Swim team separation

Highland has many sports teams and well performing clubs and one of these is the highland swim team. They are a special group of people and one of the few teams that are joined by SPA (Saint Paul Academy) to create the Sparks swim team.

Recently, Dr. Tucker announced wishes to dissolve the relationship between Highland and SPA. Many athletes were displeased when hearing this and created a petition to collect signatures to keep their team together.

The reasons Dr. Tucker had to separate the teams was discussed with the swim team parents, and athletes, in a meeting that was held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 in the Highland Park Senior High School auditorium.

Dr. Tucker prepared a document that explains his reasoning, and I have included a copy of it below. (Nothing has been edited these are all Dr. Tucker’s words)

SPARKS Swim/Dive Team students and parents:

Highland Park Senior High School is moving to dissolve the cooperative partnership for the Swimming/Dive program with SPA for next school year.

While we respect the partnership with SPA and recognize that students from both schools have formed important bonds over the years, there are a number of logistical reasons for dissolving the sharing of the two programs.

These reasons include but are not limited to the following:

  1.  Both schools have enough students to host their own teams.
  2. The current size of the team has resulted in many challenges, including having to turn away Highland Middle and Highland Senior students.
  3. The size of the team warrants multiple coaches, which is a financial problem to sustain.
  4. Continual turnover in coaching as a result of managing the two combined programs which has resulted in a lack of consistency.
  5. The logistical challenges in coordinating a team between two schools as well as the size of the team is very challenging and a deterrent for most prospective coaches.
  6. Saint Paul Public Schools has a practice of generally only having cooperative athletic partnerships with schools within the same district (there are a few necessary exceptions).
  7. The purpose of cooperative athletic partnerships is to be short term until both schools can build their programs. This goal has been accomplished.

    Please note that some have felt that this change was our athletic director’s decision. It is important to realize that as principal it was my decision to move forward with this change and as principal the responsibility rests on my shoulders.

    If you are interested in hearing more about this issue and would like share you thoughts on this matter there will be a meeting in the Highland Park Senior High School auditorium on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30pm.

    Dr. Winston H. Tucker
    Principal

Though Dr. Tucker’s reasons are valid, the swim team had some reasons of their own. The following is from a petition created by SPARKS team members.

It has come our attention that the decision has been made to separate the Sparks and Trojans swim teams into two separate teams. For years, this co-op has flourished between Highland Park and SPA, both in and out of the pool. When we, the captains of both teams, were informed of this change, ‘cultural differences’ and limited pool space were cited as reasons for the split. These cultural differences are not a reason to divide the team—they are a key factor of what makes this team so special. The relationships and bonds formed between swimmers from both schools would never have been possible without the co-op. When it comes to the issue of pool space, we found a solution to the limited space during this past season, and believe that if the issue of space were to continue to be a problem, there are more viable solutions than to just separate the teams completely. This is not like the past where the teams were only separated while competing in conference meets (but could still compete in non-conference invites, dual meets, sections, and state together). The Athletic Department wants to separate us completely. We, the captains of both teams, and our fellow teammates believe that this is not in the best interest of either the Trojans or the Sparks in any way. While swimming together competitively the boys were able to come in 5th place in their 6AA sections and the girls were able to come in 7th place in their 6AA sections. If the teams were separated, like our schools intend to do, the boys team would have come in 7th place at their sections and the girls would have come in 8th place. The boys last year were able to get a new school record for their 400 free relay with two of those swimmers being from SPA and the girls were very close to breaking the 200 free relay record of which one person was from SPA. Additionally, a swimmer from SPA for the girls team broke a record that had stood for over 20 years in the 100 fly this past season. As mentioned previously, the teams as a co-op have been able to accomplish great things that they would not have and will not be able to achieve as two separate teams. We hope to have your support and for you to sign this petition in order to help us to keep our teams together.

