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Q&A: Lakeville South's Kalley Ravndalen

By Ron Haggstrom, Star Tribune, 11/19/13, 6:45PM CST


Ravndalen is a hockey name. It’s just not as well known in the Twin Cities area as it is near the Canadian border.


Ravndalen is a hockey name. It’s just not as well known in the Twin Cities area as it is near the Canadian border.

Kalley Ravndalen is a senior defenseman on the Lakeville South girls’ hockey team. Her father, Merlin, grew up in Warroad and played for the Warriors in high school.

“My dad is from Hockey Town USA, so that basically set me up to where I am now in my hockey career,” Kalley said. 

She scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over Warroad on Friday in Lakeville.
Here is a closer look at Ravndalen:

Q: What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
A: “Pitch Perfect.”

Q: Three words my friends or teammates might use to describe me?
A: Leader; outgoing; respectful.

Q: Three songs I never skip on my iPod are …
A: … “Cups” by Anna Kendrick; “The Champ” by Nelly; “Ride” by Timeflies.

Q: What are your three favorite apps?
A: Twitter; Instagram; Snapchat.

Q: Who do you like to follow the most on Twitter, and why?
A: United States national team member Gigi Marvin of Warroad. She is a good family friend and is currently preparing to compete in the 2014 Olympics. [Marvin was a member of the silver medal team in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games]. She always has inspirational quotes, and I have always looked up to her.

Q: At my first varsity practice, I felt …
A: ... excited and nervous. It was a different pace that I wasn’t really used to at the time.

Q: What did you work on most prior to the start of the season?
A: Improving as a team.

Q: What are your goals for the girls’ hockey season?
A: To do whatever it takes to help my team perform the best we can.

Q: To get focused for a game, I …
A: … listen to my music and mentally prepare for the challenge ahead of me.

Q: What is your favorite meal prior to a game?
A: A Subway sandwich, pomegranates and a protein ball.

Q: What is your most memorable moment as a high school athlete?
A: Going to the state tournament my freshman year (2011), and being conference champions (Lake and South Suburban) two times.

Q: Who is your school’s biggest rival, and why?
A: Lakeville North. We are crosstown rivals and a lot of my good friends are on that team. It is always a big game when we play them.

Q: Who is your favorite college or pro sports team and why?
A: I love the St. Louis Blues because one of my favorite players, TJ Oshie, plays for them.

Q: Do you have a secret talent — and if so, what is it?
A: I’m a good singer.

Q: In 10 years, I hope I’m …
A: … graduated from college looking to adventure into the next chapter of my life.

Q: What is the best sports advice you ever received?
A: Hockey is a team game. You play for the people sitting next to you and everyone else on your team bench, not just yourself.