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Kuemmel's Corner: A final thought on the fall sports season at Park

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It is hard to believe that our winter sports season is already here. Many of our winter teams are already practicing (of course the ski teams will have to do some dry-land training for a while), and girls hockey had their first game last week.

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Before we get too wrapped up in our winter teams, I want to take a moment to reflect on our fall season.

While some schools may focus only on section or state championships as a sign of success, I believe we had a very successful fall season for the Wolfpack. Our coaches were able to create positive experiences for the students and teach them lifelong lessons, while still fielding competitive teams in one of the toughest conferences in the whole state. Our adapted soccer team the Thunderbolts capped off another successful season with a trip to the state tournament. This article was written before the weekend games, but they entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed! Our football team made huge strides this year, including our Homecoming victory over Woodbury. At one point of the season our girls soccer team was ranked No. 1 in the state in the QRF poll. Individually, Evan Bonneson (cross county) and Sarah Schank (diving) both competed in the state meet.

Park’s athletes also excelled in the classroom. We had many individual students and teams earn academic honors. The girls cross country team earned the “gold” team academic award (team GPA 3.75 or higher), while the boys cross country and girls soccer earned the “silver” award (3.5). We had 10 fall athletes (our largest amount in many years) earn individual all-state academic honors.

Annie Williams was named all-state in soccer, meaning her picture will join the others on the wall in the hallway outside the main gym. Soccer players Temi Ogunrinde and Matt Goecke each received all-state honorable mention honors and were selected to play in the senior classic all-star game. Annie Williams and Arik Kruzeski each received awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association, and diver Sarah Schank received All-American honors. Coach Sarah Neitz from girls’ soccer was named the Class AA Assistant Coach of the Year. Park was a very busy place as we hosted state tournament games in state soccer.

I would like to thank all of the fall coaches and student-athletes for all of their hard work and dedication to Wolfpack athletics. Congratulations on a successful season and good luck to our winter teams.

-Phil Kuemmel, Park High School Activities Director

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