in the section finals the last couple of years.

The Scots end 6 year drought and bring the Musket back to Highland

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The Highland Park Scots faced the Central Minutemen at Central for the annual Musket Bowl.  The Scots arrived at James Griffen stadium a full hour before the Minutemen made their flashy entrance 15 minutes before the game began.

The game had started with the Scots receiving the ball first and they scored quickly, but the Minutemen answered immediately the next drive making it 7-7 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Amitri Collins scored a touchdown making it 14-7 at half.

In the third quarter, Opi Aghenu, of the Minutemen, scored his second touchdown tying the game at 14-14.

In the 4th quarter the Scots drove down the field and scored another touchdown.  The Scots held on defensively for a 21-14 victory.

The Scots are heating up after their 1-3 start, winning their last 4 straight, including the Musket Bowl.  The Scots now have a chance to make history and enter the state tournament as they play Fridley once again in the section finals.

Homecoming football spirit

A typical Homecoming week at a high school consists of a home football game and a dance. Highland Park Senior High had their Homecoming week starting on Monday, September 25th. The weekdays were the days that had themes which mostly had something to to do with your clothing. To end the week a pep fest was held during 7th hour on Friday. The after school activities were where the real fun started for Homecoming week at Highland though.

The Homecoming dance was held on Friday, September 30th in the field house. The theme this year was “A Dance in Paradise” which brought along some cool decorations. The Field House was decorated in colorful green, yellow, and red leis with green wallpaper hung up. The dance itself had about 100 students attend, which was down from last year’s attendance numbers. The DJ at the dance was the same as the Boat Dance from last school year, and did an okay job, but we felt like the people at the dance could have had more energy.

The dance seemed to be the culmination of a lack of spirit during the weekdays of Homecoming at Highland. Homecoming is an opportunity to have fun with your friends and support your school, but we didn’t feel like that’s what was happening at our school for most people.

The bright spot of Homecoming week, by far, was the football game. We felt that this was the exception because people really wanted Highland to win and we felt like that made a great atmosphere on a beautiful day.

homecomingThe Homecoming football game was on the Saturday after Homecoming week, against the St. Anthony Village Huskies. The game had a very positive start, with a rushing touchdown by Amitri Collins within the first few minutes of the game, and at half time, the Scots were ahead of the Huskies.

During half time, the dance team debuted a new dance that they had been working on to the song “Salute” by Little Mix. The HPSH band also played a moving tribute to Prince by marching and playing to the song “1999.”

After half time, the Scots continued to score more touchdowns, and by the end of the game, the Scots had brought home an impressive win with a score of 64-28. This improved Highland’s record to 2-3 on the season.

Homecoming this year was rather lackluster in many people’s opinion, including the author’s of this article. The week itself had themes that most people did not participate in, and even the Homecoming dance itself, an event that is usually looked forward to by the students, was not much of a hit at all, based on its low attendance. In the end though, the next day, during the Homecoming football game, the big win by the football team definitely raised everyone’s school spirit back up.

The Musket Game

The annual Musket Game went off without a hitch, packing the stands with passionate fans for both schools. The first two quarters Central and Highland were competing in a close game, but towards the end the intensity affected everyone who attended, including players. Highland slipped behind but never gave up, however, ultimately, Central took the win.

We interviewed Jenna Cook, Katie Darwitz, and Gaby Masiello about the game from a fan perspective. They all agreed that the game was exciting, but the loss affected the vibe overall.

There are still complaints that we do not give enough school spirit for our team during the games and that the mascot is slacking on energy, with one person even asking “Who even is the mascot?”.

Requests have also been made for better themed games as well as the themes being better announced. Few people followed the Musket Game theme of underclassmen wearing white and upperclassmen wearing red.

However, that is just off the field. We interviewed players off the varsity team including Mason Ferguson, Rasjus Jackson, Tre Hollamon and Amitri Collins. We asked how it felt to be out there that evening, on the bench or field, and it was unanimous that the word to describe it was “intense.”

Some of the players felt that Central had bad sportsmanship, while others felt it was reasonable because of the known tension at rivalry games. Many players felt that their personal game was on point but the plays and overall teamwork could have been better.

Disappointed, but never despairing – We’ll get ‘em next year.