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The annual TARTAN Open Golf Tournament — an 11 a.m. shotgun start at OAK MARSH Golf Course — will be held July 13. The moneys raised will go to assist the athletic programs at TARTAN High School. For registration or further information, call RORY SANDERS at 779-3762 . . . Congratulations to former NORTH High ace RUTH (OPATZ) SINN — she was girls basketball coach at HILL-MURRAY and then APPLE VALLEY — on recently becoming the U of ST. THOMAS women’s basketball head coach. The appointment prompted SINN’s former coach at NORTH, WAYNE ERICKSON, to say, "I think it is great. She is well-deserving. She is a credit to the sport. She is the kind of person who could beat you by 20 points and still be your friend because she is such a caring, well-meaning person." Hey RUTH great going and best wishes! . . . Awards banquets were held recently at the area schools. At NORTH, a unique honor is passed out called the 3 x 4 Award. It is given to an athlete who competes on a varsity level in three sports, for four years. Receiving recognition for that achievement were BRIAN COTRONEO, MEGAN FLANAGAN, ELIZABETH POTTRATZ, ROBERT ROSTRON, KALLIE SAMUELSON, BILL RYAN and BRAD YORKOVICH. Congrats to all! . . . At the same awards night, NORTH also recognized student athletes who received Classic Suburban Academic All-Conference recognition. Those included STACEY CHEZIK, girls soccer; BROOKE HALEY, girls swimming and diving; NICOLE HJELMGREN, girls basketball and volleyball; JESSICA McDONALD, girls track; STEPHANIE PETSCH, girls track and cross country running; RACHEL QUISTAD, girls swimming and diving; KALLIE SAMUELSON, softball and girls hockey; PETER SCHULTZ, boys swimming and diving; KRISTA TRENDA, dance team; ADAM WILLIAMS, football; CODY ZUSTIAK, boys soccer; and NEHAL DESAI, girls tennis. Named as the MSHSL 3A Award recipients — student athletes who excel in high school and participate in athletics and the arts — were ALAN WATSON and BROOKE HALEY. That’s cool! Congratulations all! . . .

And at the awards recognition assembly at HILL-MURRAY, spring sports awards were given to softball players. All-State honors went to COLLEEN CONWAY. All-Section kudos were earned by CONWAY, JESSIE GORMAN, JESSICA HARREN, KIRSTIN PETERSON and MONICA RAWLINGS. CONWAY, GORMAN and KARIN SWEENEY earned All-Conference accolades, while A-C Honorable Mention distinction was gained by ALEX DONEGAN, LISA RIZZARDI and EMILY THEIS.

In baseball, garnering A-C honors were DEREK McCALLUM, BRADY FIELD, JAKE LANTRY and SEAN McCARTY. Garnering A-C Honorable Mention in baseball were CHARLES BRUCHU, BRIAN PETERSON and KYLE RYAN. The HILL-MURRAY girls track and field team was the CSC Champions, the Section 3AA True Team Champions and finished third in the State True Team Meet. Gaining A-C eminence were the 4x800 meter relay squad of JAMIE HEGRENES, SARA SCHAFHAUSER, ERIN SPRANGERS and MEGHAN STUMPF; the 4x200 meter relay squad of KATIE LAWLER, MEGAN METELAK, KATIE PALM and NICOLE RAWLINGS. In the 100 meter high hurdles, SARAH MEISSNER gained A-C status, as did RAWLINGS in the 100 meter dash; 800 meter runners earning A-C for the Pioneers were HEGRENES and SPRANGERS. RAWLINGS also earned A-C kudos in the 200 meter dash; SARAH MEISSNER was A-C in the pole vault.

Earning A-C HM recognition in HILL-MURRAY girls track and field were: KATIE LAWLER, NICOLE BOCZEK, MEGAN METELAK, KISA PEARSON, NATALIE SHAND, SARAH MEISSNER, DEVAHN GODFREY, JANEY ATCHISON and SARAH DAUL.

In boys track and field, B. J. OTTO earned A-C praise in both the long jump and triple jump, while NATE LUTZ garnered A-C recognition in the discus. Girls golfers for the Pioneers JENNIFER ANNONI and MEGAN HAGEMEIER earned A-C honors and HAGEMEIER also qualified for state meet competitions. In boys golf — under the tutelage of CSC Coach of the Year KRIS OFTEDAHL — HILL-MURRAY gained the CSC Championship. Earning A-C golf honors were TOM ATCHISON, PETER CROONQUIST, RYAN GUENTZEL, MAT HOLMBOE and JOEY McENANEY. Boys tennis players PATRICK HOVERSTEN earned A-C recognition and also qualified for State Meet competition. A-C HM kudos went to ALEX HUESMAN and TIM VANDRZANDEN in boys tennis. The Pioneers wrapped up their awards presentations by naming the athletes who received A-C Academic Honors. In that category were CONWAY, SARAH DAUL, COLIN GODFREY, KRISTIN PAUL, HEGRENES, MEISSNER, KATHRYN PALM, SCHAFHAUSER, SWEENEY and SAMANTHA VOELIER.

There you have it. I hope I got them all. But I’m sure if I didn’t, someone will be sure to remind me. What more can one say to all of the above, but Thanx. It’s been a great year! ...Hey ERIN HERMAN, heartiest congratulation and great going! On June 26, HERMAN — HILL-MURRAY girls basketball coach since she took over from RUTH SINN back in the 1988-89 season — was inducted into the MINNESOTA Girls Basketball Coach Association Hall of Fame. Good going and well deserved ERIN! . . . Hey RUTH, you hang in there!

Hey look out competition! A group of well-known former NORTH grads and area womens fastpitch softball players are invading a COTTAGE GROVE Monday night league. Organized by SUE VARLAND, the group includes TINA DUCKLOW, LISA MICKELSON, LISA CARLILE, ANN BRZINSKI, KIM ENGWER, AMY PEARSON and JODI WITTINGSTAD . . . Interesting statistics: In the recently concluded MINNESOTA Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament held at MANKATO, the Class AAA competitions were the most hotly contested in the history of the tournament. Consider that of the 19 games in the championship series, there were just a total of 24 runs scored by the teams involved. In all, 18 of those games — the NORTH Polars won the consolation title 5-0 — were decided by one run. There were seven games that were 1-0 shut outs. Four of them went into extra innings — NORTH played three of them for a total of 32 innings (11 extra) — that made for 48 extra innings of softball and gave up one run while scoring six. State runner-up LAKEVILLE played a total of 36 innings — that’s 15 extra — gave up just one run and finished in second place, while Class AAA champion BURNSVILLE, gave up two runs in the tournament, scored five and won three games by one run. Wow! . . . I may have overlooked some congratulations that I didn’t mean to. TARTAN ace football player JAY THOMAS, who is headed to the U of M to peddle his talents, and FELICIA NELSON, a 3-sport star at SOUTH ST. PAUL, were named as the ST. PAUL Downtown Lions’ Club Athletes of the Year! What a nice honor to stick into their resumes! Congratulations JAY and FELICIA! . . .

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