BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014

As Benilde-St. Margaret’s seniors endured their final days of high school before graduation, they prepare to move one step closer to getting jobs and becoming successful. Benilde-St. Margaret’s class of 2008 alum, Alexandra Sifferlin, is an example of this success; she has turned what was once a childhood ambition into an exciting reality. Sifferlin is now a health reporter for TIME Magazine, and has spent the last few years reporting on an assortment of health related issues. “I love being a health reporter because I like to think I’m doing a service. Health, medicine, and science impact everyone, and I get the most touching emails from readers,” said Sifferlin. At the age of... Continue Reading

Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s baseball team made the trek to Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota to take on the Wayzata Trojans in a section playoff showdown. According to junior Connor Day, “Our team played well and with a lot of chemistry. We rebounded well from our loss last week.” The Trojans scored first with one player crossing the plate in the top half of the first inning; the Red Knights answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. BSM senior Michael Kaminski threw a complete game, allowing only two runs over the course of seven innings as well as recording one RBI. Junior Tyler Wyvell along with seniors Keaton Studsrud and Christopher Racchini also contributed... Continue Reading

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

Going to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes of Lake Calhoun goers. Bring a towel and your sun block and head to either one of the two beaches of Lake Calhoun. (Keenan Schember, Megan Ortizcazarin)

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

June 5, 2014

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

Sophamore Gunnar Lundberg stops for a cool refreshing drink (Emily Larson)

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

June 3, 2014

As the days become longer and the heat index spikes, students often seek the comfort of a cool sip of water from one of the many selections of drinking fountains offered at BSM. But with so many to choose from, not all can claim the title of Most Popular Water Fountain. From dirty drains, leaky fountains, horrible locations and warm, iron-laced water,... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
Boys SoccerTue, Aug 26 7 p.m.Eden PraireHome
FootballThu, Aug 28 7 p.m.Holy AngelsHoly Angels
Boys SoccerThu, Aug 28 4:30 p.m.St Paul AcademySt Paul Academy
Girls SoccerThu, Aug 28 7:30 p.m.MinnetonkaHome
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 02 7 p.m.OronoHome
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 02 5 p.m.OronoOrono HS
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 04 5 p.m.RochesterHome
FootballFri, Sep 05 7 p.m.ChaskaChaska HS
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 09 4:45 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Jefferson HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 09 7 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Stadium
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 11 7 p.m.ChaskaHome
Girls SoccerThu, Sep 11 5 p.m.ChaskaHome
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SportDateOpponentResultW/L
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Twin sisters compete side by side on varsity

The confident and determined twin sisters Taylor and Paige McCleod made the BSM girls varsity tennis team this season and, as seventh graders, have won most of their matches.

The sisters, or “twisters” as the team calls them, bought their first racquets when they were only five years old, started playing competitively in tournaments at the age of eight, and they haven’t stopped playing since.

Whether it’s going to the park by their house to hit at the courts or practice in their driveway, these girls are constantly looking for ways to improve their already incredible tennis skills. “One of us stands on the driveway and the other stands in the street, and we just hit back and forth,” said Paige.

They wanted to come to BSM for the smaller class sizes and the chance to play on the tennis team, and they have found what they were looking for. So far, they have enjoyed the Benilde-St. Margaret’s community, as well as being on the team. “We are not treated as the youngest players,” said Taylor.

Both girls felt welcomed by the older players on the team. “The captains are really good leaders, and the girls are always really good about cheering,” said Taylor.

Taylor and Paige have mostly been playing doubles together this season, and Coach Dave Wolden has high hopes for them. “The girls practice at the same level as everyone else on the team; they get along great with the older girls, and they are really fun to have on the team,” he said.

While playing doubles together, the sisters have a lot of encouraging words they say to each other to stay motivated while playing a tough match: “you can do it,” “take your time,” “take a deep breath.” Taylor and Paige also high five between points because it is a way to let each other know that they will win or lose the match as a team.

Being twins, they go through several things together. Whether it’s helping one another with homework or encouraging the other sister during a difficult tennis match, they will always be there to help each other through.

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