19 December 2013

Alumni Tracker: Sejba promoted to Colonel

Pat Hudak and  Col.Tim Sejba
Former Tiger Pat Hudak was Tim Sejba's offensive line coach in high school. Last month, Hudak and his wife Maureen, were on hand to watch Sejba officially receive his promotion to the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force. The ceremony took place at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, just a few miles from Tyndall Air Force Base, where Hudak served in the same branch of the service in the 1970's.

Three former Tiger football players saw their teams make the post-season this past fall. Bubba Friedlund, an All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive lineman, helped his Bethel University team to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals...Josh Zitzmann, the leading pass receiver for Rochester Community and Technical College during the regular season, had two catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Yellowjackets' 23-20 overtime loss to Iowa Central in the Graphic Edge Bowl played in Cedar Falls, Iowa...CJ Record saw some playing time for Southwest Minnesota State in the Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Missouri where the Mustangs lost a lopsided 90-28 verdict to Pittsburg State of Kansas.

Former FHS female Athlete of the Year Kallie Flor who went on to a four-year collegiate hockey career at Quinnipiac University (Connecticut) is the co-head girls' hockey coach Eagan High School this winter...Betsy Anderson has started all 13 games for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women's hockey team that owns an 11-1-1 record and is ranked fifth in the NCAA Division III national poll.....Krystal Baumann who ranks second only to Flor in Tiger career scoring, has one goal in a couple of appearances for eighth-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College.

Trevor Davis
Trevor Davis is in his second year as a graduate assistant with the Northwestern State (Louisiana) men's basketball program. Northwestern State has struggled to a 4-5 start after making it to the NCAA tournament last year...Former FHS male Athlete of the Year and two-sport athlete at the University of Minnesota Trey Davis recently returned from a national athletic directors' conference in California. Davis is the assistant athletic director at Shakopee High School.

Jordan Bridges is averaging 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Jamestown College (North Dakota) women's basketball team that owns a 12-1 record and is ranked No. 5 in the NAIA national poll...Former Tiger female Athlete of the Year Taylor Meyer hasn't been a regular starter for the University of Minnesota-Duluth but is averaging 11 points and 4.6 rebounds a game off the bench, including a 21-point outburst in a win over Bemidji State....Elena Koch is scoring five points and pulling down 3.6 rebounds a game for the College of St. Benedict.

Ex-FHS male Athlete of the Year Carl Elmer, a junior on the St. Olaf College wrestling team, claimed his first collegiate tournament title last month when he won the 149 lbs. division at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Invitational.

Betsy Anderson
Former Tiger boys and girls basketball coach Jason Berg and his football officiating crew worked the Class 3A quarterfinal game between Rochester Lourdes and eventual state runner-up New London-Spicer.  Ex-Tiger Pat Carey is a member of Berg's officiating team.

Nate Rowan just returned from the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Orlando where he interviewed for media relations positions with the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. The former Tiger has served a year-long broadcasting internship with the Twins and last year worked with the Orioles' AAA affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia...Jared Rowan, the Tiger junior varsity boys hockey coach, is an elementary school teacher in the Randolph School District.

Four of the eight winter sports programs at FHS have Tiger alumni as head coaches: Chad Olson (wrestling), Keith Revels (boys hockey), Jon Holmes (girls hockey), Lynn Bauman (gymnastics) and Lindsay Jensen (Dance Team). Several other former Tigers are serving as assistants, including Jared Rowan, boys hockey; Kevin Lugowksi (girls hockey); Brad Albano (gymnastics); Brent Mahlstedt (boys basketball) and Joe McCarthy (girls basketball)