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Day of shock: Students deal with 9-11 attacks and go ahead with volleyball match

December 28, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

Written in 2001 By Bruce Strand An earlier generation of American teenagers awakened to news on a Sunday in December that a naval base in a place called Pearl Harbor had been bombed and their nation was suddenly at war. Another previous generation learned…

Sidney Crosby, at age 15 with Shattuck: Good as advertised

December 28, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

Written as an athlete of the week in 2003 By Bruce Strand The hockey program at Shattuck-St. Mary's has churned out dozens of D-1 players, including two…

Willmar ironman: Ace hurler had 29 of team’s 30 wins in state championship season of 1934

November 29, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 1989 Shortly after the turn of the century, the name Denzer was synonymous with baseball around LeSueur, Minnesota, in leagues…

Zach Parise at 16: Leader of Shattuck-SM national champs is aiming high

November 18, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

By Bruce Strand, 2001 (Faribault Daily News athlete of the week) The national championship earned by the Shattuck-St. Mary's hockey team last weekend had extra meaning for the Sabres' most talented player, Zach Parise, because, even though he's a junior, he…

Flamethrower: Gilbert Aase, 93, was dazzling hurler whose arm and dream burned out early

November 22, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  by Bruce Strand, 2002 With the Twins about to enter the playoffs for the first time since 1991, one of the most interested observers in Faribault will be Gilbert Aase, 93, who's been a baseball fan for so long that when he talks about how hard that…

Capital career: State government is exhilarating game for ex-Montgomery & Johnnie star Victor Moore

November 14, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 2002 March Madness is upon us, and if you ask Vic Moore to hearken back to the Marches of his youth at Montgomery High School, he can summon up some thrilling memories of March. Stinging disappointments, too. "I was fortunate to grow…

‘Thwack!’ is back: Metal ejected for a more pure, safe game, but wood bats are tough on treasuries

November 14, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 2002 About 25 years ago, a sweet sound disappeared from amateur baseball parks — the "thwack!" of a horsehide-wrapped baseball struck solidly by a bat made from an ash tree. During the 1970's wooden bats so familiar to ex-players…

From Grow & Karvonen to Broman & Dahlman: the parade of state scoring kings & queens

November 13, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 2013 Norm Grow of Foley was the first to wear the crown and he held it the longest, 22 years. Janet Karvonen of New York Mills was next and she held it the second-longest, 11 years. After that, the title of most career points in Minnesota…

The Jock Doc: Alan Markman, ex-Faribault and Dartmouth gridder, has mended a long lineup of athletes from preps to pros

November 13, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

By Bruce Strand, 2004 A bright eighth-grader in Faribault had a chance to attend an elite private school out East in the mid-1960's. He was delivering papers for the Minneapolis Tribune, which made a few scholarships available to ambitious young employees.…

Monticello’s Przybilla lasts 13 years in NBA with guile and grit

November 13, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

by Bruce Strand, 2013 Joel Przybilla was briefly a Gopher basketball hero in the winter of 1999-2000 before turning him-
self into a local villain by quitting school in mid-season. Four months later, the NBA draft happened to be held at the Target Center,…