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Winter athletics wrap-up: Alpine, basketball, dance, fencing, hockey, nordic, and boys' swimming and diving
Posted 03/06/2017 04:42PM

This winter has been an exceptional season for Spartan athletics. In the postseason alone, SPA sent five nordic and alpine skiers to the State meet, girls' hockey played in the State Championship, boys' swimming and diving won the conference and Twin Cities meets and sent two SPA swimmers to state, and boys' fencing added their fourth Team State Championship to their belt! Read a full winter athletics season wrap-up below.

 

Alpine skiing

Alpine skiing had another strong season, working throughout the year to consistently put together fast and clean runs. The girls' team finished fourth in the section and sent Bailey Donovan '18 and Katie Brunell '17 to State where the pair placed 18th and 53rd, respectively Boys' alpine finished ninth in Sections and qualified John Sorrano '17 to the state competition; he finished 72nd. 

  • All-State: Bailey Donovan
  • All-Conference: Katie Brunell, Tom Patterson, Julia Scott, John Soranno
  • All-Conference Honorable Mention: Claire Hallaway, Web Lehman, Sammy Ries, Finn Tait

 

Girls' basketball

The last three years have seen exponential growth for Spartan girls' basketball. This season, the team was 12-13 in the regular season and finished fourth in the conference, a place up from the 2015-16 season. Big wins included several nailbiters over Minneapolis Edison, Breck, and Mounds Park Academy.

  • All-Conference: Izzy Denny
  • All-Conference Honorable Mention: Emily Carter and Erin McNamer
Boys' basketball
The boys had a strong season somewhat marred by injuries.  The team finished 10-16 in the regular season, including a 5-1 streak in February that included big wins over Mounds Park, Blake, and Minneapolis Edison.  (Post-season honors TBD.)

 

Dance

The SPA dance team joined forces this year with Minnehaha Academy to form a new cooperative team. With their new teammates from across the river, the Spartans went on to have a great season, competing in five competitions around the metro and learning more about the sport with each contest.

 

Fencing

The SPA fencing program had another strong season of duals. The team finished first in several tournaments and saw numerous first-place finishes by its fencers. Most noteworthy, however: the boys' fencing team earned the State Team Championship for the fourth year in a row! SPA also placed first at State (by event), in boys' foil, boys' saber, and girls' saber.

  • All-State: Drew O'Hern (first team, men's foil)
  • All-State: Ezekiel Lam (second team, men's foil)
  • All-State: Jackson Wittenberg (second team, men's foil)
  • All-State: Michael Hill (second team, men's foil)
  • All-State: Colin O'Hern (first team, men's saber)
  • All-State: Grant Gunderson (first team, men's saber)
  • All-State: Jackson Wertkin (third team, men's saber)
  • All-State: Peter Michel (third team, men's saber)
  • All-State: Mason Brooks (first team, men's epee)
  • All-State: Maggie Hlavka (third team, women's epee)
  • All-State: Iris Shaker-Check (third team, women's saber)
  • All-State: Sabrina Rucker (third team, women's saber)
  • All-State: Zoe Hermer-Cisek (third team, women's saber)

Gymnastics

SPA paired with the Cretin Derham-Hall gymnastics team this year to form a new co-op which consisted of three gymnasts, two seniors from SPA and one freshman from CDH. The team competed in ten meets throughout the year and grew their skill level throughout the season. Overall, the co-op team showed the most improvement on uneven bars and floor, though they worked hard on all four events. The team looks forward to growing their program in the coming years.

 

Girls' hockey

This season, St. Paul United, a co-op between SPA and Visitation, put together an impressive season and qualified for the State Tournament for the second year in a row. The team's run at State included a 10-0 whopping of Mankato East/Loyola, a rematch, victory over Warroad (4-2) in the semifinals, and a runner-up finish in the State Championship against Blake.

  • All-Conference: Lauren Boettcher
  • All-Conference Honorable Mention: Clare Tipler

 

Boys' hockey

Spartan boys' hockey continued their successes this season, putting up a 21-3 regular season record. In the postseason, the team was seeded #1 and went on to beat Highland Park, 4-1, in the quarterfinals and squash a late rally by Totino-Grace in the semifinals to advance to the Section 4A Finals against Mahtomedi. Unfortunately, the Zephyrs proved to be too much for the Spartans to handle and the team's season came to an end following a 3-1 loss in the section championship.

  • All-Conference: Andy Beran, Matt Dahlseide, Jack Johnston, and Dev McCabe
  • All-Conference Honorable Mention: Riley Bowman, Weston Lombard, Noel Parker, Dom Picciano
  • Reed Larson Top Defenseman Award finalist: Noel Parker
  • Second Team All Metro: Dev McCabe

 

Nordic skiing

SPA nordic had a strong year of racing under new head coach David Miller. In conference competition, the girls' team finished the season second and the boys' team finished third. Individually, Peter Moore '19 and Val Hart '18 led the way for the IMAC, claiming both first-place finishes in the boys' and girls' conference championships. The pair went on to compete at State where Peter finished 24th overall and Val finished 44th.

  • All-State: Peter Moore
  • All-Conference: Val Hart, Peter Moore
  • All-Conference Honorable Mention: 

 

Boys' swimming and diving

The Trojans, a cooperative with Highland Park Senior High School, dominated conference competition again this season, placing first at the St. Paul City meet and winning the Twin Cities Championship for the third year in a row. In Sections, three SPA swimmers broke school records in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, and 200 freestyle relay. Two swimmers also qualified for State: Ned Laird-Raylor '18 went to State in the 100 backstroke and finished 27th in Prelims and Noah Rice '19 qualified in the 100 freestyle and finished 21st in the Class A State Finals. (Post-season honors TBD.)

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