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.
Baseball — After losing to Park 12-0 earlier in the season, the Stillwater baseball team pounds out 16 hits in a 14-8 Suburban East Conference game to move into sole possession of first place in the league standings. The Ponies score eight runs in the sixth inning, which begins with back-to-back home runs by Ryan Larson and Billy Tait and is capped by a grand slam by Eric Carlson, who was also the winning pitcher.
Girls track and field — Despite placing first in just two events (the 4×1,600 team race and 4×100 throwers relay), the Ponies win the Filly Classic for the second year in a row. Stillwater finishes four points in front of runner-up Eastview to capture the title.
Boys golf — Chad Bischoff claims medalist honors after shooting a 1-over 73 to help the Ponies to a runner-up finish at the Don Saatzer Invitational at Hastings Country Club. Justin Magill and Cole Handevidt follow at 77 and 79 for the Ponies, whose score of 313 was four points behind Hastings.
Softball — Stillwater defeats Centennial (4-0), North St. Paul (3-1) and Irondale (10-0) to win the North St. Paul Tournament, running its winning streak to six in a row in the process.
Boys tennis — Stillwater first doubles team Nate Huff and Trevor Willett suffer their first loss of the season as Mounds View tops the Ponies (5-2 SEC, 10-3) to win the Suburban East Conference championship, leaving the Ponies in a three-way tie with Roseville and White Bear Lake in the conference standings.
Colleges — Former Ponies Cally Stewart, Megan Fuches and Jessie Preiner help lead the St. Cloud State softball team to a 41-14 record as it prepares to compete in the NCAA Division II North Central Regional. In men’s track and field, Luke Watson helps Notre Dame sweep indoor and outdoor titles in the Big East for the first time in school history after winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000 meters at the outdoor conference championships. The steeplechase title was Watson’s third in four years.