Welcome to Harding High School Athletics & Activities

St. Paul, Minnesota

Dale R. Carmichael

Graduate from Harding in 1954

Dale was a three sport athlete at Harding-he played football, hockey, and golf. He was very involved in school activities at Harding -Student Council Noon Patrol, H Club, and Harding Improvement Club. The Harding Hockey Team his senior year were conference Champions, Twin City Champions, Region Champs, and went on to State tourney where they finished as Consolation Champions.

After graduation, Dale joined the U.S. Air force and was a member for the years 1956-1960. While in the Air force-he participated on the hockey and baseball service teams.

He attended St. Cloud State University-1960-1965. Dale Played football and hockey at St. Cloud and the 1962 hockey team was undefeated. He majored in Business Education -with a minor in Physical Education.

After graduating from SCSU, Dale went on to have a great teaching and coaching career in several high schools. We will forgive Dale for his years teaching and coaching at Johnson-where he taught and coached football and hockey from 1967 to 1980. He then moved to Central-teaching and coaching from 1980-2000.

Dale has been very involved in St. Paul and Minnesota hockey for a number of years-as a goal judge, a rep for the WCHA Final Five, and other hockey stuff.

He has been inducted into the Harding Hall of Stars as a member of the 1954 Harding hockey team and also inducted into the St. Cloud Hall of Fame as a member of the 1962 St. Cloud Hockey Team.

Dale has been teaching part-time at Harding the past few years and the Harding kids enjoy seeing his picture on the wall!

Chris (Sonny) Nicosia

Graduate from Harding in 1957

Sonny was very involved at Harding-athletically he played three sports-football for three years as a running back. defensive back and all-conference his senior year. He played hockey two years as a  defenseman and was a member and letterwinner all four years in track. He participated in four events-high jump, broad jump, pole vault, 100 yard dash, and the 880 yard relay.

He was involved in student council, MC of the Snow Days, member of the H Club and a very popular Harding Knight.

After Harding, he attended the University of Minnesota and later married his high school sweetheart-Roxanne Blank-for 53 years and continuing!

Sonny started in business at age 20-Mobil Gas Station, moved into excavating business. then purchased a Chemical Mfg. business until 2002.

During his business years, he also was elected to the St. Paul City Council and represented the East Side for eleven years.

He is retired, traveling, and enjoying his seven grandchildren and 3 “great” grandchildren.

Sonny looks good on the wall!

Jim Olszewski

Graduated from Harding in 1958

Jim was a three sport athlete at Harding-he played football, hockey, and baseball. He was the quarterback of the football team and was also on thee defense.

He was a center on the hockey team-the Harding hockey team went to the state championship game losing to Roseau 1-0. The hockey team had a great season and Jim was selected to the All-Conference team and the All-State team his senior year. Jim was also a very good baseball player and earned honors.

Jim was active in school activities-Student Council member, Saga Rep, Gym Leader, and a member of the Archery Club.

After Harding he joined the Marines and served for four years. Jim chose to be involved in sales for his life-career.

One of Jim’s friends recalled that he was an amazing athlete-he played three sports, played them well, and was honored for all three.

Jamie Sherwood

Graduated from Harding in 1978

Jamie was a two-sport athlete at Harding-playing football and baseball. He played football for three years, lettering his junior and senior years. He played baseball for three years, also lettering his junior and senior years-in doing so, he helped the baseball team win the St. Paul City Conference and the Twin City baseball championships.

Jamie was very involved in Harding activities-Beacon staff, Homecoming, Snow Days, and probably the highlight of his Harding career, the Powder Puff football coach!

After Harding, Jamie attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and was a member of the River Falls football team for three years. Jamie returned to Harding as a 9th grade football coach, winning the 9th grade championship in 1984, He also assisted in coaching the Harding softball team for four seasons,guiding them to the City conference title in 1984.

Jamie has held a variety of educational positions-teachers, coach, and administrator, at a number of area schools since 1983. He has earned several degrees and received many honors and awards for his work. Last year he was selected as Minnesota Athletic Administrator of the year.

Jamie is presently Director of Athletics & Activities at Wayzata High School. He is assisted by his wife, barb. Jamie and the Sherwood family have contributed greatly to the Harding community.

Dawn Gilles Kroohn

Graduated from Harding in 1993

Dawn’s parents, Scott (‘69) and Margie Gilles, encouraged her to try out for the Harding swim team after a swim lesson instructor, Harding swimmer and Hall of Stars inductee Lora Mangan, said she swam pretty fast for a 12 year old. Dawn joined the team as a 7th grader and spent six seasons competing with commitment and determination. She placed in many conference swimming events, including 2nd in the 100 Fly and 3rd in 100 Back in ‘92 , and she held school records for a time. Her highest swimming accomplishment came when she was awarded the Roger Bosveld Spirit Award,voted on by conference coaches and given to one outstanding senior female swimmer in the St. Paul City Conference.

