The Spectrum

Athletes Explain Commitment Process, Dedicated Work

Athletes Explain Commitment Process, Dedicated Work

Ava Pihlstrom, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2020

The process of committing to a school is not as simple as one may think, and it ultimately requires a person to be dedicated to their sport and willing to take extra steps to achieve their goal of commitment. For soccer player Howard Henderson '20, the process was more centered toward finding a schoo...

Wethington Continues USA Legacy

Anderson Blum, Editor Emeritus

February 7, 2020

Currently with a record of 16-5-1 and having recently won two big games against Forest Lake and Maple Grove, there is a lot of excitement surrounding Blake Girls' Hockey as the team approaches the postseason. Regarding the team's progress over the past few months, Addie Burton '20 says, "We had a few...

Athletes Discuss, React to Body Image in Sports

Athletes Discuss, React to Body Image in Sports

Bernie Whitely, Staff writer

February 7, 2020

Body image is extremely relevant in sports, especially in today’s society. There is an intense pressure placed upon athletes to look a certain way and represent the ‘ideal picture of health’. Often times, the way an athlete looks physically is equated with their level of fitness, skill, and ov...

Fencing Finds Numbers in Positive, Welcoming Environment

Fencing Finds Numbers in Positive, Welcoming Environment

Ben Lim, Contributing writer

February 7, 2020

There are three different forms of fencing: épée, foil, and sabre. The difference between the three is the sword type. Épée is the heaviest, foil is light and flexible, and sabre is for thrusting and cutting. Foil is the most popular form out of the three. In foil the strike area is only the upp...

Girls’ Basketball Optimistic for Start of Season

Girls’ Basketball Optimistic for Start of Season

Nora Fox, Opinions Editor

December 12, 2019

With some fresh faces on the team, Blake Girls’ Basketball is optimistic about their upcoming season. The girls hope that their strong team bond and new players will carry them all the way to sections. With the loss of last years’ seniors Sara Gregor ‘20 and Morgan Phillips ‘20, who were key play...

Boys and Girls State Soccer Photos

Boys and Girls State Soccer Photos

Elena Gill, Staff Photographer

November 8, 2019

Menge Earns Spot in Hall of Fame

Menge Earns Spot in Hall of Fame

Tyler Holmes, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

On Sunday, October 21, Paul Menge stood on a podium in front of 5000 onlookers during the State Soccer Banquet in Saint Paul. Boys and girls teams from around the state watched as Menge was introduced by Bill Vance, the Totino-Grace boys soccer coach, a longtime colleague and Jen Vance's husband.  ...

Coaches Cherish Connections with Student-Athletes

Coaches Cherish Connections with Student-Athletes

Robert Grace, Contributing Writer

November 6, 2019

Within our community, there are about 12 teachers and faculty members that currently coach a sports team for Blake, not including former coaches. Therefore, it is imperative that they balance both their jobs as a teacher and as a coach. Because of this, many have to prioritize and organize their time so that...

Yoga Classes Are Offered as an Easy Way to Fill Sports Requirement

Yoga Classes Are Offered as an Easy Way to Fill Sports Requirement

Emma Martinez Sutton, Managing Editor

October 14, 2019

Yoga at Blake provides a relaxing, fun, and different way for students to earn their required sports credit. This winter sport lasts from about November to February and meets twice a week after school in the Cherne; it will most likely take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays this year.  Shenelle Haines...

Combined Swim and Dive Team Collaborates

Combined Swim and Dive Team Collaborates

Maggie Seidel, Student Life Editor

October 11, 2019

As the Blake Girls’ Swimming and Diving team dives into the water, Providence and Blake swimmers both sport the same swimcap. Despite their separation during their days at school, the team is incredibly unified in the pool.  Grace Ersfeld-O’Brien ‘22, Blake student and team member of 2 years, says, ...

Athlete Spotlight: Ali Fine Shoots for Success

Athlete Spotlight: Ali Fine Shoots for Success

Lillian Anderson, Contributing Writer

October 11, 2019

This month’s spotlight athlete Ali Fine ‘20 plays for the Blake Girls Varsity Soccer team, acting as a key member of the team both in spirit and in skill as one of their captains. She’s been playing soccer since she was 3 years old, and had always dreamed of being on a Division I team.  She ...

New Girls’ Tennis Coach Brings New Energy to Successful Team

New Girls’ Tennis Coach Brings New Energy to Successful Team

Audrey Anderson, Contributing Writer

September 25, 2019

The Blake girl's tennis team welcomes a new assistant coach to the team this year: Victoria Bravo. Bravo hopes to convey to the team that she is not only a coach, but she is also there to act as a support system for each player on the team.  Bravo’s approach to coaching players during matches changes...

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