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MY DASH - IN THE ATHLETE'S WORDS:

Charlie Phinney, X-Country

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Henry Rose, Soccer

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Fall 2020

MaddIe

DahlIen’s Journey

Football

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North CarolIna where she’ll play for ANson Dorrance 16

By Ellen Mi Photo by Linhoff Photo

girls swimming

Sprinting through the long journey 20

MY DASH - IN THE ATHLETE’S WORDS:

volleyball

we’re all in this together 26

Girls tennis

Serving up leadership, Carrying on legacy 30


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Table of Contents

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MY DASH - In the Athlete’s Words The athletes’ stories written by the athletes themselves.

Edina Football

Be a Hornet

Four Senior Hornet football players talk about their paths to suiting up for the Hornets

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BOYS X-COUNTRY

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GIRLS X-COUNTRY

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BOYS SOCCER

Charlie Phinney

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GIRLS SOCCER

Maddie Dahlien’s Journey to D1 North Carolina - Where She’ll Play For Mia Hamm With so many colleges contacting Dahlien at once, it got overwhelming…

By Ellen Mi Photo by Linhoff Photo

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Henry Rose

SECTIONS VOLLEYBALL

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We’re All In This Together Volleyball team jumps into new normal.

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GIRLS TENNIS

Serving Up Leadership, Carrying On Legacy

Coach Gaard and her captains comment on leadership, expectations, excellence and the life of an Edina High School tennis player. Original cover photo by TeMo : Cover photo-illus. by Scott Geiger

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A note from new board President Steve Bishop and Activities Direcrtor/Assistant Principal Troy Stein:

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eginning this school year, it looked as though the Edina Athletic Booster Club (the “Booster Club”) was not going to have much to “boost.” Fall sports did not look possible, and winter activities were TBD. Then, we got soccer, cross country, tennis and girls swimming, which felt like a beginning of a return to normalcy, and then the delayed start of football and volleyball. Although it felt a bit more typical with some sports, it did not feel complete without attendance at the fall activities, e.g., homecoming, volleyball and the band at football halftimes! Even with their seasons in question, the athletes were still putting in the time. They had hope and expectations of something to which they could commit. Something that they (and probably their parents!) had been working toward since they were kids…A chance to put on the green jersey and play for Edina! COVID-­19 challenges have made Booster Club support even more important this school year. The athletic needs are still the same…coaches, equipment, tape, field and pool time. For most of us, the idea of getting tickets to events as part of a membership package has been a focus, “..heck, the value of the tickets that you get with your package nearly equals what you would have spent anyway…” But now, with capacity limits at the events, and without the revenue-­generating ability to sell more tickets and concessions, it is very difficult for the Booster Club to provide the support our teams have received in the past. Fundraising for team supplies, as well as long term projects like new scoreboards or gymnastics and wrestling mats, has been strained. The needs of the athletes still exist…they will always exist. Booster supported activities encompass at least 1,600 student athletes from Edina High School. The life lessons that sports provide are priceless. Being a Booster is not just an investment in tickets to go and watch your child, or neighbor’s child…it is an investment in an experience for many students. It is an investment in your community. Or your alma mater—maybe you remember the honor of having worn the Edina green yourselves! So far, fan participation is anywhere from a bare minimum, to not at all. Live video streaming of some of the fall sporting events have helped a lot of supporters watch the events live, which the Booster Club helped to set up. Check that out at www. edinaboosters.club. You can also renew or donate there. We will continue to look at creative ways to assist. Last year’s spring fundraiser was online and was successful only because of a generous and supportive community (and some fantastic last-­minute maneuvering by the booster committee!). There were a fair number of folks that renewed their EABC membership for this year-­some prior to the pandemic news, and some with the knowledge that things would be different. Thank you for that! But help is still needed! The Booster Club annually bridges an all-­sports program funding gap of about $90k, which is funding that is not covered by the school district, activity charges, or team fundraising. We are appealing to all the supporters of Edina High School sports that want to help to ensure that the student athletes get the resources they need. Please visit www.edinaboosters.club to donate, or consider becoming a member/ renewing your membership, even if you might not be able to use all of your tickets this year. You will be helping to ensure the future of Edina sports excellence, and help to continue the legacy of success on and off the fields, courts, and pools.

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MY DASH - In the Athlete’s Words

By Charlie Phinney

Failure?

Embrace and Grow

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or many people, failing the first time they try something deters them from trying again. With most sports, embracing failure is not only an important part of the learning experience, but it also pushes athletes to be more motivated the second time around.

