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Thole twins headed for success in gymnastics, wrestling

Thole twins headed for success in gymnastics, wrestling

Tristan Hatchell, Video Editor
April 3, 2017
Filed under Locker Room, Showcase

A lot of people think that being able to play a sport well comes down to genetics, but in this case it isn’t just Kevin or Lauren’s own genetic. The Thole siblings are both headed for success. Kevin is a key player on the wrestling team and was a premier asset at their state tournament....

O’Neal strives for future dermatology career

O’Neal strives for future dermatology career

Tiana Meador, Editor-In-Chief
March 30, 2017
Filed under People, Showcase

  As college commitment comes to a close, the University of Minnesota medical school is assessing 10 incoming freshmen who are going to be selected to participate in an accelerated seven-year med program for med school. Of the students initially considered, the U of M has cut the number to...

Synchronized swim focuses on teamwork

Synchronized swim focuses on teamwork

Jesse Zelaya, Online Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Photo Slide Shows, Showcase, Sports, Spring Sports

  The pools are opening up for the girls synchronized swim team.  Their first meet is on March 30, at Columbia Heights High School. The girls synchronized swim team is ready to put their suits back on to start the season.  Synchro swimming is very different than other forms of swimming. ...

Lacrosse team among best in conference

Lacrosse team among best in conference

Craig Sanislo, Layout Editor
March 24, 2017
Filed under Photo Slide Shows, Showcase, Spring Sports

Hockey, football, basketball; these are some of the popular sports that students turn up in crowds to watch. But one sport that doesn't get enough attention is lacrosse. The boys team is consistently among the best in the conference, and the girls team has been to the state tournament four yea...

Alumnus McDonough encourages students to become involved

Alumnus McDonough encourages students to become involved

Abby Banks, Layout Editor
March 20, 2017
Filed under People, Showcase

Denis McDonough, former President Obama's Chief of Staff, visited Stillwater Area High School during periods two and three on March 15. As the uncle of one of the students at SAHS, and an alumni himself, he came to encourage students to become involved in the political process. McDonough graduate...

Battle of the Bands plays to enthusiastic crowds

Battle of the Bands plays to enthusiastic crowds

Nicholas Gag, Social Media Editor
February 10, 2017
Filed under Arts, Read & Watch, Showcase

It is that time of the year again. The Battle of the Bands took place on Feb. 3. Several bands are prepared for this competition. It shows friends, family and the community just how hard they have been working. “I think this year’s competition will be great. I have never been to Battle of t...

History behind local family restaurant, community favorite

History behind local family restaurant, community favorite

Mariah Marsnik, Copy Editor
February 10, 2017
Filed under People, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

Cory Buettner is the owner of Leo's Grill & Malt shop, a restaurant downtown Stillwater on the corner of Main Street and Chestnut. His oldest son, Blue, a junior, has learned a lot from the way his dad runs the business and gives back to the community. Every Veterans Day, Cory serves free mea...

Hockey Day glides into Stillwater

Hockey Day glides into Stillwater

Elise Luoma, Student Playlist Editor
February 9, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The 11th annual Hockey Day Minnesota made a presence in downtown Stillwater. This event involves various games from high school, university alumni, college and professional hockey teams. It is broadcasted each year, and receives national coverage. Since 2007, the event has taken place in cities fr...

Winter activities leave no room for boredom

Winter activities leave no room for boredom

Ceci Charlsen, Social Media Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Looking for fun activities for the cold Minnesota winter, Stillwater is the place to be. There are an abundance of things to keep stay busy while waiting for summer to arrive. Students are notorious for finding cool things to do to keep themselves busy. Some of these activities include skiing or sno...

Bill Howlett: remembering the smile that brought everyone together

Bill Howlett: remembering the smile that brought everyone together

Tiana Meador, Editor-In-Chief
February 9, 2017
Filed under Focus, People, Showcase

  "I was always amazed at how he knew so many kids names and he knew so much about them," English teacher Peter Shield said, while looking in front of himself as if trying to picture Stillwater's former Assistant Principal Bill Howlett. Howlett was the kind of administrator who was infa...

Boys basketball starts off behind, looking to improve

Boys basketball starts off behind, looking to improve

Matthew McGinley, SNO Social Media Editor
January 14, 2017
Filed under Photo Slide Shows, Read & Watch, Showcase, Sports, Winter Sports

  The boys basketball  team has been off to a rocky start this season, although things are looking positive for the future of the team. Last year, the team didn’t do as well as they had hoped to; the depth in talent wasn’t where it needed to be. This year is a different story, with an u...

Strong start for wrestling team

Strong start for wrestling team

Bella Anderson, Social Media Editor
January 10, 2017
Filed under Photo Slide Shows, Showcase, Sports, Winter Sports

Stillwater wrestling has started their season out strong with wins against Woodbury, East Ridge and Minnetonka. It is expected to be another great year for the Ponies with a very good possibility of making it to state. There are a lot of new players as well as many older and more experienced playe...

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