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Members of the Minneapolis High School Hockey team celebrate with a exhilarated crowd. The teams consist of players from Minneapolis Public Schools, including South, Southwest, and Washburn. In recent years the teams have seen an increase in participation and interest. Ryan Wagner, a senior on the team, who has been playing hockey since he was six years old, said, “I feel like the number of boys and girls [from South] has increased over the years and it just keeps growing.”

Increased interest in hockey this year means more South members joining the team

Khayaal Desai-Hunt, Staff Writer January 13, 2020

Over the past few years the participation on the Minneapolis Public High School Hockey teams have been growing rapidly. This year there are nine South players on the teams. Ryan Wagner is a senior on...

New girls varsity basketball head coach Ricky Hill (middle) draws up a game plan during the December 19th match vs. North High School. “I started coaching my daughter, and thats how I got into coaching girls basketball.”

New basketball coach Ricky Hill helps team find success on and off the court

Caleb Stipkovits, News Editor January 9, 2020

The women’s varsity basketball team has had a new coach this year, Ricky Hill. Hill, who graduated from South in 1985, played basketball and football in high school. His first coaching job can be traced...

The gymnastics team practices at North Star Elementary School, where they share a gym with Washburn, Southwest, Edison, Henry, and North high schools. “We go to North Minneapolis, and there’s a facility there called North Star that we got 6 years ago, that’s where all the gymnastics teams go to practice,” said Gabby Stickney.

Gymnastics team faces recurring challenges due to lack of support

Fardus Hassan, Staff Writer December 12, 2019

The support and acknowledgement the gymnastics team receives is minimal at best, from South administration to district staff, the gymnastics team has had to fight to keep themselves going. Many people...

Student athletes often learn to get their homework and schoolwork done during whatever free time they have. Misha Donnelly and Andrew Njogu have found a flow for how to manage their time. “Time management is a big thing you have to work on,” said Njogu.

Sports participation causes students to do better in school

Rayna Acha, Staff Writer November 8, 2019

Wake up, go to school, go to practice or a game, do your homework, repeat. Student-athletes have a lot on their plates; they have to find a balance between academic performance and athletic performance....

Being on the football team has been rewarding for Olson, and she feels like she has made people think about gender roles in sports. “One of the fun things is sometimes when I come off the field and I take my helmet off and I’m walking out, some girls will say ‘oh my god are you on the football team?!’. It’s awesome to see them be like ‘that’s so cool’,” said Olson.

Challenging gender roles in football; Chloe Olson is recruited to be new kicker

Guille Bastian McClain, Staff Writer November 5, 2019

This fall season, junior and captain of the women’s soccer team, Chloe Olson was persuaded into being the kicker for the football team. She was the only girl on the team and has turned a lot of heads....

When the trip was cancelled, Squall still had two more games left in their season. Despite their sadness, the team went undefeated the whole season and won first place at the playoffs.

Frisbee team devastated over cancelled trip to Canada

Graham Doyle, Staff Writer November 4, 2019

Over MEA break, the South High Squall team was scheduled to go to Winnipeg, Canada for their annual Ultimate Frisbee tournament. However, over the course of the preceding Thursday night to Monday morning,...

The South Cheer squad has had a few new changes this year. Not only do they have a new coach Gabby Stickney but they have also had an increase in cheerleaders on their team due to better publicity and funding. “[The cheerleading squad is more popular this year] because we were able to promote [the team] more. I mean having cheerleading in the winter helped to have people see that we wanted to continue cheerleading and now people have been seeing them at soccer and football games so we have more people inquiring about the winter tryouts. I think once people see it they know it’s there,” said Stickney.

Go Tigers! Cheerleading team increases in numbers this year due to funding and publicity

Maya Edmonds, Staff Writer October 23, 2019

The South cheerleading team has had an increase in numbers this year due to more funding and publicity. Last year, the team didn’t have a coach because funding for the squad was very slim, however, after...

Many students would agree that attendance is disproportionately lower at women’s games than men’s games. “I think there are more people at the guys games than the girls games,” Aidan Campbell, senior on the Varsity Boys team.

Students confront disparity between support at men’s games vs. women’s games

Nick Auckenthaler, Staff Writer October 23, 2019

Gender inequalities in sports are something many people notice but don’t pay much attention to, however, during this soccer season, this disparity was really brought to center field. Why is it that there...

The volleyball team’s multiple year-long tradition of kneeling for the national anthem continues on despite the backlash from officials and the crowd during recent matches. “For me, I’m just protesting what’s going on in this country and the inequalities with race, gender, and stuff that I don’t think is right,” said junior and varsity player on the team, Marie Venberg.

Volleyball team faces adversity when taking a knee during the national anthem

Hayley Morgan, Staff Writer October 16, 2019

As South’s volleyball team runs to the bench after finishing their warm-up before the Robinsdale Cooper match, they are pulled into a huddle by their head coach, Tori Tomlinson. Tomlinson tells the girls...

The Southside Sabers is a rugby club in the South community that provides an inclusive sports team open to anyone interested. “It’s just a really supportive community and anyone who has ever felt out of place in other sports should definitely give it a shot no matter who you are,” said Senior Aria Wanek.

Rugby team brings community to South

Hazel Mckinney, Staff Writer May 9, 2019

Students at South are playing women’s rugby for the South Side Sabers which is a rugby club for high schoolers in Minneapolis. The team is not connected to South High School but it practices only two...

Emma Dinger, a junior on the women’s soccer team, does calf raises at a weightlifting session before school. Many sports teams, including soccer, swimming, and badminton, have started holding practices in the morning to better accommodate schedules. “Rather than doing practices at 6 o’clock, after school, it’s just easier to do it in the morning. And I actually like doing it in the morning, because then I have the afternoons free,” said freshman Madeline Leventhal, a player on the Badminton team.

Sports before school: an early alternative

Erika Peterson, Staff Writer May 6, 2019

In the past few years, holding practices in the morning has become more common for sports teams at South. Motives vary by sport, but common reasons include scheduling conflicts, increased attendance, and...

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