Sports back at North
Renovated gym and sports facilities are in use this year
You can watch volleyball, boys soccer, girls basketball, boys basketball, lacrosse, and tennis back at North Campus this year. Due to the explosion last year, sports were not played on campus at North but renovations have been made and sports are back in action at North Campus.
Fall is the first season where sports will be back at North. Soccer is one of them and both boys and girls teams will be returning to Guido Kauls Field where they will practice and play games. The soccer field last year was unplayable due to debris from the explosion that collected on the field. The soccer field was completely ripped up and new sod was laid down to make the field playable for the 2018 season. “Having our field back is really nice for us so that we have a consistent place to practice and play at,” said senior defenseman Jack Schmitz.
Girls volleyball is back in the North Campus gym. Last season volleyball played and practiced at South Campus along with the middle school teams. This season they are back at home in the newly renovated gym. The gym floor last year was unusable due to water damage and the ceiling tiles need to be replaced as well. New ceiling tiles were installed and a brand new gym floor has been put down so that the gym is now playable.
Girls and boys tennis have a different set circumstances. The courts that were playable at North Campus last year have been removed because of the building reconstruction. However, five brand new tennis courts are under construction at South Campus that should be ready for play by the start of the boys spring tennis season. Girls tennis will play all of their matches on the road this season but have the opportunity to practice at the University of Minnesota Baseline and Reed Sweat Facilities on the indoor/outdoor courts.
This winter the boys and girls basketball team will be back in the gym. Last season both boys and girls basketball teams practiced and played at a variety of different gyms including South Campus, St. Thomas Academy, Eagan Community Center, and the Air Force Reserve Base. This season all home games and practices will take place at North Campus.
In the spring girls lacrosse will take place at Guido Kauls Field and the boys lacrosse team will remain at South Campus. The turf will be back in the arena for the late winter and spring season which will benefit baseball, softball, track, and lacrosse. Nearly every sport this year will be affected by the new renovations of the soccer field and gym at the North Campus.