Welcome to Harding High School Athletics & Activities

St. Paul, Minnesota

Steve Lee

Graduated from Harding in 1940

Steve Lee was a three sport athlete at Harding. He played football, basketball, and baseball. He led many teams to championships during his tenure.

He was one of the city’s leading prep guards in basketball and an All-City left halfback in football. In an article it was stated, “that as a rosy-cheeked midget, he had been a sparkplug for Harding since starting his playing career in 1935”. He also played shortstop on the baseball team and although he was only 5’8”, he had a strong bat, hitting doubles and triples consistently. He was frequently written up as a player to watch. Steve was named to the All City basketball team in 1938 and All City football team in 1939.

An article was written in 1939 that said “Steve Lee was a kid who helped place Harding on the St. Paul athletic map”. He continuously displayed good sportsmanship, fair play, cooperation, aggressiveness, determination, and a will to win in every form of athletic contest in which he participated. Steve entered Harding a rugged little fellow but with four years of skillful, courageous, and brilliant playing, he headed up the list of top athletes.

His career brought him six All-City berths in football, basketball, and baseball. But it was his thoughtfulness for his teammates, his modesty, and his fine sportsmanship that endeared him to the coaches and students of Harding High School. Steve was truly recognized as an “All Star” at Harding.

Marty Lee

Graduated from Harding in 1944

Marty Lee was a three sport athlete at Harding High School. He earned 12 letters in his four years. He was known as a player who could be counted on to take the team to victory and soon became the player to watch.

According to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, he was known for his “Razzle Dazzle” moves and as a “Speedster” in football. He was once referred to as a 155 pound package of Dynamite!

As a basketball player, he was named on the City All-Star Team.

Marty was best known for his baseball career at Harding where he dominated as a catcher and hitter, making All City honors as a number of times.

After graduating from Harding at the age of 17, he entered WWII. After WWII ended, he returned to Winona State where he played football and baseball. He was known as the “homer-hitting catcher” and held the single season batting record for 10 years.

Marty was sought after by both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. He played Minor League Baseball for the White Sox after the Korean War. During the Korean War, he played baseball for US Navy in Cuba.

His professional baseball career ended with a shoulder injury. He graduated from Winona State, earning a BS Degree in Education before returning to St. Paul as a High School Teacher and Coach. He taught History and Social Studies as well as coached Football, Basketball, and Track at Humboldt High School for 27 years.

I guess you could say “High School Sports” were always a big part of his life!

Alvin Markfort

Graduated from Harding in 1977

Alvin was a three sport athlete at Harding, participating in football, basketball, and track.

He played varsity football his junior and senior year and was a captain of the team his senior year. He was All Conference and established the all-time conference season and career receiving records. He was a favorite target for Mark Mauer. Alvin went on to receive a football scholarship to Nebraska where he had a two year career.

like, football, Alvin competed on the varsity basketball team both his junior and senior years and was a captain of the team his senior year.

He was a speedster in track, participating all three years. He was a captain his senior year.

After college, Alvin came back to the St. Paul area and has been working in the Electrical field for 30 years. He is married to his wife, Bunny, of 20 years and they have six grandchildren.

Craig Farrell

Graduated from Harding in 1980

Craig was a three sport athlete while at Harding. He played football, hockey, and baseball.

During his football career, he played quarterback and was captain his senior year.

Craig was also a fantastic hockey player. A true highlight for him was participating in the State Tournament his junior year.

He was a two year starting third baseman on the baseball team.

Craig was voted most athletic by his peers his senior year and rounded out his career by named athlete of the year.

After high school, Craig attended Lakewood Community College. He went on to Northwestern Electronics Institute to pursue an Electronics Degree. For the past 20 years, Craig has been employed with USA Mobility as a Wireless Technician.

He resides in Oakdale with his wife Denis and their two children, Ashlee and Justin. Through the years, Craig has stayed active in sports, playing softball and caching his son in various sports.

Bill Taleen

Graduated from Harding in 1981

Bill was a three sport athlete for Harding. He played football, hockey, and baseball.

During his football career, Bill was a three year letter winner on the Varsity team. He played in the 18979 State Hockey Tournament where he scored a goal in the 5-3 loss to Rochester JM as a sophomore. He was All-Cty his senior year, and a member of a two time WCCO Radio Prep Parade Team of the Week his senior year. He was also number ten in total points scored in a season with 31.

