The Spartan Speaks

To ski uphill or downhill

Nordic Skis laid out for the upcoming Ski-a-thon

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

Seniors Claire Gagne, Nick Ruhland, and Jordan Allar are seen officially signing with their chosen colleges.

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

February 6, 2020

How superstitions and rituals affect athletes

Many athletes have developed rituals and habits that are quintessential to their pregame routine.

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

Senior and basketball captain Amelia Singleton going up for a shot.

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

Tensions rise high as the puck is dropped in a face-off vs Edina on Dec. 18.

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...

Athlete of the Month: Celia Whittington

Whittington skates off the ice with her line for the next line to play.

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

January 2, 2020

Margaret Kraus Sports Editor The Spartan Speaks girls’ athlete of the month is hockey player Celia Whittington. Whittington used to live on the lake, where her dad would shovel snow off the lake to make a rink for her and her brothers; here, they learned how to skate, and began playing hockey ...

Athlete of the Month: Jamie Bazil

Junior no. 12 Jamie Bazil skates around his Delano opponents.

Jordan Allar, Sports Editor

December 19, 2019

Jordan Allar Sports Editor This month’s Spartan Speaks boys’ athlete is junior soccer and hockey player Jamie Bazil. Bazil has been involved in sports all of his life, and at the age of five, he started playing soccer, and at the age of seven, his love for hockey began to bloom. Bazil has been ...

The Dance Team Kicks off the New Season

Seniors Mya Ramaker and Maddie Glenna pose in their costumes from the November 23rd competition.

Isa Chavez, Social Media Manager

December 11, 2019

Isa Chavez Social Media Manager The Orono Dance team is continuing their winning streak from last year by placing first in their competition on Nov. 23. They debuted their brand new kick routine for this year, which is escape room themed. “We scored a 366 which is amazing for our first competition...

Gophers Row the Boat Past Penn State

Minnesota Gophers celebrate after Jordan Howden made an incredible interception.

Jordan Allar, Sports Editor

November 18, 2019

Jordan Allar Sports Editor MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Gopher Football team played a game on Saturday, Nov. 10 that will forever be remembered by all Minnesotans. Minnesota took on Penn State, ranked number five, on a sunny Saturday afternoon with a sold-out crowd. The Governor’s Victory Bell...

Fall Sports Recap

Fall Sports at Orono had a variety of successes throughout the season.

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

November 14, 2019

Click on the link below to see a recap of fall sports and each team's successes throughout the season.

Athlete of the Month: Reece Clifford

Reece Clifford's senior year marks his tenth year playing soccer.

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

November 9, 2019

Margaret Kraus Sports Editor The Spartan Speak’s boys’ athlete of the month is soccer captain Reece Clifford. He was a captain of the team during the 2019 seas on, and has been a starting player his since freshman year of high school. Clifford began his soccer career at the age of seven while he was still living in Britain. One of his favorite memories from the...

Athlete of the Month: Lilly Anderson

Lily Anderson with fellow teammates Carli Olsen and Taylor Gill smiling with their medals for placing in sections and making it to state.

Jordan Allar, Sports Editor

November 8, 2019

Jordan Allar Sports Editor Our girls’ athlete of the month is tennis captain Lilly Anderson. Anderson has been a captain for two years and has been on varsity for three. Freshman year she was a varsity soccer player, and decided to make the switch over to her true passion. She first picked up ...

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