Thole: Old Timers Football Association golf tourney set

The sage Jerry Foley is taking registrations for the 12th Annual Old Timers Football Association Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf Course on June 24.
The sage Jerry Foley is taking registrations for the 12th Annual Old Timers Football Association Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf Course on June 24.

Hackers and stars of the fairway should mark June 24th on your golfing calendar because it is the date for the 12th Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Minnesota Old Timers Football Association.

The event is open to men and women and no membership is required. The scramble event, which tees off at noon, is being held at River Oaks Golf Course located at 11099 South Highway 61 in Cottage Grove. The entry fee of $65 (the same as last year) includes green fees, cart and dinner. It’s the best bargain in town — or any town for that matter.

Players can form their own foursome or we will do it for you. Equal cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: Under-65 and 65-and over. The field is limited to 144 golfers and the deadline to register is June 19.

For questions or more info, contact Jerry Foley at 651-439-1379.


Today’s Sports Trivia

Which collegiate basketball player developed and perfected the one-handed jump shot and where did he play? If you get this one correct, you are either a sports trivia whiz or an old geezer like me.


In the huddle

I mentioned in an earlier column that gridders Nate Ricci and Derrick Thingvold would be playing next fall at UM-Duluth and Winona State University, respectfully. Several other players off Stillwater’s 8-2 conference championship outfit will be playing at Division III schools. The list from this year’s graduating class includes: Sebastian Borges and Sam Hodnefield at St. Thomas and Zach Jelinek will be playing at St. Scholastica…. Natalie Phippen, a recent Athena Award selection, has signed a tender for track at Iowa State University. Phippen finished fourth in singles at the state tennis tournament last fall and is arguably the best player in the history of the girls’ tennis program at Stillwater…. Sam Lagus will continue his hoops career at St. Olaf and three-sport athlete Aaron Romportl will take his talents to St. Mary’s. Andy Peterson will play baseball at St. Scholastica…. Lake Elmo’s Stuart Helgason, a former standout at Alexander Ramsey and North Dakota State, will be inducted into the Minnesota Old Timers Football Hall of Fame on Sept. 17…. The answer to Today’s Sports Trivia question: We are talking about Hank Luisetti of Stanford. I’ll bet you missed this one, but let me know if I’m wrong about you…. Only one of 50 high school football players will be given an NCAA Division I football scholarship. Only two Big Ten gridders were drafted in the first round of the recent NFL Draft…. Former Ponies soccer and track athlete Molly Allen ’11 is enjoying a fine career at Augsburg College, where she recently was named Female Athlete of the Year. This fall, Allen was named to the all-conference team in the MIAC. If that’s not enough, she was also named to the MIAC all-conference team in indoor track and field as a member of Augburg’s conference champion 4×200 relay outfit. Molly was a member of the Ponies’ soccer team coached by Andy Olson which placed third at the state tournament in 2010…. David Herbster has been named Athletic Director at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in April. the 6-foot-9 former Virginia Tech basketball player is married to former Ponies track star Kelly McGinley ’87. Back in her SAHS days, Kelly clocked 12.64 in the 100 meters and 26.84 in the 200. She teamed with Jenny Huelsmann, Heidi Juhl and Tia Selleck to run a 1:43.9 in the 800 relay that was the third fastest in history for the Ponies at that time…. Did you know that the Ponies letter jacket was adopted in 1950? The “S” Club for lettermen was created the same year, but has since been discontinued. The white letter was added for those with three letters in a sport or a total of six letters. The school song was changed to what we presently have and the words were written by SHS social studies teachers with the music based on the Michigan State rouser…. Ponies attacker Dana Almquist is among the top girls’ lacrosse players in the metro area. The defending conference and section champions boast a 6-0 record so far after knocking off Woodbury on Wednesday…. I think by now most local golf fans know that recently graduated stars Cassie Deeg and Hailey Boner are freshman at Nebraska and North Dakota State, respectively. However, SAHS also has junior Maddie Arbisi at Macalester, freshman Alex Zeuli at UW-River Falls and Mary Mikutowski at UM-Crookston…. Junior forward Sam Sagissor of the Ponies boys’ lacrosse team was named a “Playmaker Player of the Week” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press on April 30. His exploits included scoring 14 goals and 5 assists during wins over Park-Cottage Grove (16-7), Hill-Murray (15-2) and a 14-7 downing of Delano. The Big Red is off to a 6-1 start after Wednesday’s victory over Woodbury…. At the start of each season, I would always tell the varsity football squad that it would be easier for the 80 of them to adjust to one of me than vice versa — and I would definitely do it that way again…. Andrew Duxbury (Offense) and Sam Lagus (Defense) shared MVP honors for the 22-7 boys’ basketball team that placed third in the conference and second in the Section 4AAAA tourney. Duxbury, who ranks sixth in career scoring with a 1,073 points, and Joe Quinn, who holds the blocks record for a single season, made the all-conference squad. Lagus, the team’s top

The Stillwater 4x800 relay team of Abby Lange, from left, Larissa Colvin, Fiona Montie and Maria Morley finished first at the Hopkins True Team Invite on April 26. (Photos by Tony Morley at
The Stillwater 4×800 relay team of Abby Lange, from left, Larissa Colvin, Fiona Montie and Maria Morley finished first at the Hopkins True Team Invite on April 26. (Photos by Tony Morley at

defender, Aaron Romportl and sophomore Matt Anderson were honorable mention All-SEC. Lagus also received the Wes Windmiller Award…. The Ponies girls’ track team placed second at the six-team Hopkins event recently. The locals won the 4×800 relay with Fiona Montie, Abby Lange, Larissa Colvin and Maria Morley in 9:35.85 and the 4×400 relay in 4:06.66 with Montie, Morley, Shelby Litchy and Natalie Phippen passing the baton…. The Ponies boys’ thinclads received some boffo performances at the Hamline Elite Meet. Get this, sports fans, freshman Eli Krahn clocked a 4:18.59 and veteran Sean Bjork ran 4:22.3 to finish 1-2 in the 1,600 meters. Gophers-bound Eric Colvin was second in the 3,200 in 9:14.04 and Nate Bird was fifth with a fine discus toss of 160-9. Wayde Hall was eighth in the 3,200 in a time of 9:25.82…. Don’t forget to check out the Pony Classic on Saturday at SAHS. I’ll be there, so I’ll look for ya…. Show them your heels, SAHS thinclads!…. Sorry to see the passing of Reverend Thomas Phillips, former Rector at Ascension Episcopal Church in Stillwater, at age 82. Father Tom welcomed our family to town in the fall of 1971. I’ve never met a finer man…. finis


Today’s rumination #617

Youth looks ahead, middle age looks back, and old age looks tired.

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George Thole retired as head football coach at Stillwater after the 1999 season. He ranks among Minnesota’s top coaches in history with a 285-69-2 record (.805 winning percentage), including four state titles and two state runner-up finishes among 22 championship seasons. He co-authored (with Jerry Foley) “Coaching the Veer Offense,” second edition. His column appears Thursdays in the Gazette. To contact the hall of fame coach e-mail: [email protected]