If this article persuaded you believe that the swim team deserves to stay together, and to continue to develop the close bond they all cherish and want to continue, please click this link and help them by signing the petition: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/278/424/275/keep-our-teams-together/

 

Sports schedule for: Nov 3-Nov 11

SATURDAY DATE:  November 3, 2018
TIME BUS DEPART EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
11:00am   Cross Country:  Girls Varsity State Tournament State Meet @ St. Olaf College  
10:00am   Cross Country:  Boys Varsity State Tournament State Meet @ St. Olaf College  
10:00am   Hockey:  Girls Varsity Scrimmage
St. Paul/Henry Sibley Riveters vs. Woodbury @ HealthEast Sports Center
10:00 a.m. vs. Rochester Center, 11:30 vs. Woodbury, 12:40 v…
 
SUNDAY DATE:  November 4, 2018 – NO ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED
MONDAY DATE:  November 5, 2018
TIME BUS DEPART EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
4:30pm   Adapted Soccer – CI: Varsity Sectional TBA vs. St. Paul Humboldt Hawks @ TBA  
TUESDAY DATE:  November 6, 2018
TIME BUS DEPART EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
4:30pm   Adapted Soccer – CI: Varsity Sectional TBA vs. St. Paul Humboldt Hawks @ TBA  
WEDNESDAY DATE:  November 7, 2018

 

TIME BUS DEPART EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
4:30pm   Adapted Soccer – PI: Varsity Game St. Paul Hawks vs. South Suburban @ Bloomington Kennedy  
THURSDAY DATE:   November 8, 2018
TIME BUS DEPART EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
  3:15pm HP, 3:30 SPA Swimming Sectionals @South View Middle School, 4725 South View Ln, Edina, MN 8:30pm
FRIDAY DATE:   November 9, 2018
TIME BUS DEPART EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
  TBA Swimming Sectionals @South View Middle School, 4725 South View Ln, Edina, MN 8pm HP and SPA
5:00pm   Hockey: Girls JV Game Park Center vs. St Paul/Henry Sibley Riveters @ West St. Paul Ice Arena  
7:00pm   Hockey: Girls Varsity Game Park Center vs. St. Paul/Henry Sibley Riveters @ West St. Paul Ice Arena  
SATURDAY, SUNDAY DATE:  November 10 and 11, 2018 – NO ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED

Sports schedule for: Oct 29-Nov 4

MONDAY DATE: October 29, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
TBD   Hockey: Girls Varsity Practice Begins  TBD vs. St. Paul/Henry Sibley Riveters

 

 
TBD   Hockey: Girls JV Practice Begins TBD vs. St. Paul/Henry Sibley Riveters  
4:30pm   Adapted Soccer – PI:  Varsity Game Minneapolis Adapted vs. St. Paul Hawks @ St. Paul Humboldt High School  
TUESDAY DATE: October 30, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
4:30pm   Adapted Soccer – CI: Varsity Game St. Paul Humboldt Hawks vs. Minneapolis Adapted @ Minneapolis Roosevelt  
6:00pm   Swimming:  Girls Varsity Twin Cities Meet Central, Como/Johnson, Harding, Highland Park/SPA, Humboldt/Washington vs. @ St. Paul Humboldt H.S.  
WEDNESDAY DATE:  October 31, 2018 – No activities scheduled
THURSDAY DATE:  November 1, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
4:30pm   Adapted soccer – PI:  Varsity Game St. Paul Hawks vs. Rochester Raiders @ Friedell Middle School  
FRIDAY DATE:  November 2, 2018 – No activities scheduled

 

SATURDAY DATE:  November 3, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
TBD   Cross Country:  Girls Varsity State Tournament vs.  
TBD   Cross Country:  Boys Varsity State Tournament vs.  
10:00am   Hockey: Girls Varsity Scrimmage, 10:00am vs. Rochester Center, 11:30 vs. Woodbury, 12:40 vs. Hopkins St. Paul/Henry Sibley Riveters vs. Woodbury at HealthEast Sports Center  
SUNDAY DATE:  November 4, 2018 – No activities scheduled

