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St. Paul, Minnesota

Harding's Hall of Stars
                           JIM EGAN
                         Graduated from Harding in 1946
Matthew James "Jim" Egan started his Football career at Margaret playground when he was 12 years old. He and his teammates rode the streetcar to Dunning Field to play their games. 

 For the Knighs, Jim started playing Football as a Freshmen. In 1943, as a Sophomore, Jim and Gene Bergman were called up to play the last three games of the Varsity season by Head Coach John fahey. The following fall, Jim was voted All-City as a Junior. In 1945, Jim's Senior season, Jim was once again voted to the All-City team. He was also voted Homecoming King by his peers.

 After graduation, in the summer of 1946, Jim played in North/South game. he was named team captain of the south team. That fall, Knights Coach John Fahey asked Jim to coach the Freshmen team. Jim was paid $50 for the season; perhaps becoming the youngest coach in the Saint Paul Prep Conference.

                   Diane Rae Hartwick Winkler
                                    Graduated from Harding in 1949
Diane began her high school career in 1945 and admirably represented Harding for four years as a majorette and band leader at Football games, parades, and school assemblies. In addition, she coordinated the Jive Hive dances, volunteered on various high school committees and was elected secretary pf the 1949 Harding High School Senior class.

 Following high school, Diane married Lou Winkler and settled into the Eastside of Saint Paul. While raising their five children, she served as the only woman district commissioner of the Minnesota Babe Ruth Baseball League and worked as a student coordinator for Eastern Heights and Nokomis Elementary schools.Today, she is fortunate to be surrounded by 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 In recent years, her volunteer endeavors turned to the Saint Paul festival & heritage foundation as she was selected to serve the senior Royalty as Queen of the Northlands. Every winter the Saint Paul winter carnival royalty provides entertainment at nursing homes and the science museum as well, instructing over 3,000 students at the winter carnival's fun and free events. Diane has also been crowned Ms.Senior of the Eastside served as grand Marshal of the White Bear Avenue Parade and continue to co-host the television show "generations" on the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, channel 15. This program interviews people from around the globe to help people 50 and better live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

                            Alex Jackson
                       Graduated from Harding in 1979
 Alex is proud to be a member of this years class. He would like to congratulate the other 2016 Hall of Stars inductees. Alex played Basketball and Football for the Knights from 1976-1979. He played Football for three years, two of which were coached by Mr.Ken Mauer. Coach Mauer was a good coach, losing only five games in two seasons. Alex also played for the 1976 9-0 B-squad championship football team which was coached by Mr. Tom Gunderson and Mr. Bruce Virgin. The last game of that season was a 14-6 victory over St. Paul Central.

 Alex played Basketball all four years. The Knights were a fun team that worked and played hard. His senior year, Alex was voted to the All-Conference team. He would like to thank Mr. Jerry Keenan and Mr. Lee Carlson for their patience and support.

 As a kid, Alex grew up in the Selby/Dale neighborhood. He started his athletic career playing for Oxford playground from 1970-1976. Over that span, he was fortunate to play with some great teams and win several championships. His coaches included: Mr. Bill Peterson, Mr. Dave Goodlow, Mr. Frank White, Mr. Jeff Goodlow, Mr. Steve Winfield and Mr. Bill Carter.

 In the Spring of 1979, Alex graduated from Harding and went on to play Football at Inver Hills College. He enjoyed playing, learning and winning a championship with the school.

 Alex would like to thank his children: June Jackson, Alexis Jackson, Alex Jackson and his step-son Michael Billups. Alex has five grandchildren and has been working for fairview Health for 25 years. A special thanks to his Point Guard and friend, Phillip "Scrap" Williams.

