Winter Sports Check-In


Courtesy of Tomas Lee

BSM sophomore Olivia Olson shoots a turnaround jumper against rival St. Lous Park.

BSM’s winter sports are now in full swing, and students across the school are involved in various activities ranging from hockey to ping pong.

Boys Hockey:
The boys hockey team has started off with a 15-4 record. The team is being led in points by senior Adam Marshall and sophomore Drew Stewart. Another strong piece to the team this year has been standout sophomore goalie Mason McElroy. The team is currently ranked 4th in the state and is on a 13th game win streak. Senior captain Brady Yakesh is back for his 4th season with the varsity team. “The season has gotten a lot better, we started a little slow and needed to figure out some minor issues. We got over a little hump and the bounces are now turning in our favor. With a tough schedule in the first half of the season, we are looking forward to the second half of the season. I would also like to say this is the best bonded team I have been a part of in four years, up and down the line up from seniors to freshman; we all get along and know how to push each other,” Yakesh said.

Girls Hockey:
The girls hockey team has had a consistent year so far, currently sitting with a 15-5-1 record. After a tough start, the team has bounced back with a nine game win streak. The team is lead by a large group of seniors who have all been on the team for years. One senior who is off to a hot start is senior Captain Emma Hoen, “The season is going pretty well considering how difficult the schedule has been leading up to this point. With the several new players, we’ve had to build the chemistry and focus more on our systems. I am looking forward to playing the more challenging teams and sections as I believe we have a great opportunity at going to the state tournament,” Hoen said.

Boys Basketball:
The boys basketball team has had a successful season so far through eighteen games with a 12-6 record. The team is being led in scoring by senior Ryan Warren and freshman Jalen Wilson. The team starts four senior guards and freshmen Jalen Wilson. With nine games left, the boys are hopeful that they continue the winning ways into the section tournament, and are looking to go state for the first time in over a decade. “The season has been really exciting so far building chemistry with the younger guys and playing a fun schedule. Be on the lookout for when sections come!” Ryan Warren said.

Girls Basketball:
The girls basketball team has been off to a great start with a 15-4 record. The team is led by Sophomore five star recruit, Olivia Olson. Olson has been a footprint of the program and is only a sophomore. She leads the team with 21 points per game. Another great addition to the team this year is Kendall McGee ,who is behind Olson with 14 points per game. Junior Mackenzie Wells has been a solid player for the Red Knights as well, and she knows it will take some time for the team to mesh with so many new players. “It has been difficult to get used to the younger girls because we have a lot of freshmen on the team this year who are gaining experience this year on varsity so we are learning as we go,” Wells said.

Ping Pong:
The ping pong season started in early December and the team has spent much of its time in practice. They have only had one match so far this season against Orono where they took a tough defeat. The team is led by captains Teddy Madden, Oscar Igel, Caroline Braun, and Elizabeth Dietzen. They have a big tournament coming up, the Benilde St-Margaret Invite where the team will get a lot of matches under their belt. Senior Owen Omdahl is enjoying his time on the team and is excited for the rest of the season. “The season has gone really well, I’m looking forward to more ping pong meets, playing other teams and getting better. It’s gonna be fun. I would like to say that Oscar is an absolute menace. I am a big fan of coach Hansen and he has been a really great mentor,” Omdahl said.

Alpine Skiing:
Alpine Skiing is in full swing, with races already starting. The team practices at Hyland Ski Hill, and is a coed team mixed with girls and boys. The team practices together, but has individual girls and boys races. The captains of the team are seniors Ava Montpetit, Luke Walser, and Annie Maguire. Their next meet is at Wild Mountain Ski Area in Taylor Falls. They are a talented group and are trying to get skiers in state. “In our big race with 25 teams this year, the girls placed 2nd overall,” Montpetit said.

Nordic Skiing:
The other ski team at BSM is the Nordic Ski team, and their season has been underway since November. Their meets have been held at Carvers Winter Trailhead in Waconia, Hylands Park Reserve, and Elm Creek Park Reserve. The teams sections are coming up fast, as they start on February 10th. “The season is going great so far, I think our team has a lot of young talent and a good future. We have done pretty well so far but are definitely looking to keep improving,” Herro said.

Boys Swimming:
The boys swim team has high expectations for the season, and so far have been living up to these aspirations. Ryan Long is one of the captains of the team and wants to end his BSM career on a high note. “The season has been fun so far. We are 2-3 in our dual meets with wins against Cooper and New Prague, and a close loss versus Waconia. We just won our division in the Maroon and Gold Invitational which was huge for the team. Our team has a ton of potential and I’m excited to see what we can do with the rest of the season,” senior Ryan Long said.


The wrestling season is up and running and the boys are preparing for more matches and tournaments. The team is looking good so far, and there is a lot of excitement on the progress that the team can make this year. Junior Bryce Commerford thinks the team is ready for the rest of the season. “The season is going great right now. We just had a tournament last week and we have another coming up soon. Everyone is improving a lot with both conditioning and technique and I am looking forward to sections and possibly going to state, with covid and injuries we have a pretty small roster but I am proud of what are team has accomplished so far and I am excited for the rest of the season to come,” Commerford said.

The dance team is practicing in preparation for sections which are coming up in February. Senior Emily Zagaros has played a key role for the team since her 7th grade year. “We have practices everyday except Sunday, for about 2.5 hours. We have a meet this weekend where we will see Totino Grace for the first time since November and they are a team we normally see at state. The meet this weekend is at Totino and it will be the last competition for our two JV teams (JV kick and JV jazz) since they don’t compete at sections and state. It has been a good season so far, finishing second in conference and taking first in (varsity) Jazz at every meet since conference ended back in the beginning of December. We are really excited for sections and have high hopes of going to state. State will be the 18th of 19th of February at the Target Center and I am very excited for that,” Zagaros said.