The Spartan Speaks

How coaching culture is changing

How coaching culture is changing

Cooper Klaers, Staff Reporter

March 6, 2020

Cooper Klaers Staff Reporter “Hey, Akim, I’m sick of you playing that n—– s—.” This is just one of several instances of abuse or mistreatment by NHL coaches this season. Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock and Dallas Stars Coach Jim Montgomery have...

Boys basketball senior night

Boys basketball senior night

Lauryn Pietrzak, Staff Reporter

March 6, 2020

The boys varsity basketball team competed in their final home game last thursday against St. Paul Central. The team celebrated their six playing seniors: captains Nick Brynes and Jack Patterson, Sander Weninger, Jack Norman, Mason Torve, and Luke Delattre, and their four senior managers: Jada Olson,...

Orono Girls Hockey Section Finals vs. Breck

Orono Girls Hockey Section Finals vs. Breck

Tillie Hogenson, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

Tillie Hogenson Staff Reporter  Breck Girls Hockey is set to play in the section final. The Breck Mustangs played the Orono Spartans on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center. Orono started off strong in the second period, scoring two goals, but the Mustangs came back with f...

Boys hockey team holds an I Heart Hockey fundraiser

Boys hockey team holds an I Heart Hockey fundraiser

Gabby Hyrkas, Features Editor

February 27, 2020

Gabby Hyrkas Features Editor Fly high 55 means a lot to the Orono boys hockey team. Former coach, Zach Nelson, died of a heart attack after the team won the state title in 2018. On February 11th against Mound-Westonka, the team hosted an “I Heart Hockey” fundraiser to honor their former coach,...

The Orono Spartanettes “groove” into the state competition

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

February 27, 2020

Feb. 14 and 15 marked the state competition for dance teams across the state of Minnesota. Dance teams from all regions of the state, including Orono's own Spartanette dance team, gathered at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis to compete in the two-day competition. After placing first for high-kick...

Boys’ Athlete of the Month: Jack

Boys’ Athlete of the Month: Jack

Jordan Allar, Sports Editor

February 26, 2020

Jordan Allar Sports Editor Sophomore point guard Jack Kopesky was chosen by the Spartan Speaks as the boys’ Athlete of the Month. Being only a sophomore, Kopesky has had a lot of playing time and has shown great growth this past season on the varsity squad. These pictures show sophomore point guar...

Girls’ Athlete of the Month: Iyla Ryskamp

Girls’ Athlete of the Month: Iyla Ryskamp

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

February 26, 2020

Margaret Kraus Sports Editor February’s Athlete of the Month is hockey player, Iyla Ryskamp. While only a sophomore, Ryskamp is a very talented and valued team member as the top scorer on the team during the 2019-2020 season. First Picture: Ryskamp takes the puck down the ice to try to score. ...

To ski uphill or downhill

To ski uphill or downhill

Rae Malik, Online Layout Editor

February 11, 2020

Rae Malik Online Layout Editor This winter, skiing has gained momentum yet again, as the Nordic and Alpine teams have kicked off their season. Nordic skiing, also referred to as cross country skiing, is skiing uphill. Nordic has a distinct method for skiing called step turning. In this method, ...

Final Signing Day for Senior Athletes

Final Signing Day for Senior Athletes

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

February 6, 2020

How superstitions and rituals affect athletes

How superstitions and rituals affect athletes

Gabby Hyrkas, Staff Reporter

January 18, 2020

Gabby Hyrkas Staff Reporter Superstitions and rituals are extremely common in athletics, especially at Orono High School. However superstitions and rituals are not scientifically proven to directly affect the outcome of an event\; they merely trick the athlete into believing they are able to influenc...

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Recap

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Recap

Jordan Allar, Sports Editor

January 16, 2020

Jordan Allar Sports Editor Even though the boys’ and girls’ basketball seasons are not going as planned, the future looks bright with both teams loaded with lots of underclassmen. “I think the future of the basketball team looks bright. All the younger girls are so talented and there’s...

Orono Junior Gold Boys 1st Home Game Brief

Orono Junior Gold Boys 1st Home Game Brief

January 13, 2020

Sam Capece News Editor Last year, the Orono Junior Gold Boys hockey team drew the attraction of the crowds during their season. The late-night games, close friends and exciting hockey had many people showing up in the stands cheering on their team. The games were full of penalties and fighting, a...

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