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Kuemmel's Corner: Where has summer gone?

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over.

All of our fall teams have started practice. I am looking forward to the start of another school year and the fall season beginning. The athletic department has been hard at work preparing for the new school year. Our coaches and student-athletes have also been working very hard all summer to prepare for the upcoming season. There have been camps, clinics, captains' practices, coaches meetings, summer leagues and our summer strength and conditioning program.

The second year of our summer weight program was a huge success and I look forward to making it bigger and better next year. I am amazed by the amount of time and energy put in during the summer months by all of our coaches and athletes. We are very lucky to have almost all of our fall head coaches back again for this season. A familiar face will be returning to our staff this year - Cris Glade will be back to lead our girls' tennis program this year. Also, Brad Narveson will step in as a co-head coach with Mike Moran for cross country, and Jon Hackbarth will co-head coach with R.T. Luczak for volleyball this year.

We have many new assistant coaches joining our staff this year, including alumni Andrew Treadway (girls swim), Ashley Sutton (volleyball) and a number of different Park grads that will help in some capacity with our boys soccer program. It is always special when our former student-athletes are able to return as coaches and give back to the programs they were a part of when they attended Park. Kristina Jameson also returns to our volleyball coaching staff at the ninth grade level.

Throughout the year, I will again use this space to update the community on what's going on in the athletic department at Park. I know we will have a very exciting and successful fall season.

I encourage everyone in the community to come out to cheer on our Wolfpack teams. Passes are for sale in the activities office that can be used to gain admittance into all district (Park, Woodbury, and East Ridge) home events except for hockey and tournament games. These are a great deal — adult passes are $60 and student passes are $40 — and are good for the entire school year. I hope see to see many fans at all of our games. Go Wolfpack!

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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