Middle School Athletics

Co-curricular participation is important for our younger students. It is a great way for your son to make friends and learn new skills. Some teams, such as skiing, are combined middle school and high school.

Fall Athletics

Required paperwork: All student-athletes must have an Athletic Card (available on the first day of practice) and give the card to the coach on the first day of practice/try-out. No athlete will be allowed to practice/try-out until the card is given to the coach. Also, all families must have created an account on the rSchool Web site and completed the MSHSL Eligibility Brochure.

Please note that the following sports require a baseline concussion test before the season: football and soccer.

Cross Country Running

  • Start date is August 14 (parent meeting August 13)
  • Practices are M-F at 3:30pm and Saturdays (optional and off campus) at 9:00am
  • Contact Tony Kinzley with questions: tkinzley@cadets.com
  • Team fee will be around $50.  Other costs:  Training Shoes, spikes ($100-$150), Apparel/Uniform (~$50)
  • MS and HS practice together, but with various ability-appropriate workouts.  We now belong to a new league of grade 6-8 teams so we will be offering several 1-mile races separate from the HS team.  More experienced MSers will race with HS.
  • All are welcome!  No experience necessary, no cuts.  You have to start somewhere and everyone can succeed at running!  But... summer training is important!

Football 

  • August 21 – October 21 
  • Practice Monday-Thursday, 3:45 to 5:15PM
  • Tackle Football; full equipment
  • Head Coach John Reagan, jreagan@cadets.com, phone 763-222-6217
  • No team fee; players to provide own mouth guard and cleats; rest of equipment provided
  • Middle School only, all grades practice together (but with appropriate height/weight matchups), games are by grade level
    • 6th grade – Saturday games
    • 7th grade – Tuesday games
    • 8th grade – Tuesday games
    • No experience necessary and no cuts – STA Middle School Football is a developmental program designed to teach the fundamentals of football using the USA Football Player Development model.

Soccer

  • MS Soccer will begin on Aug 28 after school; No cuts
  • MS soccer will practice Monday - Friday most weeks, 3:30-5:00
  • MS soccer will have 1-3 teams depending on number of kids participating
  • Noel Quin is Varsity Head Coach.  He can be contacted at nquinn@cadets.com
  • Nominal fee for uniform possible
  • Middles school only; rare, but exceptional 8th grade players could be moved up to HS

Bowling

  • The season runs from the 2nd week of August through the middle of November.
  • Prior to the start of school, we will practice 2 days a week for 2 hours each and when school starts we will practice each Friday from 3:15-5:15pm.
  • The games are primarily on Saturday afternoons and start approximately the 2nd week of school.
  • The cost is $75 for the bowling and approximately $50 for the uniform if they are new.
  • The middle school students compete with the high school students and will be placed with other boys of the same skill level.
  • No experience is necessary. Most of the boys start with little to no experience.
  • Mike Gurin; MGurin@Live.com; (952) 239-5222

Debate

  • Starts at start of school year, runs through most of first semester.
  • Practices: 2-3 times per week, after school
  • Students will learn the techniques and methods of debate, and will compete within the school and in local tournaments.
  • Moderators: Doug Hoverson, Mark Ahlstrom, Nick Smith
    • dhoverson@cadets.com
    • No cost for in-state participation
    • If enough MS students sign up, we may create a separate team, otherwise, with HS team.
    • No experience needed; no cuts.

FIRST LEGO League

  • Lego robotics meets from 2nd week of September through the end of November or early December, whenever the tournament occurs. Tournament registration does not open until the end of September so no date yet.
  • Practices run from 3:15 to 4:30 every Tues, Wed, and Thurs when students have school. If students are off for a half or full day, they will not meet.
  • Lego Robotics teams from STA compete in the FIRST LEGO League and follow the guidelines of FIRST. Robots are built using EV3 Mindstorms kits. Students get to be creative with robot design, robot game strategy and their research project. If a student enjoys math or science, designing and building with LEGOs, programming, game strategy, or problem solving and research, this is a great activity for them!
  • Moderator: Kim Wald, MS Math Teacher, FIRST moderator for 7 years, over 20 teams.
  • No fees. Just snacks if needed after school or at a tournament.
  • FIRST limits their FLL Robotics teams to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
  • There is no experience necessary. Teams are limited to 10 students, we prefer 4 to 6. We currently have 3 teams registered. If it makes sense to add more in the fall, we may do so.  Reminder that the season culminates with a tournament at the end of Nov, early December. 

Math Team

  • MS Math team runs from Sept. through Feb. (or March)
  • Practices not set. Depends on moderator.  Last year practice occurred during formation two or three days a week. Could happen after school, too.
  • Students compete individually and in team rounds to answer a wide variety of challenging math questions correctly. Scores are tallied for each school to determine first, second and third place.
  • Moderator TBD.  Contact MS Math teacher Kim Wald in meantime.  kwald@cadets.com
    • No fees
    • Compete against similar grades and similar math levels.
    • No experience necessary, just a high interest in math. Someone who likes to solve puzzles, especially math puzzles, is a good candidate.

Rifle Team

  • 1 November-15 March
  • Practice Tues, Wed, Thurs. 3pm-5pm
  • Rifle Team:  Air rifle .177 cal. 3 position, standing, kneeling, prone
  • Chief Preblich, ppreblich@cadets.com, ph. 6512473617
  • $100 team fee
  • HS and MS mixed together
  • Must qualify for the team, tryouts last two weeks of October.  Try out consists of 1 prone target, 1 standing target, and 1 kneeling target, shot at 10 meters.  Shooting experience not necessary, but familiarization helps.  There are only 12 spots on the team plus two alternates.  Rifle team would love to have some MS students make the cut!  Guns are furnished for the season, once you make the team.  Parents may buy a rifle via the school at a discounted price if they desire.  There are 5-8 major local competitions -- at STA, Forest Lake, and Anoka.  If qualified a participant may attend the nationals at Camp Perry Ohio, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Clay Target Teams

  • Beginning of September thru mid-October (approximate)
  • All shooting is competitive; there are no "practices." The team shoots on Thursday afternoons 3:30 - 5 PM and Sunday afternoons noon - 4 PM.
  • Team members may shoot trap, skeet, sporting clays, or any combination of events. We accept team members down to the 6th grade level. Prior to the start of the season, all new members of the team MUST have completed the Minnesota DNR firearms safety certification; the coaching staff can conduct the training.
  • Head coaches: SFC Hurd (dhurd@cadets.com), Jeff Grove (the.groves@comcast.net).
  • Fees TBD before the start of the season (approximate cost to shooter/family is $250 per event. Includes uniform, ammunition, targets, range time, and tournament entry fees)
  • MS & HS team members all compete together. MS students are eligible to receive STA varsity letters. NO CUTS! Everyone who pays their participation fee is on the team.
  • No shooting experience is needed. Many of the shooters on the team never handled a shotgun prior to joining the team.