News & Notes

Saints' Speech team opens 2018 season in impressive fashion
Kurt Hildebrandt

Saint Peter High School’s Speech team had a strong showing at the Mankato Loyola Crusader Classic this past Saturday with a second-place finish. That followed a fourth-place finish at Worthingon the previous weekend with a partial squad.

At Loyola, Saint Peter amassed 84 team points to take runner-up honors behind champion Fairmont which finished with 147 points. Rounding out the top five were Mankato West and Loyola in a tie for third with 54 points, followed by Mankato East with 29.

Eleanor Grinnell (Informative Speaking) and Rafat Solaiman (Extemporaneous Speaking) earned first-place finishes for the Saints at the Crusader Classic, while Mikinley Prafke (Creative Expression) and Sammi Hofferbert (Great Speeches) earned second-place medals.

Other placewinners included -- third place - Aubrey Landsom (Great Speeches) and Lauren Mayer (Drama); fourth place - McKenzie McCann (Storytelling) and Nora Leonard (Poetry); fifth place - Josh Ellerbeck (Humorous) and Morgaine Miller (Extemporaneous Reading); and sixth place - David Marlow & Eleanor Kennedy (Duo) and Penelope Panciera (Creative Expression).

Shorthanded Saints open season placing fourth at Worthington

An abbreviated SPHS Speech team opened the 2018 season at Worthington on Saturday, Feb. 3, and came home with six individual medals as well as a fourth-place finish in the team standings. Many of the Saints varsity members were involved in the Section 2A One-Act Play Contest that day and weren’t able to join their teammates in Worthington.

Nonetheless, the Saints earned 50 team points to place fourth in the team standings. Host Worthington won the meet with 96 points followed by Murray County Central 82, Minneota 52, the Saints, and Luverne 48.

Morgaine Miller (Extemptoraneous Reading) took home the Saints’ lone first place finish while Josh Ellerbeck (Humorous) and McKenzie McCann (Storytelling) placed second in their respective categories.

Other SPHS placewinners included: third - Rafat Solaiman (Extemporaneous Speaking); fourth - Mikinley Prafke (Creative); and fifth Aubry Landsom (Great Speeches).  

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SPHS to host Section 2A One Act Play Contest
Kurt Hildebrandt

Saints among eight schools vying for trip to MN State One Act Play Contest

Saint Peter High School will host the Section 2A One Act Play Contest this Saturday (Feb. 3) for the first-time ever at the new Performing Arts Center. The first performance begins at 10 a.m. with the Saints’ cast and crew set for perform at around 2:50 p.m.

Saint Peter took top honors at the Sub-Section 7 Contest this past weekend to earn their spot in the Section 2A field with Mankato Loyola finishing as runner up and also moving on to sections. Those other schools competing, in addition to Saint Peter and Loyola, includes: Mountain Lake and Springfield from Sub-Section 5, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva and Maple River from Sub-Section 6, along with Belle Plaine and Jordan from Sub-Section 8.

The first place team from Section 2A advances to Minnesota State Class A One Act Play Festival on Friday, Feb. 9, at St. Catherine University, St. Paul.

The following is a schedule of performance times for the Section 2A Contest:

10:00 a.m. - New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
10:50 a.m. - Mankato Loyola
11:40 a.m. - Belle Plaine
12:30 p.m. - Springfield
(Lunch break 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.)
2:00 p.m. - Maple River
2:50 p.m. - St. Peter
3:40 p.m. - Jordan
4:30 p.m. - Mountain Lake
(Awards ceremony to follow final performance -- approx. 5:15 p.m.)

Admission for the Section 2A One Act Play Contest is $6 for adults and $4 for students (K-12), which is good for the entire day. However, no one will be admitted into the Performing Arts Center while a performance is on stage. The concession stand (located near the gym) will be open during the event. Drinks and food are not allowed in the theater.

Just a reminder, the Saint Peter Youth Basketball Association is hosting its annual boys and girls tournaments on Saturday, so it is recommended that those attending the Section 2A One Act Play Contest park in the SPHS east lot and enter through the main entrance (E4). Overflow parking is available in the west lot if needed and visitors parking on that side may use the event/gym entrance (W6).


“Our Place” Cast & Crew

Jake - Kaiden Burmeister
Holly - Lauren Mayer
Anne - Sophia Lee
Lyle - Kyle Fogal
Beth - Gloria Toupence
Jonathan - Isaac Sawyer
Al - Josiah Johnson
Brenda - Katie Engeldinger
Nicky - Matthew Springer
Sherry - Mara Johnson
Corey - Noah Faulstich
Liberty - Nora Leonard
Stanley - Calvin Alderman
Sidney - Eleanor Grinnell
Crew - Dani Epper, Claire Severson, Shay Kelley, Jakob Grawe, David Doherty-Bohn

Section 2A is historically very strong

Mankato Loyola is back to defend its Section 2A One Act Play title from 2017, as the Crusaders cast and crew used a strong showing at last year’s section meet to eventually move on to state and earn a star rating.

In its history, Saint Peter High School has won a section/region title four times to advance to state -- in 1948, 1995, 1996, and 2010. The Saints earned state star ratings twice -- in 1995 and 1996.

To give an idea of how strong Section 2A is, traditionally, a quick look at the Minnesota State High School records shows the eight schools competing in this year’s Section 2A Contest have advanced to state a combined 41 times and during those times have earned 25 star ratings. Belle Plaine has advanced 13 times and earned star ratings in 12 of those seasons, while Mountain Lake has advanced to state 15 times and earned six star ratings.