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.
Memories — Friends, family and colleagues remember retired Stillwater teacher and coach Len “Mick” McGuire, who passed away at the age of 77. In addition to coaching the Stillwater boys’ tennis team to a state championship in 1960, McGuire coached the Ponies to several championships in boys and girls skiing. He is a member of the St. Croix Valley Athletic Hall of Fame, the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame and the tennis and skiing coaches association hall of fames.
Girls tennis — Stillwater’s first and second doubles teams of Jenna Wieden-Megan Scully and Gracia Tharp-Katie Scully claim titles at the Hibbing Invitational.
Football — Kicker Paul Fortman ties a school record with 10 kicking points (two field goals, 41 and 42 yards and four PATs) and Andrew Schmiesing throws three touchdown passes as Stillwater spoils Roseville’s homecoming with a 34-13 victory. John Heinbigner catches five passes for 149 yards and the defense limits the Raiders to just three yards of offense in the first 21 minutes of the game.
Volleyball — Heather Harvey finishes with 21 kills and 35 digs as the Ponies win three of four matches to place second in the St. Paul Academy Tournament. Stillwater’s only loss came against St. Peter in the finals.
Girls soccer — Amanda Piatti scores with less than three minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Stillwater girls’ soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Park. Goalkeeper Heidi O’Mara makes six saves to notch the shutout.