Partnership with PRI gives greater meaning to recycling

A recycler does her work in the area between the cafeteria and the loading dock. The work done by these individuals is crucial to the operations of the school. (Celia Smithmier)

Partnership with PRI gives greater meaning to recycling

April 23, 2014

They can be found carting dishes in the cafeteria, collecting paper from classroom recycling bins throughout the school, or hanging out in their nook between the cafeteria and loading dock, removing the lids from each individual Gatorade bottle disposed of at lunchtime. Led by Kate Thersleff, these workers come from Partnership... Continue Reading

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

Due to cold weather, the golf team has been forced to practice inside. (Taya Rettler)

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

April 22, 2014

After practicing indoors due to the weather for the past two months hitting balls and getting their form down, the girls’ and boys’ golf teams are ready to start their seasons. When the teams began playing outside, they played nine holes while focusing on putting and driving. “I believe that we have a lot of strong and talented players on the... Continue Reading

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

Bowling a perfect 300 requires pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset. (Madeline Rockhold)

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

April 22, 2014

The no hitter, the hat trick, and the triple-double are what every athlete strives to accomplish. They require pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset, but one achievement is often left off of the list: bowling a perfect 300. For BSM junior Joe Kleven, this dream has become... Continue Reading

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

April 22, 2014

Fired Up Tucked away in a spacious warehouse near the University of Minnesota, Fired Up, the pottery creation shop, provides a sculpting experience unlike any other. Potters of all skill levels, including newcomers,... Continue Reading

Paint your plate provides a fun and colorful environment for guest to realease their creativity and enjoy painting a unique pottery piece. (Taylor Blad)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
Boys GolfFri, Apr 25 TBDTBDEdinburgh USA
Boys TennisFri, Apr 25 4:15 p.m.Holy AngelsValley View Playfield (Bloomington)
Boys TrackFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
Girls GolfFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
BaseballSat, Apr 26 12 p.m.EdinaAway
BaseballMon, Apr 28 6:30 p.m.St. Louis ParkAway
Boys GolfMon, Apr 28 11 a.m.NSC OpponentsBunker Hills Golf Course
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

North Suburban Conference to be disbanded after departure of two more schools

Ava Azadegan

With some schools leaving the NSC and some schools going independent in certain sports, next year will see the conference severely reduced in size.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the North Suburban Conference (NSC) would lose three schools to the Mississippi-8 Conference––Chisago Lakes, North Branch, and St. Francis. This past month, two more schools––Robbinsdale-Cooper and St. Louis Park––made public their decision to part ways with the NSC and join the newly formed Metro West at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. This leaves Benilde-St. Margaret’s with no conference affiliation for the moment for the 2014-2015 school year for academic and athletic competitions.

With the departure of an additional two members, along with the three northern schools, the NSC would be left with only six schools: Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Irondale, Spring Lake Park, and Totino-Grace, and the decision was made to disband the NSC after the 2013-2014 school year. “For the last couple years we thought about adding members if there were potential schools to add, but once there were only six member schools left and of those six a presence of diverse programming, we decided it was not in the best interest moving forward,” BSM Athletic Director Mr. Jerry Pettinger said.

Robbinsdale-Cooper decided to withdraw from the NSC this past month due to the uncertainty of the conference, as well as for competitive reasons. “The first reason for us moving was the three northern schools leaving. They were good matches for us from a competitive standpoint. And second was the conversations with the schools in the new conference and how well they continued to develop, along with the uncertainty of the North Suburban Conference beyond next year,” Cooper activities director John Oelfke said.

St. Louis Park’s departure also swayed the decision for Robbinsdale-Cooper to leave. “Knowing that St. Louis Park had a strong interest in the Metro West Conference was a factor because we knew it would again cause more uncertainty in the North Suburban, and also we would lose another school that fits us really well,” Oelfke said.

St. Louis Park is Benilde-St. Margaret’s main rival for athletic competitions and would wish to continue that rivalry if they were able to join the Metro West Conference. The Metro West Conference was formed by a collection of schools leaving from their conferences including Chanhassen and Chaska from the Missota conference, Bloomington Kennedy and Jefferson from the South Suburban, and Richfield from the Classic Suburban.

Oelfke is excited for Robbinsdale-Cooper not only from an athletic standpoint, but also the fine arts in the newly-formed Metro West conference. “I think this will be a competitive conference for us as several of the schools are very close to the make-up of Cooper which is what we were looking for. Also, the Metro West will have strong Fine Arts which is another area that we wanted to continue,” Oelfke said.

The disbandment leaves a somewhat difficult situation for BSM. “The Metro West hasn’t offered an invitation, and no conference has offered us an invitation, and I don’t expect to get one,” Mr. Pettinger said.

It will be difficult for BSM to find a new conference as a result of our recent success in sports and activities. “We will go through an application process to the Metro West Conference and see what happens,” Mr. Pettinger said.

Some factors that BSM will be looking for when applying to a new conference will be the level of play, programming, competitiveness, enrollment, and geography, according to Mr. Pettinger. Despite the challenges, BSM will not become fully independent, as boys hockey is.

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