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.
Boys track and field — Ideal weather conditions greet the 10 teams competing in the 35th Annual Pony Classic, with Mounds View winning its fifth consecutive title at the event, which is held at Stillwater Area High School for the first time. Stillwater’s two victories came in the 4×1,600 relay (Brian Odegaard, Ricky Furseth, Collin Bushman and Jake Watson) with a time of 18:07.5 and the 4×400 relay (Bushman, Watson, Robert Rice and Steve Polinske) in a time of 3:31.6. Also in the meet, Mounds View’s Nate Englin eclipses the state record in the shot put with a distance of 65-6.
Girls basketball — Stillwater senior Sarah Cotner signs a national letter of intent to attend school and play basketball at St. Cloud State University.
Baseball — Exploding for 12 runs in the fourth inning, the Stillwater baseball team routs Irondale 18-1 in a nonconference game. Joe Zauner and Billy Tait finish with three hits apiece for the Ponies, who also receive a two-run homer from Eric Carlson to cap the fourth-inning scoring outburst. Ryan Larson allows just one hit over five innings to notch the win.
Boys tennis — Trailing 3-0 after the first three matches are decided, the Stillwater tennis team rallies for a 4-3 victory over Hastings. Finishing just prior to rain arriving, juniors Nate Huff and Trevor Willett complete the rally with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win at the first spot and complete a sweep of the doubles matches. Matt Raymond provides the lone singles point for the Ponies.
Girls track and field — Laura Michnay, Erin Johnson, Katie Stalland and Ladia Albertson-Junkans set a meet record in the distance medley relay (13:11.15) to help the Ponies to a runner-up finish at the girls’ track and field Shakopee Relays.
Boys golf — After not counting a score higher than 40 in its first two Suburban East Conference matches of the season, the Stillwater boys’ golf team takes over first place in the conference standings with a victory at Midland Hills Country Club. Leading the way for the Ponies are Chad Bischoff, Ben Costello, David Keefer, Justin Magill and Devin Fure.