Natasha Wofford-Funke — Adapted soccer
She may not show up in the scoring column, but selfless efforts by Natasha Wofford-Funk defensively has been a key factor in the success of the Stillwater adapted soccer team this fall.
The sophomore has been effective all season keeping the area in front of goaltenders Dan Pehrson and Austin Harjes clear. In addition to clearing the ball from Stillwater’s end of the court, Wofford-Funke helps lead the push offensively with passes out of the zone. Her efforts have helped the Ponies hold the majority of their opponents to five goals or fewer per game this season, including a hard-fought 5-4 victory at St. Cloud on Oct. 29.
The Ponies (5-5) travel to Dakota United for a section game on Nov. 6.
Eli Krahn — Boys cross country
The Stillwater boys’ cross country team dealt with numerous injuries and other obstacles this season, but was able to maintain it standing as one of the top teams in the state while winning six of nine races, including a third-place finish at Saturday’s state meet.
Eli Krahn was not even expected to join the Ponies for the finale after missing much of the season with injury, but the sophomore worked his way back into form enough to finish as the team’s second runner in 13th place overall (16:00.6) to help the Ponies place third in the team standings. Krahn also placed eighth at the SEC Meet and third at the Section 4AA Championships.
The Stillwater Running Club will compete at the Nike Regional race on Sunday.