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Kurt Hildebrandt

A reminder to mark your calendars for the Saint Peter High School fall musical production of Mamma Mia!, which will hit the Performing Arts Center stage the weekend of Nov. 18-21 with three evening shows and a matinee performance.

Showtimes are set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18; Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, and at 2 p.m. is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 21. 

Tickets are on sale now either online at or in person at the Community Education Office (Suite 207 in the Community Center).

Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, members of the band. The title of the musical is taken from the group's 1975 chart-topper "Mamma Mia". Ulvaeus and Andersson, who composed the original music for ABBA, were involved in the development of the show from the beginning. 

According to, the synopsis for Mamma Mia! is, “On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.”

Robbie Deering is the director for this year’s SPHS fall play with Jennifer Maldonado helping out as assistant director and Bri Bergstrom as vocal director. SPHS senior Hannah Wohlers is the stage manager this year. The following is this year’s cast and crew:

Donna - Sky Gassman
Sophie - Sophia Brown
Sky - Colton Abels
Tanya - Eva Kracht
Rosie - Ryenne Pettis
Sam - Magnus Soderlund
Harry - David Marlow
Bill - Anders Dixon
Lisa - Eleanor Winterfeldt
Ali - Grace Tollefson
Pepper - Brenden Larson
Eddie - Ben Taylor
Father Alexandrios - Tate Winkelmann
Ensemble -- Andrew Baji, Vera Berglund, Will Borgmeier, Sam Buffington, Max Bultman, Anthony Coe, Lily Deming, Quinn Dixon, Will Elias, Kailyn Embacher, Gavin Fuller, Isabeau Fuller, Ian Gerstbauer, Sarah Haggenmiller, Anja Harbo, Eleanor Hughes, Emma Janni, Eleanor Kennedy, Regan Lyle, Libby Mace, Isabelle Mish, Lauryn Oberlander, Keira Oeltjenbruns, Grace Remmert, Adrik Rojas-Malledo, Piper Ruble, Drake Smuder, Rowan Snay, Madelyn Tollefson, Maija Tollefson, Josie Wiebusch.

Stage Manager: Hannah Wohlers
Assistant Stage Managers: Raina Roemhildt, Lucas Hickey
Lights: CeeJay King, Corbin Herron
Stage Crew: Madi Winsell, Bryan Harroun, Zaylie Gibson-Finn, Baylee Nygard
Spotlights: Noah Kracht, Ella Ruble, Marcus Graves
Sound: Wesley Toupence, Roy Hendrickson, Callum Harmes


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Kurt Hildebrandt

Winter activities online registration is now open for students in grades 7-12 at either Saint Peter High School or Middle School. To register your student for a winter activity, please visit:

Saint Peter High School and Middle School offers the following winter sports to its 7-12 students for the 2021-22 school year -- boys and girls basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, boys and girls hockey. Registration is also now open for co-curricular activities such as one-act play, speech, math team, Academic Decathlon, Academic Pentathlon, Knowledge Bowl, mock trial, and middle school play.

For any questions about how to set up a registration account? Please click here:

Physical Information

If your student did not participate in a fall sport, keep in mind that all students in grades 7-12 who wish to participate in a winter sport will need to have a current physical on file with the SPHS Activities Office. Those are usually done prior to the start of the student’s 7th grade and 10th grade years and are good for three years. The completed physical forms can be emailed to or or submitted to the Activities Office in person. The MSHSL physical form for 2021-22 can be found at

Winter Schedules Information

To view the 2021 SPHS/MS Activities Calendar please click here: You can import specific schedules into your own calendar. A helpful guide on how to do that can be found here:

Winter sports practice starting dates:

  • Monday, Nov. 1 - girls hockey
  • Monday, Nov. 8 - gymnastics
  • Monday, Nov. 15 - girls basketball, boys hockey
  • Monday, Nov. 22 - boys basketball, wrestling

Parent Meeting 

A winter sports parent meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, at the SPHS gym with each Saints’ winter sports team having their own meeting following that session. Minnesota River Bulldogs boys and girls hockey players/parents do not need to attend these meetings as they host their own through the Bulldog Youth Hockey Association. Contact your respective hockey coach for that meeting info or click HERE for the association’s website. 