I was nervous that I wasn’t nervous. The race itself was a blur, but the vivid feeling of lactic acid slowly but prominently trickling through the bricks that were my legs was engraved into my mind. My time was a disheartening 60.67 seconds.

A runner’s approach to the possibility of failure is much different than most other student-athletes. In other sports, there’s always a chance you will get lucky and the odds will play in your favor. With running—with racing—there is no getting lucky. The only way to improve is through hard work and gritty failure. In running, success only comes after you’ve failed 100 times.

In my next JV meet, I was again placed in the open 400 meter race. Sporting my brand new black Nike spikes, I strutted towards the starting blocks in lane 8 and pretended like I knew how to use them. The familiar crack of the gun led to the familiar weight of my legs. I felt fresh and fast, flinging through the finish line in 54.54 seconds.

Being both a track and cross country athlete, I can say with confidence that I have failed exorbitantly more than I have succeeded. For example, in the spring of my freshman year, I was put in the open 400 meter race, a race I had never ran, in an indoor junior varsity track meet. It was my first high school race ever. On top of that, I showed up to the meet having just played through two full AAU spring basketball games. I also didn’t have spikes.

It was the longest 19 minutes of my life.

I crossed the finish line and immediately collapsed on the ground. I questioned why I joined cross country. It was painful and I wanted to quit. But I didn’t. My second cross country race was paced much better than the first. It was much less painful and I ran a significantly better time. I continued to set personal records in almost every 5k race I ran for the rest of the season. Both track and cross country have shaped my understanding of the importance of hard work and overcoming failure. The bottom line—success rarely comes without numerous preceding failures. Failure is an important factor of any sport, but it is a cornerstone in running. Over these past four years of high school, I have learned (the hard way) to embrace failure, rather than ignore it or let it tear me down. ■

The next practice, I began training with the varsity group. Near the end of the track season, one of the sprinting coaches to join cross country. He pitched with endurance, I would have an extraordinary track season the following spring. I was skeptical, but I agreed. My first cross country race was laughably similar to my first track race. It was my first 5k ever, we arrived 15 minutes before the start of the race, it was cold, and I was in trainers. Race strategy? Nope. The race started and I took off running way faster than I should’ve. It was the longest 19 minutes of my life. Enough said. Original Photo by Lance Elliott Photo-illus. by Scott Geiger

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MY DASH - In the Athlete’s Words

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eciding to run cross country is one of the best decisions you ever make. All the girls you’re scared to talk to on the first day eventually become your best friends. You and your teammate Evie win one of your first races together. It’s so much fun, but it’s going to be hard. You learn quickly that talent only takes you so far; dedication and discipline are much more important. Your first 6-mile run absolutely knocks you out. You sleep the day away when you get home (spoiler alert: six miles becomes so easy that when Matt says “easy six,” you smile). During the 8th grade season, you get more opportunities to prove yourself. Matt pulls you up for a race in Iowa and one in South Dakota. These trips become tradition as the years go by, and some of your greatest memories are made on the bus ride there and back. You feel strong, unstoppable, and absolutely giddy at the end of the season. That feeling stops during your ninth-grade season. This year you get stress fractures in both your shins and can’t run in any races. It’s hard to love the sport and stay positive when you can’t participate. You learn the value of cross training and listening to your body when something hurts. You look forward to next year, when you know you’ll race better than ever before. Tenth grade is frustrating too. Coming back to running after such a long break takes a toll on your body and mind. You wonder why you’re not running the times you used to. But then it starts to get a little better. You start to feel stronger towards the end of the season, and with the support of your team, you start to love the sport again. You don’t know this at the time, but your 11th-grade cross country season will be your last “normal” season. You feel amazing and nothing hurts. The look on the girls’ faces when we find out that we won state is burned in your memory forever, and you’d give anything now to go back to that day. Your senior season hurts, there’s not much else to say. We learn that Nike Regionals and Nationals are canceled on the bus ride home from cross country camp, where we had previously discussed what we would’ve taken home from the coveted lockers if we had gone. Goofing off in the locker room before practice turns into waiting alone in our cars for practice to start. Our dual meets and time trials don’t compare to our normal races, but at least we get to race. We run every race like it could be our last and we cherish every moment that we get to spend together. I wish my senior year cross country season would have ended on a better note than just a sloppy last race on a muddy course. It feels like something that has been such a big part of my life for so long deserves a better send-off. I’ll be forever grateful to the team for the lessons I’ve learned and the memories I’ve made. If I had known in seventh grade what I know now, I wouldn’t have let these six years pass me by. It definitely went too fast. – Megan Sieve Photos by Lance Elliott

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Meet Edina Soccer Player …

Original Photo by John Sherman Photo-illus. by Scott Geiger

By Henry Rose

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I’m extremely thankful for both my teammates and the community around us that pushes us closer together.

