Sports

Illustration of a walleye

With a motto that aptly states, “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” well, we all know just how important those glistening and gleaming bodies of water are to us in the bold north. We swim in them, we boat on them, we picnic around them, we catch fish in them.

This time of year is the one Beau Karlen and Camilo Mejia love most. Best friends for well over two decades, the pair share a contagious energy, love for life and penchant for winter sports of the high-speed, downhill variety.

Two coaches, one philosophy. That's one way to sum up the White Bear Lake Area High School boys and girls tennis teams, with coaches Jackson Farley and Christine Anderson at the helm.

Football is definitely a team sport. And John Schwietz and some other football parents at Mahtomedi High School wanted to make sure everyone felt like part of the team. “We wanted to take what was an ordinary experience and turn it into something extraordinary,” Schwietz says.

Christine McMakin has been curling since she was five years old; however, she jokes it’s technically been longer. “I always tell people ‘before I was born,’ because curling in my family is a big family sport,” McMakin says.

One of the satisfying aspects of any sport that involves striking a ball—golf ball, tennis ball, baseball—is the sound that results from solid contact. In the relatively new sport of pickleball, it’s the distinctive “pock” sound of a wooden paddle striking a plastic ball.

Hill-Murray High School’s head football coach and director of development Pete Bercich says the school’s new stadium, Mary, Queen of Victory, has “one of the finest surfaces” he has ever played on, comparable to the field in the new U.S. Bank Stadium.

White Bear Lake Area High School fans know that a football game isn’t really a football game without the talented and enthusiastic White Bear Lake Varsity Cheer Team leading the crowd.

The little ones who are out sliding on icy ponds and flooded backyards may imagine the bright lights of a professional ice arena.

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