A talented and dedicated senior class led the Cougars to the Section 4AAA Final for a second consecutive season. While the Cougars lost the championship match, the back-to-back section runner-up trophies are a first in program history.
It was a fun run through the section tournament that began with a home match in the quarterfinals. Como was the No. 4 seed who faced the No. 5 seed St. Anthony Village. The Cougars knew that win or lose; it would be their final chance to play in the Como Gym. They created a wonderful memory winning in three straight sets to the delight of their fans.
On Friday night, Oct. 27, the Cougars had to travel north to play the No. 1 seed Chisago Lakes. A full fan bus followed the team and celebrated every Como point along the way in the Cougars’ 3-1 upset victory.
The championship match in the gym of the No. 2 seed Mahtomedi was electric. The Cougars rattled off 14 straight points to win the second set 25-16 before ultimately falling in four sets. Como’s effort on the court was excellent and the spirit in the stands from the Como fans was a point of pride.
AP Night at Como Nov. 16
Prospective students and families who would like to learn more about Como’s college-level coursework are invited to the school library on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Como faculty and students will share their experiences in Advanced Placement, concurrent enrollment, and post-secondary enrollment options. Light refreshments will be served.
AP Government students fundraising
Como Park seniors studying AP Government and Politics are once again set for a week of study in the Close Up Washington D.C. program. Twenty-nine students are actively fundraising for their field trip which will take place during the first week of March. Beyond working part-time jobs, the participating students will be bagging groceries for customers at the Cub Foods on Larpenteur Ave. on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.
Cross country runners to state
The Cougar boys claimed the St. Paul City Conference Championship for the first time since 2010. And for a third consecutive season, the Como boys qualified for the State AA Meet where they finished in 11th place (out of 16 teams).
The top two teams from each section advanced to state. With the Cougars’ second place finish in Section 4AA behind Totino-Grace and ahead of nine other schools, the team’s pre-season goal was secured.
Senior captain Mason Aarness crossed the finish line at sections in second place overall out of 80 varsity runners. Sophomore Hazel Small finished fifth while freshman Arthur Anderson placed seventh.
The Como girls had a resurgent season evidenced by earning third-place in the conference and achieving a fourth-place finish at their Section 4AA Meet. The roster was bolstered by senior leadership and youthful energy. Senior captain Margaret Spray qualified for state with her individual time, as did Murray 7th grader Lu Beckman.