 

 

Sports schedule for: Oct 22-28

MONDAY DATE: October 22, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
4:30pm   Adapted Soccer – PI: Varsity Game St. Paul Hawks vs. South Suburban @ Bloomington Kennedy

 

 
5:30pm   Volleyball:  Girls JV Twin Cities Match vs.  Minneapolis Washburn @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.  
7:00pm   Volleyball:  Girls Varsity Twin Cities Game vs.  Minneapolis Southwest @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.  
TUESDAY DATE: October 23, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
4:30pm   Adapted soccer – CI:Varsity Game St. Paul Humboldt Hawks vs. South Washington County Adapted @ Park Cottage Grove High School  
WEDNESDAY DATE:  October 24, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
3:15pm 1:15pm Cross Country:  Girls Varsity Sectional Vs. @ Les Bolstad Golf Course 5:30pm
3:15pm 1:15pm Cross Country:  Boys Varsity Sectional Vs. @ Les Bolstad Golf Course 5:30pm
6:00pm 3:30pm Swimming:  Girls Varsity Conference Diving Central, Como/Johnson, Harding, Highland Park/SPA, Humboldt/Washington vs. TBD @ St. Paul Humboldt H.S. 7:30pm
THURSDAY DATE
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURN
4:30pm   Adapted Soccer – CI:Varsity Game Dakota United vs. St. Paul Humboldt Hawks @ St. Paul Humboldt High School  
5:30pm 3:30pm Swimming – Girls Varsity Conference Meet Central, Como/Johnson, Harding, Highland Park/SPA, Humboldt/Washington vs. @

 

9:00pm

 

FRIDAY, SATURDAY,SUNDAY DATES: October 26, 27, 28, 2018  

No events scheduled for these dates.

Sports schedule for: Oct 15-21

MONDAY DATE: October 15, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
5:00pm Football: B Squad Game Vs. Providence Academy @ Providence Academy
5:30pm   Volleyball: Girls C Squad Match Vs. Johnson @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.  
5:30pm   Volleyball: Girls JV Match Vs. Johnson @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.
7:00pm   Volleyball: Girls Varsity Match Vs. Johnson @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.
TUESDAY DATE: October 16, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
3:30pm 1:30pm Cross Country: Girls Varsity Conference Meet Vs. Central, Como Park, Harding, Humboldt, Johnson, TBD, Washington Technology Magnet @ Como Golf Course 5:45pm
3:30pm 1:30pm Cross Country: Boys Varsity St. Paul City Conference Meet Vs. Central Como Park, Harding, Humboldt, Johnson, TBD, Washington

Technology Magnet @ Como Golf Course

5:45pm
5:00pm 3:00pm Swimming: Girls Varsity Meet Highland Park/SPA vs. Central @ St. Paul Humboldt H.S. 7:30pm
WEDNESDAY DATE:  October 17, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
6:00pm   Football: Varsity Game Vs. St. Croix Preparatory Academy @ Highland Park
THURSDAY DATE:  October 18, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
12:00pm   Football:  B Squad Game Vs. Minneapolis South @ Highland Park Stadium
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY DATES:  October 19, 20, 21, 2018

No events scheduled for these days.

         

 

 