Other questions or information needed:

If you have any questions about winter sports registration, including how to register in person, registration costs, scholarship availability, etc., please email either Activities Director Shea Roehrkasse ( or Activities Secretary Kristi Davis (

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Kurt Hildebrandt

The St. Peter High School Fishing Team (SPFT) had 16 anglers compete this past season and four of them qualified to advance to the Minnesota Junior BASS Nation 2021 High School Championship Tournament, which was held on September 11-12 on Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN. 

There were 97 boats/teams (194 anglers) that participated. St. Peter’s team is part of the Greater South Conference, and eight two-person teams qualified from the conference to advance to the state tournament including two St. Peter teams. The state tournament was the final event of the season.

After the first day of fishing at state, the tandem of SPHS seniors Brogan Hanson and Jaeger Kennedy were in 30th place while the duo of seniors Jaxson Witty and Camden Marquardt were in 61st place. After the second and final day of competition, Hanson and Kennedy vaulted up to a 10th-place finish, while Witty and Marquardt moved up to finish in 57th place out of 97 teams. The SPFT coaches are Mike Kennedy and Jeff Orth. For complete state results please click HERE!

For more information about the St. Peter Fishing Team, which is a club sport at SPHS, please send an email to

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Around 25 members of the Saint Peter High School varsity football team donated their time Wednesday morning to help with the Friends of Learning’s Back to School Backpack Project at the Nicollet County Fairground’s Johnson Hall.

  Members of the SPHS varsity football team helped 
  out at Johnson Hall with the unpacking and
  organizing school supplies  for the Friends of            Learning's Backpack Project. 

Friends of Learning (FOL) is a nonprofit collaboration between the St. Peter Lions Club, the St. Peter Kiwanis, Nicollet County, the Salvation Army, and Friends of the St. Peter Library that works together to collect school supplies for K-12 students in St. Peter and rural Nicollet County. The group depends on community donations and support to provide these much-needed school supplies.

“We are so grateful to have such a big group like the Saints’ football team help us out these past few years,” Michelle Zehnder Fischer, FOL member and Nicollet County Attorney said. “These boys were able to speed things up for us by moving the supplies and helping unload them to get them ready for our volunteers to fill the backpacks. They were an awesome group to work with and we couldn't have done all this without them.”

“We got asked to get involved in this project about three or four years ago by one of our former player’s (Jack Sourbeck’s) mother, and it’s a community service project that has sort of become the football program’s thing,” Brian Odland, the Saints’ head coach, said. “One of the best things about this project, in addition to giving back to our community, is that our seniors take the lead on this and coordinate getting everyone there to help out.”


For more information on the Friends of Learning's Backpack Project please contact Michelle Zehnder Fischer at 


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Kurt Hildebrandt

Just a reminder that Saint Peter High School or Middle Schools students (grades 7-12) interested in participating in a fall sport can now register online! As a way to make the fall sports registration process easier, the Saints’ Activities Office has created a “one-stop” LINK with all of the pertinent information you will need to register your student-athlete. On that page you will find:

  • Fall sports’ registration link
  • Physical information and forms
  • Contact info for the fall sports coaches and Activities’ Office
  • Practice starting dates & times, where to report for practice & what to bring
  • Practice drop-off locations 
  • Athletic trainer contact info
  • And much more!

Saint Peter High School and Middle School offers the following fall sports to its 7-12 students for the 2021-22 school year -- boys’ and girl’s cross country, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ swimming and diving, girls’ tennis, and girls’ volleyball. The first practice sessions for all sports, except middle school football (gr. 7 & 8), are set for Monday, Aug. 16th. Middle school football begins on Wednesday, Aug. 18th. Click the link above for starting times and location information.

PLEASE NOTE: A fall sports parent meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16, at the SPHS Performing Arts Center. Each fall sport will also meet with parents later that evening.