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’ve been all soccer, all the time for as long as I can remember. I played at the YMCA with my preschool friends. I played at the Edina Soccer Association for a few years and I tried out for a traveling team at Edina Soccer Club when I was seven. I was cut from the traveling program during my first summer tryout. As you can imagine, this was crushing for a seven year old who dreamed of scoring a World Cup-winning goal in the future. I was lucky to make a traveling team the next fall and was back on the path to winning a World Cup. I played at ESC for seven years and built friendships with a ton of players that will last a lifetime. We had success when we were younger; we won multiple state championships before we were 14 and thought we were pretty hot stuff. People close to me know I’m very competitive. When it comes to soccer, this is all too true. I can thank ESC for helping fuel my passion for soccer that I’ve held onto through high school. My competitive spirit helped me make a tough decision after eighth grade that I thought would give me the best chance of extending my soccer career after high school. I left ESC and my close friends to move to Minneapolis United. A few weeks after making that decision I made the Edina varsity team as a ninth grader. I sat on the bench for the entirety of my first year on varsity. I worked hard during the following winter and earned playing time during my sophomore year. We had a great team but were unlucky and lost in the section semifinals. I was named a team captain for the next fall season. Just before the start of the 2019 high school season, I got the news that I’d been moved down to the second team at Minneapolis United. This was again heartbreaking as I was striving to play high-level college soccer. As I went into the high school season, I had something to prove. I worked incredibly hard and was a part of one of the most dominant Minnesota high school teams ever. During my junior year, we scored 69 goals and conceded only 13 in 22 games. We trailed only once and ended the season with a perfect record, 22-0-0, and a state championship. I built on this momentum into the winter season. I had a renewed focus on my own personal development and was the leading scorer on my club team throughout the winter. I had a point to prove each day at practice. I was working to prove

I deserved a spot on the top team. When COVID-19 shut down the spring season, I was able to focus on myself once again. I spent nights at the turf fields around Edina running individual drills for an hour or two after dinner. My efforts paid off and I was told, at the end of the summer, that I was being moved back up to the top team. I went into my senior year with confidence I hadn’t felt before. Although the state tournament was cancelled this fall, the season was still a success. We again made our way through the section tournament with relative ease and won a second consecutive section championship. In reflecting on my years as a hornet, I can say they were extremely successful. We won a ton of games and I’ll leave with a few new trophies and medals. That said, my soccer career hasn’t been without adversity. I realize these setbacks are all too common for young athletes and non-athletes alike. In listening to my teammates, I’ve realized that nobody has had a perfect soccer career. Injuries, disappointing team assignments, and other personal problems have been road bumps for all of us. What has defined our careers has been our perseverance through these issues. Some teammates have come back from severe injuries, others have worked their way up through the high school program and made incremental progress towards their goals each year. My respect for my teammates comes from their individual stories. I’ve drawn motivation from their continued pursuit of their goals. I’m extremely thankful for both my teammates and the community around us that pushes us closer together. As I move past high school soccer, I hope to leave behind a sense of gratitude for those who have been essential to the team’s success. Of course I’m grateful for my teammates and coaches, but a special thank you must go out to the many families and friends who have pushed us forward over the last ten or so years. I owe a huge debt to the people whose names won’t appear on the roster but are a huge part of my soccer story. As this chapter in my story comes to a close, I have one piece of advice for up and coming hornets. Wherever your interests lie, remember why you love what you do, remember who has helped you fuel that love, and understand that if you truly love something, adversity is a hurdle that you can and will overcome. ■

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With so many colleges

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DahlIen’s Journey to D1

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tudents around the country stress about college or, more specifically, getting accepted into their dream schools. Junior Maddie Dahlien however, already has a verbal agreement with the University of North Carolina. She is committed to play soccer and attend school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2022. Some schools started showing interest in her during her eighth grade and freshman years. Soon enough the MSHSL banned colleges from recruiting students until June 15th the summer before the athlete’s junior year, to decrease stress about college at a young age.