Sports schedule for: Oct 8-14

Here are next week’s scheduled events. Those hosted at Highland Park H.S. are in bold.  We hope you will attend the events of your choice and support our student athletes.  Bus times are noted for away games.
MONDAY DATE: October 8, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
4:30 pm Adapted Soccer – PI: Varsity Game St. Paul Hawks vs. Mpls. Adapted @ Minneapolis South HS.
4:30pm 3:00pm Football: JV Game vs. St. Croix Lutheran @ St. Croix Lutheran 8:00pm
TUESDAY DATE: October 9, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
4:30 pm Adapted Soccer – CI: Varsity Game Burn/Farm/Lake vs. St. Paul Humboldt Hawks @ St Paul Humboldt High School
5:30 pm 4:00pm Volleyball: Girls C Squad Match vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ Washington Technology Magnet 8:00pm
5:30 pm 4:00pm Volleyball: Girls JV Match vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ Washington Technology Magnet 8:00pm
7:00 pm 4:00pm Volleyball: Girls Varsity Match vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ Washington Technology Magnet 8:00pm
TBA Boys and Girls Soccer Section Tournament TBA
WEDNESDAY DATE: October 10, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
4:30 pm Adapted Soccer – PI: Varsity Game Rochester Raiders vs. St. Paul Hawks @ St. Paul Humboldt High School
THURSDAY DATE: October 11, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
4:00 pm 2:20pm Swimming: Girls Varsity Meet

NON-CONFERENCE

Highland Park/SPA vs. Como/Johnson @ St. Paul Humboldt High School 6:30pm
4:30 pm Adapted Soccer – CI: Varsity Game North Tartan Adapted vs. St. Paul Humboldt Hawks @ St. Paul Humboldt High School
5:30 pm   Volleyball: Girls C Squad Match Vs. Humboldt @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.
5:30 pm   Volleyball: Girls JV Match vs. Humboldt @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.
7:00 pm   Volleyball: Girls Varsity Match vs. Humboldt @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.

 

FRIDAY DATE: October 12, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
7:00 pm 5:00pm Football:  Varsity Game Vs. Providence Academy @ Providence Academy 9:00pm
SATURDAY DATE: October 13, 2018
TIME BUS LEAVES EVENT DETAILS BUS RETURNS
8:00 am 7:00am Volleyball: Girls C Squad Conference Tournament (Date changed from 10-06-18) vs. Central, Como Park, Harding, Humboldt, Johnson, Washington Technology Magnet @ St. Paul Harding H.S. 4:00pm
8:00 am 7:00am Volleyball: Girls JV Conference Tournament (Date changed from 10-06-18) vs. Central, Como Park, Harding, Humboldt, Johnson, Washington Technology Magnet @ St. Paul Harding H.S. 4:00pm
9:00 am 7:00am Volleyball: Girls Varsity Tournament Vs. Academy of Holy Angels, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Centennial, DeLaSalle, Holy Family Catholic, Mahtomedi, Simley, Wayzata @ Benilde-St. Margaret. 4:00pm

 

SUNDAY DATE: October 14, 2018

 

Sports schedule for: Sept 17-20

For your information, here are next week’s scheduled events.  We hope you will attend the events of your choice and support our student athletes.  Notations of when the buses leave and return are included. 

Go Scots!

Monday, September 17

3:15pm,  Soccer: Boys B Squad Game, vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ Highland Park

3:30 pm, Soccer: Boys Varsity Game, vs. Johnson @ St Paul Johnson H.S. (bus leaves 2pm, returns at 5pm)

3:30pm, Soccer: Boys JV Game, vs. Johnson @ Arlington and Arkwright Field (bus leaves 2pm, returns at 5pm)

3:30pm, Tennis: Girls Varsity Match, vs. Park @ Highland Park.4:30pm, Football JV game, vs.  Johnson @ St Paul Highland Park H.S.

4:30pm, Adapted Soccer – PI Varsity Game, Dakota United vs. St Paul Hawks @ St Paul Humboldt H.S.

5:00 pm, Soccer: Boys B squad vs. C Squad Game, vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ St Paul Highland Park H.S.

