Preview of Champions League final: Real Madrid vs Liverpool

In this year’s Champions League Final there is experienced Real Madrid looking for a three-peat in the competition most clubs salivate to qualify for, and there is the high-flying mighty Reds of Liverpool that are looking to get their hands on the Coupe de Clubes Champions Europeans trophy.

With both teams leading all teams in goals scored throughout the competition, the game will be played with especially meticulous tactics from the respective managers: Zidane of Real Madrid and Klopp of Liverpool.

Real Madrid will be getting the nod on most bets, but there is plenty of possibility for upset. Liverpool led the competition up this point with a whopping 40 goals through 13 games. The Reds also only let in 15 goals. Because of Real’s experience, the presence of one of the greatest goal-scorers of all-time, the amount of big-time players they have in the starting lineup, their reserves, and intelligence of their manager, Madrid has been given a 56% edge for the match.

Liverpool’s story has been quite enthralling and captivating. With the addition of Mo Salah, the Egyptian magician, Liverpool finished fourth in the EPL, and Salah led them to this Champions League Final shutting up all of the haters on their pressing, energy-enthused squad. The team is a collection of veterans, like James Milner and Jordan Henderson, with plenty of healthy confidence and know-how, plus youth, with plenty of potential in players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joseph Gomez.

With plenty of energy and quality up top from Firmino, Mane, and Salah, the Reds will have to focus on sustaining a balanced midfield throughout the 90 minutes and keeping a composed, yet aggressive backline. While dealing with Madrid’s star-studded midfield, and front line is possible, most think it will come down to how much magic Klopp’s attacking three can produce.

image taken from: Final Liga de Campeones 2018: Real Madrid vs Liverpool – Monterrey 360

In regards to Madrid, and the almost flawless squad they seem to maintain year after year, it is all about execution. Zidane will put forth a master plan to pick apart the Reds, and all the Madridistas must do is follow his instructions, put all of their effort in, and leave everything on the field with nothing to regret. If they do so, most seem to think that is quite plausible that they will come out with the victory for the third straight year.

All in all, the match will be quite intriguing so I suggest you tune in.

 

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

UEFA Champions League preview

The UEFA Champions League final is set for Saturday, June 3rd, at 1:45pm CT. The two finalists consist of the La Liga champions Real Madrid and Juventus.

Real Madrid finished 2nd in Group F with a 3-3-0 record (W-D-L). They defeated Napoli, Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid to advance to the finals. Cristiano Ronaldo was 2nd with 10 goals, and 2nd with 6 assists in the whole tournament.

Juventus finished 1st in Group H with a 4-2-0 record. They defeated Porto, FC Barcelona, and Monaco to reach the finals. They have allowed just 1 goal in their past 7 games, and just 3 goals the whole entire tournament.

Real Madrid this year have already become champs in other areas. They won their league championship on Sunday, May 21st, with a 2-0 win over Malaga, which clinched the title. Real Madrid had a great season totaling 93 points. Ronaldo scored 25 goals and helped lead his team to their first league championship in 5 years. Alvaro Morata helped this year as well, with 15 goals, proving to be a future talent. Toni Kroos also played well, with 12 assists, the 2nd most in the league.

Juventus had yet another successful season in the Italian Series A league. They won the championship for the 3rd straight year and their 12th total championship. Gonzalo Higuain had an outstanding season with 24 goals, although much less than his career high of 36 goals last year; it was still a great showing for Higuain. He’s scored at least 17 goals since 2013-14, and has proved to be a top striker in the world. Miralem Pjanic was tied for 12th in the league, with 8 assists, and was a great help this year.

Juventus and Real Madrid should hopefully put on a show at the National Stadium of Wales in the Capital of Wales, Cardiff. The game can be watched on ESPN and Fox Sports.

I predict Real Madrid will come out victorious, 2-1.

FC Barcelona makes miraculous 2nd leg comeback against PSG

FC Barcelona did the impossible and made a comeback against PSG. In the champions league, during the knockout stages, in each matchup, there are 2 games played – 1 at each team’s stadium. When the away team scores a goal, they have an advantage if the other team doesn’t score. When they are the away team then, they have the tiebreaker.

In the first matchup, PSG decimated Barcelona 4-0 with Barcelona not even getting a measly away goal to give them better odds. Angel Di Maria scored a brace, or 2 goals, as well as Edison Cavani scoring once, and Julian Draxler also scoring once.

In the second leg, Barcelona scored very early in the game. Luis Suarez scored in the 3rd minute of the game, making the comeback look very possible. Kurzawa then scored an own goal, right before half, making it 2-0 before half.

In the second half, Messi calmly made it 3-0. Barcelona at this point only needed 1 more goal to tie it up and send it to overtime, but that changed very quickly as Cavani, PSG striker, scored, giving them the crucial away goal forcing Barcelona to score at least 6 if they wanted to advance to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

In the 80′ minute everything looked hopeless for Barca, but then the fans started to cheer and chant “we are proud of your efforts” and “yes we can.”

In the 88′ minute Neymar, scored a marvelous free kick and the fans began singing the anthem of the football club.  Not long after, Neymar scored again in the 90′ minute off of a penalty after Suarez was fouled in the penalty area.

The ref gave 5 minutes of stoppage time, and in the ’95 minute, Neymar gave a brilliant pass in the box to Sergi Roberto, with the game winner completing the greatest comeback in Champions League history.

2017 is beginning to look like the year of the comebacks. First, the greatest comeback in NFL playoff history, not to mention it happened in the Super Bowl, was completed by the Patriots, and now FC Barcelona has joined the comeback party. Which team could be the next to make the impossible possible?

Girls Varsity Soccer Sections Game

The Highland Park Girls Varsity soccer team had an overall very successful season. With five wins and one loss they came in second in the Saint Paul Public Schools conference.

Audrey Dombro, one of the soccer captains this year, said, “I’m really pleased with the dynamic of our group”.

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The girls soccer team made it to sections and played Trinity on October 13th and played a very close game, making the first goal. The team played this team earlier in the year also playing a close game and tied 2-2. They sadly lost the sections game 2-3.

Audrey also commented on their game performance, “We hoped to advance in sections and perform against more competitive teams. While we didn’t win our game, our season was a testament to the fact that we definitely have played at a level that was high enough to have gone further.”

Get ‘em next year girls!

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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!