13 March 2014

Aumni Tracker: March 2014

Matt Simon
2004 FHS male co-Athlete of the Year Matt Simon has been named the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan University. Simon who had a solid collegiate career at Northern Illinois University where he played for Gopher coach Jerry Kill, was an assistant coach at Rutgers last fall and a tight ends coach at the University of St. Thomas the previous year.

1983 Tiger male Athlete of  the Year  Roger Thelen who spent several years doing missionary work in Brazil has been substitute teaching in the Farmington Schools and recently accepted a position as assistant track coach at Northwestern College in Roseville...One of the Lakeville North players scoring goals in the Panthers Section 1AA championship game win over the Tigers was  Jack McNealy, son of ex-Tiger head boys' hockey coach Mike McNealy who is a teacher in the Inver Grove Heights school district.

Two former Tiger track standouts, Kaitlin Mincke and Logan Hussung, competed for the University of Minnesota in the recent Big Ten Indoor Championships hosted by Ohio State. Minke finished ninth in the mile run while Hussung took ninth place in the shot put.

2011 FHS male Athlete of the Year Carl Elmer finished third at the NCAA Division III wrestling tournament held at Augsburg College two weeks ago and qualified for this weekend's national meet in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Elmer is a junior at St. Olaf College in Northfield...

Ex-Tiger and former Class AA state one-meter diving champion Tyler Magalis qualified for the NCAA Division II national meet slated for this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. Magalis, a junior at St. Cloud State University, finished sixth on the one-meter board at the national meet last season.

Carl Elmer headed for NCAA Division III national meet

Two years ago, Betsy Anderson was playing hockey for the Tigers, This week she and her University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women's team will host the University of St. Thomas in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Earlier this season when Stevens Point played Gustavus Adolphus College former Tigers were all over on the ice. Krystal Baumann is a junior forward for Gustavus and Stefanie Schmitz, a former Wisconsin-River Falls player, was one of the game officials.

2012 FHS female Athlete of the Year Taylor Meyer had 14 points, three steals and two assists for Minnesota-Duluth's women's basketball team in its season-ending loss to Concordia-St. Paul...Ex-Tiger Jordan Bridges averages 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds for Jamestown College which is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation among NAIA Division II schools with a 26-3 record.

St. Mary's University (Winona) men's basketball coaches were in the stands for the Tigers' Section 1AA semifinal loss to Rochester John Marshall, taking a look at seniors Eli Rockett and Nick Varner, both high on that school's recruiting list...Former Tiger Blake Olmscheid is already at St.Mary's on the Cardinals' men's tennis team. Olmscheid has started his sophomore year well with a 6-6 record in singles and a 4-3 mark in doubles play.
Toni Hunsinger
Two members of the FHS class of 2013 are also playing for St.Mary's. Ashley Betzold and Toni Hunsinger are both starters for the women's softball team. Hunsinger is batting .346 through 10 games on a Florida trip while Betzold owns a 2-1 pitching record with a team-low 0.67 earned run average.

Heather Kampf, wife of former Tiger and University of Minnesota runner Ben Kampf, represented the United States in the IAAF Indoor Track and Field Championships held last weekend in Sopot, Poland where she made the finals in the 1500-meter run. Kampf, a Rosemount and U of M grad, ran into some bad luck in the finals when she and a runner from Morocco were disqualified for stepping off the track.