Friday, September 14, 2012
We recognize the top performers of the week at St. Louis Park High School and Benilde-St. Margaret's.
Want to see a particular athlete get recognized next week? Please email the editor at email@example.com with your nomination. Be sure to include the player's name, school, grade and accomplishment. Or, you can post your nomination as a comment below. Luke VonEschen, SLP boys soccer, junior midfielder The Orioles are off to a hot 5-0-1 start, and VonEschen has been one of the team's key players. In Park's most recent win over Fridley on Tuesday, VonEschen scored two of the team's three goals. Nathan Hanks, BSM football, junior WR Though the Red Knights were blanked in their most recent game against Spring Lake Park, Hanks was still able to muster some offense. He had five catches for 60 yards in a game in which his team had less than …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Benilde-St. Margaret's Casey Nightingale also picked up a second-place medal in the diving finals.
Kathryn Ostrom couldn’t help but critique herself mid-stride. The St. Louis Park junior, in the middle of the Class A state 100 breaststroke for which she is the defending champion, realized her start wasn’t up to par. “I could see everybody on each side of me ahead of me, and I was like, ‘Bad start again,’” she said. “I was like, ‘I tried to make it a good one, but it didn’t work out.'” Fortunately for Ostrom, her ability in the pool took over from there. Ostrom won the 100 breaststroke for the second straight year on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, earning the Orioles girls swimming and diving team its only state title of the 2011 season. She finished in 1:04.65, edging Albert Lea eighth-grader Lindsey Horesji’s 1…
Friday, November 18, 2011
Casey Nightingale was the highest placing Red Knight in the opening round, as she came in second.
Two Benilde-St. Margaret's divers will have a shot at a state championship on Saturday. Senior Casey Nightingale and junior Rachel Thorstenson both placed in the top-20 during Thursday's opening round of the Class A diving championships, which was good enough to advance. Nightingale's score of 257.05 was the second best of the day; Thorstenson came in 15th with a score of 219.30. Nightingale is in her third state tournament—she finished 18th last year. Thorstenson is making her first appearance. The Class A swimming and diving championships begin at noon on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Casey Nightingale and Rachel Thorstenson hope to treat this week's Class A state meet like any other event.
Like every practice they’ve had since Aug. 15, senior Casey Nightingale and junior Rachel Thorstenson prepared on Wednesday. The Benilde-St. Margaret’s divers worked on their craft, took advice from coach Scott Smith and didn’t call it quits until their techniques were just right. Repetition and consistency. It’s what this Red Knights duo hopes will carry them through the weekend during the culmination of their 2011 season. Nightingale and Thorstenson will compete at the Class A state diving meet beginning Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Both Thursday’s preliminary round and Saturday’s championships begin at noon. The key? Remembering that state is just another meet that simply has a more prominent title. “We’ve …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Benilde-St. Margaret's doesn't give up a goal in its two games; St. Louis Park girls win in overtime while boys blanked by Roseville.
Three of four local soccer squads concluded the opening round of their sectional playoffs happy and advancing to the next round. However, one team fell victim to upset and was eliminated from the postseason. Park Girls Soccer Advances Lauren Miller and Hannah Geressu, the St. Louis Park girls soccer team's top two scorers in the regular season, each netted a goal in the fourth-seeded Orioles' 2-1 overtime defeat of No. 5 Minneapolis South in the opening round of the Section 6AA Tournament on Thursday. Park goalkeeper Riley Riordan made nine saves in the victory as the Orioles advanced to a sectional semifinal match-up at top-seeded Wayzata, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Park Boys Soccer Upset The news was not nearly as good for …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Local schools go head-to-head in conference dual; BSM, SLP volleyball teams both lose on Tuesday.
With both Benilde-St. Margaret's and St. Louis Park gearing up for the start of soccer playoffs on Thursday, the Red Knights and Orioles went head-to-head in the pool, while each school's volleyball teams lost conference matches on Tuesday. Red Knights vs. Orioles Girls Swimming and Diving The Park girls swimming and diving team claimed city bragging rights by defeating its nearest North Suburban Conference rival BSM 88-82 on Tuesday at St. Louis Park Junior High. Individual statistics were not made available. Red Knights Volleyball Falls A 3-1 loss at Irondale Tuesday dropped the BSM volleyball team to 7-15 overall and 5-4 in the North Suburban as the Red Knights prepare to host an invitational tournament on Saturday. Individual …
Friday, September 16, 2011
St. Louis Park and Benilde-St. Margaret's keep rolling on the pitch.
The St. Louis Park and Benilde-St. Margaret's soccer squads kept up their successful runs by going 4-for-4 on the pitch to highlight the late-week schedule. Red Knights Girls Soccer Wins Big An 11-0 throttling of Columbia Heights on Thursday boosted the BSM girls soccer team's record to 7-0-1 this year. Kelly Pannek, Megan Katopodis and Maria Michels scored twice, with goalkeeper Annie Michels recording her third shutout of the year. Red Knights Boys Soccer Still Perfect The BSM boys soccer team topped Columbia Heights, 7-0, on Thursday to improve to 7-0-1 on the season. Statistics from the game were not available. Heading into Thursday, Brendan Schember led the Red Knights with 10 points, followed by John Mulvahill with nine points. …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
St. Louis Park and Benilde-St. Margaret's rolled through opponents on Monday and Tuesday.
It was a great start to the week for St. Louis Park and Benilde-St. Margaret's soccer, as the four squads went unbeaten on Monday and Tuesday. Orioles Boys Soccer Posts Two Shutouts The Park boys soccer team improved to 5-2 on the year with back-to-back shutouts on Monday and Tuesday. After the Orioles blanked Hopkins by a 3-0 score, they returned to North Suburban Conference play with a 4-0 win over North Branch to give the squad four clean sheets on the season. Heading into Tuesday's game, goalkeeper Nick Gaitan-Gaitan had made 34 saves on 42 shots faced, with Luke VonEschen, Aaron Stern, Samuel Brimacomb and Gmoh Kanneh tied for the team scoring lead with two goals each. Orioles Girls Soccer Lights up the Net After tying Hopkins 1-1 to …
Friday, August 26, 2011
St. Louis Park and Benilde-St. Margaret's girls swim teams competed in a conference exhibition at the Aquatic Park.
For the first time ever, the North Suburban Conference girls swimming relay meet was held outdoors, as the Aquatic Park at St. Louis Park's Rec Center hosted the season-opening exhibition Thursday afternoon. "There are a few bugs to work out, like not having starting blocks, but it's great to be out here on a perfect day," swim official Bob O'Hara said. Scores were not kept for the competition, creating a friendly atmosphere in which swimmers from many of the teams involved met and greeted one another on the warm and sunny day.
Monday, August 22, 2011
St. Louis Park and Benilde-St. Margaret's kick off their girls swimming and diving seasons Thursday in an outdoor meet at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a new weekly series that will highlight big high school sports games on the schedule. ST. LOUIS PARK PATCH GAME OF THE WEEK Girls swimming and diving North Suburban Conference Relays (varsity and junior varsity) CHEAT SHEET SITE: St. Louis Park Rec Center TIME: Thursday, diving at 9 a.m. and swimming at 12 p.m. TEAMS COMPETING: St. Louis Park, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Chisago Lakes, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Irondale, Robbinsdale Cooper, Spring Lake Park, Totino-Grace ON THE LINE In the season’s first meet, teams across the North Suburban Conference will get a chance to size one another up in a rare outdoor competition. SWIMMERS TO WATCH Ostrom is the defending Class A 100 breaststroke champion, …