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Spotlight on HPSH volleyball player Alyssa Ramos

By: Ayamei Her

Alyssa Ramos is on Highland’s varsity volleyball team. The position she plays is libero which she says “I honestly love playing libero I didn’t think I would but it feels right and I feel like I have more control over both the game and the ball.” Alyssa says it fits her because she’s good at defense, running the back court, and she isn’t the tallest or the most aggressive on the team. Being on the volleyball team is about being committed, being open to own up to your mistakes, and wanting to fix them. 

Getting on the team isn’t always an easy process. Alyssa was on the varsity team last year but that doesn’t mean her spot this year was guaranteed; she still fought to keep her spot and to show that she deserved to keep it and stay on varsity. Everyone tries out for the team all together.

There’s 5 days of tryouts and boot camp was everyday from 9-2 with a lunch break. During the boot camp, they broke down the skills, did conditioning to see who could keep up, and practiced passing and serving. The boot camp also included seeing how you could play defense and offense. It was about who deserved a spot on the teams, but it’s not just about how you play it’s also about your attitude and mindset. 

Image taken from: The official volleyball instagram of the HPSH team: hpvb_2022

Most of the team has been playing together for a long time. Some players have more experience than others because they play club volleyball which is also the reason why not everyone on the team is going at the same pace or playing on the same level.

Playing volleyball is mostly about having fun, but it’s also “A game of mistakes,” which is how Alyssa Ramos described it. To prepare for games they study the other team’s and their players to see their weakest and strongest players and play accordingly. 

Last year, the Highland varsity volleyball team was state bound. Alyssa says it was scary and didn’t realize it was the real deal until they placed 1st in the conference. She also adds that it was an amazing experience that was incredibly fun. 

Image taken from: The official volleyball instagram of the HPSH team: hpvb_2022

I asked Alyssa what her words of inspiration were to help young girls stay motivated and continue on with volleyball, and she said, “If you really want a spot on the team you have to go out and show them what you’re capable of and if you get the spot, show them that you earned it. Everyone makes mistakes, volleyball is a game of mistakes. You have to have the right mindset for the game and practices. Give it your all even in practice.” 

Image taken from: The official volleyball instagram of the HPSH team: hpvb_2022

Sports schedule for: Oct 3-8

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: OCTOBER 3 – OCTOBER 8
MONDAYOCTOBER 3 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:30pm Tennis Sections vs. HardingHOME
4:00pm / 4:00pm 6:00pm Boys Soccer vs. SimleyHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:45pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
6:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmJV Football vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
TUESDAYOCTOBER 4
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm / 7:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pm 5:30pm / 8:30pmGirls Soccer vs. CentralCentral High School
WEDNESDAYOCTOBER 5
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
THURSDAYOCTOBER 6
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm / 4:30pm  4:30pm3:15pm / 6:00pmBoys Soccer vs. KennedyBloomington Kennedy High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. South St. PaulHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. CentralHOME
FRIDAYOCTOBER 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. HardingHOME
7:00pm4:00pm / 9:30pmFootball vs. Mound WestonkaMound Westonka High School
SATURDAYOCTOBER 8
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
10:30am6:45am / 2:00pmCross Country MeetArrowwood Resort – Alexandria
1:00pm Boys Varsity Soccer vs. SouthwestMPLS Southwest  High School

Sports schedule for: Sept 26-Oct 1

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 1
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 26 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmVarsity Tennis vs. SouthPowderhorn Park
5:00pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm / 6:30pm V: 5:15pm / 8:45pmBoys Soccer vs. St. Croix PrepSt. Croix Prep
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 27
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. SouthwestV: Linden Hills Park JV: HOME
5:00pm Girls JV Soccer vs. HardingHOME
6:00pm4:00pm / 8:00pmJV Football vs. CentralCentral High School
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 28
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm B-Squad Soccer vs. Como ParkHOME
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 29
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pmB: 3:15pm / 5:30pm JV: 4:00pm / 6:30pm V: 5:30pm / 8:45pmBoys Soccer vs. CentralB: Jimmy Lee Rec Center JV/V: Central High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. CentralHOME
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 30
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. HardingHOME
SATURDAYOCTOBER 1
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
9:30am8:30am / 11:00amBoys B-Squad Soccer vs. Holy AngelsAcademy of Holy Angels
9:30am / 9:30am 11:00am8:45am / 12:15pmVolleyball vs. Minnehaha AcademyMinnehaha Academy
1:00pm10:30am / 3:30pmFootball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School

