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.
Wrestling — Stillwater senior Dustin Dahlblom places fourth in the 145-pound weight class at the National High School Coaches Association Senior Nationals folkstyle tournament. After winning his second straight state championship, Dahlblom is also chosen the Most Valuable Athlete for the Ponies (12-16).
SAHS — On the recommendation of Stillwater Ponies coach Andy Olson, Stillwater Activities Director Sherm Danielson is presented a “Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves Award” for accommodating Olson’s schedule as an active member of the National Guard. The efforts allow Olson to continue coaching track while also working regular security shifts at Fort Snelling while on leave from his health and physical education teaching duties at Stillwater Junior High School.
Women’s basketball — Recent Stillwater graduate Christina Gilbert is a freshman on the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team which captures the NCAA Division II national championship with a 65-50 victory over Northern Kentucky. Gilbert scores two points in the win.
Running — Luke Watson of Stillwater is the third finisher for the Americans and places 57th overall for Team USA while competing at the Senior Men’s 4-kilometer race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Watson finishes in a time of 12:02 to help Team USA to a 10th-place finish. At the same event, Ponies coach Scott Christensen coaches the United States Junior Team to an eighth-place finish in the 8-kilometer race.
Boys basketball — After leading the team in scoring and rebounding, junior Andrew Boldt is chosen the Most Valuable Player for the Stillwater boys’ basketball team (15-12).