Jazz Dance Makes State Final

After an amazing performance in the preliminary finals, Holy Family Jazz team makes Top 6 and advances to the MSHSL Class AA Jazz Dance Team State Tournament Finals on Friday, February 18, 7:15 pm. They dance first! Stop back for the whole story and an update on their final placement.

 

Holy Family Jazz placed third place in the section tournament to qualify for the MSHSL State Tournament!

Holy Family Announces New Girls Golf Coach

Holy Family Catholic High School is proud to welcome Mr. Neil Wilson as its girls’ golf head coach. Wilson brings several years of Holy Family coaching experience, including several years helping coach the boys’ golf team while his sons were a part of the program. Coach Wilson helped Rob Nelson coach the Fire to conference championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, and multiple state appearances and wins in 2015, 2016. He took a break from the program after 2016 to watch and help his sons play collegiately at Palm Beach Atlantic University and currently helps his oldest son, who plays professionally on the PGA Latin America and Minor League Tour. He is excited to return to Holy Family to lead the girls’ program.

 

Wilson was a PGA apprentice during his early career and worked building golf course developments for his family business, The Wilson Golf Group. After a successful entrepreneurial career, he retired in 2014 and now invests much of his spare time in giving back to his favorite sport, golf.

 

Neil and Sarah Wilson are committed to building a first-rate girls golf program.

He looks forward to the start of the season and developing the girls program. He says, “I am thrilled to join the Holy Family Girls golf team and announce my wife of 29 years, Sarah, will be by my side helping. We’re committed to ensuring the care needed in creating a first-rate program at all levels. As past parents of three Holy family alumni, we look forward to keeping the FIRE growing strong with the opportunities that lie ahead and promise to continue building a fun, competitive, and successful team.” He continues, “We are both looking forward to working with the student-athletes soon and helping them achieve big things on the golf course.”

2022 All-State Music Participants

Four Holy Family Catholic Music Students Selected for All-State Honors

Holy Family Catholic High School Director of Instrumental Music Laura Boillat and Director of Vocal Music Jon Kopplin proudly announce four significant individual student music achievements.

Minnesota All-State High School Concert Band

Last spring, Sophia Heles ’22 auditioned and was selected to perform clarinet with the Minnesota All-State High School Concert Band. She spent a week at the All-State Band Camp at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, in early August 2021. The 2021-2022 All-State Concert Band is directed by Dr. John R. Stewart of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and sponsored by the Minnesota Music Education Association (MMEA). All-State Band students will reunite on Friday, February 18, 2022, to rehearse for a culminating concert performance on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 2:30 PM in Orchestra Hall. Tickets for the performance are now on sale.

Minnesota All-State High School Choir

Isabel Busch ’22 was selected to sing in the Minnesota All-State High School SATB Choir, also sponsored by MMEA. After her selection, she spent a week at the All-State Choir camp at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, in early August. On Friday, February 18, 2022, the All-State Choir students will reunite to rehearse with the 2021-2022 SATB Minnesota All-State Choir director, Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand, the artistic director of the Aeolians of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. The SATB All-State Choir Concert will be held at 11:10 AM on Saturday, February 19, in Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Tickets for the performance are now on sale.

Minnesota 9th-10th Grade SSAA Honor Choir

Two 9th grade singers, Emma James and Ariana Radel, auditioned and were selected to perform in the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota’s 2021-2022 9th-10th Grade SSAA Honor Choir. This honor choir is conducted by G. Phillip Shoultz, the associate director of VocalEssence in Minneapolis, and will rehearse and perform at Bethel University on Saturday, February 19. The ACDA-MN 9th-10th Grade Honors Choirs concert will be held at 5:00 PM at the Benson Great Hall of Music on the Bethel University campus. Tickets for the concert are on sale now.

About Holy Family Catholic High School Music Department Philosophy

Music is an art form that speaks to the intellect, emotions, and spirit. The satisfactory composition and performance of music, based upon the knowledge gained through careful preparation, is among the most rewarding of human experiences. Great scholars and great thinkers have always considered music an essential element in developing a complete individual. In ancient Greece and the classical schools of the Renaissance, music was at the very core of the curriculum – an equal to mathematics, science, and literature. Aristotle considered music to be the most important subject for developing the mind. Music leads to a complete education. It contributes to physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth, opens the mind to new perspectives of the world around us, enhances the skills, and enriches the knowledge gained in other disciplines.

New Track and Field Coach Hired

Holy Family hires Kyle Economy to lead the Fire Girls and Boys Track and Field Program

Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN, is thrilled to announce the hiring of Kyle Economy as the school’s new Head Girls and Boys Track and Field Coach.

Economy began his high school coaching career as an assistant at Holy Family in 2015, before gaining additional experience coaching in the Chaska, Delano, and Wayzata High School programs. Economy arrives with a wealth of connections in the southwest metro area, having graduated from Chaska High School where he was a multiple-time state qualifying runner in both cross country and track.  He went on to compete at the Division I level at the University of North Dakota, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Geography.  He was hired at Holy Family in the Fall of 2021 and continues to serve as a valued member of our social studies teaching faculty.

During a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Holy Family (2015-17), Coach Economy was able to leave a profound impact on the Fire running community.  2016 Holy Family Graduate, Maria Eastman, recounts the impact he had on her high school running career; “I vividly remember my teammates and myself looking forward to practice because of Kyle! His positive attitude, continuous support, and motivating coaching made our team better. [He] is a big reason my sister and I went on to run at a Division I level at the University of Minnesota. Throughout college and our current marathoning careers, [he] has always stayed in touch with us and cheered us on from near and far! “

Holy Family Activities Director Nick Tibesar echoes those sentiments from athletes in the process of welcoming Coach Economy into a new role to Holy Family. He says, “Coach Economy has shown an impressive commitment to the Holy Family mission, and to our student-athletes.  He understands the transformational impact that coaches can have in the lives of young people and is committed to serving Holy Family students in a way that empowers and encourages our students, while helping them grow in their faith. We’re excited to welcome Kyle Economy as our new Head Track and Field Coach!”

 

Additional information about Kyle Economy:

Education: University of North Dakota – Grand Forks, ND – B.S. in Geography

 

Contact Information:

Nick Tibesar, HFCHS Activities Director – tibesarn@hfchs.org

Kyle Economy, HFCHS Head Girls and Boys Track and Field Coach – economyk@hfchs.org