Winona elementary students love their Winhawk hockey team.
That was the feeling after a weekend of community outreach from the hockey team, which is made up of players from both Winona Senior High School and Cotter High School.
The fun started with a series of elementary visits on Friday, Jan. 26. Hockey players visited Jefferson, Goodview, Washington-Kosciusko and St. Luke Hall as part of the tour, attending pep rallies, reading to students in their classrooms, and promoting “Elementary Night” at the hockey game the following day, as well as a “Skate with the Winhawks” event on Sunday.
The game on Saturday was a success all around. The events included:
- Face painting by National Honor Society volunteers (Lacey Kimmerle, Lauren Kimmerle, Aliyah Bebout)
- Pictures in front of the Winona hockey background
- A Mite (8-and-under) hockey game between first and second periods
- Chuck a duck between second and third periods
- Meet and greet with autographs after the game
Miriam Jackson, a ninth-grader at WSHS, sang the national anthem. Students performing the national anthem is a fixture at Winona hockey games. Other students to perform include Malia Indra and Ro Paulson.
The Winhawks fed off the energy to record a 3-0 win over St. Paul Academy.
The next day, elementary students were invited to “Skate with the Winhawks,” as representatives from the boys and girls teams were available to play around on the ice at Bud King Ice Arena. The event was free with a suggested donation to the Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf. The teams were able to donate 64 pounds of food to the food shelf.