Welcome to Harding High School Athletics & Activities

St. Paul, Minnesota

Ed(Eddie)Kohn

Graduated from Harding in 1956


Ed was an all around Harding athlete. He was a “ four “ sport athlete, football,hockey,baseball and track. In football he played center and the hockey he was the goalie for four years. In baseball he was a catcher and he wrapped up the year by also running on the track team. In hockey he helped the team win conference and region championships and helped the team advance to the state tournament.

Ed earned many honors and awards. Going to state as the sophomore goalie was one his highlights. He was also named to the all-city team. He earned letter in all four sports and really enjoyed his Harding days with his teammates and coaches, especially John Rossi, his hockey coach.

After Harding, Ed joined the army and served two years and felt it was a good learning experience. After his service days,he attended Dunwoody Institute and became an electrician. He was an electrician by day and taught electrical maintenance at Rosemount Vo-Tech for several years. He enjoyed teaching and sharing  his skills and his students. After 33 years

he retired in 1996 and became a man of leisure.

He married Eileen DEmulling in 1960 and they have three great children,Jane, Michael, and Richard. They have been blessed with six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He enjoys sharing his past glories and experiences and seeing them progress and develop their skills.

Ed treasures all the memories from Harding and thank everyone-- family,friends and God ---for all the success he have achieved


Tom Mauer

Graduated from Harding in 1978


Tom was a three sport athlete at Harding- playing football,basketball, and baseball.He played on some very fine teams and he contributed greatly to all of them. In football he was a quarterback and led his team with great skill and enthusiasm- he was very competitive and his competitiveness inspires the rest of his team mates. In Tom’s senior season the city conference was expanded to include Cretin, Hill Murray and St Thomas and the competition got much tougher! Tom followed his brother Mark as the starting quarterback his senior year and did a great job and had a fine season.

Tom was a guard on the basketball team- like football-playing all four seasons and being very successful. He was very team oriented and was able to direct the offense and keep all member of the team involved. Tom was able to help get the ball often enough to Pat Bowlin- as Pat led the conference in scoring. Tom was short in stature but he loved to go inside- he had a “favorite” hook shot that he loves to get off.

In baseball Tom also performed very well and was a leader and had great seasons on the Harding diamond-he was solid  on both offense and defense. Tom was blessed as he came from a “great” athletic family that played or participated in all sports and he was weaned on sport skills from day one- and he developed into a very fine athlete.

Post Harding - Tom main thrust probably was his venture into officiating- again following in a family tradition -officiating many sports- and also developing into one of the finesr pffocofa;s omm the Minnesota area- high school, college , and pros -great at all levels

Toms is now employed at Concordia University as the assistant athletic director and assistant baseball coach. He has been an important cog in Concordia’s growth and expansion- moving into Division 2 and building many new facilities - including their new football ,soccer  and track stadium. Tom also has been very supportive of Harding - and has been very supportive of Harding- and has helped many times and many ways


Karen Shimon Erickson

Graduated from Harding  in 1983

Karen is a “swimmer”! She started swimming at Harding her freshman year and continues to this day.She was on the Harding swim team all four years and had a great career -she set eight school records and 27 years later she still holds the record in three events. She was All Conference all four years, conference champion eight times,and regional champion seven times.

Not only was Karen a winner, but also a leader. She was team captain her junior  and senior years. She won or earned numerous awards- MVP all four years , Washington  Spirit Trophy for outstanding swimmer in the conference, All Star Swimmer her senior year,Prep Star of the week(WMIN), and Young Achiever Award(WCCO). Her senior class recognized her and “Most Athletic”. Judging by her accomplishments , they were right.

    After Harding, she attended Hamline University and was on the swim team for four years and was All American seven time and placed 4th in the NCAA111 400 IM and 6th placed in the 1650 freestyle. She graduated with a BA in Physics and a teaching license. After graduation , she taught and coached in Rochester, where she had much success. In the fall of ‘91 she returned to the U of M and receives a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and became a licensed Professional  Civil Engineer working in the Twin Cities.

    She continues her swimming and is now involved in underwater hockey, where she has competed successfully around the world.  Her husband Ben is also involve and together they have had much success in underwater hockey. She took an underwater scuba diving class from Mrs. Knutsen her senior year and became certified and has used that training to dive all over the world and see life below the surface.


Kristin Montbriand Lynch

Graduated from Harding in 1992


Kristin was a three sport athlete at Harding -played in soccer,basketball, and softball. She was All Conference and lettered in soccer, earning all state honors her senior year. She was on the varsity basketball team three years ,lettered all three years and enjoyed trips to the state tournaments in 1990 and 1991. She felt blessed to be on teams that include Shannon Loblein and Cara Person. One of her not so fond memories is when Cara broke her nose going for a rebound - but she continued in with a nose guard for the next six weeks.

    She played softball for all four years, and lettered her junior and senior years. Kristin was active in student council, participated in many of the events and projects that the student council managed during the year.

