Welcome to Harding High School Athletics & Activities

St. Paul, Minnesota

Richard Dick Mueller ‘54

Dick played two years of high school basketball and was on the baseball team while attending Harding High School. He came through the ranks as one of the “Margaret Playground Kids” Dick and his wife, Donna (also a graduate of 1954 of Harding and a former cheerleader), have five children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Dick went to work in St. Paul civic activities where he served as President of the St. Paul Jaycees in 1973. He was also a Junior Achievement Advisor, a member of the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royalty, and a member of the St. Paul Minutemen. Dick retired in 1986 from US West as Central Office Project Engineer. After retirement, he remained active in the St. Paul business community where he became a board member of the St. Paul Club. Dick belonged to the Keller Golf Club from 1970 - 2012 and to the Indian Hills Golf Club from 1988 - 2009. He has been an active supporter of the Harding High School Alumni Golf Tournament. In 1975, Dick, Donna, and another couple started the Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds at the Minnesota State Fair. Over the years, this has created employment opportunities for high school students. This is his second Hall of Fame honor. This year, Dick was also selected by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Handicappers. As a lifelong resident of the Greater East Side Community, Dick finds it an honor to be inducted into the Harding Hall of Fame.

Steve Petrie '75

Steve Petrie is a 1975 graduate of Harding High School and participated in track, basketball, and cross country. As a captain of the Track team, coached by Mike Kissell, Steve was the State 800 meter Championship his Senior Year. After high school, Steve attended Golden Valley Lutheran Junior College and continued running track and cross country. He was the National Junior College 800 meters for both years. Steve later returned to the East Side as a coach at the Former Harding Area Youth Hockey Association and coached some of the Harding kids that later went on to beat Johnson High School. He also coached baseball and spent many years as a baseball youth empire and a referee for youth hockey. Most recently, Steve was an assistant coach for the DeLaSalle Football team when they were two-time runner-up State Championships. On a personal note, Steve has three talented and athletic children, Rachel, Mike and Sam and a granddaughter, Grace along with two stepchildren, Taylor and Sara. He resides in Shoreview with his wife Debbi. “I am thankful to my parents, Chet and Dorothy Petrie for the support they gave me throughout the years”

Karrie Bateman-Thorvig '99

Karrie began her Harding High School sports career in the fall of 1995. She lettered all four years in both soccer and softball. As a freshman, Karrie was honored to the become the starting center-fielder on the 1996 team. She has many memories of her one and only Harding coach, Coach Z (John Zutsiak). A memory she will never forget is Coach Z making her run multi laps for giving him “teenage attitude” aka mouthing off. Other achievements include: Soccer Honorable Mention 97-98 and 98-99, Softball All-Conference 1997, 1998, and 1999. Lastly, Karrie’s greatest achievement was being part of the 1999 Harding Softball Team that placed Second in the state. After Harding, Karrie went on to play softball at Bethel College and was awarded MIAC All-Conference in 2001. Karrie graduated in 2003 with a bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing. She then entered the adult workforce in the Fall of 2003 at the Brown and Bigelow in St. Paul. Since then, she has moved on to work for Standard Register, a Marketing Communications company out of Dayton, Ohio. Karrie now resides in Minnetonka with her husband, Joe and rescue dog, Milly. She enjoys spending time with family and spending Monday nights with her Grandpa Skaar at Care View Nursing Home in Minneapolis. Karrie still plays slow pitch co-ed softball with Joe and enjoys a round of golf when she can fit in!

Lindsey Bryant '04

Lindsey was a successful soccer player and basketball player, and she was an outstanding badminton player. While playing doubles with her badminton partner, Preetinder Bassi, she lettered her sophomore, junior, and senior years. During her sophomore year, she led her team to victory in the State Tournament and placed 3rd in the Conference Finals. During her Junior and Senior Years, her team won the state championship. In the end Lindsey and Preetinder ended their badminton careers winning 56 games in a row, a record number of wins in badminton. In addition to athletics, Lindsey went on to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on a full academic scholarship. She worked and traveled as an anthropologist in London, Mexico, and other places. Ultimately she went back to the University of Minnesota and received her master’s degree in Education. She is currently working in Minneapolis as a fifth grade teacher. She is engaged to the love of life, Lucas West. They have a nine-year old son, Gabriel. Together, they enjoy spending time with family and friends.

1973 Harding Hockey Team

Together the Knights began their 72-73 season with a success win over Ramsey. Harding played a strong game, showing a promising season ahead. Harding had little trouble in getting through the first round of conference play. Harding proved to be the “Pride of the East Side” by defeating arch-rival Johnson before 6,120 fans in the new Civic Center. Harding’s title bit of trouble came from the fired up Green Wave of Monroe, who gave them their first blemish in City Conference play. The Knights went on to play Roosevelt for the Twin City Title, only to tie them with a score 3-3. Region IV posed no problem as they won four straight game to advance to State for the second consecutive year. A big win against Minneapolis Southwest brought the Knights up against Ramsey, whom they played in a tough game, but the game ended in a disappointing loss for the Knights. In the game for Third Place in State against International Falls, the knights ended their dreams and ended their season.

