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Into the Dojo

Into the Dojo

March 5, 2015


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Michael Malecha '16 As I stepped into the Dojo, I did not know what to expect. Adolescents were lined horizontally in front of the instructor all clad in black clothing, each wearing belts synonymous with their degree of ability. On the walls behind the young fighters were two flags, one being the fl...

Trouble for traveling athletes

Trouble for traveling athletes

Charlie Ankeny, Staff Writer

March 5, 2015


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Many competitive athletes travel for top-notch facilities and competitions.      Travelling athletes miss a considerable portion of school as a result of their  away-from-home athletic schedule.      Annabella Walser ‘18, a member of the Girls Alpine Team and a travelling skier, states, “The hardest ch...

New spring sports entice students

New spring sports entice students

Anneliese Moore, Managing Editor

March 5, 2015


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     Although synchronized swimming and clay target are both part of MSHSL, they have never been offered at Blake.      Josie Lagerstrom ‘18 decided to establish a synchronized swim team at Blake because she had been a part of the Edina team for two years. After moving to Blake, she wanted to creat...

FIFA LA REVOLUTION!

FIFA LA REVOLUTION!

Conor McDonough, Staff Writer

March 3, 2015


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The video game FIFA has become wildly popular in the Blake Community and throughout the US. In a country where soccer has never achieved much popularity, FIFA has been influential in getting more young Americans into the beautiful game, especially here at Blake. From a national perspective, FIFA has...

The Best (and Worst) Super Bowl Ads

Hudson Dougan, Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


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The Super Bowl, which took place on February 1st, was a thrilling affair on the field as the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. Off the field, and over the airwaves, the game's signature commercials were a combination of thrilling, memorable, and truly strange. Here is a list of...

Taking a Knee: The Senior Slump and Sports

Michael Malecha, Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


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The “senior slide” is a nice example of alliteration that rolls off the tongue. Say it. “Senior slide.” It’s both easy to say and an accurate term for the general relaxation of the senior student body during the second semester. But is this relaxed state of mind—along with the label we use for it...

Overcoming the Odds

Overcoming the Odds

Hudson Dougan, Staff Writer

February 10, 2015


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The Blake Girls’ Basketball program consists of nine players. In order to play games, they need five players on the court at all times. This leaves them with four girls on the bench. To put these numbers in perspective, the Boys’ Basketball program has thirty-eight boys along with eighteen...

Free Diving in the Bahamas

Gavin Siegert, Contributing Writer

February 4, 2015


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I went to the Island School in the Bahamas for the first semester of this school year, and one of the great opportunities that they offered students was a chance to go free diving in the phenomenal water of the Bahamas. Free diving is when you dive down under water and stay as long as you can with o...

Boys Soccer Coach concludes first season

Zoe Zellmer, Staff Writer

November 6, 2014


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     T his season, the Boys Soccer team experienced a change of pace with a new head coach. Such a change could have posed considerable problems, but it actually proved beneficial. Players on the team were quite content with Tamba Johnson’s first season at the helm. His charisma and dedication to the t...

Fantasy Football expert Will Kaback dishes on the Bears’ season

Will Kaback, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2014


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Well, it’s that time of year again. The weather begins to change. Leaves go from verdant green to amber, burgundy, and orchard. Of all the trademark signs of autumn, none is more characteristic than the start of the NFL and fantasy football season. As fantasy owners around the world begin to gear u...

“Chub” Bettels’ legacy continues

“Chub” Bettels’ legacy continues

Ben Hinke, Staff Writer

May 6, 2014


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Rowland H. “Chub” Bettels was a former teacher at Blake. He started teaching at Blake in 1953 and started the track program in 1954. In his seventeen years of coaching, the team won nine MISL(Minnesota Independent School League) championships with a state title to cap his career off in his final...

Everson and Hitchner take on the AJGA

Everson and Hitchner take on the AJGA

Stuart Patterson, Opinions Editor

May 6, 2014


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  The AJGA, or American Junior Golf Association is an organization that sets up golf tournaments all over the country for both boys’ and girls’ golf. Its goal is to “grow and develop young men and women who aspire to earn golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.” It has...

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