Sports briefs: Lumberjacks taking pledges for Polar Plunge


Athletes, coaches and supporters of the St. Croix Valley Lumberjacks are taking pledges to participate in the Polar Plunge on White Bear Lake on Saturday, Jan. 26. Pledges can be made in person to any of the plungers or online at

To date, 27 have signed up to take the plunge, including: Karen Crotty, Paul Trevizo, Katelyn Thompson, Justin Novak, Kate Linhoff, Tom Crotty, Anjali Mehra, Dan Junker, Phillip Junker, Kristin Laxton-Boyle, Jade Rosengren, Hannah Monheim-Trevizo, Kellie Lehse, Ben Theis, AJ Crotty, Rhindie Schwebach, Bernhard Rosengren, Victoria DeFord, John Michael Pace, John Pace, Dan Nelson, Tony vonDoehren, Shari Thompson, Kendra Schwebach, Skylair Schlotthauer, Karen Langfeldt and Keith Langfeldt.

The Lumberjacks are an area Special Olympics team that participates in track and field, golf, bowling, skiing/snowboarding, basketball, equestrian and aquatics. The team offers programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition.


Fan Appreciation, Youth Jersey Day set for Dec. 22

The Stillwater girls’ hockey program is hosting Fan Appreciation and Youth Jersey Day on Saturday, Dec. 22 when the Ponies host rival Roseville at 3 p.m. (JV game starts at 1 p.m.). All youth hockey players wearing their jersey will be admitted free and there will also be raffle prizes drawn between periods during each game.

There is also a free chuck-a-puck game for guess with gift certificate prizes from local merchants awarded (will supplies last). Coffee and cookies will also be served during the game, with a special VIP section for grandparents where servers will take orders and deliver them.


Retirement party for Johnson set for Jan. 5

A retirement party for recently retired Stillwater boys’ soccer coach Phil Johnson will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5 at The Grand Ballroom in Stillwater. The open-house style party will be held from 6-10 p.m. Johnson, who spent four years as an assistant before taking over as head coach in 1981, finished his 32-year head coaching career with a 451-156-64 record.

Anyone interested in contributing to a group gift can contact long-time Ponies assistant coach (now retired) Brad Pederson at [email protected] or 651-402-1442.


Registration taking place for Pony Girls BB Camps

Registration is underway for the Little Dribblers and Little Ponies basketball camps in January and February under the direction of Stillwater girls’ basketball coach Gerard Coury, with help from the assistant coaches and players.

The Little Dribblers camp for players in kindergarten through second grade will focus on passing, shooting and dribbling. Saturday sessions are scheduled for Jan. 19 and 26, Feb. 2, 9 and 16 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Little Ponies camp sessions are conducted on Thursdays (Jan. 3 and 17, Feb. 14 and 21) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Little Ponies program connects high school athletes with young players in grades 3-4, with an emphasis on developing skills for basketball and life — with each Little Pony being assigned a varsity player buddy for the season.

Sign-up is taking place through Community Education at Registrations are accepted until the first day of camp and all participants will receive a t-shirt. Cost for the Little Dribblers Camp is $30 for five sessions and the Little Ponies program is $25 for four sessions.


Ponies football products available for purchase

Christmas shopping for a Stillwater Ponies football fan should be easier this holiday season with a few options available through the Ponies Touchdown Club.

A 10-DVD set of all 10 Stillwater football games — including end zone and sideline views — will be available for $50 by contacting assistant coach Joe Cousineau at [email protected]

Also available for a limiting time is an opportunity to purchase a game-worn Ponies football helmet for $50. On-line orders — the supply is limited — for the helmets can be placed at: