Mike Trewick helped out as an assistant softball coach at St. Cloud Tech for the first time last spring and found out something about himself.
“I really enjoyed it last year,” Trewick said. “It was great. I really enjoyed working with the girls in the program.”
He has been hired as Tech’s new head softball coach. He replaces Sarena Diedrichs, who resigned after the season after two years as the Tigers’ head coach.
Trewick is Tech’s offensive coordinator in football and the head boys basketball coach. He has a long resume of coaching experience, including at St. Mary’s University in Winona and St. John’s University.
Trewick said he played fast-pitch softball when he was head men’s basketball coach at St. Mary’s. There wasn’t much amateur baseball, so that was his only alternative.
A Sartell and St. John’s graduate, he’s a long-time amateur baseball player who was a member of the Cold Spring Silver Springers 35-and-over team until this year.
“We’re very pleased to have him aboard,” Tech activities director Andrea Swanberg said. “He has fast-pitch playing experience, which is very big for me.”
Swanberg is a former head softball coach at Apollo and played softball at Augsburg.
“He’ll do a great job,” Swanberg said.”He’s got the background of playing in Vernon Center. That’s a really good program.”
Tech took fourth in the Central Lakes Conference last spring, going 8-6. The Tigers were 9-12 overall. They return a good nucleus, including all-conference performers Samantha Boetcher and Samantha Eisenreich.
He said he spent some time watching Tech’s summer team. He also has talked to Bob Latterell, the retired Tech Hall of Fame softball coach who led the Tigers to a state title in 1994.
“He taught me a ton of stuff,” Trewick said. “It was real helpful.”
He said Megan Foley, a Tech alum and assistant girls basketball coach, will be his assistant.
“I’m excited for it,” he said. “She’s remarkable with our athletes. I wasn’t going to do it unless she agreed to do it with me.”
Foley coach honored
Lyle Freudenberg ended a 30-plus-year coaching career when he retired as Foley’s wrestling coach after the season. Along the way, he led the Falcons to numerous state tournament appearances and won state titles in 1989, ’93 and ’94.
Boosters in Foley are having an evening to honor Freudenberg. It’s 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Jack & Jim’s Event Center in Duelm.
There is a social with a 5:30 p.m. dinner and a formal program at 6:30. Everyone is invited. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children under age 11.
The Foley Wrestling Booster Club also is seeking donations for a Coach Freudenberg Scholarship Fund.
Organizers seek commitments by Sept. 12 in order to know how many people to expect.
Contact Emmy Lou Jerek (320-293-0664) or Sabine Lefebvre (763-360-7506) for ticket information.
Every high school football team in the area attends a scrimmage Saturday. It’s a good opportunity to see how teams are shaping up before their season-opener, which is either Aug. 28 or 29 for everyone in the area.
There are two scrimmages in the St. Cloud metro area.
• Sartell is host to a scrimmage at 9 a.m. Albany and Pierz compete. “We’re a little bigger school than they are,” Sartell head coach Scott Hentges said. “But it’s always interesting.
“Both teams are well-coached and have tough kids.”
Sartell enters the scrimmage with 110 players out in grades 9-12, including 26 seniors and 20 juniors.
• Sauk Rapids also is host to a three-team scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. with Foley and Princeton.
The Storm have 18 seniors and are led by senior captains Barclay Bates (LB/FB), Cole Boughton (DT/OT), Jeremy Thorson (QB/S) and Andrew Vannnurden (C/DL).
The Sauk Rapids 10-and-under youth baseball team won the Gopher State Division II title this summer. The team, sanctioned by the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, was to be a part of pre-game ceremonies Tuesday night at Target Field.
Before the Minnesota Twins play the Cleveland Indians at 7:10 p.m., Sauk Rapids team member Eli Moilanen will throw out the first pitch. Moilanen was selected for the honor last week, said Bill Magnuson, an assistant coach on the team.
Magnuson also is Sauk Rapids’ head football coach.
Rocori Hall of Fame
The Rocori Athletic Hall of Fame has six new inductees. Included are Brian Kramer, Christy (Dold) Bell, Bob Pearson, Ed Babcock, Shari Voigt and Troy Stein, according to activities director Joel Baumgarten.
They will be honored this fall. There is a wonderful Hall of Fame area at Rocori’s new gymnasium that was donated, Baumgarten said.
Rocori begins its first season of varsity boys and girls soccer this fall. The Spartans’ boys coach is Ryan Finnefrock. He played hockey at St. John’s and is originally from Colorado, Baumgarten said.
He works in the Rocori school district at the Area Learning Center. The new girls head coach is Dave Wilke, a teacher at Paynesville.
New Tech coaches
Swanberg, the Tech AD, said she is pleased to have Katie Rusch coaching boys and girls cross country this fall.
Rusch is a former runner at Penn State.
Tech also has a new girls soccer coach, Melinda Bemis. She replaced long-time coach Eric Olson, who retired after last season.
Tech head football coach Gregg Martig allowed several of his athletes to re-take tests in the Tech Pentathlon, where a perfect score is 1,000 and gets your picture and name on a plaque in the weight room.
Two players who just missed re-took their 400-meter dashes and qualified.
“They each missed it by about a second,” Martig said.
The two are Jake Martig and Luke Muller. Jake Martig is the coach’s son and a returning starting wide receiver. Muller will be a key contributor at linebacker.
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