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Contradictory to what the MSHSL intended, Dahlien found it challenging when the communication was cut because she couldn’t talk to colleges one-on-one. “On June 15th I was humbled by all the calls, it was an overwhelming experience,” Dahlien said. “Maddie’s recruitment process was one that I’ve never seen,” Edina Varsity Girls’ Head Coach Katie Aafedt said. Maddie started getting calls at 7:30 a.m. and calls kept coming around two to three days later. “We had to text coaches to stop, let her breathe. We tried to make it as fun as possible, but it was still very stressful,” Aafedt says. Dahlien started playing soccer at the age of five when her parents signed her up for multiple sports to see what sparked her interest. Over the years, she switched soccer teams and now plays soccer for both Edina’s Varsity team and the Minnesota Thunder Academy. “I knew Maddie was going to be an incredible soccer player. As a freshman, she came in and was the fastest. She adjusted faster than I thought she would,” Aafedt said. Dahlien loves soccer as a sport but there are also other aspects of it that she values. “The friendships I’ve made are one of the biggest parts of soccer,” Dahlien said. “Not only the friends on the high school team but also on a club team. The amazing coaches I’ve had over the years have taught me to grow as a person.” Although soccer drastically impacts her school and social life, she has learned to manage. “It’s a balance. I’ve definitely made social sacrifices, playing over hanging out with friends. You need to be organized and diligent. Sometimes if there’s a late practice, I don’t want to do homework. It’s really all about time management” Dahlien said. With so many colleges contacting Dahlien at once, it got overwhelming, with pressure escalating every second, as more schools contacted her. When she had to choose, she decided to look at academics first, as she grew up in a family where school always came first. She also wanted a school that would help her grow as a person and as a soccer player. North Carolina has a history of greatness (22 national champions), and the coaches are known for developing the players as human beings. Dahlien had the chance to visit North Carolina and also meet the team: “The girls were really welcoming,

it got overwhelming, with pressure escalating every second, as more schools contacted her.

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and I got to watch them practicing and training. [When] they were playing games, it was competitive, but they were laughing and had fun, so I’m looking forward to that environment and having that fun,” Dahlien said. The “soccer legend” coach and alumnus, Anson Dorrance, ultimately made North Carolina the optimal choice. Dahlien looked up to the coach as a mentor, but he was also able to make personal connections with her, which she really admired. The assistant coach that recruited her took the time to not only talk with her about soccer but also to get to know her at a personal level. The genuine effort they put into recruiting her made it worth it. “Maddie has a ‘never say die’ attitude, and wants to win all the time. She’s funny and outgoing, an easy personality to get along with,” Aafedt says. Aafedt believes that those characteristics in Dahlien’s personality will allow her to thrive at North Carolina. As a varsity soccer player, Dahlien thinks that the speed of play will be different in Division I. “All of the girls are faster and have a higher soccer IQ as well as physical play” Dahlien said. Amidst a pandemic, the 2020 soccer season looked and felt much different than prior years. Dahlien expected the season to be unpredictable and gave credit to the great captains, and the team for persevering through the unknown. “We were all so close with each other and built each other up, which sets us apart. We also have a talented team, kudos to our amazing coach,” Dahlien said. Playing soccer for the majority of her life, Dahlien learned that working together as a team is important. “Coming together when things are shaky and unknown is what’s going to help you persevere and win. [The seniors] knew there would be setbacks and things cut out. Everyone knew we were always playing for the seniors. The goal was to be one as a team,” Dahlien said. Aafedt concludes that soccer teaches the girls resilience. “Things aren’t always going to go their way, they’re not always going to win and they’re going to need to be okay with that,” Aafedt said. Ultimately, Dahlien has made many decisions, small or big, throughout her soccer career. When asked if she regrets anything, she revealed, “I believe that everything happens for a reason and all of the mistakes I’ve made have helped me get where I am today. I have no regrets” Dahlien said. ■

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ike most youngsters in Edina, your parents try to get you involved in as many sports and activities until 1) you find one you’re good at and you enjoy, 2) your parents find one they enjoy watching or 3) a sport chooses you. For Senior Lily Gremmels, it was not much different. She started swimming for the high school team in seventh grade, but her journey started by trying her hand on fields, courts, and in the air. “Growing up, I played soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics, but none of them stuck out to me the way swimming did. I hated running and gymnastics scared me at the time (the skills are so impressive yet so difficult!). But, I had always loved being in the water and felt most at home when swimming with my team, so I quickly dropped my other sports and started to focus entirely on swimming by the middle of middle school.” The journey didn’t end when Lily chose swim, the next stage began. Swim events vary greatly and require many different skillsets to succeed, but success also requires a little serendipity, people who help create opportunities, and the personal drive to succeed. “For me, the events kind of chose me. I didn’t really know what kind of swimmer I was (i.e. sprint, distance, butterfly, backstroke, IMer etc.) until about 8th grade when Coach Mace put me in the 50 free multiple Opportunity was only one part of her times in one season and I realized it was experience with the swim & dive team. the event for me!” “My coaches have really helped shape me As she competed throughout middle as a swimmer and a person. Coach Mace school and high school, it was clear to Lily was the one who first told me that I was why the opportunity Coach Mace gave her going to grow up to be a sprinter and he in 8th grade was for her. “I love the 50 free was right. He had the most influence on because I love the feeling of being able me athletically and has made me into the to all out sprint and give everything you sprinter I am today. He always pushed can. It is the shortest high school event me super hard in the pool and constantly and therefore is over quickly, but that just encouraged and believed in me, even means you have less time for mistakes and when I didn’t always believe in myself. you must go as fast as you possibly can I strongly believe that he is one of the every second of the race, start to finish, biggest reasons why I have been able to which I find very satisfying and fun.” achieve goals with my sprinting that I never would have believed were possible.”

