The River Lakes Stars invaded the ice at the Sauk Centre Civic Arena Tuesday, Nov. 26, for a face-off with Prairie Centre. Emerging with a 3-2 overtime victory, the Stars’ skates proved to be just a little sharper than their formidable opponent’s. Prairie Centre’s Schmidt scored a power play goal at 5:25 of period one, after River Lakes’ senior forward Joe Spaulding racked up a pair of penalties; interference and unsportsmanlike conduct, each two-minute minors. The second period was frantic as the Stars recorded even-strength goals from sophomore Grant Thompson, on a sophomore Hunter Sjoberg assist at 2:37, and senior forward Eric Zimmer, from freshman Connor Beltz, at 3:05.
The Cardinal hockey girls from Alexandria traveled to the Thaler Sports Center in Mound Friday, Nov. 29, to match up with the Mound-Westonka White Hawks pucksters from Wright County. The Cardinals played a good game and had plenty of scoring opportunities, but the Lady Hawks were too dominant and took the win, 4-0. In the first period, Mound’s Ashley Luehmann sent a blistering wrister to the back of the net, for an even-strength goal, with an assist from Liz Schepers at 8:32. The Hawks kept the pressure on in period two, getting even-strength goals from Hunter Gallus, assisted by Jori Mazurek and Grace Holmen at 3:53; and Sam Burris, with a Gallus assist at 15:15. Mound-Westonka’s Gallus struck again in the third period on a Schepers’ assist at 8:36. Penalties in the third period were doled out to Alexandria’s senior winger Melissa Drown; 2-minute minor, and sophomore center Hannah Hansen; 2-minute minor. Burris also picked up a 2-minute minor for the Hawks. Alexandria goalie junior Bailey Serum saved 27 of 31 shots and Mound-Westonka goalie Emma Polusny claimed the shutout, stopping all 29 shots that came her way.
Growing up in Watkins, Scott Strohmeier loved anything that involved a ball.
That love has helped him become one of the nation’s most successful junior college coaches. He has built a football program at Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) that is the envy of others. Last year his team won the national championship after completing an undefeated season. This year, IWCC has lost one game, and that was to one of the teams playing for this year’s national championship.
And it all began in Watkins, where Strohmeier attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School before moving on to the Eden Valley-Watkins High School.
Two St. John’s Prep players named to the Granite Ridge All-Conference Soccer Team
St. John’s Prep girls’ soccer players Ellen Arnold and Alana Brenny have been named to the 2013 Granite Ridge All-Conference team. Ellen is the daughter of Margaret and John Arnold of Kimball. She is a junior who is a forward for Prep. Alana is the daughter of Michael and Beth Brenny of Foley. She is a sophomore who plays defense for Prep.
“We are extremely proud of our entire girls’ soccer team. It’s been a year filled with new growth and challenges,” said Stephen Larson, head girls soccer coach. “Ellen and Alana have excelled on the field and we appreciate their talent and leadership.”
Ellen Arnold started every game during the 2013 season. “She provided a constant threat up front,” Larson said. “She scored three goals and had two assists. Her speed and determination were never exhausted.”
Former assistant Jennifer Mrozek, of the Paynesville/Eden Valley-Watkins gymnastics staff, is starting her second year as the team’s head coach. “I have been coaching gymnastics at various levels for the previous 12 years at North Crest Activities Center in St. Cloud. I wanted to continue teaching and growing the sport of gymnastics here in Paynesville and the surrounding areas. I also run the Junior Bulldogs gymnastics program through Paynesville Area Community Education.” P-EV-W loses three seniors and a junior from last year’s squad, but this year’s team is young, with lots of talent coming up the ranks. “We will have Heather Arnold to lead the team this year, as she has been very powerful on vault and floor. Her consistency is cornerstone for the team,” Coach Mrozek said. Arnold’s varsity teammates Emily Weidner and Alison Gottwald are young and also carry a lot of promising potential for the upcoming season. “As a whole we have a young team with a lot of potential, and with hard work and determination, we will pull off a great season.” said Mrozek.