Highland Park Athletic Hall of Fame

By: Gabe Mattick and Riley Lumpkin

On Saturday, October 7th, 2017, Highland Park Senior High inducted the following individuals, and teams, into the Athletic Hall of Fame: John Heller, Louise Kramer, Charles Portis, Gary Podas, the 1999 Basketball Team, and the 1977 Volleyball Team. All of the inductees that were inducted into the Highland Park Athletic Hall Of Fame had notable accomplishments in their sports, while also helping the school thrive.

We attended the luncheon on Saturday morning, and listened to the various inductees and what they had to say. The first inductee was John Heller. He served as Head Football Coach from 1985-2000 and as the Athletic Director from 1995-2009. He did not say much about his accomplishments as the Highland Park football coach, but focused more on his amazing achievements as the Athletic Director. In an approximately 15 minute speech, he gave the audience a great story of how he was able, with the help of many parents, students, and teachers, to add on a field house to the school, and help install brand new lights onto the football field.

The next inductee was Charles Portis, and the 1999 Boys Basketball Team. Charles Portis was a school counselor and coached boys basketball from 1989-2010. He helped lead the 1999 Boys Basketball Team to a great season and a state title.

Next up, was Louise Kramer and the 1977 Girls Volleyball Team. No one from the 1977 team was able to attend the luncheon, and neither was Ms. Kramer, but we did get to hear a few words of their accomplishments, including a quote from Ms. Kathleen Kramer (who is not related the coach of the 1977 Volleyball Team) “The team that year went 6-0 in conference and went on later that year to win the state tournament with coach Louise Kramer.” Kramer coached from 1972-1978.

The final inductee was Gary Podas, who is the current golf coach at Highland Park Senior High. He has been the coach of the boys golf team since 1979, and has lead numerous boys golf teams to conference titles and state. He is the longest serving coach in the SPPS district.

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

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