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 — Eric Carlson allows just three hits and strikes out 14 as the Stillwater baseball team defeats Forest Lake 8-2 to complete a rare three-game regular season sweep. The extra game with the Rangers is set up when White Bear Lake is forced to forfeit two conference games as the result of sanctions from a spring break trip. The victory, combined with a Mounds View victory over Park, earns the Ponies a three-way tie for the conference championship.
Girls golf — Whitney Windmiller shoots and 80 to repeat as medalist at the Section 4AA Meet at Les Bolstad Golf Course as the Ponies tie for third in the tea standings. Junior teammate Paige Bromen cards an 87 to join Windmiller in earning an individual bid to the state tournament.
Softball — Kari Boughten throws a five-inning perfect game as Stillwater dumps Spring Lake Park 10-0 at SAHS and then the Ponies climb on a bus for McKnight Fields where they rally from a four-run deficit with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to pull out a 5-4 victory over Hill-Murray in the Section 4AAA tournament. Down to her final strike with two outs in the seventh, Mallory Olson drills a liner down the left-field line to score the tying and winning runs for the Ponies.
Colleges — Ben Goodman, a 1999 Stillwater graduate, helps lead the St. John’s University men’s golf team to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships at Dornoch Golf Club in Delaware, Ohio. Goodman finishes 102nd overall in the tournament with a four-round total of 319.