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SPPS Athletics Update

Athena Award Winners

Congratulations to the Saint Paul Public Schools nominees for the Athena Award. The award is based on excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports. Athena is the Goddess of Wisdom and Skills. She was brave and possessed the essence of all that is noble. Legend tells us that she possessed the gifts of dignity, power, and youth, making her invincible.

Central High School - Lilian Hamacher

Como Park High School - Saylor Landrum

Harding High School - Grace Davis-Chavez

Highland Park High School - Molly Moening

Humboldt High School - Liliana Hobday

Johnson High School - Dolly Soukchaleun

Washington Technology Magnet - Jaeden Sims

Central High School

The St. Paul Bobcats girls lacrosse team welcomes new co-head coach Sydney Dynneson!

Como Senior High School

Boys swimming won their first conference championship since 1991, while also qualifying several individuals and relay teams to the state meet.

Heavyweight wrestler Aaron Adekplovi won the section championship and earned a sixth place finish at the state wrestling tournament. 

Nordic skiing had a renaissance year with one of the highest numbers of student-athletes participating. Additionally, Como had one of the most diverse group of skiers in school history. Saylor Landrum had a fantastic season qualifying for state for the first time, in one of the toughest sections in the state. 

To top it all off, Como’s girls basketball team had a historic year. They won the city championship for the eighth straight year, without suffering a loss. Como won the section championship and placed third in the Class AAA state tournament, losing to eventual state champion Totino-Grace.

Harding High School

Senior girls basketball player Grace Davis-Chavez recorded her 1,000 career point for the Knights.

Porshay Poe has been named the new Harding girls basketball coach for the 2022-23 season.

Highland Park Senior High School

Boys tennis won the city championship for the first time since 2013.

Humboldt High School

Wrestling:

The Humboldt Wrestling team won the conference for the second straight year with a perfect 6-0 conference record (14-4 overall). In addition to the conference championship, Humboldt also sent a wrestler to the first ever Girls Wrestling State Tournament. Sophomore Chae Nay Htoo took home 2nd place for the 185 pound weight class! 

Wrestling Alumni Event 

Boys Basketball:

Head Coach Augie Garcia has decided to step down in order to spend more time with his children after more than 20 years of dedicated service to Humboldt’s athletic programs. Coach Garcia began his coaching career as an assistant coach under Steve Elizondo, and served as the head coach for 11 years. Three Hawks scored 1,000 points under Coach Garcia, and many went on to play collegiate basketball. Humboldt and the entire West Side Community would like to thank Coach Garcia for his dedication and hard work over the past two decades. 

Girls Basketball:

The Girls Basketball team had a great season this year with multiple accolades. Senior forward Lili Hobday scored her 1,000 point, making her the first Hawk to achieve this feat since Haley Greene in 2015. Additionally, Tyler Chavez earned Coach of the Year honors for the team’s success this season. Under Chavez, the team has had five consecutive winning seasons. 

PI Adapted Floor Hockey

The Adapted Floor Hockey had another successful season with Senior Liban Farah leading the charge. The do-it-all senior played both goalie and forward for the Hawks this season and succeeded in both regards. The PI team finished 6th place at the state tournament and Liban Farah was selected to the All-Tournament team! 

Johnson High School

Senior defensive specialist/libero Jackie Hang has committed to play at Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. She was a 4-year starter and 3-year team captain for the Governors under the direction of head coach Hannah Besmer. Yang tallied four all-conference honors in her prep career and was the team MVP each season. In addition, Yang is a member of the Minnesota Juniors program. 

Washington Technology Magnet

Boys Volleyball

Boys Volleyball is knocking on the door to become a sanctioned MSHSL sport, with a few more steps to go. While currently recognized as a club sport in Minnesota, Kong Vang is at the helm for the Eagles. Along with the assistance of Ted Reiff, they have a lot of buzz around boys volleyball at WTM. They will be competing in the Minnesota Boys Volleyball Association this spring. Kong and student-athletes raised substantial funds to get boys volleyball lifted off the ground as a club sport at WTM by joining other student-athletes this past fall/winter at U.S. Bank Stadium for concessions volunteer work.