Top Five Moments of the Winter Sports Season


photo courtesy of Emily Oden

EHS Girls’ Hockey Team celebrates after winning their second consecutive State Championship.

Jack Marker and Theo Teske

Girls Hockey Wins State

The Edina High School Girls’ Hockey team won the State Championship on February 24th for the second year in a row. The Hornets had a tough path, playing second ranked team Blake in the section final and third ranked team Centennial in the state championship. “Playing Blake was one of the most nerve-racking games….Knowing that they were one of our biggest competitors made it mentally difficult,” sophomore Lucy Bowlby said. “Centennial was a scary game. Keeping in mind that we lost to them early in the season made us want to beat them more.” When asked about the feeling of winning a State Championship, Bowlby answered “the moment when the final buzzer rings you kind of realize how much that team has gone through to reach your end goal.”

Loli Fidler Wins the Athena Award

Before helping the EHS Girls’ Hockey team win state, Loli Fidler was involved in another highlight of the winter sports season. Fidler is a dedicated athlete who plays varsity soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. In recognition of this commitment, she was handed this year’s Athena Award, given to an outstanding female athlete from Edina. As reported on the District website, the recipient is selected by the girls’ sports coaches. Fidler will receive her award during a banquet in Bloomington held on May 4.

Anders Nelson Breaks Single Game Scoring Record

The EHS boys’ basketball team was led to a 99-76 win over Holy Family  High School on February 20th by an outstanding performance by senior Anders Nelson. A guard, Nelson scored 47 points, breaking the single game school scoring record formerly held by Graham Woodward. “It was actually pretty ironic because I had the flu all day before the game so I don’t really know how that happened,” Nelson said. However, Nelson said ultimate credit had to go to the team. “It definitely wouldn’t have happened without my teammates getting me good looks.”

Competition Cheer Goes to Nationals

The EHS Competition Cheer team traveled to the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida on the 9th of February and returned home on the 12th. They competed in the National High School Cheerleading Championship. This tournament is one of the most prestigious cheer competitions throughout the country and is nationally televised on ESPN. The EHS Varsity Cheer team competed in the large varsity D1 division while the JV team competed in the large junior varsity division and placed 9th. “Going to nationals is definitely everyone’s favorite part of the season not only because we get to go to Florida but because it’s a super cool experience and everyone gets so much closer,” sophomore Kayla Barnhart said.

Varsity Dance Team Goes to State Once Again

The EHS Varsity Dance Team went to state for the fourth consecutive year. The team made it to the finals despite 5 dancers being injured. It was an injury filled year as 10 of the 14 dancers were hurt at one time or another during the season. The State Championship was held at Target Center on February 16th and 17th. Megan McLenighan explains “going to state was a great experience because we bonded as a team and got to see all of our hard work paid off.” The team continues to maintain a strong reputation and was asked to dance during halftime of the Super Bowl, but decided to let the dancers rest for the State tournament.