Arts and Activities News and Notes

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Kurt Hildebrandt

With the recent MSHSL decision to reinstate fall volleyball and football, we are excited to announce the following schedules for those sports. As a reminder, due to current Minnesota Department of Education guidelines, we cannot allow spectators in for volleyball matches. Also, football games will be limited to 250 spectators. Each team will be allocated 125 passes that will be kept for the entire season for both home and away games. Information regarding those passes will be shared with parents as it becomes available from the South Central Football District. 

Varsity and lower level schedules can be accessed at www.thebigsouthconference.org. Please be patient as lower level games are still being scheduled. You can also sign up for automatic notifications on the conference website for any changes in times, busing information, or cancellations.

High School volleyball and football games will be available for live-streaming through www.nfhsnetwork.com. Additionally, many opponents have the same service subscribers can watch those away games as well.

VOLLEYBALL
10/8 at St James Area
10/10 vs Worthington
10/13 at Fairmont
10/15 at New Ulm
10/20 vs Blue Earth Area
10/22 vs Waseca
10/27 vs St. James Area
10/29 vs Fairmont
11/2 vs New Ulm
11/5 at Blue Earth Area
11/10 at Waseca
11/12 at Fairmont
11/17 vs St. James Area
11/24 at Big South Conference West Division Opponent TBD

Section tournament play is slated to start the week of 11/30

FOOTBALL
10/10 at Waseca
10/16 vs Marshall
10/23 at New Ulm
10/30 vs Worthington
11/6 vs Fairmont
11/13 at Tri-City United

Section tournament play is slated to start the week of 11/16

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Kurt Hildebrandt

(The following is a letter that was sent out by the SPHS Activities Office to District 508 families in regards to fall activities for the 2020-21 school year.)

Saints Family,

To start, thank you for your patience and understanding as we have waited for guidance
regarding school opening and the impact on co-curricular activities. With the announcement
from the MSHSL and last week’s guidance from Governor Walz, we are moving forward with the
following plan regarding fall sports. Information and plans for fine arts and clubs will come out at
a later time. There are three primary keys as we approach this school year:

1. We want your students to be healthy and safe
2. We want your kids in school
3. We want your kids to participate in activities for their own physical, social and mental
health

Starting August 17th, Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Country, Girls Swimming and Diving, and
Boys and Girls Soccer will be offered. These sports will have a reduced number of
games/competitions and a reduced number of weeks for the season. Changes to these
schedules will be shared with families when those changes have been finalized in the coming
days. These practices are scheduled to start on Monday, August 17th.

High School Football and Volleyball (grades 9-12) competitive seasons have been moved to
March 2021. As it stands, 9-12 volleyball and football seasons will run mid-March to mid-May.
Traditional spring sports will start mid-May and run through early July. No decision has been
made regarding the winter seasons and whether or not those seasons will see a reduction in
contests or have dates adjusted as well.

We plan to offer Middle School Volleyball and Middle School Football this fall as intramural
seasons. There will be no travel or organized competitions. Students will practice only on the
days they are in school. For example, if a student is in hybrid learning on Mondays and
Wednesdays, they’d only go to practice on Mondays and Wednesdays. There would be no
practices on Fridays when distance learning. MS Volleyball and Football will start their
seasons on or around September 3rd.

The planned August 17th Parent-Athlete-Coach meeting at the high school has been
canceled. Individual sports will hold their own parent meetings either in person with social
distancing or online via Zoom.

Football, volleyball, and spring sports will be allowed to practice in a limited manner starting this
fall. The timing of when those practices will be offered and any contact limitations are yet to be
determined by the MSHSL and the Activities Office. Please note, high school students will not
register for football or volleyball at this time. That will happen in the spring. Students are
encouraged to participate in another activity during this fall season.

Further guidance will come out regarding spectators at competitions. At minimum, all spectators
will be required to wear masks both indoors and outdoors at school events. Expect a reduction
in fans allowed at all contests and the potential for no spectators at some venues. We are
working on plans to livestream high school indoor and outdoor sports where able.

Registration for activities will open Saturday, Aug. 8 at midnight. To register for activities, which
includes all fine arts, sports, and some clubs, go to www.bit.ly/STPActivitiesRegistration . We
believe activity fees should not be a barrier to participation so we do offer scholarships.
However, we ask that you apply with the school for Free and Reduced Lunch to qualify for a
scholarship. You do not need to qualify for Free and Reduced to receive an activities
scholarship, we just ask that you apply. A reminder this must be done every year. If you are
requesting a scholarship, do not register for a sport. Within the registration system, there will be
an option “Scholarship Requests - Fall Sports” and this is the option you’ll select.

Additionally, all activity fees for this year have been reduced to the following:

● From $125 to $100
● $105 to $75
● $45 to $30
● Intramural seasons will be $20 for volleyball and football

Physicals are required to participate in activities and in practices. Your child cannot practice until
we have a physical on file. Note that expiration dates on physicals have been extended by one
year. If your student’s physical was set to expire prior to or during the 2020-2021 school year, it
is now valid through June 2021.

