Volleyball

After a 2014 campaign that led to a conference title and a deep run into the section playoffs, the Highland Park Scots girls volleyball team is once again slated to put together another successful 2015 season. After a 4-0 start that included wins against Sibley and fellow St Paul City conference foe Johnson, the Scots entered the weekend with momentum as they attended the Visitation Invitational Tournament.

They started their tournament run against St. Louis Park, and defeated them in convincing fashion 2-1. Next they faced the team that would give them trouble throughout the entire tournament, the Academy of Holy Angels. Highland battled hard in the first set, but would ultimately end up losing to Holy Angels 2-1. Although it was a tough loss the girls were not out of the tournament yet, and next they had to face conference rival Como Park. This matchup provided one of the most entertaining games of the tournament. After dropping the first set to Co
mo, the team fought strong during the 2nd set and forced it to go into extra games and eventually pulled off a 30-28 win, and would then go on to win the 3rd set. Following anther 2-1 victory of Robbinsdale Armstrong, the girls found themselves matched up again against Holy Angels in the 1st place game. After dropping the first set in extra games 27-25, they were able to win the 2nd set 25-22 and force a 3rd game for all the marbles. The team would eventually lose the 3rd set 15-10 for their 2nd loss of the tournament to Holy Angels, and settle for 2nd place.

The team has received very good play from senior captain and Division 1 commit Emilia Czapiewska. She currently is leading the team in scoring and provides a threat in front of the net. They have also received very nice play at the setter position from sisters Cassandra and Maddy Krois. The sister duo leads the team in assists. Another player to look out for is Junior Maria Nelson, who is putting up nice scoring numbers, as well as Junior Lucia Calatayud, who keeps the opposing team on their toes with her nice serve game.

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

Varsity Volleyball – Highland (H) vs. SPA (V)

Wednesday night’s Girls Varsity Volleyball game vs. the SPA Spartans was the last game of the season for this year’s Lady Scots. Going into the game, both teams were closely ranked so a suspenseful game was to be expected. Many of the games were close, however the SPA Spartans prevailed in the end, advancing in Sections.

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Head Coach of the Varsity Volleyball Team, Coach Kramer, shared her thoughts with us regarding the game and the season as a whole: “We played well as a team last night and stayed positive and continued to work hard point for point.  We walked away with heads held high knowing we had a great season with a record of 17-8.”

As always, the Highland school spirit was incredibly apparent in the stands. Members of the C-Squad and JV Volleyball teams were there to support the players as well as other HPSH students, staff, parents, and community members. Once again, Ethan Aune (10) lead the HPSH Student section in various cheers, keeping the Highland spirit alive and well.

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Even though Highland didn’t win, everyone couldn’t be prouder of the accomplishments of the Highland Girls Varsity Volleyball team. Their dedication and genuine love of the sport was always apparent from a spectators point of view. Congratulations to the Lady Scots Varsity Volleyball team for a fantastic season:

(# – Name, Position, Grade)

3 – Chelsi Her, DS, 12 (Graduating Senior)

6 – Emilia Czapiewska, OH, 10

7 – Allison Kurtz, S, 11

8 – Molly McMahon, OH, 11

9 – Emma Muter, RH, 12 (Graduating Senior)

10 – Edith Kamau, MH, 12 (Graduating Senior)

11 – Lydia Thompson, MH, 12 (Graduating Senior)

12 – Meagan Blair, OH, 10

14 – Annie Conzet, S, 11

19 – Alex Linssen, DS, 10

21 – Maria Nelson, OH, 9

23 – Adriana Cardenas, MH, 11

25 – Justice Voss, MH, 10

26 – Nina Bielinski, DS, 11

51 – Leah Hunt, DS, 11

As always, here’s a few pictures from the game. #ScotsNation always and forever:

Emilia Czapiewska (10)

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Varsity Volleyball – Highland (H) vs. Como (V)

Tuesday night’s volleyball game in the Highland gym was an event full of team spirit and fan pride. The Lady Scots Varsity team were up against the Como Cougars for a final game that determined conference position. Lots of fans were in attendance as well as parents, community members, other HPSH staff members, and the HPSH band. There was quite the crowd.

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Friends gathered before the game - Julia Munoz (11), Erin Gallagher (11), Izzy Rojas (10), and Emma Dombrow (10)

Friends gathered before the game – Julia Munoz (11), Erin Gallagher (11), Izzy Rojas (10), and Emma Dombrow (10)

Around 6:55, Coach Kramer and the rest of the team gathered on the gym floor to honor seniors Emma Muter, Lydia Thompson, Edith Kamau, and Chelsi Her by presenting them with handmade blankets made by the rest of the team, as well as sharing kind words about each departing senior. It was a great way to send them off and to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments as members of the team.

After the honoring of the seniors, the long awaited event happened: the throwing of the candy. As each player was introduced, they would throw candy into the stands. It was much enjoyed by all, except if you were hit by an unexpected flying morsel, in which case… well, it could have be worse.

After all the introduction procedure, it was time for the game to start. The Lady Scots got off to a great start, but it was clear from the beginning that Como was going to put up a fight. The first game was close, however Highland pulled it off, scoring 25-23 to win the first game.

Moving into the second game, the team seemed energized, fired up, and ready to go. After Como made it clear that they weren’t going down without a fight, the Lady Scots knew they had to step up their game. After lots of intense back and forth, Como ended up winning the second game 25-22.

At this point, the crowd knew that since a team has to win three games, we would be there for at least another two games. Sophomore Ethan Aune took it upon himself to be the “cheer master” for the Highland student section. He did a phenomenal job. Highland student fans were in some serious need of some cheer organization so it was so awesome when Ethan stood up and took charge. Very well done.

Highland Athletic Director Ms. Galligan and Ethan Aune (10)

Following the second game, the Lady Scots fought for revenge and succeeded by winning the third game with a score of 26-24. This win seemed to give Como the energy to ramp up their strength and to do everything they could to try to pull of a win. One notable part of the game was Sinead O’Duffy of Como’s extremely unique serve that had previously never been seen by many. It sure was interesting to observe. Como’s increased strength, along with the introduction of a seemingly power serve, lead Como to victory with a 25-13 win.

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Annie Conzet (11, #14) setting up a spike

The fifth and final game fast approached. This was the deciding game to see which team would win the series of games that evening. On the fifth and final game, a team is only required to reach a 15 point threshold before being officially declared the winner. The Lady Scots put up an excellent effort but in the end, Como prevailed 15-7.

Despite the loss, everyone agreed that it was a great evening. The fabulous team oriented dynamic always displayed by the players and parents is truly amazing, even after a heartbreaking loss. As always, the Highland fans remained positive and continued to show their endless pride and passion for fellow scots. After every high stakes sports game, there’s always many tweets that describe an appreciation for the family like dynamic among the student body at Highland. That couldn’t of been more apparent last night. #ScotsNation always and forever.

Below are a few more shots from last night’s game:

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