St. Louis Park High School returns to New Prague for athletic competition

JuliAnn Falconer, Writer

In late winter of 2022, the St. Louis Park athletic director decided their school was not going to compete in any sports against New Prague. This was due to two different allegations involving racist behavior. But beginning in the fall of 2022, St. Louis Park has agreed to compete with New Prague again. 

The big question is why did St. Louis Park decide to compete with New Prague again? Principal Nicole Adams has been in touch with the principal and athletics director at St. Louis Park, and she even met with them a couple of times over the summer. They spent time sharing the steps that are being taken to ensure New Prague is a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. St. Louis Park’s principal and athletic director appreciated the steps taken to make NPHS a more welcoming place, which is why they decided to compete against New Prague again. 

In response to the environment New Prague High School is working toward, Principal Adams said, “For people who have been experiencing hate speech, I would encourage them to find their allies and know there are people, adults and students, who are not okay with this, and it shouldn’t be the normal way things are. You are not alone.”

On Thursday, September 29 the Trojans took on the St. Louis Park Orioles in a number of athletic events in New Prague.  Girls volleyball defeated the Orioles in 3 games (25-6, 25-8, 25-13), girls soccer lost 0-3, boys soccer finished the game 3-0, and girls swim and dive won the meet 99-71.

Check out the gallery below for pictures from the volleyball game.