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PJ's Perspective: Lurken scores 17 points in Kent State debut, Newton earns All-American honors

Thomas Jarosiewicz and Dylan Kubitschek of the South Washington County Thunderbolts were named recipients of this year’s Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team award for Adapted Soccer CI Division. The award recognizes student athletes who demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship, team commitment, athletic ability and leadership during the state high school tournaments. Athletes are selected to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team by a panel of coaches attending the tournament. Twenty-four awards are presented in CI and PI Divisions of Adapted Soccer.

East Ridge graduate and Luther College sophomore soccer player Anna Solheim was named to the 2013 Iowa Conference Fall All-Academic Team. To qualify for all-academic team honors, a student-athlete must be in their sophomore, junior or senior year of eligibility, have maintained a grade point average of 3.50 or greater on a 4.0 scale, have attended the school for at least a year, and be a member of the varsity team. Solheim is a nursing major with a GPA of 3.74.

The East Ridge girls hockey team will be competing in the 13th annual Schwan Cup Hockey Tournament in December. In all, 56 of the best boys and girls high school hockey teams in the Upper Midwest, Canada, and for the first time, New England, will take part in the Schwan Cup tournament, Dec. 26-Jan. 1. The tournament field is divided into four divisions each for boys and three divisions for girls. East Ridge will play in the Red Division along with Moose Lake, Fort Francis, Ontario, Northern Lakes, Sun Prairie, Wis., North Metro, Northfield and Hudson, Wis.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire freshman and East Ridge 2013 graduate Brady Hanson took first out of 100 golfers at this year’s Twin Cities Classic, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College, with 218 strokes (4-over par). He golfed as an individual for Eau Claire so his score did not count for the men’s team, which finished in third place out of 18 teams after three rounds of golf. The Blugolds led after day one and were second after day two, but finished in third with 912 strokes. The University of Manitoba won the tournament with 903 strokes while Saint John’s University (Minn.) was second with 910. The Twin Cities Classic was the Blugolds’ final tournament for the fall season. They will be back in action in the spring.

Natalie Lugg is a member of the Denison University women’s swimming and diving team. The freshman is a graduate of Woodbury High School. Denison is currently second in Division III according to the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top-25 poll. Denison recently knocked off North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) rival Kenyon in their annual dual meet.

Woodbury 2013 graduate Renard Suggs is averaging 18.2 points per game for Gillette College on 49.2 percent shooting from the field. The guard is currently second on the team in scoring and also averaging 3.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. His older brother Rickey Suggs is averaging 7.6 points per game.

East Ridge High School freshman Grant Ryerse has been selected for the second consecutive year to play at the 2014 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, taking place Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Ryerse plays placekicker for East Ridge. All American Games (AAG), Football University (FBU) and Eastbay put on the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl.

Park 2013 graduate and current Century College student-athlete Cody Newton was named NJCAA First Team All-American for Div. III men’s soccer. This season, the Century College men’s team advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament, held in Herkimer, New York for the first time in program history. At the tournament, Century fell to Maryland’s Montgomery College and beat Camden County College of New Jersey. Century finished ranked No. 6 in the final NJCAA polls. Fellow Park graduate Zach Wilmes of Century College was named to the 2013 NJCAA National All-Tournament team.

The East Ridge Gymnastics team is dedicating its season to Ally Trebesch, who died on Sept. 17, at the age of 13. As a seventh grader, Trebesch reached her first state meet in the vault last season for Woodbury High School. She planned on competing for East Ridge this season along with her sister Olivia Trebesch.

Woodbury’s Brian Kallman and Brent Kallman were among a group of 11 key players whose options have been picked up by the Minnesota United FC for the next NASL season. “We are really excited about this core group of guys we have decided to keep for the 2014 season,” said United Head Coach Manny Lagos. “We can now focus on building a successful team from this core moving forward. We have some strong pieces in place now and we will continue to build our roster for the 2014 season.” Brian Kallman will return for his eighth season with the club. Brent Kallman returns for a second season.

Park 2013 graduate and Kent State freshman Larissa Lurken is averaging 9.2 points per game for the women’s basketball team. A starter in every game, she scored a season-high of 17 points in her debut against Eastern Kentucky and has scored in double figures in five of the team’s nine games. Lurken lettered in basketball four years at Park and is the school’s all-time leading scorer. She was named All-State Honorable Mention, All-Conference, a Minnesota Miss Basketball candidate and Academic All-State her senior year.

Woodbury 2013 graduate and current Vermont freshman Kristina White went 6-for-9 from the 3-point line and scored a career-high 21 points in a win over North Florida at the TD Bank Classic Tournament recently. The six 3-pointers tied the TD Bank Classic single game record. The guard is currently averaging 12.3 points per game for the Catamounts.

Florida State senior Kassey Kallman, a Woodbury High School graduate, was named All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Kallman garnered first team accolades and is the 13th Seminole to earn first team honors. A three-time all-conference honoree, Kallman is also one of 15 semifinalists from across the country for the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer and is presented annually during a January banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. The recipients are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the NSCAA. Kallman has started all 26 games in the backline that ranks in the top 20 nationally in goals against average (7th - .482) and shutout percentage (17th - 0.577). She has helped FSU post 15 shutouts including five during the postseason when combining both ACC Tournament (2 games) and NCAA Tournament (3 games) matches. The Seminoles allowed just 13 goals this season - two fewer than the school-record set on two prior occasions in 2008 and 2012. Kallman has tallied 92 career starts in four seasons at Florida State with 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. The senior captain has five points on two goals and one assist this year with all five points coming in the NCAA Tournament.

In 2013, Kallman has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, garnered Most Valuable Player honors at the ACC Tournament and earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament team. A finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, Kallman was also honored as a second team Academic All-American by Capital One for the second year in a row. Florida State reached the College Cup final this season, taking runner-up to UCLA in the national championship game.

Sean Kangrga, of Woodbury, received the United States Tennis Association Northern Section’s 2013 Jr. Team Tennis Organizer of the Year at a banquet Nov. 22 at the Minneapolis Club in Minneapolis. The award recognizes an individual for his efforts in expanding an existing Junior Team Tennis league or developing a new league within the Section. Kangrga started summer Junior Team Tennis in Woodbury four years ago and ran winter JTT the past three winters at Wooddale Tennis & Health and through the East Ridge Athletic Association. In 2013, 18 teams and 170 kids played Junior Team Tennis during the summer and winter seasons in Woodbury. Formerly a Director of Tennis at Wooddale and now at the Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center, Formerly a Director of Tennis at Wooddale and now at the Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center, Kangrga has made Jr. Team Tennis “the thing to do” as kids from many different high schools in the area come together to play tennis together in the summer.

“He is a great communicator with both the kids and the parents about scheduling, matches and tournaments and inspires kids to play on a daily basis,” said Lisa Mushett, USTA Director of Marketing and Communications. “He has been instrumental in forming the foundation of tennis programming in Woodbury which will allow for continued growth for many years to come.”

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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