Sports schedule for: Sept 19-24

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 19 – SEPTEMBER 24
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 19 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm JV Football vs. JohnsonHOME
4:30pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm / 6:30pm V: 5:30pm / 8:30pmGirls Soccer vs. RichfieldRichfield High School
5:30pm / 7:00pm Volleyball vs. St. Paul AcademyHOME
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 20
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. Como ParkV: Como Park High School JV: HOME
4:15pm2:30pm / 6:00pmBoys Varsity Soccer vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm JV Girls Soccer vs. Central Varsity Girls Soccer vs. JohnsonHOME
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 21
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. Minnehaha AcademyV: HOME JV: Minnehaha Academy
5:30pm / 5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmVolleyball vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. HardingHOME
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 22
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. MPLS SouthwestV: Powderhorn Park JV: HOME
4:15pm3:15pm / 6:30pmGirls Swimming and Diving Meet vs. HardingHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 4:30pm3:15pm / 6:00pmBoys B-Squad / JV Soccer vs. HardingB: HOME JV: Bakken Field
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 23
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:00pm1:00pm / 4:30pmBoys / Girls Cross Country Roy Griak InviteLes Bolstad Golf Course
3:15pm Tennis Twin Cities MatchSt. Paul Site
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
7:00pm5:15pm / 8:45pmBoys Varsity Soccer vs. HardingBakken Field
SATURDAYSEPTEMBER 24
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBDTBDGirls Swimming and DivingJean K. Freeman Aquatic Center
10:00am / 10:00am Girls Soccer vs. St. Paul AcademySt. Paul Academy
1:00pm10:30am / 3:30pmFootball vs. CentralCentral High School
5:00pm / 5:00pm 7:00pm Boys Soccer vs. IrondaleHOME

Sports schedule for: Sept 12-17

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 12 – SEPTEMBER 17
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 12 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 5:00pmJV: 2:40pm / 5:00pm V: 3:40pm / 7:00pmBoys Soccer vs. Minnehaha AcademyMinnehaha Academy
4:00pm / 4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. TartanVarsity: HOME JV: Tartan High School
4:30pm JV Football vs. Bloomington KennedyHOME
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 13
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmVarsity Tennis vs. JohnsonEastview Park
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. Holy AngelsHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:15pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. Hill-MurrayHill-Murray School
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 14
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 15
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm3:15pm / 6:00pmGirls Swimming & Diving vs. Humboldt / WashingtonHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 4:15pm2:45pm / 5:45pmGirls Soccer vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmV: 5:30pm / 8:45pmBoys Soccer vs. HumboldtJV: HOME B/V: Humboldt High School
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. WashburnHOME
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 16
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
6:00pm Football vs. JohnsonHOME
SATURDAYSEPTEMBER 17
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
8:00am C-Squad Volleyball TournamentMounds View High School
V: 11:00am JV: 1:00pmV: 9:00am/12:30pm JV: 11:00am/2:30pmGirls Soccer vs. Chisago LakesChisago Lakes High School

Sports schedule for: Sept 5-10

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 5 – SEPTEMBER 10
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 5 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 6
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm Tennis vs. WashingtonHOME
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 5:00pm 7:00pm3:15pm / 5:45pmBoys Soccer vs. Como ParkB-Squad: Como Park HS JV/V: HOME
4:30pm3:15pm / 6:30pmJV Football vs. SouthwestMPLS Southwest HS
5:15pm / 7:15pmJV: 3:55pm / 6:45pm V: 5:45pm / 8:45pmGirls Soccer vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 8
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. HumboldtV: Humboldt High School JV: HOME
4:15pm / 5:15pm 6:30pm Volleyball vs. St. Croix LutheranSt. Croix Lutheran Academy
7:00pm5:45pm / 9:00pmSwimming & Diving vs. Como/JohnsonHumboldt High School
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 9
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
V: 5:00pm JV: 5:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pmGirls Soccer vs. WashingtonWashington Technology
JV: 4:00pm B: 6:00pm V: 6:00pmJV: 3:15pm/5:45pm B/V: 4:30pm/7:45pmBoys Soccer vs. WashingtonWashington Technology
4:30pm / 5:00pm Boys & Girls Cross Country Meet St. Paul 2-MileHOME
7:00pm Football vs. KennedyHOME
SATURDAYSEPTEMBER 10
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD11:15am / 2:00pmGirls Swimming & Diving Hastings InviteHastings High School
9:00am / 9:00am 2:00pmJV: 8:00am / 3:00pm V: 1:15pm / 7:00pmVolleyball TournamentsC: Lakeville North High School JV: Blaine High School V: Visitation School

