Prep notebook: All-star game has area flavor

Prep notebook: All-star game has area flavor


Prep notebook: All-star game has area flavor


Dwight Lundeen has been through this routine before. But it’s not getting old, by any means.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Lundeen said.

The Becker head football coach has been selected to coach in the Minnesota State Football Coaches Association All-Star Game for a second time.

“I guess they are recycling some of us old codgers,” Lundeen quipped.

Lundeen coached the Outstate All-Stars to a victory in ’95 under a format that changed last year.

The teams are now divided by north and south, with the line drawn through the Twin Cities. Lundeen is the head coach of the North All-Stars. They play at 1 p.m. June 29 at St. Cloud State’s Husky Stadium after spending the week practicing at St. John’s University.

This time around, Lundeen gets to coach with Tom Chirhart and Mike Lundeen. Chirhart is a retired Becker assistant who was a part of Lundeen’s staff for 35 years. Mike Lundeen is his son, a longtime assistant and will help run the offense.

In ’94, Lundeen coached his son Matt Lundeen, a quarterback who is now head coach at Redwood Valley.

Lundeen also gets to coach his top player, wide receiver Brett Watercott. Watercott was the Times’ player of the year and is headed to Augustana on a football scholarship.

There are seven area athletes on the North roster. They are: Pierz running back Josh Lanners, St. Cloud Tech running back Jacob Peterson, Rocori linebacker Adam Dingmann, Rocori defensive lineman Nick Thorpe, Melrose defensive lineman Mitchel Niehaus and Sauk Rapids offensive lineman Trevor Waldorf.

Lanners was the Brainerd Dispatch’s player of the year. Peterson is headed to North Dakota State. Dingmann and Thorpe are headed to Minnesota-Duluth.

Niehaus has committed to St. John’s and Waldorf will attend St. Cloud State.

Lundeen also looks forward to coaching Osseo running back Bridgeport Tusler, who was The Associated Press’ player of the year and is headed to South Dakota State.

The North All-Stars also have three players from Totino-Grace: defensive back Charlie Miller, linebacker Kurt Mattox and offensive lineman John Bednarczyk.

Lundeen was elected into the coaches’ association hall of fame in 2009. He has a 309-142 career record at Becker and is the only head football coach in school history.

He’s a 1969 graduate of St. Cloud State originally from Cokato. He has led Becker to 19 conference and 14 section titles, including 2012, along with being a part of six Prep Bowls.

The South head coach is Hutchinson’s Andy Rostberg. One of his assistants will be his father, hall-of-famer Grady Rostberg.

It’s the 40th annual all-star game and 51st overall.

Lundeen said he plans to install Becker’s offensive schemes because it is what he knows and how he can best adjust to the opposition. He has a week to install it.

“What I discovered in ’94 is that the learning curve is fast,” Lundeen said.”We put in a lot of our offense.

“You have high-end kids who know how to play the game.”

More all-stars

The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-Star series is at Halenbeck Hall this week. Included on the four 10-person teams is Rocori’s Jonah Eisenschenk.

The 31st annual series tips off at 7 p.m. Friday. A second game follows. Before each game are three-point shooting and dunk contests.

Eisenschenk plays for the Green team that plays the Blue team at about 8:45 p.m. The 6-foot-5 forward is headed to Minnesota-Duluth.

The Maroon team plays the Gold at 7 p.m. The Gold team is coached by Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa’s Dave Montbriand and Brian Goodwin.

The teams also play at 2:15 and 4 p.m. Saturday at Macalester College in St. Paul.

Here is a list of players in the series who are known to have committed to Division I colleges:

* Joe Aase, a 6-8 center from Austin (Davidson)

* Anders Broman, 6-2 guard from Lakeview Christian (South Dakota State)

* Riley Dearring, 6-5 forward from Minnetonka (Wisconsin)

* Logan Doyle, 6-8 center from Alexandria (South Dakota State)

* Quinton Hooker, 6-0 guard from Park Center (North Dakota)

* Zach Lindquist, 6-4 guard from Mahtomedi (Air Force)

* Reggie Lynch, 6-9 center from Edina (Illinois State)

* Ben Oberfeld, 6-9 center from Eastview (Bucknell)

* Carson Shanks, 7-0 center from Prior Lake (Utah State)

* Bridgeport Tusler, 6-0 guard from Osseo (South Dakota State for football)

Here is a list of known Division II commitments:

* Tom Aase, a 6-5 forward and Joe’s twin brother from Austin (Sioux Falls)

* Garrison Gillard, 6-3 guard from Maranatha Christian (Minnesota-Duluth)

* Nate Huot, 6-1 guard from Dawson-Boyd (Southwest Minnesota State)

* Kebu Johnson, 6-4 guard from Blake (Sioux Falls)

* Aaron Lien, 6-5 forward from Moorhead (Minnesota State-Moorhead)

* Mike Millard, 6-3 forward from Fergus Falls (Minnesota State-Moorhead)

* Jake Wilson, 6-6 forward from Zimmerman (Minnesota-Duluth)

Other known commitments:

* Isaiah Hanson, 6-4 forward from Maranatha Christian (Colorado Christian)

* Peter Kruize, 6-8 center from St. Peter (Gustavus)

* Austin Rambow, 6-5 forward from Willmar (Valley City State)

At least two area athletes were invited but declined to participate because of vacations: Melrose’s Scottie Stone and Sartell’s Patrick Fischer.

Stone is headed to St. Cloud State. Fischer will attend Bemidji State.


* Sauk Rapids senior Jake Lynch has committed to the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie to play football for the Blue Devils. Lynch, a running back, is also an outstanding sprinter who plans to run track for UW-Stout.

* Former Times’ two-time player of the year Karli Persson has been named the MIAC pitcher of the week. Persson, a freshman right-hander from Albany, is 5-4 with a 1.43 earned-run average for Bethel.

The Royals are off to a 9-7 start. Persson has 50 strikeouts and 24 walks in 54 innings.


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