MSHSL honors new HOF class this weekend

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The Minnesota State High School League’s Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be inducted on Sunday, Oct. 20 during a Hall of Fame ceremony at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel.

The induction ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

Former Eagan High School girls’ hockey standout Natalie Darwitz and St. Paul Academy soccer sensation Tony Sanneh, both of whom rose to international stardom, along with longtime League administrator Dave Stead, are among 11 individual inductees in the Class of 2019.

The others selected for induction are: Minneapolis North basketball standout Khalid El-Amin; the Grand Meadow girls basketball program, which from 1929-39 won 94 consecutive games; Dave Harris, a former Alexandria coach, educator, media representative and the longtime Region 8AA Secretary; Cliff Janke, a longtime Fairmont speech and debate coach and leader; Faith Johnson Patterson, who led Minneapolis North and DeLaSalle to three consecutive championships each in girls basketball; