Welcome to Harding High School Athletics & Activities

St. Paul, Minnesota

Richard Krueger

Graduated from Harding in 1932

Dick Krueger was born on the east side of St. Paul in a home built by his father, where he resided his entire life. He graduated from Harding in 1932 and was proud to be a member of the first graduating class. In high school, his favorite sport was football. He went on to play for the University of Minnesota where he was a member of Bernie Bierman’s famous National Championship Football Team. He was a recipient of the coveted “Hall of Fame Award” at Harding High School.

Dick worked for the St. Paul Public Schools for forty years as a teacher, assistant principal. He began his career as a physical education teacher and demonstrated his athletic prowess by walking on his hands back and forth across the gymnasium floor. In addition to teaching, he coached and officiated football, basketball, and hockey for many years. He was especially proud of his former students successes and the fact that he coached Ken Yackel, the national hockey star.

Dick married his wife Shirley in 1940 and they had three children - Kay, Rick, and Kieth who also attended Harding High School. Athletics were an important part of his entire life, he woke up at the crack of dawn to run, worked out weight lifting and swimming at the YMCA and was a devoted fan of the U of M football and basketball games.

Dr Harold J. Kieffer

Graduate from Harding in 1946

Dr Kieffer was an athlete at Hading - playing basketball and football and involved in many of the schools activities. After Harding he served in the US Navy and then attended and graduated from the Northwestern College of Chiropractic. He graduated on the east side of St. Paul.

In the early years of his practice he was contacted by coaches Landis and McDonald and asked if he would work with Harding athletes that were injured during practices or games. Harding coaches continued to use his services for tending to injured athletes for many years.

Dr Kieffer discovered that Harding was very limited in the area of rehab equipment for injured athletes and helped with the purchase of such equipments - using fees, insurance monies received, fund raising, etc. He helped in the purchase of weights, exercycles, etc.

He participated in the starting of the Harding Alumni Golf Tournament - proceeds to be used to help the Harding Athletic Department. The H Club Golf Tournament to this day is a very valuable resource for the Athletic Department.

In his year of working with the Harding students athletes, he also served as the trainer at football and basketball games and practices, taking care of the necessary needs - such as taping, wrapping, etc. Harding was blessed to have Dr Kieffer as such a “great resource” and when Dr Kieffer needed additional help - he was able to call on Dr John Larkin, an Orthopedic Surgeon for consultation. A great Harding Team!

Dr Kieffer helped Harding until the health forced him and his family to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986. He practiced in New Mexico until his death in November 2000.

Harding athletes and coaches appreciate his service and help - and no one has stepped forward to fill his void! He is missed!

Charlie Voss

Graduated from Harding in 1951

Chuck attended the “old” Harding from 1947 to 1951. During his years at Harding he excelled in both baseball and hockey. He earned many honors and awards as he was a three year letter winner in both hockey and baseball - and all conference in baseball. He participated and was active in all kinds of sports outside of harding also - bowling, hunting, fishing, and basketball. He showed his diversity and prowess by winning the city wide junior Horseshoe championship.

After graduation - Charlie played semi and pro baseball - he was a member of the St Louis Cardinals system and had great success. In 1954 he joined the Army where he continued his service he continued his baseball - by playing for many of the St Paul community teams and was a part of many championships.

In 1961 he went to work for NSP - serving as a trouble man until he retired in 1993. He was a hard worker and extremely dedicated to helping others. Whenever there was a major power outage in other states he was one of the first to volunteer to help out. That same year he met his wife to be - Virginia Froyum (Also a Harding grad - 1953) and they were married in 1962. They have four children - all Harding graduates - and three grandchildren. Charlie looks good on the wall!

Evan “Red” Odden

Graduated from Harding in 1953

Red was a three sport athlete at Harding High School. He excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He lettered in all three sports for three years and earned many honors and awards. He was all conference in football for two years, all conference in basketball, and also in baseball.

Red was not only an outstanding athlete in all three sports- but demonstrated great leadership and was selected as team captain of both the football and basketball teams.

He was very involved in school activities and very popular with his fellow classmates.

After Harding he attended Drury College in Springfield Mo and finished up at Hartford Theological Seminary in Hartford Conn. He was an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (Congregational). Red served churches in New Jersey, New York State, and also in Florida. He completed his working career as a Crime Analyst in St Petersburg Florida for the Police department.

Red is married to Leah and they have two children - a son Miles and a daughter Danielle.

One of Reds classmates wrote and said “he was one of the most outstanding athletes of the era - he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball”.

Joe Schwartzbauer

Graduated from Harding in 1960

Joe was a three sport athlete while at Harding-football, hockey, and baseball. He earned many honors and awards including being selected to the all conference teams in both hockey and baseball his junior and senior years. Harding won the city championship on both football and hockey in 1959 and 1960.

The hockey team went to the state tournament in 1958 and advances to the championship game- playing in the state was an “all time thrill”. He has four sons that he helped get started in hockey and he helped coach them on their youth hockey teams for a number of years. He has a four year old grandson he is eager to get started on hockey skates this winter.

Joe was very involved while at Harding- he was a member of the H club- he sane in the A choir and was a “King of Hearts”. Joe demonstrated his leadership abilities- he was elected as Class President, Joe now resides in Stacy Minnesota.

John Houle

Graduated from Harding in 1979

John played football and baseball- he was a fullback and linebacker in football and a catcher in baseball. He earned many honors and awards in both spots- all conference in football his junior and senior years, MVP in football, the Golden Knight Award, All Metro, All State, and selected to play in the High School All Star Football Game. He helped lead both teams to successful seasons. He was awarded the Harding H blanket his senior year.

John was a great student at Harding as he graduated number one in his class, had a great GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society, and was a Boys State Representative.He also earned the Eagle Scout Award. He demonstrated leadership throughout his Harding years- captain of the leadership team, and elected as vice president of his class.

After graduation he attended the University of Minnesota on a football scholarship. He made the traveling squad as a true freshman but suffered a neck injury that ended his playing career. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering and went on to earn a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the U of M.

John currently works for 3M as Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain & Lean Six Sigma. He has been with 3M for 21 years and has had a wide range of assignments. He is married to wife Diane and has three children- Danny, Jennifer, and Mark. John has been very active in the community over the years- coaching youth football and doing some speaking to classes at Harding.

Possibly his greatest achievement is “surviving” growing up- he grew up with eleven Houle siblings- the Houle family is one of the great Harding families!

Amy Johnson

Graduated from Harding in 1987

Amy was a three sport athlete ar Harding- Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field. She was on the varsity volleyball team for three years- selected all conference her junior and senior years and was a letter winner all three years. The volleyball team was conference champions and Twin City champions in 1986 -87. She was on the varsity basketball team grade 9-11, a three year winner, and captain her junior year.

In track and field she was four year letter winner, captain grades 11-12, and had many individual accomplishments in her four years of track.

  • Conference champ 100m hurdles 11-12 grade
  • Runner-up senior year high jump with height of 5’4”
  • Runner-up Section 3AA grade 11-12 100m hurdles
  • Conference Champion 4x400 grades 11-12
  • Grade 10-11 conference runner-up 300m hurdles
  • State participant in 86-87 100m hurdles
  • Grades 12-2nd in U of M State Indoor Meet 55m hurdles, 2nd in high jump

Amy demonstrated great leadership skills as she was selected to be a captain of all three teams she played for in all three sports. She also helped write the sports stories as well as make the storied as she was the Sagas sport editor.

Amy attended Southern Illinois University and started on the volleyball team two and one half years- leading the team in many categories- dig, kills, and ace serves. She was nominated to the Academic All-American team her sophomore and junior years.

She currently teaches Social Studies at Park High School and is the head volleyball coach there- third year. She has helped coach at Harding, Park, and was a head coach at Farmington before moving on to her present job at Park.

Lora Mangan Unwin

Graduated from Harding in 1989

Lora loved her time at harding High School. She spent five years on the swim team (starting in the 8th grade). She earned MVP status each year, broke a few pool records and went to state in the 50 freestyle. However her fondest memories are of her wonderful teammates and coaches and the fun times they had together. Lora also played four years on the varsity basketball team (coach Gunderson pulled five freshmen up to the varsity team to mold state champions). His foresight paid off, by senior year they were Twin City champions, Region 3AA champions and in the State championship tournament that they barely lost to the winning team. Again, Lora’s best memories are of all the great times with teammates and coaches.

Lora spent four fabulous years at the University of Notre Dame. The skills learned at Harding High earned her a spot on the Notre Dame women’s basketball team and the women’s swim team, but she declined and focus on her studies. She graduated in 1992 with a B.S. in chemical engineering and went to work for Exxon in Texas. She worked there for eight years and earned an MBA from the University of Houston.

In 1998 Lora married Sam Unwin and they have a daughter- Andrea and a son- Lex. She is a stay at home mom and is doing a lot of volunteer work in the schools and community.

Lora would like to recognize all of the people who helped and assisted her along the way including her parents who were active and supportive throughout the entire journey, a brother who was always there and her extended family and friends who gave time and energy to watch many games over many years, provided transportation to hundreds of practices or just plain old fashioned encouragement. She will always remember the advice of Harding teachers and coaches highlighting the importance of attitude and work-hard-play-hard mentality. Such guidance has influenced and serve her well over the years.

Lora is excited about this honor and wants to thank everyone involved in her nomination for the Harding Hall of Stars.

Harding 1981 Girls’ Basketball Team

Thank you for honoring the 1981 team. That team became the first Harding team to win 20 games in a season- finishing the season 20-4. 1981 became the third year of what was know as the jinx on the St. Paul City Champion. In 1979 Hill-Murray was the conference champion, but Central almost won the state title. In 1980 Harding was undefeated in the conference, however, Hill-Murray finished second in the state tournament. In 1981 Hill-Murray defeated Harding twice to win the conference and Harding finished second in the state tournament. We still wonder what might have happened if Sandy McGhan hadn’t been injured in the semifinal game against Duluth Central.

The team was made up of a great group of student-athletes. They were truly great students and among the best athletes in the state. Team leader Carolyn Biebighauser was a Miss Basketball Finalist and became the all time leading scorer in the St. Paul City Conference. Carolyn also established the conference record for free throw proficiency with an astounding 86.2% from the line. That record held up until 1991 when Harding’s Shannon Loelein make 63 of 69 free throws for 91.3%. That remains the conference record today.

Biebighauser led the team in scoring in all but 6 games. Sandy McGhan took the honors in those games including the region final game against Woodbury and the first 2 games of the state tournament before suffering an injury in the 4th quarter of the state semifinal. She attempted to play in the championship game but was clearly not able to play at her usual high level. McGhan had a tremendous outside shot and was also a good rebounder,. In the semifinal of the region against Alexander Ramsey, Sandy put a cap on a long uphill struggle as she hit her patented corner jumper to put the Knights ahead 55-54. She later hit 2 free throws to ice the game and send Harding to the region finals. it ended a 3 year drought which found Harding losing close games in the semifinals each time.

Biebighauser and McGhan got most of the headlines, but the team’s strength came from it’s defense and that was anchored by the outstanding guard play of Holly Pierson and Katie Wasko. The pressure they were able to apply to the opponents was invaluable. Forwards Jill Kostelnik and Ceil Conway used their quickness and athleticism to further frustrate the opposition. Centers Denise Sundall and Geri Brisson provided size and an inside presence and allowed Biebighauser to move her athletic talents to the outside where she could either shoot jumpers or slash to the basket.

The reserves Susan Schultz, Sandy Conners, and Jean Johnson made the team better by always working as hard as they could and pushing the regulars to the limit every day in practice. Their contributions can not be overlooked.

The only underclassmen on the team were juniors Ciel Conway and Sandy Conners. Sophomore Heidi Schoen was added to the tournament team after very successful season with B squad.

1981 was a magical year. The team was a close-knit group that was on a mission. After the exciting come from behind semifinal win over Alexander-Ramsey, Harding made 18 of 21 free throws and defeated defending region champ Woodbury 58-46 to qualify for the State Tournament for the first time in school history.

Neither team performed very well to advance the Knights to the State Championship Game. Harding’s superior rebounding proved to the difference. With Sandy McGhan injuring her knee in the 4th quarter, there was a cloud over the victory.

Without McGhan in the final against Coon Rapids, the Knights struggled to score and were defeated by a very solid Coon Rapids team led by Miss Basketball Dawn Anderson.

The 1981 team had nothing to hang their heads about. They achieved their goals and dreams and were a well-deserved State runner-up. Congratulations ladies. You are a very special group. Thanks for your contribution to Harding High School.