Congratulations MPA Volleyball Conference Champs!
October 14, 2021
MPA is acknowledging the volleyball team’s overwhelming success this year, finishing 18-3 overall, and undefeated in the IMAC conference! This is the second time in three years that we have swept the conference without losing a single set. Good luck tonight against SPA! We will be celebrating our seniors Kaija, Jenna Sherwood, Maddie Black, and Vienna Schreifels.
Congratulations to all of the players and coaches, go Panthers!
Great job to our stat leaders from this season:
Kills–Kaija Kunze-Hoeg with 248 and Lola Pilon with 227
Aces–Else Kunze-Hoeg with 73, second in the state.
Assists–Else with 580, currently fifth in the state
Digs–Kaija with 236, Lola with 197, and Violette Cammack with 175
Homecoming Celebration And Spirit Week Reimagined
September 16, 2021
September 27 – October 2
Join us as we reimagine our annual Homecoming festivities in light of COVID-19 health and safety concerns. We are offering division-specific opportunities for students as a part of a weeklong celebration, building spirit for MPA Athletics and our entire community.
Upper School Activities:
- MPA Student Council Spirit Week Dress Up Days: September 27 – October 1
- Upper School student only BBQ: October 1, 5-8 PM, Benz Courtyard
- Upper School student dance: October 2, 8-11 PM, Benz Courtyard
- Free Homecoming-themed MPA t-shirts for all Upper School students
Middle School Activities:
- Middle School Game Day: October 1, 10 AM-3 PM, South Lawn (Parent Volunteers needed!)
- Spirit Week Dress Up Days September 27-October 1
- Free Homecoming-themed MPA t-shirts for all Middle School students
Lower School Activities:
- Pajama Day for all Lower School Students: September 27
- Spirit Wear Day with Homecoming T-shirt and non-uniform bottom: October 1
- Homecoming Spirit Photo Booth and Special Appearances by the MPA Panther: September 27-October 1
- Homecoming Panther Coloring Sheets available for students
- Free Homecoming-themed MPA t-shirts for all Lower School students
MPA Athletics Schedule Saturday, October 2
Please note: Only athlete household members may attend in person. Join in the fun and cheer on our Panthers by streaming games live! Learn more at https://www.moundsparkacademy.org/athletics/
- Varsity Girls Soccer vs New Life Academy 11 AM (available for streaming)
- Varsity Boys Soccer New Life Academy 1 PM (available for streaming)
- Varsity Volleyball 9 AM-2 PM (continuous streaming viewing)
- JV Boys Soccer New Life Academy 11 AM (not available for streaming)
- Varsity Girls Tennis vs Como Park and Cretin Derham Hall (not available for streaming)
Homecoming Parent Gathering
Parents, would you like to share your MPA Spirit and support our student athletes? Join the MPA Parents Association for an all-parent coffee and community building meet-up on Friday, October 1 from 7:45 to 10 AM. You’ll find us under the big white tent in the west parking lot, rain or shine. Meet other MPA parents, help to decorate the outdoor fields, and write messages of encouragement for our athletes. Go Panthers!
MPA Athletes Swept The Podium
August 4, 2021
The Lake Phalen Rowing swept the podium at the Iowa Games Regatta on July 31st with MPA student/athletes bringing home multiple victories. We’re so glad to see that our student community is remaining active in the summer months, and winning simultaneously! Please refer to the information below to see the results from this competitive regatta.
Men’s Novice 1x:
2nd place—Finn Zeruhn
3rd place—Alex Appleton
Men’s Jr 4x:
2nd place—Collin Steinberger ‘21, Grant Steinberger, David Steinberger, Matt Duerr
Women’s Novice 1x:
1st place—Sonia Olk
3rd place—Abby Appleton
Men’s Jr 1x:
8th—Collin Steinberger ‘21
Men’s Jr 2x:
Tied for 2nd place—Collin Steinberger ‘21, Grant Steinberger
5th place—Matt Duerr, David
10th place—Finn Zeruhn
A Night Of Panther Pride
August 2, 2021
Mason Ferlic ’11 Competes in Olympic Games
MPA community members from alumni, faculty, and current families gathered to celebrate and support Mason’s olympic accomplishments. We launched the event with pizza and ‘Go Mason’ poster making, then concluded with a personal FaceTime from Mason after he crossed the finish line. The Ferlic family and the rest of the MPA community expressed their immense pride and happiness for Mason as we wished him a restful remainder of his evening. Enjoy this reflection piece written by Nate Bander ’09, one of Mason’s teammates and click through our photos from that night.
