Alpine Skiing (season complete)
Spartan Alpine Skiing competed at sections on February 5. As a team, the girls earned 7th (of 17 teams) and the boys finished 8th (of 18 teams). The teams also saw top finishes from Isabelle Wolpert '21, who placed fourth as an individual, and seventh-grader Caden Burns, who finished 11th as an individual, and both results were good enough to qualify for the State Meet!
The 2020 MSHSL Alpine Skiing State Meet took place at Giant's Ridge on February 12 and Caden and Isabelle both recorded excellent days of skiing. Overall, Isabelle finished the day in 12th place (41.61, 37.50; 1:19.36), despite recently returning from injury, and Caden, one of two seventh-grade qualifiers, finished in 49th place (40.59, 39.48; 1:20.07).
Girls' Hockey (season complete)
The St. Paul United girls' hockey program, a co-op between SPA and Visitation, was seeded #3 in the 2020 Section 4A tournament. The team began their postseason run on February 8 with a game against Minnehaha United, which the team won easily, 9-1. Next up was the Section Semifinal where SPU took on #2 Simley. Both teams struggled to get on the board in the first period but it would be the United who would find the back of the goal first after the break. The team then held on to the lead for the remainder of the game to advance to the Finals!
In the Section 4A Finals, United matched up against its perennial postseason rival, the South St. Paul Packers, on Thursday, February 13 at Doug Woog Arena. Despite a scoreless first period and good momentum in the second for United, the Packers snuck in a goal at the end of the second and another one in the third to end United's season.
Boys' Hockey (postseason in progress)
The #7 seeded SPA boys' hockey team began play in the Section 4A Tournament on Wednesday, February 18 with a game against #10 St. Paul Highland - Central. The game started slowly and was tied at 1-1 after the first period. After the break, the Spartans found their stride and scored five unanswered goals to record a final score of 6-1.
Next up: The Spartans will play #2 St. Paul Johnson in the Section Quarterfinals on Friday, February 21. The game is at Phalen Arena and the puck will drop at 7 p.m.
Nordic Skiing (season complete)
On Tuesday, February 4, Spartan Nordic Skiing competed in Sections and qualified one student-athlete for State. Congratulations to seventh-grader Inga Wing who had an excellent pursuit race and earned her place at the MSHSL State Meet with an 11th place finish! Other highlights from the day included seniors Lauren Dieperink and Sophia Heegaard giving it their all in their final high school race; juniors Anthony Chen and Jonas Bray placing 32nd and 44th, respectively; and seventh-graders Taylor Barkwell and Helen Townley giving a preview of things to come for SPA Nordic
The 2020 MSHSL State Nordic Ski Meet took place on Friday, February 14 at Giant's Ridge in Biwabik, MN and despite being delayed two days due to extremely cold temperatures, Inga recorded two great races in her first State Meet appearance. The State Meet follows a pursuit format where competitors compete first in the "freestyle" race which then determines their starting placement in the culminating "classic" race. At this year's State Meet, Inga finished 21st in freestyle and in the classic race, which is considered a "power race" and therefore more difficult for a smaller seventh-grader, she competed hard for her final placement of 34th place. Congrats, Inga!
This article will continue to be updated throughout the 2020 winter postseason.