    After Harding, she became the first graduate of the Eastside Soccer Club to become a coach and referee. She attend the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and graduated with a major in sociology and a minor in criminal justice.

    Today she is married to Cory Lynch- and they have two children- Jake(9) and JAson (5). She and her husband own a temporary staffing company , and are very involved in coaching their boys sports teams in Oakdale.


Steve Bowlin

Graduated from Harding in 1985

Steve is truly a member of a “ Harding Family”. His father and several brothers all were great athletes at Harding and all were loyal Harding Knights. Steve was a three sports athlete- competing in football,basketball, and baseball. He earned seven varsity letters, was all conference in football and baseball and capped his Harding career as the H blanket winner his senior year.

Steve was the quarterback both his junior and senior years and led the Knights in passing yardage, becoming second in Hardin history in pass completion. He was a fiery competitor and carried over to his teammates. I basketball he also was a leader and a tough competitor , averaging 10 points per game and playing tough defense on his opponents. On the Baseball field, Steve was was starting catcher for the Knights for three years and was a mainstay on the team. He batiin average of over 350 all three years

After Harding, Steve attended North Hennepin Community College where he led them as a quarterback and catcher for two very successful years. He led the football to a second place finish in the state his final year and the baseball team to a region champion and a berth in the junior college World Series.

Today Steve is the proud parent of two wonderful daughters ,Deanna and Sammantha. He is the owner/operator of Chlorinated Water Supply Company- that specializes in water delivery for pools,spas and ice rinks. Steve looks good on the wall with his father and older brother!

John O’ Connell

Graduated from Harding in 1988

John has earned his way up on the “wall” at Harding for not only his athletic accomplishments- but also for his continued valuable contributions and support of Harding and Harding athletes.

John has not only help as a coach but he has mentored and supported many of our students athletes over the years. If you wish to see him in action ,play in the H club golf tourney or attend a football game- John contributes!  

He grew up playing sports on the eastside- baseball and football at Parkway and Battle Creek and later with the East Twins. He was involving in many successful kids team and moving to Harding playing football and baseball- and having his most success in his four years on the baseball team.

After Harding- John has coached at many levels not only at Harding, but also in the community. Professionally- he has worked in the media business for a number of years and presently is the Director of Marketing for the MInnesota Timberwolves. In the fall you can find John n the football field coaching and encouraging our kids. His contributions to Harding are “ much” appreciated!



Jessica Wittgenstein

Graduated from Harding in 1993

Jessica is also of a “ Harding “ family- many of the Wittgenstein’s have been mainstays in the Harding athletic community! Jess was a four sport athlete at Harding, she participated in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball.  She played volleyball her freshman year and sophomore years, had an injury her junior year , and then moved to soccer her senior year and cracked the starting line up and lettered.Jess was on the varsity basketball team for three years earning three letters and being selected to the all conference team her senior year. In 1991 her sophomore year she was a key reserve on the state tourney team and during her senior year had many key performances and was recognized by the Pioneer Press for her outstanding play.

    In softball Jessica was a two time letterwinner and was selected to the All -Region team both her junior and senior years. In these tournaments she hit over 400 and led the team in RBI’s both years. She was all conference her senior year.

    She wrapped her Harding career by receiving the Harding H Blanket Award as the outstanding female athlete of the year.

    After Harding, she attended and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Physical Education and Coaching. She currently works for an insurance agency in the Lake Elmo area and also for the City of St. Paul  Park and Rec department. Jess also has been involved in coaching many “kid” sport teams in the St.Paul area.



The 1954 Harding Hockey Team

Coached by John Rossi


The 1954 Harding Hockey team coached by John Rossi and assistant coach Dave Peterson had an impressive 16 wins- 6 losses  and four ties. They won the “Triple Crown”- the city conference title, twin city title, and capped it off by winning the region title and advancing to the state tournament. They played many thrilling games and it was a very talented team with many exciting players. One of their high-light game was in the region finals- they defeated arch rival Johnson 2-0 to move on to the state tourney- this game is still talked about today around the east side.

The team lost the first game of the season to northern powerhouse Eveleth- but then during the season ran off 12 consecutive wins before losing in the first game i the state to nemesis Eveleth- who went on to win the state championship. Harding then won their next two games and become consolation state champions.

The team was captained by Dick Jinks and the 1st line- Dick jinks,Bob Lundgren,Dick Kinderman -2nd line- Don Miller, Bill Crandall ,Roger Flaten.

Defense - Jim Conard , Earl Kennicutt, Jim Ecker, Jerry Schottmuller. Goalies- Dale Carmichael and Ed Kohn.

Selected to the All City Team-Dick Jinks, Bob Lundgren, and Ed Kohn. Jinks and Lundgren led the conference in scoring and Jinks was also named to the state team.

Dave Peterson- the assistant coach and Harding grad- later went on to coach Mpls Southwest to many conference and state titles. He also went on to be a coach of the United States Hokey Teams.

Coaches Rossi and Peterson and players Jinks, Kennicutt, Ecker, and Schottmuller are longer with us- but with us in spirit- and missed!