by Nate Bander, Class of 2009
Mason Ferlic ran a near personal best in the 3000m Steeplechase at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on July 30, placing 21st in 8:20.23, an exciting and historic day for MPA! Mason came to MPA in ninth grade and joined the track and field team in his first year. He found success right away, and his coaches and teammates encouraged him to sign up for cross country running. The problem was that he was already registered for soccer! But, with a little arm twisting, he decided to give cross country a try. The rest is pretty much history, he went on to win four MSHSL state championships, break three school records, and appear on MPA’s track and field top 10 list 11 times (though fun fact, Nolan, his younger brother, appears 13).
After graduating from MPA in 2011, Mason competed for the University of Michigan as the first of what have now become four MPA track and field athletes to compete at the Division I level in the last 10 years, all in the Big Ten Conference. He won the 2016 NCAA steeplechase championship and after graduating from Michigan with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering, he is now pursuing a PHD in Applied Statistics, which he does while training with Very Nice Track Club in Ann Arbor. Read More
Mounds Park Academy Closed July 3-11
July 1, 2021
Mounds Park Academy, including the building and grounds, business office, heads office, development, admissions, communications, athletics offices, and all division offices will be closed July 3-11, 2021. We appreciate your patience while employees spend time with their families. We will respond to emails and voicemails immediately upon our return!
Save The Date! Homecoming 2021
May 17, 2021
Save the date to celebrate MPA Homecoming 2021 on Saturday, October 2!
Homecoming weekend is a wonderful way to celebrate who we are, where we come from, and where we are going together. We are thrilled every year to welcome alumni back at home to celebrate a milestone reunion and reconnect with friends. This is an opportunity for all of us to support and celebrate MPA! Come home to connect with us and one another, and to celebrate MPA.
Boys Volleyball Finds Joy In Inaugural Season
May 10, 2021
When the Panthers girls volleyball team qualified for the MSHSL State Tournament in 2019, their achievement inspired many in the MPA community. Among those were a group of Upper School boys who saw their own future in volleyball. Fast forward two years, and the team is now competing in its first season this spring. “A lot of us had an initial interest in the sport, and we had watched it at the high school, college and professional levels,” recalls senior Callum Jones. We talked to the athletics department, started practicing, and asked (MPA Spanish teacher) Mrs. Kunze to be our coach. When she agreed, we got going.” Read More
Vote For Siri And Evan To Be Top Performers Of The Week!
May 6, 2021
Let’s go Panthers! Two MPA athletes are up for winning Top Performer of the Week in their sport–vote for them with the links below. Voting ends Sunday, May 9 at 10 AM!
Click here to cast your vote for sophomore Siri Springer to be the MN Softball Hub Top Performer of the Week! “The sophomore pitcher had an impressive April, allowing just four runs to score through 23 innings during five Panthers wins. Last week, Springer led the Panthers to a 13-1 win at Blake on April 26 and a 12-0 victory against Breck on April 28. At Blake, Springer pitched five innings, striking out eight batters while allowing one run on four hits. At the plate, she went 3-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs. Against Breck, Springer pitched two hitless innings, recording four strikeouts. She hit a double and a triple and scored a run, leading the Panthers (5-0, 4-0) with four RBIs.”
Click here to cast your vote for senior Evan Esch to be the MN Baseball Hub Top Performer of the Week! “The senior pitcher struck out 17 batters as the Panthers ended a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory at Blake on April 26. The Panthers (2-7, 2-7) avenged a 13-3 loss to Blake from two weeks earlier as Esch gave up one unearned run on three hits through seven innings on the mound.”