The 1973 Harding Hockey Team:

Mel Bakken, Steve Brandt, Ron Brown, Mike Carlson, Joe Casey, Tom Dahl, Mike DiSanto, Brian Erickson, Gary Flasch, Tom Glancey, Paul Holmgren, Brad Johnson, Charlie Lachowitzer, Tom Redmann, Helmer Satter, Nick Schwartz, Ron Shimon, Ken Sundberg,Tom Wiener, and Scott Ziemer

Coach: Richard Anderson

Bob Wittman '75

Living literally across Harding High School and Baaken Stadium, Bob grew up experiencing the sights and sounds of Knights football, basketball, and baseball with dreams of someday becoming a Harding athlete. As a three sport athlete (football, basketball, and baseball), he went on to play critical roles for some of the most successful Harding teams in school history. As a two-year starting quarterback on the 1973 and 1974 football team, his play and leadership continued to contribute to a combined 18-2 record. two St. Paul City Championships, a Twin Cities Championship. The first Twin Cities Championship in 19 years. The opportunity to play for the Big State School Championship. Although not vicotrious in the State Title game, the Knight’s State Runner Up finish remains the best football  for a St. Paul  Public School in State history. As a senior, Bob led the St.Paul City Conference in passing and set numerous school single-year and career passing and total offence records. In baseball, Bob was an All-Conference second baseman helping the Knights capture a St. Paul City Conference Championship, Twin Cities and Region 4 titles, and a 3rd place finish in the 1974 State Baseball Tournament. As a junior, he led the team in hitting a hit for .486 average in conference play. Bob continued playing football and baseball at Anoka Ramsey Community College, being selected as the baseball’s team MVP his sophomore. He went on to play two more years of baseball at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has remained active in high school football, working the last 18 years on the Dave Lundquist Football officiating crew (Dave is also in the Harding Hall of Fame) and officiating over 10 State Tournament football games including two prep bowls. Bob’s experience as a Harding athlete helped prepare him for a lifetime of success in life beyond athletics. As a father, he and his wife Nancy are the proud parents of three grown daughters and a new grandson. In his career, Bob is in his seventh year as the Director of Community Education for the Wayazata Public School and his 31st year as a local, state and national leader in the field of public school education, In 2007, Bob was honored as the State and National Community Educator of the Year in 2008, the University of St.Thomas recognized Bob as a distinguished alumnus of it’s College of Education.

Tamara Bayne Kuczmarski '81

During Tamar’s time at Harding High School, she participated in Theatre Arts classes under the tutelage of Mr. Dale Fretland, spent time as a member of the Beacon Newspaper staff, as a Senior Tami was a member of the Yearbook Staff under the supervision of Mr. David Wnuk, and with the help of Mrs. Richardson, fine tuned her sewing skills. Tami is proud to have graduated in the top 10% of her class. Tami enjoyed a rigorous academic schedule and was nominated by a staff member for National Honors Society. For extracurricular activities, she was a member of both the Cheerleading squad as well as the Gymnastic team all four years. She received letters for her years of participation on both teams. Tami participated in dances (her favorite was back to the 50’s dance), was on the Senior Powder Puff Football team, and a participant of the Variety Show. In gymnastics, Tamara received her skills from love of the sport and determination. Due to her family’s economic situation, she never received proper formal gymnastic instruction outside of the school setting. During her four years of gymnastics, there were three coaching changes. Her most memorable coaches her first year coaches that allowed the use of “Grease Lightning” from Grease as their competition warm-up song. Tami made it to State for vault during her Senior year. Her Cheerleading Squad won NCAA awards multiple years at cheerleading camp. During her Senior Year, Tami was given the Office of Secretary of the Cheerleading Squad. As a cheerleader, she planned and participated in school pep rallies and cheered the Hockey, Wrestling, and Girl’s basketball teams on at State. As the cheerleading secretary, Tami played a major role in organizing weekend cheer clinics for local schools.

Robert Pekarek '87

Bob was the Captain and a 5-time letter winner in swimming. He concluded his swimming career achieving All Conference, All-Region, and All State. He set records at Harding and the St. Paul City Conference in the 50-Yard freestyle. Bob graduated in 1987, Salutatorian of his Senior Class. He was nominated for the United States Air Force Academy and awarded the Presidential Scholarship to the University of Minnesota. Bob attended the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology and graduated in 1992 with a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. In 1990, he entered the Co-Op Program at Northwest Airlines and was hired full-time in 1992 as a power plant engineer. Bob was promoted into management in 2000, promoted again to Director of power plant engineering in 2003, and is currently a General Manager of the Delta Airlines Maintenance Base as MSP with almost 25 years of experience in the airline industry. Bob married Heidi in 1998. They contracted and built a home in Eagan and continue to live there with their two children, Joshua and Grace. Bob is actively involved in community service at Berean Baptist Church, Habitat for Humanity, and Feed my Starving Children.

Jason Bass '89

Jason was a three year letter winner in baseball and a two-year letter winner in basketball. In baseball, Jason was an ace on the mound and one of the leading pitchers in the State. He was team captain, two-time All-Conference, All-Metro, and All-State as a Senior. On the court, Jason was named All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State Conference’s leading scorers and a lethal shooting guard. Jason now resides in Winnebago, NE with his fiance where he works for his Tribe in their Facilities Department. He is the proud father of six wonderful children.