Dawn was also a notable competitor in Cross Country Skiing and Track, medaling in various races and events, including a first place finish in the conference in Shot Put (‘93). Her highest accomplishment ini skiing certainly was meeting her wonderful husband of 13 years, Chris Kroohn (‘92).

Her modest athletic accomplishments show just a portion of what was gained through Dawn’s participation as a student-athlete. Opportunity to develop as a leader and teammate, to give her all athletically and academically, and strive toward goals  are invaluable skills she developed at Harding. A young women of strong faith, she also grew in character and spiritual maturity as she lived out her Christian faith among her peers. These are skills she still uses today in her volunteerism and leadership at Camp Cherith, in her job as a third grade teacher at New Life Academy in Woodbury, and in her daily life as wife and mom to three sons.

Sarah IIIi

Graduated from Harding in 1997

Sarah began her swimming career at the age of three, taking summer lessons at the harding pool. Many chlorinated-years later, swimming laps with her grandparents and training with a metro swim club, she returned to Harding as an eighth grad member of the Varsity swim team. Sarah was a dedicated athlete and earned All-conference honors for five consecutive years. She was a versatile swimmer and held school records in multiple events. Sarah was an enthusiastic teammate and influenttial Captain. In her senior year, Sarath set the conference record for the 100 yard Breaststroke and was voted by the conference coaches as Swimmer of the Year for her athletic achievements and leadership contributions. In the off-season, Sarah continued training, staffed the Athletic Department concession stand and worked at the Harding pool as a swimming instructor and lifeguard.

Sarah also did her homework. She was a diligent student and active member of multiple school organization. She was Valedictorian of her graduating class and, crediting tremendous support from her family, coaches, and teachers. She went on to attend Washington University, where she continued her swimming career and earned a degree in Civil Engineering. In 2001, she joined AmeriCorps and was placed in Washington DC to support Habitat for Humanity. Following her service term, Sarah returned home and began her career in engineering. She has earned certification as a Registered Professional Engineering in the State of Minnesota and currently works as an engineering consultant and project manager, specializing in the remediation of environmental contamination.

Sarah is a proud child of Harding athlete/grads, Frank and Paula(Slavin). Her younger brother , David and sister in law Katie( Fehrman) were also Harding athletes/grads. She is close with her family and grateful for all the time they logged in hot,humid bleacher seats. Sarah currently lives in the cities and enjoys summers at the Lake, traveling when she can, and an occasional Triathlon.

Rich Mayen

Coached from 1981-2011

Rich was born in St.Paul and grew up on the East Side. He started his coaching career at St.Pascal’s in 1964. Throughout his time there, he coached football,boys’ and girls’ track, and was the Athletic Director.

In 1975 he became the 9th grade and assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach at Hill- Murray High School where he coached for 5 years.

He started his coaching career at Harding in 1981, as the first 9th grade boys’ basketball coach. In 1991,he began assisting with the girls’ softball program, coaching with the Varsity and JV teams.

Also in 1991, Rich was inducted into the 25 year club for coaches by the Minnesota  State High School Coaches Association, which he is a life member of.

Rich not only has been a great coach at Harding for years, but he also has contributed greatly in many other ways. HE has worked hard to help develop our softball facilities and has helped maintain the softball field during the seasons.  

1972 Harding Track Team

Coached by Mike Kissell

The 1972 Harding track team was led by 24 seniors- and they had an incredible record of never losing a dual meet-city, or conference meet in their three years of competing.

The ‘72 team took first place in the City Conference and first place in the St.Paul Relays. Not only was the varsity track team of ‘72 champions , the B track team completed their season undefeated and won the district championship.

This outstanding track team was made up of many outstanding individuals who had great season and careers. The mile relay took third place in the state meet.

All- Conference team members:Mike Reiling, Mike Cherry, Don Hudon, Ray Boche, Dave Cooper, Bruce Lampright, and George Ravey.

Looking at the meet scores, you can tell how dominate this team was. They defeated Washington 125-23, Mechanic Arts 124-35, Highland Park 94-62, Johnson 110-47, Fridley 86-47, Cretin 91 ½-31 1/2 , Hill 78 ½-53,and North St.Paul 92-56.

The 1972 team was coached by Mike Kissell- long time Physical Education teacher and Cross Country, Gymnastics, and Track coach. His track teams were always one of the top teams in the St.Paul City Conference.

The 1972 Harding Track Team is a great addition to the Harding Hall of Stars!