We are currently working on plans to transport kids to practices. This includes the typical middle
school to high school shuttle bus, but also exploring options to potentially pick up students at
locations within the community and get them to the middle school and high school on days
when they don’t have in person school. This will be communicated at a later time.

For contact information for coaches & advisors, practice and game schedules, and other activity
information, please visit https://sites.google.com/stpeterschools.org/saintpeteractivities.

Please understand this is a fluid situation and seasons can change quickly. We will do our best
to communicate promptly when those changes happen.

When students are in-person learning or hybrid scenarios, activities will be offered. If the county
requires us to move to distance learning, all activities will be suspended until our COVID rate
improves. Student expectations:

● Wear masks at all times except when practicing/competing
● Coaches will wear masks at all times
● Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own water bottles as water fountains will
not be available, only bottle filling stations.

Thank you again for your continued support of Saint Peter Activities. If you have any questions,
please contact the Activities Office at 507-934-4212.

Go Saints!

Jordan Paula
Activities Director

Kristi Davis
Activities Secretary

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Kurt Hildebrandt

SPHS wins two of three trials during state competition in St. Paul

  SPHS Mock Trial team members, with some of their
  state hardware, include: (l to r), Anna LoFaro, John
  Borgmeier, Rahima Jamac, Rahma Jamac, Charlie 
  Redmond, Erin Hill, Miranda Seham, Sophie
  Matarrese, and Paige Meyer.

Congrats to the Saint Peter High School Mock Trial team which placed fifth out of 16 schools at the Minnesota State Mock Trial Tournament held at the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul this past Thursday and Friday.

Team members include (listed alphabetically), John Borgmeier, Erin Hill, Rahima Jamac, Rahma Jamac, Anna LoFaro, Sophie Matarrese, Paige Meyer, Charlie Redmond, and Miranda Seham. Coaches are Dan Clark and Kyle Hilding along with the team's special legal counsel, Judge Allison Krehbiel, Jim Dunn and Joe Bergstrom.

In addition to the fifth-place team finish, Rahma Jamac and Rahima Jamac were named All-State Attorneys while Erin Hill was named All-State Witness.

The Saints won two of three trials at state, defeating Northfield in the first round and Lakeville South in the third round. The only setback for the locals was a close loss to eventual state champion, Nova Classical Academy in the second round. 

The fifth-place finish ties for the second-best finish in SPHS history at state. The 2012 Saints team tied for third and the 2015 SPHS squad also placed fifth at state.

For more information on the state tournament scoring results go to https://www.mnbar.org/docs/default-source/mock-trial-forms/2020-power-matching-worksheet---final.pdf?sfvrsn=0

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Congrats to the SPHS Varsity Mock Trial team for earning a trip to the Minnesota State Mock Trial Tournament by defeating Rochester Century in the Region 5 championship on Friday.

Team members pictured here, include:. front row, Miranda Seham, Paige Meyer, Rahima Jamac; back row, Rahma Jamac, Anna LoFaro, John Borgmeier, Charlie Redmond, Erin Hill, and Sophie Matarrese. The Saints' Mock Trial team's head coach is Dan Clark with Kyle Hilding serving as a teacher coach, and special team legal counselors includes Judge Allison Krehbiel, Jim Dunn and Joe Bergstrom.

The Saints advance to the state tournament in St. Paul on March 5-6 and will compete against Cloquet, Albany, Watertown-Mayer, Luverne, Northfield, Nova Classical Academy, Visitation, Eastview, East Ridge, Apple Valley, Breck, Eden Prairie, Lakeville North and Lakeville South.

For more information on the Minnesota State Mock Trial Tournament go to https://www.mnbar.org/public-resources/mock-trial/state-tournament.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

There will be a Saint Peter High School/Middle School parent-athlete-coach meeting on Monday, March 9, in the SPHS gym at 5:30 p.m. for all spring sports for grades 7-12. Attendance is not required, but highly encouraged.

There will be a brief large group meeting regarding eligibility and general athletics information and then it will break off to sport-specific meetings to meet coaches and talk through sport-specific scheduling and expectations. All meetings will conclude prior to the 7th and 8th grade band concert that evening.

Parents are encouraged to register their students in their activities prior to attending the meeting at https://stpeteractivities.cf.affinetysolutions.com/

Sports Include:

Adaptive Bowling - Head Coach Kris Voeltz

Boys Track and Field - Head Coach Keith Hanson
Girls Track and Field - Head Coach Jeff Portugue
MS Boys Track and Field - Head Coach Kris Glidden
MS Girls Track and Field - Head Coach Bill Stuewe

Baseball - Head Coach Kurt Moelter
8th Baseball - Head Coach Andy Viker
7th Baseball - Head Coach Ryan Timmerman

Softball - Head Coach Heidi Niemeyer
MS Softball - Head Coach Abby Whritenour

Boys Tennis - Head Coach Aaron Rothenberger

Boys Golf - Head Coach Neil Doose
Girls Golf - Head Coach Pat Klubben

If you have any questions, please contact the Activities Office at 507-934-4212 Ext. 6025