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Lily’s drive and success will take her to Georgetown University next year to swim for the Division 1 Hoyas. Her experience with Hornets Swim & Dive was filled with state championships, team bonding and building lifelong friendships. “My favorite part about being on the team was the amazing girls on this team, and all of the fun team traditions and events that we all did together!” Asked what was her favorite memory of her time with the swim & dive team, “the progressive dinner that we have every year! We weren’t able to do it this year because of the coronavirus

but normally we go from a house serving appetizers to a house serving the main course to a final house serving desserts. We do all this completely decked out in themed costumes assigned to each grade and on a party bus! It is tons of fun, we sing at the top of our lungs and it brings us all closer together before our big meets which are just a few weeks later.” As she reflects back on her career, “there are many lessons that I have learned through swimming and being a part of such incredible teams. But the lesson that I will carry on into and through my next phase of life would probably be how to persevere even when things get tough.

Swimming is a hard sport, with grueling practices, and lots of ups and downs. I have had to learn how to push through practices and races when my whole body felt like lead to reach the days when I was able to hit the wall in a meet and look up to see a lifetime best time. I had to learn to drag myself out of bed before the sun was even awake to go lift weights or jump in a freezing pool, all to chase after and achieve my goals.” When asked one last final question, if you could give middle school Lily advice about high school and high school athletics, what would it be and why? “I would tell middle school Lily to have fun

and enjoy the journey because it will be over before you know it so savor it! I would tell her that high school will be tough but the people will make it so much fun in the end and completely worth it. Finally, I would tell her that high school athletics will give her the opportunity to meet many amazing girls and reach her fullest potential athletically!” ■

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Edina Football

By Dan Arom Photos by Michelle Borchardt & Guy Warren Photography

Be a Hornet Four Senior Hornet football players talk about their paths to suiting up for the Hornets

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oughly 32 games, most sports have that many in one season, but for football that is typically your career. For some it is the culmination of a career that started in the Edina Football Association playing flag football starting in second grade, some when they started high school, and for others it starts the Winter before your Senior year of high school. It is one of the things that makes football unique, and if you ask most coaches, they say that if you give them a few months, with the right attitude and commitment there will be a place for most on the team. For new Edina coach, Jason Potts, the feeling is similar, “I think one of the draws to playing football is it teaches and reinforces life skills that players can use in everyday interactions.” Another aspect Coach Potts believes in is that football is about finding your role, with typically about 130 players in the high school program, “some players might not play right away, but everyone has a role to fill in order to make a team successful, our program is focused on chasing your greatest potential and becoming a better person in the process.” Football is different from many sports as it is not a year-around sport, and lends itself to athletes who may want to try something new or are persuaded to play by their friends. We interviewed four Senior Hornet football players to talk about their paths to suiting up for the Hornets and what football has meant to them.

For twin brothers Leban and Hamsa Kahin, their journey started in 9th grade. With support from their mom and dad, Leban went out for football because, “I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself mentally and physically,” and Hamsa decided to play because he “enjoyed the sport in general and being a Vikings’ fan all my life I’ve grown up a football guy. So when I had a chance to come out to play for Edina I really didn’t hesitate.” The brothers were both selected as Captains by their teammates and coaches, which both said it was a great honor to be selected to lead the team and to be considered a role model. When asked what was the most important role and hardest part being captain, Hamsa said “a leader who encourages his teammates to strive for their best and a leader who picks up his teammates when they are down” and Leban believes “showing the younger guys how to do it the right way. The message I am trying to instill is hard work does pay off, you and your teammates work together to achieve a goal, we all go through tough times, but we fight together.”