1972 Harding track team members:

Mike Mazzara, Mike Cherry, Mike Reiling, Mike Beck, Mike Dreis, John Burch, Don Hudon, Dave Cooper, Ray Boche, George Ravey, Steve Schneider, Dick Gardell, Brian Matter, Mark Stangl, Jeff Anderson, Mark Slutter, Pete Foster, Don Allery, Kurt Godden, Steve Sinn, Bruce Lampright, Steve Webster, Sandy Berg, Mike Casey, Larry Griffith, Dave Rondeau, Kent McKenzie, Mike Bownman ,Greg Saas, John Morris, Kevin Dahl, Mike Carlson, Greg Johnson, Peter Rodel, Mike Disanto, Tim Guion, John Hintz, Mark Pearson, Doug Slotseve, Mark Trumper, Mitchell Lallier, Dave Miller.

1974 Harding Baseball Team

Coached by  Tim Kimmel

The 1974 Knights baseball team was one timely hit away from vying for the Minnesota baseball state title during the team’s 1974 story book season , and completed its season as the third best team in the state of Minnesota. Coach Kimmel declared in a Pioneer Press interview in the spring of 1974, “this is the best Harding baseball team ever!” The list of Harding High School baseball distinctions for that team was impressive:

1. First and only State third place finish

2.First ever and only trip to the state tournament

3.First and only Region Championship

4.Second ever District Championship

5.St.Paul City Conference Championship( co-champions with Highland)

6.Twin City Baseball Championship

7.A 19-4 overall record, and 8-1 postseason record losing only to Owatonna, the eventual State Champions, in the State Semi-final match-up

It was a story book year for the team and Coach Tim Kimmel, who was in his fourth year as the Harding coach. After being crowned co-champions of the St.Paul City Conference along with Highland, the team began its incredible post-season journey by defeating Mechanic Arts 9-0, Washington 6-3, and Monroe 8-4 in the District  Tournament. They then came back from an 8-2 deficit to defeat Minneapolis South 9-8 in the annual Twin Cities game. In the regional tournament, the Knights defeated Arlington- Green Isle 4-0 behind a three hitter by staff pitching ace Bill Nutton, and claimed the region title with a 7-3 victory over Hastings. In that title game, the Knights erupted for five runs in the sixth inning, Brian Mauer launched a two-run homer and John Keefer went the distance on the mound. It was the first region championship in school history.

In the State Tournament, the Knights upset defending state champs Bemidji 10-7, overcoming a 5-4 lead with six runs in the sixth inning,sparked by catcher Tim Jones’ two tn triple. Bemidji was making its seventh straight trip to the state championship team and returned six player from its state championship team of the  prior year.Harding’s win was deemed the upset of the tournament. Bill Nutton was the winning pitcher with John Keefer getting the save,coming in to extinguish a Bemidji seventh inning rally.

In the state semi-final match against Owatonna, Harding was down 4-2 in the sixth inning, with the bases loaded and one out. It was a situation this team had found itself in all season long,and Tim Jones, who had driven in the winning or go-ahead run in seven straight Harding games, was at the plate. The stage was set, but it wasn’t to be on this particular night as Owatonna’s big , left-handed pitching ace, John Herrmann came on in relief and closed out the inning striking out the next two Harding hitters.

The Knights closed out the season with a 3-1 victory over Morris, capturing the 3rd place title. Nutton won his 12th game of the season and his second of the tournament. The two time, all-conference pitcher completed the season 12-2 and was 23-8 over his career at Harding. The final run scored by the Knights in its 1974 campaign, coming in the win against Morris, was an inside- the-park home run by 6’4” fleet-footed first baseman Rich Singerhouse.

Four players were named to the St.Paul City All conference team:Nutton, Keefer, Paul Sanders, and Bob Wittman.

Of the nine starting players, four went on to play junior college and /or college baseball,and the  four other players Division one or Division Two college football.

Of the 14 players, 9 were three-sport letter winners,9 players were playing in their second tournament in that year(1973-74), either football or baseball, or hockey and baseball, and Reed Hedd was playing in his third straight state tournament having in the football,hockey,and baseball state tournaments in the same year.

During a three year period, from the spring of 1973 to the spring of 1975, when the life of Paul Molitor, Jack Morris and so many other standout players were playing their high school ball in fields throughout the city, the Knights had three year baseball record of 24-4 in conference play with three straight shared or outright conference titles,and one state third place title. The 1974 Knights, called by some the best baseball team in Harding’s history, and perhaps the best public school baseball team in the history of the St.Paul City Conference.

The 1974 Harding team roster:

Bill Nutton, Tim(Nipper) Jones, Rich Singerhouse, Bob Wittman, Reed Hess, Tim Pariseau, Bernie Biebighauser, Gary Woitas, Paul Sanders, Brian Mauer, John Keefer, Bob Keefer, Mike Joseph, and Jerry Harrigan.