                             Dave Werner
                      Graduated from Harding in 1984
 During his Senior year, Dave played Football in the fall, hockey in the winter, and Golf in the spring. If memories serve him correctly, his Football team had a record of 6-3 and Hockey was 14-6 with a loss to Henry Sibley in the section playoffs. During that winter, Hill-Murray and Johnson were still in the very competitive St. Paul city conference. Both of those teams participated in the State Tournament. Dave recalls competing and beating several elite athletes during his career. The Knights beat Cretin and their Quarterback, Steve Walsh for Homecoming. Chris Garrett and the Johnson Govies to secure the Hatchet in Football. Overall, Dave lettered three times in Football, twice in hockey,  and had Captain responsibilities for both.

 While at Harding, Dave was grateful for his coaches. Mauer, Kiemel, Davis and Grant were coaches who taught him how to compete and how to lead. To play Varsity Hockey, all players had to run around Lake Phalen and "beat" Coach Davis. The run always came at the conclusion of Football season and just prior to the Hockey season. Dave was never a strong runner, but coach Davis was. He'll never forget how Davis slowed his pace near the end of the run to allow the slower guys like Dave to "beat" him. Later in life, Dave learned running was an efficient way to exercise. He ran the Twin Cities marathon in 2004 and has coach Davis to thank for helping him check that off his bucket list!

 At Harding, Dave was grateful for the friendships he has made. In athletics, his teammates and friends included Dave Dochniak, Joe Schwartz, Steve Blackstad, Jim Verhulst, Aaron Defore, and Tony gagliardi. Upper classman like Neal Sullivan, Jay Larson, Bill Ammentorp, Doug Link, Nate Edwards, Brian Sherrick and others "toughened himup" in his Sophomore and Junior years.

 He would like to acknowledge that his girlfriend at Harding was Debbie Pilger, later becoming his wife. Dave and Debbie have three daughters and a son and have been married for over 25 years.

 After Harding, Dave went to Gustavus Adolphus College where he played Division III Football for four years and hockey for two. In 1987, his senior year, they finished the regluar season undefeated at 10-0. At Gustavus, he lettered four years and started as an offensive guard for two years. His senior year, he was awarded the Craig Olson award for work ethic and determination.  

                          Steven Priestley
                    Graduated from Harding in 1999
was a three-sport athlete. Lettering in football, basketball, and baseball all four years at Harding. He contributed to the baseball team as a center fielder and was a starting wide receiver for the football team beginning as a Freshman. Steven led the St.Paul City Conference in receiving yards his Senior season and received an All-State Honorable Mention for his performances.

 Steven's greatest passion was basketball. "I was lucky enough to play for the Hall of Famer, Gerry Keenan, during my Freshman season before Gerry Keenan decided to retire...I feel just as lucky being able to play or his son, Dean Keenan, as he began his coaching career my Sophomore year". Steven was named to the St.Paul City All-Conference team three times and received an All-State Honorable Mention after his Senior season. He currently holds a number of St.Paul City Conference records including all-time leading scorer and all-time leading three pointers made in Conference History.

 To put a book-end on his Harding career, Steven finished in the top 10% of his graduating class and earned the coveted 'H' Blanket for the top male athlete in the Class of 1999.

 After graduation, Steven played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and graduated with a double major in Business Management and Management Information Systems. He currently works as a National Account Manager for Compass Group North America and is an assistant varsity boy' basketball coach at Brooklyn Center High School.

 Steven resides in Burnsville with his fiance Heather and their puppy, Yogi. 

                         Sheila Emms-Evans
Graduated from Harding in 1999

 Sheila grew up on Reaney Street a little more than a mile from Harding High School. While Sheila will be remembered for her success on the field, some of her most important growth as a pitcher happened at home. Her Dad built her a mound in the backyard to giver her a place to practice every day. It barely fit, but it worked. Rain or shine, Sheila worked hard to become the best pitcher she could be.