Will Hanson grew up playing baseball and basketball, and had never played organized football until this season, but after some encouragement from his friend Kalid Ahmed, he decided to give it a shot “after I got cut from JV basketball my winter was open so I began to work out with the varsity football players to try something new. I’ve always been curious about football so it was the perfect opportunity to try it. After encouragement from some of the players, I decided to continue with the workouts which ultimately lead me to play.” Obviously there is a learning curve and it is very different than most other sports, “it’s different physically and mentally. In baseball, I never experienced the physical toll that football has on your body. Also, the pace of the game is always rapid, something totally different from baseball. But, football will help me track the ball better as a center fielder in baseball.”

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“If I was to encourage middle schoolers, I would say this is an experience that can change your life for the better.” – Leban Kahin

Anthony Borchardt comes from a football family, with brothers who are Hornet alumni and involved in EFA, and a dad who has coached hundreds of kids throughout their EFA careers, football has always played a role in his life since he started in second grade. Anthony’s lifetime of football didn’t automatically lead to an easier path to success as a Senior, “the hardest part about playing is the fact that I’m not as big as many of the players we play against.” The challenges that football presents, lead to life lessons for all who play. Borchardt learned “the biggest lesson football has taught me is that you don’t get things handed to you in life you have to work for it, and the message that I carry with me is what you put into something is what you are going to get out of it and I would say that applies to life in general not just football.”

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Football lessons were a common theme amongst all four, for Hanson, “football has taught me a lot about dedication. I have trained harder than any other sport to get ready for the season.” Leban also reflected on his experience playing high school football, “If I was to encourage middle schoolers, I would say this is an experience that can change your life for the better. The life lessons that you learn and memories football allows you to create are beyond imaginable.” As these four Seniors look back at their football careers that started for some as an 8 old and some as an 18 year old, we asked them each to answer the question “what did it mean to you to play football for Edina?” Leban: “To play Edina football it means have class and sportsmanship.” Anthony: “Playing Edina football means I get to prove that I’m not some rich kid who doesn’t work for anything.” Hamsa: “Playing for Edina means a lot to me. I hold a lot of pride representing Edina because it’s been home for my family and friend all my life. So to be able to represent Edina on the football field brings me great joy and honor.” Will: “It’s truly been a privilege to play for a team that is so steeped in community. I’ve had a blast and it’s been such a great experience as a senior.” ■

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Editor’s Note: The following article was written once the volleyball season was rescheduled from a spring start to November start

We’re all in this together: Volleyball Team jumps into new normal. By Althea Barrows Photos by Linhoff Photo John Sherman Jim Dow

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early all high school extracurriculars are being heavily precautioned, with some being cancelled altogether as a result of the pandemic. But even with these unprecedented times at hand, the Edina High School Girls Volleyball Team is trying their best to continue forward with a new normal.

Earlier this fall, the volleyball season was initially delayed to start in spring only to be moved back to fall on September 22. This abrupt change gave the team only one week to prepare instead of their usual extensive three week long training. “The planning we usually do just got thrown into ‘okay let’s figure it all out like right now,’” junior and Varsity Captain Sarah Bohrer said. When asked the same question, a lot of her teammates had the same feeling. “It wasn’t too bad because we all knew each other already…it just felt more abrupt starting right away,” senior and varsity player Macy McKeehen said. Despite the shortened preparation time, Ashley Hughes, a junior on the varsity team, thinks that it won’t affect their games in the future. “I think if someone’s just doing the high school season, it wouldn’t be that big of an issue,” Hughes said. On the other side, Sarah Bohrer thinks it will be impacting

their season, “especially for people who have never been in the program before,” she stated. Although these two teammates may have different opinions of how the shortened preparation time may affect them, they haven’t been able to get into the stride of their previous years yet. The Varsity team has not yet won a game out of the three they’ve played, but the team is focusing on the positives. “I’m proud of us, though, with all that’s been going on,” said MeKeehen. With the shortened preparation time, girls involved in club volleyball said that they felt it was difficult to balance both their high school and club team. Instead of their season being delayed to spring, they found that it was actually scheduled to be during the typical club season. “When we were at tryouts, it was just really fresh and we weren’t really prepared. They were stressful because we did not have enough experience and we were all looking forward to doing it in the spring,” junior and varsity player Sadie Roy said. In addition to the season being pushed back a few weeks, the high school has also mandated some precautions to ensure safety for the team, coaches, and spectators. With the court being the only exception, the volleyball team must wear a mask at all times. They also have socially distanced seating on the bleachers. Earlier in the season, the coaches weren’t going to allow spectators, but that rule has since been revised to allow for two guests per player to watch the game. Overall, the girls reported that they didn’t think the mask-wearing got in

