Notebook: Former Pony Star Joins Gophers Coaching Team | Free


After a streak of success in two seasons as the head coach of men’s and women’s track and field at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, former Stillwater Area high school track star Colleen Sowa has joined. the coaching staff as an assistant for the University of Minnesota Track and Field Program.

Sowa previously volunteered as a pony coach from 2016 to 2018 before becoming a head coach at UWRF.

The 2020 outdoor season and the 2021 indoor championships were canceled due to COVID-19, but Sowa led the Falcons to fifth place at the 2021 WIAC outdoor track and field championships, which was the program’s best performance since 2013.

“We are delighted to welcome Colleen Sowa back to the coaching staff,” said Matt Bingle, Director of Track and Field & Cross Country at Mr. coach and really has a way to connect with the athletes who will continue to help us continue with the championships. We look forward to working with her again.

She was Colleen Kopel when she was named the recipient of the James McLaughlin Scholarship after graduating from Stillwater Area High School in 2006. She has captained the ponies in volleyball, basketball and track and field.

Sowa was also a standout performer at UWRF, winning the WIAC title in heptathlon in 2009 and qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships in 2009 and 2010. She was named a WIAC scholar in 2011. .

As a coach, Sowa also led River Falls High School to three consecutive Big Rivers Conference titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015, when she was also named District III Coach of the Year by Wisconsin Track Coaches. Association.

McCullough-Herrick finished sixth in MGA Four-Ball

Two teams with local ties placed in the top 10 in the Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Four-Ball Flight Championship on August 1-2 at Northfield Golf Club.

Paige McCullough of Stillwater Country Club and Olivia Herrick of Dellwood Country Club tied for sixth in the event with a total of 145 (74-71) over two days. Catherine Monty of White Beach Yacht Club and Paige O’Neal of Stillwater Country Club placed ninth with 148 (75-73).

Taylor Ledwein of New Prague Golf Club and Megan Welch of Brackett’s Crossing Country Club shot the lowest round by five strokes on Day 2 to finish at 133 (68-65) and claim a four stroke victory over Sophia Yoemans and Leah Herzog (67-70-137).

On the first flight, Caroline Monty of the White Bear Yacht Club and Savannah Vincent of the Stillwater Country Club placed third with a score of 150 (75-75). The teams of Gay Eggers and Sarah Bowles (74-72) from Northfield Golf Club and Kara Salava and Clare Pobanz (75-71) from Keller Golf Club are tied for first at 146.

Benning stars in Premier Girls Fastpitch All-American Game

Recent Stillwater graduate Allison Benning competed in the Premier Girls Fastpitch High School All-American Game which was televised live on ESPNU on Saturday, July 31.

The University of Oregon rookie competed for Team East, which beat Team West 3-1 in the game at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, Calif.

Benning has helped the ponies compete in three consecutive state softball tournaments, including a state championship in 2018.

Each team included 20 of the country’s top senior graduates.

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