“She really stressed that Hillcrest was a great place to further your faith,” Tina said. Through prayer she decided Hillcrest seemed like a good place for her.
The Lady Comets took control of their season Monday in a very aggressive game versus Melrose. In a strong statement early in the game, Hillcrest fought to maintain control as Melrose worked to push the Comets down.
Minutes into the game it was clear the Comets were fighting for something more than simply possession of the ball. Looking at their 2-3 start on the year, Hillcrest worked to out-maneuver Melrose to create open lanes of attack. Through a series of back-and-forth possessions, Mackenzie Foss won a ball and dribbled through a host of defenders to put the Comets up 1-0 early in the game, making a strong statement for the Comets' season.
Minutes before intermission, Melrose controlled the ball at midfield, working to setup an attack. With the Comets positioning their defense, attacking the ball in an effort to strike on Melrose, the Melrose midfileder slipped past the Comets' front line to put a 50 yard strike on net. The ball curved past Paige Schultz in a dazzling shot that left many Comets in awe as Melrose took the lead.
The game continued with a wearisome pace, as HIllcrest worked to continue control of the game. Through a series of crisp passes, Emma Kvalheim found a seam off a pass from Mackenzie Foss, to put the Comets back up 2-1, a score they would defend through the final whistle.
The Comets are now 3-3 entering a difficult match-up Tuesday.
Hillcrest is proving to be a high-flying offensive powerhouse again this year, scoring their 40th goal in their 5th game of the season. The 14-2 victory over Melrose was a quick strike that opened the door for HIllcrest to continue their enhancement as a team with eyes on State.
What could be more inspiring to Christian parents, churches, teachers, and schools than to see young people catch for themselves a passion to reach their own generation with the gospel?
Jenna Castro's return to the Comet field was met with hugs and high-fives as she joined new teammates, a former coach, and a nearly 100 year legacy of female sports smiles at Hillcrest Academy. Joining Underwood sophomore captain Kindra Peterson, the Castro-Peterson tandem is likely to be an X-factor to push the Comets into a longer post-season this year.
I heard from another student, a 2017 grad whom I had encouraged to seek out a Christian club for support. “A” told me that she had already done so but that she was confused and disappointed to learn that the Christians she had met were just as prone to partying as everyone else on campus
Hillcrest is starting at square one. The goal is to drive Christians to see the story as if it was for the first time they heard it, rediscovering old truths in a new way. Former President Joel Egge called this, "making the familiar unfamiliar."
Hannah will start her high school coaching career at Hillcrest in a program that is in a rebuilding stage. Hannah brings a great deal of expertise, having served as a student-coach for the Hawkeyes following an injury that cut her collegiate season short.
A simple verse was stated, but little explanation given. The student had read the verse earlier that morning, but hadn't taken time to unpack the significance of God directing his thought process and actions through it. Coach Preston urged the young men to dwell on the context of the verse. After an initial pause, the silence was broken as comments flowed around the circle like popcorn popping. Some students drove deep into the relevance of the verse while others started tying in God directing their life, using the verse as a springboard.
Walking to my baptism on Thursday I did not have my immediate family with me. But, I had my other family with me. I had my friends who I made, and many people who adopted me as if their own child. They were walking with me into this impactful moment, and I knew in that moment that God was with me in many ways, and that I would never have to feel alone again.
Reggie stepped up and threw brilliantly, enabling us to take advantage of our pitching depth. He was in control the whole game, throwing just 76 pitches."
Hillcrest participates in the region knowledgebowl meet nearly every year. The past 5 times they've advanced to State. This year, the Comets brought half the competition, with three of the six teams representing red and white, nearly securing a trophy before the competition began.
Hillcrest held the top two spots after the opening written round. With two teams in the top oral round room, Hillcrest would be scrapping for points between their teams for much of the day.
Hillcrest's top team, consisting of Hans Holzner, Thomas Martinson, Daniel Preston, Luke Bowman, and Jake Steinle, remained in first place after earning 12 points to their friendly counterparts' 9. Hillcrest's other top team consists of Reggie Undseth, Sam Isaac, Sean McGuire, and Jack Nordick.
Hillcrest jumped out to a 12-0 lead on their way to a 17-7 victory over West Central Area in the first round of Section 6A baseball playoffs. Collin Erickson went 2 for 4 with 6 RBI including a grand slam to lead the Comet attack.
The Hillcrest Comets defeated the C-G-B Wolverines 12-2 Friday evening as Reggie Undseth had a perfect night: 3 for 3 with a walk, 3 runs scored and 5 RBI on two doubles. He also stole two bases in two attempts and handled 5 chances flawlessly at shortstop to back up pitcher Sean McGuire, who also had an outstanding night: 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, and a complete game on the mound allowing just 3 hits while striking out 7 Wolverines.
Friday marked the beginning of the final days at Hillcrest for many. The all-school picnic and clean-up day was followed by an afternoon at the ball field where the Lady Comets hosted a double-header against Clinton/Graceville/Beardsley (CGB). They left the 2017 regular season in the dust, scoring 17 runs over the two games, giving up only 3 to CGB, in a dramatic finish.
I had to ask them how to say it because I was saying it wrong. May 17th--Norway’s Independence Day or Syttende Mai is a big day for some of our students. Our 26 Danielson students dressed in their best and paraded down Vernon Avenue waving the little red, white and blue flags of their country. As they walked, they sang. People who lived along their parade route came outside to talk to them or wave.
For all the walks Hillcrest picked up Monday, a quick scamper home was the deciding move that bumped the Comets to .500 in the conference Monday night. Hosting Brandon-Evansville, Hillcrest showed great patience, picking up three walks in the final frame before shaking hands and huddling in the dugout with the win.
On Friday, the Hillcrest Comets were hosted by the WCA Knights in Barrett for a double header. The teams split with the Knights shutting the Comets out 4-0 in game one. The second game finished in dramatic fashion with the Comets coming from behind to take the victory 13-12 on a walkoff two run triple by senior pitcher Nicole DeKok.
It's a good day when the only run support a pitcher needs comes from her own bat, backed up by her catcher. On Tuesday, Comet ace Nicole DeKok hurled a no hitter, and founder herself on the bench after the 5th inning because the Comet bats 10-run-ruled Lake-Park-Audubon, forcing an early dinner and more time for homework.
If you could have heard your son or daughter stand up and tell of how Jesus has impacted their lives. If you could have seen them stand and belt out Happy Birthday to a 107 year old lady with party hats on their heads--going from person to person at the senior center, greeting and holding hands with the residents. If you could have seen the way your boys loaded and unloaded the bus over and over without complaint. You would have been surprised, maybe, if you heard how many references were made to missing and loving their parents at home and to hear how thankful they are for you. Together these memories form the patchwork of events that will forever be a part of the Hillcrest Choir Tour of 2017. We have much to celebrate!!