This is a look back at some of the people and teams making news in the St. Croix Valley 10 years ago, as reported in the Stillwater Gazette.
Girls hockey — A two-game losing streak could not derail the Stillwater girls’ hockey team, which defeats standout Erica McKenzie and Hastings 3-2 and receives help from a 6-3 victory by White Bear Lake over Roseville to secure the Suburban East Conference championship outright. Sarah Connelly delivers two goals and Chelsey Jones adds another to pace Stillwater in the victory over Hastings.
Wrestling — Chris Anderson (130 pounds), Dustin Dahlblom (145) and Alex Cadwell (215) capture individual conference titles to help lead the Stillwater wrestling team to a runner-up finish behind Hastings at the SEC tournament. Kevin McCloskey also places second at 171 pounds to become the fourth Pony to receive all-conference honors. Then in the team’s victory over Spring Lake Park in the regular season finale, Cadwell records his 100th career victory.
Nordic skiing — Victories by the Stillwater boys’ and girls’ Nordic ski teams earn each a spot in the state tournament at the Section 2 championships. The Ponies tie Forest Lake with 756.4 points in the boys’ race and the first tie-breaker fails to break the deadlock — adding up the four fastest classic and freestyle times for each team. The second tie-breaker adds the points earned by the fifth fastest skier for each team in the two races, which gives Stillwater the edge by six points and its first trip to state in six years. The Stillwater girls enjoy a more comfortable margin of victory while holding off Forest Lake 768-744.
Alpine skiing — The Stillwater girls’ and boys’ alpine ski teams each finish first at the Section 4 championships, holding off Blake each time, to earn repeat trips to the state meet. Katie Lee defends her individual section title and will be joined in competing as an individual at state by teammates Michelle Janacek and Chloe Pappas. John Brine, Ryan Tierney and John Polasik also qualify as individuals for the boys’ state competition.
Signing day — Ponies Alec Cadwell (North Dakota) and Chris Splinter (Concordia-St. Paul) each sign a National Letter of Intent to continue their football careers in college.