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Harrison Oxford'23 tees of in a Match against Wayzata at Burl Oaks

Boys Golf Looks To State Using Past Advice

Former players make lasting impact
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor June 2, 2021

It was not long ago since Derek Hitchner '16 teed off to win the Class AA State Championship in 2016. Now concluding his sophomore year at Pepperdine University, the echoes of his swing can be heard throughout...

Five year coach Tyler Biwan says

Boys Basketball Team Makes History, Gears Up For Sections

Team Mentality Fosters Winning Culture
Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 18, 2021

     Currently ranked number four in class AA, the boys’ basketball team is making history. Not only is this the highest the team has ever been ranked, but they also have a record of 15-2, with losses...

Dressen addresses the team before the start of the game.

Hockey Team Connections Strengthen Despite Pandemic

Buddy Program helps unite upper and lower classmen
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor, Business Manager March 1, 2021

     "The JV team has always had a pretty strong bond with each other," says third year JV hockey player, Luke Sugalski '22. Though, in typical 2020-2021 style, no season is truly the same. This, however,...

Collin Craig ’24 preforms a dive during practice this season.

Diving Maintains Practices, Hones Skills

Freshmen divers make-up team, foster competition
Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 1, 2021

     This year has brought unique challenges for each sport; with mask mandates, social distancing measures, and other restrictions, practices and games look very different. Diving, however, is one...

Players celebrate with starting goalie Aksel Reid after their 3-2 victory over Blaine High School at Hockey Day Minnesota 2020.

Boys’ Hockey Chance for Success on Hold with New Restrictions

Winnie Ulland, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

Fresh off a third place finish in last year's State Tournament, the Blake Boys' Hockey team has been preparing for the 2020-2021 season for months. However, the ability to showcase their young talent has...

Athletes pose as a team at the end of their routine from last year’s skating exhibition held at the Blake Ice Arena.

Figure Skating Team Takes Great Strides to Build Community

After its creation last year, team draws skaters from all skill levels to compete
Emma Martinez Sutton, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 11, 2020

Last winter, figure skaters in the middle and upper schools were able to join a new Blake team that consists of some practices and an exhibition. This year the team will participate in virtual events due...

The Alpine Ski team sits in on their kickoff meeting on Zoom because they are unable to gather in person. Introduced in this meeting are some of the new guidelines in place this season. Some of these guidelines include having a mask on while not racing, no spectators, as well as limited number of races and racers this season. Although these guidelines put a damper on the season, the team is hopeful and is looking forward to make the most out of it.

Alpine Ski Team Skeptical, Team Roster Cut With New Guidelines

Alpine Ski team awaits MSHSL ruling to determine season
Noor Naseer, Managing Editor December 7, 2020

Despite the early fall snow, the Alpine Ski team was unable to take advantage of this promising weather to hit the slopes. Even though the MSHSL has approved their season to begin on Nov. 30 and end on...

Submitted by Robert Grace
Robert Grace ‘21 (far left) and Sam Hardy ‘24 (far right) pose for a photo prior to their game against Mound Westonka. SMB Wolfpack defeated the White Hawks at home 42-14 on Oct. 16.

Shift From Hybrid to Remote Alters Fall, Winter Sport Seasons

Winter seasons pushed back, fall seasons cut short
Sara Richardson, Managing Editor December 7, 2020

Due to the recent school shutdown and many students quarantined, student-athletes are unsure of what will happen with winter sports. The shutdown caused hybrid seasons and captains practice to be canceled....

Players pose with their plaque after winning the Section with a 4-3 win over Breck.

October Mystery Athlete

Amelia Bush, Contributing Writer November 10, 2020

This monthís mystery athlete is very accomplished. She has been playing tennis since she was 9 and has been playing in tournaments since she was 10. She has been on varsity since she was in 7th grade,...

Pictured above is the 2019-2020 Blake Volleyball team. They entered the fall expecting not to be able to play until the spring, but due to the new MSHSL guidelines, delivered September 21, they are now able to begin their fall 2020 season rather than waiting until spring.

MSHSL Makes Changes Guidelines, Allows Fall Seasons to Begin

Football and volleyball finally back after long holdout
Jasper Liu, Contributing Writer October 1, 2020

Before Monday, September 21, Minnesota high school volleyball and football seasons were supposed to take place in the spring amid Covid-19 concerns. But throughout the morning of September 21st, members...

Girls’ Swim & Dive Team Swims on Despite New Restrictions

Girls’ Swim & Dive Team Swims on Despite New Restrictions

New rules, changes won’t stop competition
Amelia Bush, Contributing Writer October 1, 2020

Like many other sports this year, Blake Girls' Swim and Dive has had to make many adjustments and sacrifices in order to have a season. The team has been split into two different groups that practice during...

The Aamoth Stadium lays empty during this time

Cancellation of Spring Season Leads to Plans for Summer, Impacts Recruitment

Athletes speak out as to how quarantine has affected their scouting and off season plans
Catherine Barry, Food Features Editor May 23, 2020

Among all the chaos that has come with the outbreak of COVID-19, student-athletes whose sports are in the spring are devastated that they won’t have a season due to the close contact and high risk of...

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