The Spartan Speaks

Fans in the Stands

Fans do the roller coaster cheer during a game.

Billy McGannon, Sports Editor

October 9, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released information regarding fans' attendance at high school football games. The number of fans allowed is 250, and that number is divided by the two teams. Each team will be given 125 tickets to give to fans, and masks will be required to get into the ...

Football and Volleyball season moved to fall

Lauryn Pietrzak, Broadcast/Video Editor

October 9, 2020

The Minnesota State High School League has overturned their original decision to move Football and Volleyball to the Spring season. On August 4th, the board of directors met to discuss when high school sports seasons would take place, considering the current climate of our state during the COVID-19 pandemic....

The Orono Spartans Football Team Makes History

Quarterback Nick Prentice throws the ball down the field during Homecoming.

Frankie Vochko, Features Editor

November 8, 2016

Last Friday night, the fans in Pesonen Stadium were rowdy as ever and also nervous as ever. The Orono Spartans Football Team faced off against the Big Lake Hornets for the section 6 final title. In the 66 years of football participation, Orono has participated in state three times; the last time ...

Football Team Tackles Tough Conference

Coach Weiland talking to his players during a game.

Will Dittrich, Sports Editor

October 10, 2014

The Orono varsity football team is having one of the best seasons in recent years and their record stands at 4-2 before the Delano game. Orono has been ranked as high as no. five in the whole state, according to Minnesota Football Hub. Coming into the season Orono was expected to be strong. Orono...

DC Luke Nelson recovers after brain injury

Luke Nelson recovers as a state supports.

September 17, 2013

On Sept. 6 the Orono Spartans football team took on the Dassel-Cokato Chargers in an effort to win their second league game of the season and remain undefeated. With four minutes left in the game and the Spartans ahead 26-21,  senior, Charlie Schmid was running the ball and in an attempt to stop Sch...

Jeff Weiland: “The…best thing is coaching.”

November 4, 2012

For the past ten years Jeff Weiland has been the head coach for the Orono Spartans varsity football team. He has also taught American Government to the entire freshmen class. Teaching and coaching go hand in hand for Weiland. As a child and teenager Weiland’s greatest love in life was playing sports....

Junior and senior girls participate in the annual powderpuff game

October 23, 2012


Football team comes back with confidence

The varsity squad looks on as the offense goes for 3rd and 5

Photo/ Woody Hust

October 16, 2012

With the 2012 football season underway, the formerly disappointed team has high hopes for the outcome of this year. “We are stronger than last year because we trained harder, so expect us to go far,” said senior captain Nick Adzick. Last season, the team had a record of 1 and 6 in conference...

Football team gets improved helmets to reduce concussions

October 27, 2011

The high school football program received new helmets at the start of this year’s season. The boosters raised over $9,000 which the high school used to buy 45 helmets. All of the varsity and the majority of the JV have been outfitted with the new helmets. The brand of helmet is Xenith and they are...

Orono celebrates 60th Homecoming in style

October 17, 2011

In 1951, when Ike Pesonen started teaching at Orono, he knew he wanted to start a football team. In the beginning, home games were impossible due to a lack of a field at Orono. 60 years later at OHS’s Homecoming game, crowds full of blue and red cheer on the Spartans, all thanks to the man the stadium...

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