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.
Girls swimming and diving — Competing with just one senior (Hannah Rivall) in its state lineup, the Stillwater girls’ swimming and diving team scores 148 points to place seventh, which is the program’s best-ever showing at the Class AA state meet. Stillwater’s best finish came in the 200 medley relay, where Samantha Hajlo, Tavis Potter, Rachel Frederickson and Kelsey Hausken finish second while breaking their own school record with a time of 1:48.31. Frederickson also places third in the 100 butterfly and Potter finishes fifth in the 100 breastroke.
Girls soccer — Senior Renee de St. Aubin is chosen the Most Valuable Player for the Stillwater girls’ soccer team (9-5 SEC, 15-6). Brooke Hesse, Erin Flynn and Heidi O’Mara join de St. Aubin on the all-conference team.
Football — After helping the Ponies (6-1 SEC, 8-3) to their first conference football championship in seven seasons, senior quarterback Andrew Schmiesing is chosen the team’s Most Valuable Player. Jay Higgins, Paul Fortman, John Heinbigner, Aaron Stewart, Matt Jones, Rob McGarry and Josh Seipel also garner All-SEC honors. Fortman also nets All-Metro and All-State recognition.
Girls hockey — Eighth-graders Chelsey Jones and Allison Schwab notch their first-ever varsity goals while helping the Ponies to a 3-1 nonconference girls’ hockey victory over Hill-Murray.
Volleyball — Senior Heather Harvey receives All-SEC honors and is chosen the Most Valuable Player for the Stillwater volleyball team (4-10 SEC, 12-15). Harvey and Tawnya Nylund earn Academic All-State recognition.