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the way too much of normal practice time, but nevertheless created new challenges to consider. “I’ll be trying to encourage someone on the court, but they can’t hear a thing! It just goes straight into the mask!” McKeehen joked. “Once you come off the court, you’re sweaty or breathing heavy and it’s harder to breathe,” Hughes agreed. Although it doesn’t seem to alter things too much for most members, the new safety protocol makes it so that practices are still much different than previous years. Volleyball is widely seen as a team sport. With all the restrictions in place, it really made team bonding difficult. “Usually we do these things called unity groups where one person from JV or varsity is the leader of a group and you meet every week so you can talk about the season and ask questions, but we can’t do that this year,” Bohrer said. “Some of the best parts are being on the bus, hanging out with other teams, and being able to watch other games. There’s a lot of parts you just can’t do this year,” Olivia LaFrenz, a sophomore on the 10th grade team, said. On the other hand, Elena Mathern, a senior and captain of the varsity team, thinks it will do some good for team bonding, “Although COVID has caused a social disconnect, I have found that it has created a larger bond by allowing everyone to step up to try to find the best way to play safely while having fun,” Mathern said.

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hoever took on the role as Edina girl’s new tennis coach had big shoes to fill. Coach Jamie Gaard knew this but she jumped at the opportunity to coach the elite program hoping to do more than win championships. She set out to raise community leaders as well as champions – and she did just that. Despite the short season, the girl’s tennis team walked away section champs and stronger, better students and leaders because of their new coach. Here’s what Coach Gaard and her captains, Morgan Clark, Paige Greene, Lizzy Van Ert and Ingrid Smith had to say about leadership, expectations, excellence and the life of an Edina High School tennis player.

Serving Up Leadership, Carrying On Legacy Q:

Coach, you’re an Edina alum. What brought you back here? Why choose to take on the challenge of coaching Edina’s winningest team?

JG:

EHS athletics are in a league of their own. There is an elite commitment to excellence from the student-athletes, coaches, and community. The program builds on this tradition while also giving coaches the support to utilize their expertise to maximize their athletes and teams. Some of my greatest memories growing up in Edina came from time spent with my teammates and coaches. When the opportunity to return to my alma mater presented itself, it was really a dream opportunity to bring my passion and talents to a program that created such positive experiences for me. My husband and I are now proud community members raising our children, Annette and Luke. There is great support and positive energy from leaders in this community. I am constantly inspired by students, teachers, and community members who give so much of their time and talent to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Q: JG

You strongly believe in mentoring your athletes to be leaders. What does this mean to you?

: Great coaches understand that young people are not finished products; they are on their unique pathway to becoming the person they want to be in life. I am in such a privileged position to be able to coach and mentor these young people on a daily basis. I prioritize getting to know their individual strengths and interests. The goal is to focus on their positive attributions while helping them navigate challenges/barriers they face both in their sport and in life. In today’s world, we are inundated with negative messaging and images. By focusing on developing characteristics of leadership, I seek to empower young people to become problem solvers and not just take what is presented in front of them at face value. Our community and

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society at large will always need people in every profession and career path who can bring people together in good times and bad. Talking about leadership and youth development is so much fun for me. I am so lucky to get to craft a life where my passions, strengths and work all intersect, and it is my hope that I’m helping young people build a foundation so they can be prepared to go after anything and everything they want in life.

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Coach strongly believes in mentoring her athletes to be leaders, and you’ve benefited from this - what do you see that she does differently that’s creating great young women and leaders, not just good tennis players?

MC:

She has been a great coach to raise leaders. She lets us be very independent and make many choices by ourselves (captains). One thing that she has done differently than Steve is practicing not only our physical, but mental game. She has added mental training activities to help us benefit in the very mental sport of tennis.

PG:

She always has a positive attitude about our playing and our team was very thankful we got to have a Fall season due to COVID. She leads by example and her words of encouragement taught us to look at the bigger picture as a Team and enjoy the opportunity to compete. It has been great to learn from Jaime this season, both on and off the court.

LVE:

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for different drills and competitions so each girl gets to know players from different grades/schools, and the younger players get to be side-by-side with experienced athletes who know the expectations.

IS:

I found that she values the mental side of tennis as well as the physical. When we lost a match, she focused more on what we could learn from the match vs. the loss itself. She cares about each of her players and treats her players with respect and required that same respect in return.

Q: JG:

What is your definition of a leader and leadership?

Leaders are individuals who embody the values and character of your team culture. They present the most authentic version of themselves with a willingness to be vulnerable or criticized by those outside of our circle, but ultimately know that their responsibility is to inspire others to buy into the team philosophy by being a model of those values.

