Stillwater all-conference performers Nate Ricci and Derrick Thingvold have been selected to play for the North squad in the 40th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game at St. Cloud State University’s Husky Stadium on June 29. The game, with kick-off set for 1 p.m., is sponsored by and conducted by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.
Ricci, a versatile two-time MVP and UM-Duluth recruit, will play receiver in the all-star game after playing quarterback for most of the season while helping the Ponies to a Suburban East Conference championship last fall.
“Nate is one of the most accomplished football players in Stillwater Area High School history,” Ponies coach Beau LaBore said. “Whether he is in the backfield, perimeter or deep in special teams, we think Nate will make a big difference in the outcome.”
Thingvold, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound offensive lineman, has signed a national letter of intent with Winona State University.
“Derrick has come on strong in the latter part of his football career,” LaBore said. “As a junior he played tight end for us occasionally. As a senior, he moved to guard and became one of the best blockers in the conference.”
The South All-Stars won last year’s contest 33-21, a game that included Ponies linebacker Zach Krenz playing for the North team.
“This game will be a good measuring stick for Nate and Derrick as they prepare for Division II football,” LaBore said. “Both young men have dedicated themselves to Ponies football and were integral to our conference championship team. There is no doubt they will represent Stillwater with pride.”
This marks the first time Stillwater has had two players selected in the same year since Collin McGarry and Joe Stormont in the 2007 game.
Ricci and Thingvold will become the 54th and 55th Ponies to take part in the all-star game. Only Cretin-Derham Hall with 62 has had more players participate in the all-star game than the Ponies and the Raiders also hold a 73-62 edge when factoring in the coaches from each school.