Highland shows fighting spirit in state volleyball tourney

Highland Park High School volleyball coach Sonje Odegard knew it was going to be a challenge facing top-seeded Marshall in the first round of the state Class AAA volleyball tournament on November 10 at Xcel Energy Center.The Scots, who were…

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Local cross-country runners have a very good day

The Wright Call By Dave Wright October 19 was a sunny 74 degrees that many folks may remember as the last really pleasant day they’ll see until, say, April. Brad Moening, however, is likely to remember October 19 for a…

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Ball sisters lead talented Nova volleyball team

The Nova Classical Academy volleyball team has shown over the course of this season that height isn’t everything in that sport. In fact, it hasn’t stopped the Knights from being 18-4 overall and 5-2 in the Skyline Conference through October…

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Daily Champions helps Sibley athletes stay strong

Late last year, Henry Sibley softball coach Jenny Carpenter and volleyball coach Katie Naughton had grown increasingly concerned about the toll that COVID-19 restrictions had taken on the mental well-being of the student-athletes they mentored at the high school. It…

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Knights were bright light in volleyball this shortened season

Nova Classical Academy volleyball coach Thomas Dobbs said it was fair to say that his team exceeded expectations in a shortened season that was cut even shorter by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz last week. The Knights had two regular-season games…

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Deep, experienced Scots serve notice in volleyball

Highland Park High School volleyball coach Nikki Mechelke thought her team was more than capable of success going into the abbreviated Saint Paul City Conference season, and she has seen nothing since to change her mind.After sweeping previously undefeated Johnson…

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MSHSL looks ahead to prep winter sports season

The Wright Call By Dave Wright Highland Park High School athletic director Pat Auran was watching a soccer game recently when a Highland football player who was there approached him and said, “I didn’t realize how much I missed playing.”…

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High school football, volleyball return for this fall

The Wright Call By Dave Wright Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been hearing a lot about the “new normal” for months. But in a way, athletics got out ahead of the curve. Pro hockey and pro basketball found a…

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High schools take their turn figuring out fall activities

The Wright Call By Dave Wright A week after the fact, Minnesota State High School League president Erich Martens was still trying to piece things together. After the MSHSL decided it was safe for soccer, cross country, girls’ tennis and…

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League lays down rules to restart prep sports

Football, volleyball moved to spring, others OK’d for fall When the Minnesota State High School League made its ruling earlier this month on how fall high school sports would look this year, it turned out there was still some clarity…

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