Highland Park vs. Monticello Volleyball

By: Mary Koch

The final game for the 2021 volleyball season at Highland was on Friday 11/12 at the Xcel Energy Center.

The team played for 5th place against Monticello High School in the AAA consolation semifinal. The game was close, but Monticello won in the fifth set.

Outside, Kiyomi Callahan, one of the team captains, had the most kills at 19, and the team had 41 kills, 189 attempts, and 39 errors. Monticello had 47 kills, 181 attempts, and 31 errors.

Highland had 4 service aces and 4 errors, and Monticello had 11 aces and 9 errors. Bella Kottke had 3 solo blocks, and Kiyomi had 1. Highland had 3 block errors and 4 assist blocks. Monticello had 6 solo blocks and 2 errors.

The game went better than their game on Wednesday 11/10, against Marshall where they lost 3-0. The team’s defense was struggling which made it hard to get a good kill.

The coach said that the team played better and with more energy, and it was a close game.

Highland won the first set 25-18, but they lost 25-22 in the second. Monticello won again 25-15 in the third game, and Highland won 25-20 in the fourth set. Monticello broke the tie in the fifth set winning 15-8.

On Monticello, Peyton Konz had the most kills at 12, and Natalie Emmerich had 11. Highland had 99 total digs, and Monticello had 92.

One student said, “Highland did a good job moving on from the last game and playing well.”

A player on the team said, “We fought hard and played some of our best volleyball, but in the end fell short. It was an amazing, history making season since we haven’t been to state since 1977 and I wouldn’t want to do it on a team with anyone else.”

The team ended up 8th in state for their first time at state since 1977. The season overall went really well. Both captains, Kiyomi Callahan and Azeria Stagg, graduate this year along with Joleene Acon, Delaney Sis, and Alysa Monteagudo.

Sports schedule for 10/25 – 10/30

MONDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 25TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
TUESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 26TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
7:00pm Volleyball vs. South St. PaulHOME
7:00pm5:00pm / 8:45pmFootball vs. Harding/Humboldtat Harding High School
WEDNESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 27TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
THURSDAYDATE: OCTOBER 28TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
Girls – 3:30pm Boys – 4:15pm Boys / Girls Cross Country Sectionsat Valleywood Golf Course
7:00pm Volleyball Section SemifinalsHOME
FRIDAYDATE: OCTOBER 29TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
SATURDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 30TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
3:00pm Football Section SemifinalsTBD

Sports schedule for: 10/18-10/22

MONDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 18TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm4:30pm / 8:45pmJV Football vs. North St. PaulPolar Field
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmJV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Como Parkat Como Park High School
TUESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 19TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:00pm Boys / Girls Cross Country Conference ChampionshipHOME
WEDNESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 20TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm C-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. CentralHOME
7:00pm5:00pm / 8:45pmFootball vs. St. Croix Lutheranat St. Croix Lutheran
THURSDAYDATE: OCTOBER 21ST
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
FRIDAYDATE: OCTOBER 22ND
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
SATURDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 23RD
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    

Sports schedule for: 10/11-10/16

MONDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 11TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
TUESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 12TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:00pm Girls Soccer vs. Two Riversat Two Rivers High School
7:00pm Boys Soccer vs. Holy Angelsat Academy of Holy Angels
WEDNESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 13TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmC-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. HardingHOME
THURSDAYDATE: OCTOBER 14TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm Diving Conference Meetat Humboldt High School
FRIDAYDATE: OCTOBER 15TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
6:30pm Swimming Conference Meetat St. Catherine University
7:00pm5:00pm / 8:45pmFootball vs. North St. Paulat North St. Paul High School
SATURDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 16TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
9:00am8:00am / 2:00pmVarsity Volleyball Tournament  Benilde-St. Margaret’sat Benilde-St. Margaret’s