Irondale junior Joey Jankowski finished ninth in the Northwest Suburban Conference Nordic ski championships on Feb. 28. (submitted photo)
For residents of the northern states, the turning of the calendar to February usually means the worst of winter is behind them. For prep Nordic skiers in Minnesota, it means the biggest competition of the season is only days away.
With eight sophomores seeing significant varsity time a year ago, the Irondale/St. Anthony Village boys hockey team took its lumps. The Knights won only three games last season, but head coach Adam Schmidt is expecting that experience work in his team's favor soon.
With eight games against teams that won at least 20 games each last season, the Irondale High School boys basketball team faces a tough schedule as it tries to rebound from a two-win season a year ago. Despite the daunting slate of games, head coach Jon DeMars expects a marked improvement from a year ago.
The concert choir sang "Loch Lomond," with choir teacher Jason Etten conducting. Etten said he seeks to build communities in his classes. "Let's take it seriously, let's grow together," he said. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
As students noisily streamed into third period honors concert choir class at Irondale High School the morning of Sept. 30, one student took a seat at the piano and played some familiar tunes.
Amid the hubbub, he started with Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" before segueing into Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." Large swaths of the 70 or so students in the class spontaneously chimed in, singing: "Do-on't stop, beliiiiiieving..."
They sang well. There was a palpable buzz in the air. Class started at 9:31.
Although the Irondale High School football team is now playing in the Northwest Suburban Conference and facing teams it hasn't played in a long time -- if ever -- the Knights have a game this week against a team they know very well.