13 Minnesotans to be inducted into Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame
Class includes pro baseball player, NFL referee, legendary coaches and administrators
With thousands of successful students, hundreds of years of service and countless career achievements among them, 13 outstanding Minnesotans will receive the Minnesota State High School League’s highest honor and be inducted into its Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m., at the Edinburgh USA Golf and Event Center in Brooklyn Park.
“It is an honor to recognize the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees,” said Les Zellmann, president of the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors. “They are extraordinary individuals who have earned scores of state and national awards for coaching, officiating, judging, and administering high school activity programs.”
The 2011 inductees (bios can be found on the right hand side of the page under the "Related News" heading
· Geri Dirth, Coach -- Apple Valley High School Girls’ Track and Field, Girls’ Cross Country Running, and Girls’ Basketball
· Donald Fosburgh, Coach/Judge -- St. Peter High School Speech and Debate
· Nancy Grimes, Assistant Principal for Arts and Sciences -- Apple Valley High School
· Zigurd “Ziggy” Kauls, Coach -- Mounds View High School Boys’ Basketball
· Michael Kingery, Multi-Sport Athlete/Pro Baseball Player -- Atwater High School
· James Kovaleski, Athletic Official -- Waconia Public Schools
· Norman Kragseth, Multi-Sport Athlete/NFL Official -- Duluth Central High School
· Milan Mader, Coach -- Lakeville North High School Girls’ Gymnastics, Girls’ Volleyball, and Track & Field
· Robert Nangle, Athletic Administrator -- Pipestone Area High School
· Thomas Saterdalen, Coach -- Bloomington Jefferson High School Boys’ Hockey and Boys’ Tennis
· Charles Scanlon, Coach -- Apple Valley High School Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Hockey
· Dean Verdoes, Coach/Athletic Director -- Henry Sibley High School Boys’ Soccer, Basketball and Golf
· R. Eugene “Lefty” Wright, Coach/Athletic Official -- St. Louis Park High School Track & Field and Cross Country
The League’s Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo, was started in 1991. The inductees were chosen through a multi-level selection process that included League member schools and a committee of athletics, fine arts, and educational leaders. This year’s induction brings the Hall of Fame membership to 186.
In addition to honoring the 2011 inductees, the League will present Awards of Merit to: Gary Parker, gymnastics official from Fridley; Bill Lester, executive director of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission; KSTC-TV, Channel 45, the League’s broadcast partner; and Wells Fargo, the premier sponsor of the League.