The Pony Express

Determination will pay off for Zirbes

Ninth grade gymnast Ella Zirbes signs autographs for her fans at the U.S. Championships. This was held in Kansas City Missouri last August. Fans crowd Zirbes with shirts and merchandise to sign.

Maria Supan, Business Editor

December 13, 2019

Hardworking athletes have a strong desire to reach the top level of a sport they are passionate about. Although this dream becomes a reality to very few athletes, freshman Ella Zirbes, a young 14 old gymnast, is climbing her way to the Elite team. She proves to athletes this desire can definitely beco...

Ida Holde Bjorkelund adapts to life in America

Girls varsity gymnastics team huddles up before a meet against White Bear Lake on Jan. 2. They are hoping for another state title this season.

Julia Bennett, Business Editor

January 27, 2019

Ida Holde Bjorkelund is a foreign exchange student from Norway joining the district for her senior year. She has been welcomed in by many, including girls on the varsity gymnastics team. She is meeting new people and enjoying new experiences in the United States. She is so excited to continue her journey here ...

Gymnastics state champs return with high expectations

Gretchen Sharp, Isabel Bartosh and Peyton Classon smiling in their home gym. Before practice, the gymnasts show their excitement.

Elle Sprenger, Social Media Editor

December 7, 2018

The start of the season begins for girls gymnastics. After winning state last year, the gymnastics team begins their 2018-19 season. On Dec. 15, the gymnasts will compete in an invitational tournament at St. Cloud Tech. High School against some of the top ranked teams in the state. This will be t...

Minnesota female athletes inspire future generations

Alternative Copy story by Emma Lowey

Logan Huber, Distribution Reporter

March 25, 2018

Many students have important people in their lives who they like to call role models. Whether it is in sports, academics, music or just in life in general, these are people others look up to and inspire them. Many students have been inspired and affected by the athletes of the United States in t...

CHAMPS: Gymnastics posts school record score to win state title

CHAMPS: Gymnastics posts school record score to win state title

Hunter Hippel, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2018

If the Stillwater gymnastics team was going to have its best performance of the season, then the 2018 Class 2A State Tournament was the time to do it. The Ponies posted a team score of 150.25, their highest total not only of the season, but in school history.  That was good enough to take the Stat...

Gymnastics sets eyes on state tournament

Infographic by Madison Weispfenning

Madison Weispfenning, Editorial Cartoonist

February 19, 2018

The gymnastics team has been one of Minnesota's best this year, currently ranked No.1 in the state.  Led by coaches Dusty Dennis and Traci Swenson, experience is everywhere, from the coaching staff to the team itself....

Thole twins headed for success in gymnastics, wrestling

Thole twins headed for success in gymnastics, wrestling

Tristan Hatchell, Video Editor

April 3, 2017

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....

Classon shows off skills for swim team

Photo Courtesy By Angie Kranz - “I really enjoy the team, and how it feels more like another family than just a team

Ryan Shepherd, Graphic Cartoonist

November 5, 2016

Peyton Classon first year swimming making huge impacts Sophomore Peyton Classon is a member of the swim and dive team. This is her first year diving and she is already one of the best divers on the team. The swim and dive team has been one of the best teams in state winning more than 130 straight...

Gymnastics prepares for upcoming season

Team members Linnea Rusted and Danielle Keran put chalk on their hands as they prepare to practice the uneven bars. Chalk helps the gymnasts to grip onto the bars so injuries like slipping do not happen. Chalk also absorbs sweat and it protects the gymnast's hands.
”My favorite skill on the uneven bars is giants. They’re a skill where you basically start in a handstand swing around the bar and finish back in a handstand. You typically do two giants in a routine then let go to dismount. They were pretty scary to learn but once I got the hang of them, they were actually really fun to do,” junior Rustad said.

Madison Crain, Layout editor

November 18, 2015

  This season the gymnastics team will have three captains and five coaches all working together so that the team can make it to state. The coaches are Traci Swenson, Caroline Urgo, Dusty Dennis and Joan Lesson and Kristina Krenz. The gymnastics team started started Nov. 9. They will pract...

Winkle flips into the Gophers organization

Photo by Anna Craggs Ben Winkle excitingly stands at SAHS knowing his gymnastics career will be brought to the next level shortly. Winkle said,

Joey Costa, Advertising Editor

April 9, 2015

Flipping and tumbling may not be the ideal way of getting gymnasts into college for many, but for senior Ben Winkle it is a dream come true. Gymnastics is not an easy sport to master. The amount of strength and coordination to do many of the stunts they preform are unbelievable. Just having to courage...

Karr furthers gymnastics career

Megan McGuire, Online Editor

January 14, 2015

Flying and launching their bodies through the air. Twisting and turning, using all the strength they have, hoping to stick the landing. Gymnastics is a difficult sport in which good gymnasts make their routines look effortless. Many gymnasts find the sport to be a major part of their life, requiring...

Korlin-Downs flips to new team

Megan Fayler, Copy Editor

December 10, 2014

Swinging from the uneven bars, pounding on the springboard, pushing through vigorous conditioning and completing routines on floor and beam, gymnasts spread all throughout the gym. One stands out in the crowd as she struggles to fall into the normal pattern. Senior Mary Korlin-Downs switched gymnastics teams early November. Under circumstances out of her cont...

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