5:15pm, Soccer: Girls Varsity Game, vs. Johnson @ St. Paul Johnson H.S. (bus leaves 3:45pm returns 6:45pm )

5:15 pm, Soccer: Girls JV Game, vs. Johnson @ Arlington and Arkwright Field (bus 3:45pm returns 6:45pm)

5:30 pm, Volleyball: Girls C Squad Match, vs. Humboldt @ St. Paul Humboldt H.S. (bus leaves 4pm, returns 8pm)

5:30 pm, Volleyball: Girls JV Match, vs. Humboldt @ St. Paul Humboldt H.S.(bus leaves 4pm, returns 8pm)

7:00 pm, Volleyball: Girls Varsity Match, vs. Humboldt @ St. Paul Humboldt H.S. (bus leaves 4pm, returns 8pm)

Tuesday, September 18

3:15pm, Tennis: Girls Varsity Match, vs. Humboldt @ St Paul Highland Park H.S.

3:30pm, Cross Country: Girls Varsity Conference Relays, vs. Central, Como Park, Harding, Humboldt, Johnson,     TBD, Washington Technology Magnet @ Battle Creek Regional Park (bus leaves 2:30pm returns 5:30pm)

3:30pm, Cross Country: Boys Varsity Conference Relays, vs. Central, Como Park, Harding, Humboldt, Johnson, TBD, Washington Technology Magnet @ Battle Creek Regional Park (bus leaves 2:30pm returns 5:30pm)

Wednesday, September 19

7:00pm, Soccer: Girls Varsity Game (Non-Conference) vs. Como Park @ Highland Park Stadium , HPSH 220_5F-Football Stadium

Thursday, September 20

3:15pm, Soccer: Boys B Squad Game (Non-Conference) vs. Humboldt @ St. Paul Humboldt H.S (bus leaves 2:10pm, returns 5pm)

3:15pm, Tennis: Girls Varsity Match, vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ St Paul Highland Park H.S.

3:15pm, Tennis: Girls JV Match, vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ Washington Technology Magnet

3:30pm, Soccer: Girls JV Game, vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ St. Paul Highland Park H.S.

4:30pm, Adapted Soccer PI: Varsity Game, Minneapolis Adapted vs. St Paul Hawks @ St Paul Humboldt H.S.

5:00pm, Soccer: Girls Varsity Game, vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ St Paul Highland Park H.S., HPSH 220_5F Football Stadium

5:15pm, Soccer: Boys JV Game, vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ St Paul Highland Park H.S.

5:30pm, Volleyball: Girls C Squad Match, vs Johnson @ St. Paul Johnson H.S. (bus leaves 4pm, returns 8pm)

5:30pm, Volleyball: Girls JV Match, vs. Johnson @ St. Paul Johnson H.S. (bus leaves 4pm, returns 8pm)

7:00pm, Soccer: Boys Varsity Game, vs. Washington Technology Magnet @ St Paul Highland Park H.S., HPSH 220_5F – Football Stadium

7:00pm, Swimming: Girls Varsity Meet, Como/Johnson vs. Highland Park/SPA @ St. Paul Humboldt H.S. (bus leaves 5pm, returns 9pm)

7:00pm, Volleyball: Girls Varsity Match, vs. Johnson @ St Paul Johnson H.S. (bus leaves 4pm, returns 8pm)

Friday, September 21

3:30pm, Tennis: Girls JV Match, vs. Simley @ St Paul Highland Park H.S.
5:00pm, Football Varsity Game, vs. Central @ St Paul Central (bus leaves 3:25pm returns 7pm)

September 22

10:00am, Soccer: Boys JV Game, vs. Central @ St Paul Highland Park H.S.

12:00pm, Soccer: Girls JV Game, vs. Central @ St Paul Highland Park H.S.

12:00pm, Soccer: Boys Varsity Game, vs.  Central @ St Paul Highland Park H.S. HPSH 220_5F, Football Stadium

2:00pm, Soccer: Girls Varsity Game, vs. Central @ St Paul Highland Park H.S. HPSH 220_5F, Football Stadium

3:00pm, Swimming: Girls Varsity Invitational, vs. Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Bloomington Jefferson, Centennial, Coon Rapids, Delano, East Ridge, Farmington, Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Minneapolis South, Princeton, Rochester Century, Rogers @ University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course.

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!