Comments sought on handful of options to rename Sibley High

A committee has settled on five options for renaming Henry Sibley High School, which is currently named for Minnesota’s first governor (pictured below). District 197 school officials are in the final steps of choosing a new name for Henry Sibley…

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School Notes May 26, 2021

Al Johnson, an administrator with the Saint Cloud Area School District who has previous experience in Saint Paul and Hopkins public schools, has been named the new principal of Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, effective July 1. Johnson…

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Rosga has Warriors on a roll in girls’ lacrosse

The combined Henry Sibley/Gentry Academy girls’ lacrosse team has proven to be a formidable foe in its inaugural season. The Warriors were 7-0 and ranked among the top 10 lacrosse teams in the state through May 5, having outscored their…

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Prep preview: Teams playing catchup as baseball returns

It’s a mixed bag of issues for high school baseball coaches this spring. Because of COVID-19, many are finding that they’re having to do a lot more coaching of the game’s fundamentals. That’s because the virus effectively took a full…

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Softball preview: Retaking the field on the fly

The biggest problem facing high school softball coaches this spring is learning what type of team they have. The 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and prep coaches lost a year of player development. It left some…

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Athena Awards honor Saint Paul’s top female athletes

The 27th annual Saint Paul Area Athena Awards will be back live and in person on April 21, after last year’s ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forty-four young women representing the Saint Paul area’s public and private…

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School Notes March 31, 2021

Yusef Carrillo has been appointed by the Saint Paul School Board to fill the board seat vacated through the recent resignation of Steve Marchese. A product analyst at Securian Financial, Carrillo will assume his new position on April 15 and…

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School Notes March 3, 2021

The new Tommie East Hall. Photo by Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas The University of Saint Thomas’ new Tommie East Residence Hall on Cleveland Avenue has become the first building in its category in the Midwest and only seventh in…

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Boys’ basketball players take court amid season of uncertainty

More so than in the past, local high school boys’ basketball coaches faced the season with a lot of unknowns. The postponement of practices until January due to the pandemic meant that some players may actually have been too well-rested…

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Masks are part of the game in girls’ basketball

Nearly 11 months since causing the cancellation of last year’s state championship games, the coronavirus is still very much on the minds of local high school girls’ basketball coaches. For the current season, it’s largely a question of masks, which…

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Letters to the Editor, January 20, 2021

Poor response to failing grades As parents of students in the Saint Paul Public Schools, we were disappointed to read that Kate Wilcox-Harris, the school district’s chief academic officer, is advocating a change to the grading system in the midst…

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Boys’ hockey teams adjust to delayed start, safety protocols

High school boys’ hockey coaches usually expect their teams to be going full blast by mid-January. They normally are well into conference play while starting to gather information on potential section foes. The COVID-19 pandemic threw a hip check into…

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