 Sheila was a three-sport athlete at St.Paul Harding High School, a three-time Varsity letter winner in volleyball and basketball and a four-time letter winner in softball. Freshman year of softball, she earned a spot on the Varsity team. Sheila played in all 27 games and finished the season with a batting average of .412 and an All-Conference Honorable Mention Award. Following her Freshman season, Sheila earned the starting pitching position for the next three years. Sheila earned All-Conference and All-State 2nd team and All-State 1st Team her Junior and Senior year respectively. In the four years Sheila played softball at Harding High School, the team won or tied for Conference Champions three of the years, won the Twin Cities Game her Senior year, and finished 2nd three times in the Regional Tournament. Her Senior year, she broke the Minnesota State High School record for strikeouts in a single season with 329 in 26 games pitched, as well as finishing the season with an ERA of .29. She participated in the Minnesota High School All-Star series and then represented Minnesota in the Annual Iowa0Minnesota-Wisconsin Softball Challenge. Sheila was co-winner of the Harding H' Blanket Award for top female athlete her Senior year. Besides participating in three sports, Sheila participated in concert band, marching band,and a woodwind octet small ensemble which won a superior rating in the State-Sectional Music Contest. She graduated with honors finishing school with a 4.73 GPA and ranked 3rd in her class out of 450 students.

 Sheila went on the earn a full scholarship to play softball at Illinois State University in the Division I Missouri Valley Conference. She earned a key relied position her Freshman year pitching 43 innings and striking out 37 batters. She earned her first collegiate start against No.13 Arizona State and had her first collegiate win against Evansville University. She was named to the Western Kentucky Hilltopper Spring Classic All-Star Tournament her Sophomore year, and the Valley Honor Roll her Junior and Senior years. Sheila graduated from Illinois State University in 2007 with a B.S in Exercise Physiology. She was then accepted into the University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy program and completed her DPT degree in 2010. Currently, she works as a physical therapist in Maplewood, Mn and lives with her husband and three daughters in White Bear Lake.

         Sade Pollard
Graduated from Harding in 2008

 Sade attended Harding from 2004-2008. She strove to be an amazing student and athlete. Even with every day challenges, Sade pulled through thanks to the encouragement and help of Harding staff, coached, and teachers. She viewed high school as an amazing experience, participating in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She earned many gold medals and State Titles in track and field. She also earned several Most Valuable and Most Improved Awards in the various sport. Each sport she participated in carried great coaches that helped mold her into the great woman she is today. Outside of the athletics, Sade was also a member of SOS or Sisters of Success. It is a black sister group which Sade attended and proudly finished with honors.

 Following graduation in 2008, Sade started her journey into adulthood, Sade stated her journey into adulthood. She attended a couple of colleges when she began to get sick. Later, she found out she was battling a terminal illness. Sade was later diagnosed with scleroderma. She was told she should start preparing for her death. Despite the hardships the illness has caused, Sade has pushed forward to stay positive and keep motivated in life. God and coaching have kept her on the right, battling the disease. A disease that has made Sade a fighter and a better mother. Given her a push to be great, not just good.

 In 2009, she gave birth to her son, Amar. He's the most amazing, strong, smart, and helpful little man she has ever known. At times a handful, but always by her side pushing her to do and be great. Being his mother has been a journey she would not change for anything. Watching him play sports and cheering him on to become great. Amar is one-of-a-kind and can be described as her hero. He's every superhero in one and Sade is glad to be his mother.

 Sade's extended family have been through coaching and mentoring. It's hard to leave the track and any program working with youth. Being able to give back and teach the youth is amazing. Sharing her time and talents is wonderful. This year, her track club did well and accomplished so much. The youth put in a lot of time on the track and finished with gold. It's a great feeling to see inner city youth do great things in sports and school and she feels blessed to be part of so much and making a difference in their lives.

 Since high school, Sade has changed her life. She is now doing what makes her happy  and gives back to her community. She attends church, is coaching, mentoring, and focused on being a great mom. Life is both challenging and great, but she wouldn't change a thing. Harding has pushed her to be great. She thanks the great staff, too many to name. Sade would not have made it without being scolded for her rights and wrongs and the love and care of Harding High School.