During his baseball career, he was a three year starter on the Varsity Team.

Bill rounded out his Athletic Career at Harding by being awarded the “H” Blanket for most outstanding male athlete at Harding.

After high school, Bill went on to college and he is currently a Minneapolis Public School Teacher, there he also coaches baseball and handles AD duties. He has also coached football and baseball at Highland Park, working for John Hiller and Don Harnish, who he considers to be two great influences. He also coached the Minneapolis Roosevelt hockey team to a consolation championship in the 1992 Class “A” State Tourney.

Bill is married to his wife Jolene. They have two children. He now enjoys coaching and watching his kids in their athletic careers.

Jenny Kettering Doerfler

Graduated from Harding in 1991

Jenny was a three sport athlete at Harding. She participated in soccer, basketball, and softball. Jen was captain of the soccer team and was All Conference three years.

After graduating from Harding, Jenny went on to attend Augsburg College to continue her education and athletics. She played on the basketball team her freshmen year and played soccer for three years. After a serious car accident, Jenny was unable to continue with playing soccer, so instead, along with some friends, re-established cheerleading at Augsburg. Jenny was a cheerleader for the football team for two seasons and coached the team for one additional season while also becoming a cheerleading judge.

Since finishing college, Jenny has continued her athletic ventures, playing volleyball, rugby,  touch football, running 5K and 10K’s, and triathlons. She hopes to continue running and triathlons in the future.

Kelly Brown Magnuson

Graduated from Harding in 1994

Kelly played volleyball and softball for Harding from 1989-1994.

Kelly participated on the varsity volleyball team all four years. As a freshman, she played in the State Volleyball Tournament. She earned All Conference honors junior and senior years, and was also named All State Honorable Mention her senior year. She was a team captain her senior year.

Kelly was also an outstanding pitcher and outfielder on the softball team. She lettered her sophomore, junior, and senior years, was All Conference her junior and senior year. She was also captain of the softball team her senior year.

More important than the accolades she earned during her high school athletic career, Kelly developed a respect for what she learned about dedication, perseverance, integrity, and team.

After high school, Kelly went to Century College and shortly after,started her career in Real Estate. After spending over 10 years in Real Estate, she pursued a new challenge in the staffing industry, where she is currently as a Director of the Engineering and IT division.

Kelly is married to her high school sweetheart, Rick. They have a 7 year old daughter, Molly. Together, they enjoy watching her as she develops into a young athlete.

The 1980 Harding Softball Team

Coached by Ken Mauer

Girls’ fast pitch became an official Harding High School sport in the spring of 1978 and in 1980, the Harding High School Girls’ team was runner-up at the Minnesota High School League State Tournament. During the 1980 season, the team captured the City Title with a remarkable 17-0 record and opened the regional playoffs with an impressive 11-2 win against Derham Hall. The semi-final game was against South Saint Paul, a team that in the past two years had stopped the momentum of the Knights. In 1980, the Harding team dominated that game with a 6-3 win and then with a 10-5 win against F.B. Kellogg, the Knights captured the team’s first Region 3AA tournament title. At the State Tournament, the Knights dominated their first game and then had a dog fight to win their second or semi-final game. The game was exciting with spectacular pitching from Mary Lee Hanson Nelson and Ceil Conway Wicker and impressive defensive plays by many players. In the end, the team lost 2-1 in 10 innings.

The 1980 Girls’ Softball Team was coached by Ken Mauer and John Zustiak was the assistant coach. This team was made up of talented individuals that were the result of great feeder programs from Parkway, Hazel Park, and Battle Creek with many of the players participating in softball since the age of 9. Most of the team had played slow pitch. The team members included Carolyn Biebighauser, Sandy McGahn, Judy (Shimon) Dean, Mary Lee (Hanson) Nelson, Terri (Hardman) Kincaid, Ceil (Conway) Wicker, Geri (Brisson) Renner, Cherly Anderson-Stramel, Holly (Pierson) Connors, Shelly (Thein) Arndt-Berntson, Melissa (Kroening) Orsello, Lee Ann (Kohrt) Garhofer, Lynn (Godleski) Leverty, Patti O’Brien, and Lisa Segelstrom.