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Girls cross country wraps up fast season

Girls cross country wraps up fast season

Rachel Duerr, Online Editor

November 3, 2019

State competitions came to a close for the girls cross country team. Friendships have been made and metals have been won throughout the season. As the season comes to a close, the practices get more intense and the excitement of state arises. "We had a great season, higher expectations that the previous years. No...

Girls JV swim and dive team goes for another dual meet record

Girls JV swim and dive team goes for another dual meet record

Alexis Brainard, Online editor

October 20, 2019

“I think we got through the tough part of the conference. We got four months left, but they are more in the middle to the lower half of the conference but I feel confident,” girls junior varsity coach Brian Luke said. The girls junior varsity swim and dive team holds the state record for the most consecuti...

Volleyball rebuild year plays role in future success

Volleyball rebuild year plays role in future success

Jack Taverna, SNO Sports Center and Social Media Editor

October 17, 2019

Last year, the volleyball team advanced to State. Since then, six starting seniors graduated.  This has created a rebuilding year with younger players taking on new roles.  “This group has been determined and it has been fun to see the new seniors grow into their new roles as leaders," team manager ...

Mountain Biking team off to rocky start

Mountain Biking team off to rocky start

Austin Fierro, Online Editor

October 16, 2019

The Mountain Biking team had a rough start to the season with rained-out races, canceled practices and unfortunate scheduling, which saw the first half of the season come and go without a single race. The team’s training began on Aug. 30 with Monday through Thursday practices for the team consist...

Purdie fills leadership position for senior season

Purdie fills leadership position for senior season

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor

October 13, 2019

Ever since a young age, senior Nick Purdie’s electrifying soccer skills could be easily noticed. While often being found as one of the smallest players on the field, he has always found a way to succeed both individually as a player and as a teammate. Purdie has been a varsity starter for the P...

First year goalie hopes to bring success for team

First year goalie hopes to bring success for team

Joseph Devins, Business Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2019

  The boys soccer team has not found the same success as in year's past, but a bright spot has been the first year goalie: senior Clay Batterton. Last year, all three goalies for the Ponies were seniors and coach Jake Smothers asked his team who would put in the commitment to play. Batterto...

Luke’s swim team legacy breaks records

Luke’s swim team legacy breaks records

Grace Sneden, Buisness Editor

September 27, 2019

Swim coach Brian Luke’s legacy is record breaking. He gets the girls swimming and diving team to be the strongest it can be. His father, Elmer Luke's legacy is also record breaking, because of this Luke started coaching when he was only 22 years old. The legacy between him and his father has gone ...

Former college football athlete plays valuable role with football team

Former college football athlete plays valuable role with football team

Jack Taverna, SNO Sports Center and Social Media Editor

September 22, 2019

Jason Caballero joined the eleventh grade social studies team this fall. Caballero brings a lot of background knowledge to the sport of football because he played for the University of Wisconsin River Falls.  Caballero played football at the University of Wisconsin River Falls for four years and...

Ana Weaver takes eighth in State for cross country

Ana Weaver takes eighth in State for cross country

Grace Wirkkala, Online Editor

December 11, 2018

Fueled by her love for running, sophomore Ana Weaver placed eighth in the girls cross country State tournament. The tournament was held at St. Olaf College on Nov. 3. Weaver is currently number one on the team's All-Time Top 30 list. The list has runners' times from 2015 to present day and Weaver clocked in for a 5K at 17 minutes, 52 ...

Volleyball works hard all season to make run for State

Volleyball works hard all season to make run for State

Sierra Hippel, Distribution Reporter

November 7, 2018

Students and staff were proud of the varsity volleyball team as they went to State this year. All grades were represented in the team. They have had a great season with their head coach as Bob Fisher and senior captains, Britta Borrman as libero, Kate Raddatz as back row specialist/setter, Olivia W...

Volleyball team proves capable of making it to playoffs

Volleyball team proves capable of making it to playoffs

Chas Morgan, Layout Editor

November 6, 2018

The 2018-2019 Ponies volleyball season has been “exciting!” according to Head Coach Bob Fischer and they show no signs of slowing down. The team is currently 19-6-0 in league and 8-0-0 in conference games, putting them first place in the Suburban East conference. Last year, the 2017-2018 team made it to state quarterfinals where they lost to Lakeville North....

Mountain bike team wins back-to-back state tournament

Mountain bike team wins back-to-back state tournament

Toby Weiss, Camera Editor

November 6, 2018

The mountain biking team is settling down after their two year back-to-back victory at the Minnesota State Mountain Bike Tournament in Mankato. The Minnesota High School Cycling League was founded in 2012 to help high schoolers be inclusive and equal while building strong character, bodies and minds...

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