The Spartan Speaks

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...

Varsity doesn’t mean older anymore

December 4, 2012

A surge of underclassmen have achieved varsity level status. This accomplishment comes with an increased sense of responsibility. With young talent beginning at such early ages, high school sports teams have the ability to develop their team for years to come. For underclassmen, gaining this...

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....

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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