Q:

Tennis is one of those individual/team sports. What do you guys do, as leaders on the team, to create unity and support, despite what could be a very competitive environment?

IS:

As leaders of EGT, it is our responsibility to bring the team together and create a loving atmosphere where you feel supported by your teammates. We make sure to always bring a positive energy to every practice and we know that we set the tone for every practice & match. By being unified & supported, we win as a team and lose as a team.

PG:

I define a leader as someone who can inspire others and gives their full effort no matter the circumstances. A leader makes the best out of any situation and is a strong backbone for their team or group.

Although tennis is an individual sport, the team dynamic of EGT is one of my favorite parts of the team. All players on the team cheer for each other during matches and that helps drive our success. In my 4 years on the team, we’ve had bonding activities including our annual car wash, Jerry’s grocery carryout and pasta dinners which bring our team much closer. Unfortunately we couldn’t have those events this year but everyone on the team had such positive attitudes and a dedication to EGT that the team dynamic was still great.

PG:

LVE:

IS:

A leader is someone who guides others in working towards a goal providing encouragement and support. Being a Captain for EGT has been an honor and a privilege. Our primary goal each season is to make it back to the State tournament. In my four years on the team, I observed & learned how the Captain’s provide encouragement to fellow players while working together to earn another State title.

Q: JG:

What do you look for and expect from your captains?

The captains are so important to setting the culture of a team. Our captains know that the title of captain is the starting point for becoming a team and community leader, not just a status symbol. I work with each captain on leading with authenticity; being loud does not necessarily make you a great leader. The captains model the behaviors and actions that reflect our core values, and that can show up in different ways for each person.

Q: JG:

What are some of your coaching tricks to build team unity?

I love to observe the “off court” moments our athletes share to get a pulse on what makes them laugh, what makes them relate to one another. We play a lot of music in our practices and before competitions. It creates a shared positive energy that everyone on the team can relate to. I continuously strive to create a player-driven culture, which means that the players take a lot of responsibility for how they want to the season to look and feel. This creates ownership, and collective ownership is essential for team unity. I also try to mix up partners and groups

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Edina Girls Tennis revolves around tradition, which bring unity to our team. Rather than being individual players on our team, our culture embedded in this tradition helps us understand that we are part of the greater team and need to work together, instead of competing with each other.

MC:

Because tennis is an individual sport, I often forget that I am playing for my team, Edina, and not just myself. As a leader on the team I make sure that I am always cheering for my teammates and make sure they know they are not alone on court.

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Without a doubt, I want every young person who comes through the program to leave with an understanding that she is the owner of her own confidence. Leaders do not attach their confidence to a result, or to someone else’s opinion of them. They are grounded in the values of the culture and have unwavering belief in themselves even in the most challenging times. Leaders don’t attach too much energy to things or people that pull them away from their center. ■

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187 State Titles Edina High School Athletics

HORNETS

Fall Sports

Winter Sports

Spring Sports

Adaptive Soccer (ci)

Adaptive Floor Hockey

Baseball

Cross Country - Boys

Basketball – Boys

Golf – Boys

Cross Country - Girls

Basketball – Girls

Football

Competition Cheer

Gymnastics – Boys

Gymnastics – Girls

Soccer – Boys

Hockey – Boys

91*, 00 18

15, 16, 19

57*, 65*, 66*, 69*, 71*, 78W 82, 84, 90*

99, 00, 01, 19 Soccer – Girls

86

Swimming & Diving – Girls

84, 86, 87, 88, 92, 99, 00, 01, 03, 04, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 Tennis – Girls

78E, 79E, 80E, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19

94, 95

66, 67, 68 88

07*, 09*, 10*, 18

79W, 80E, 81W, 85 69, 71, 74E, 78E, 79E, 82, 84, 88, 97, 10, 13, 14, 19 Hockey – Girls

68, 83

54, 70, 73W, 77W, 78W, 87, 14, 19 Golf – Girls

83, 84, 88, 93, 94, 95, 97, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 Tennis – Boys

59, 66, 67, 68, 71, 72, 73E, 75E, 78E, 79E, 80W, 81E, 87, 88, 89, 92, 95, 98, 00, 02, 03, 06, 08, 09 Track – Boys

69, 70, 74E

17, 18, 19

Alpine Skiing – Boys

67, 79W, 80W, 82, 99, 02, 15, 16, 19 Alpine Skiing – Girls

91, 97, 98, 99, 01, 02, 04, 05, 09 Nordic Skiing – Boys

81W, 88

Swimming & Diving – Boys

65, 67, 68, 84, 86, 87, 04, 08, 09, 10, 19, 20

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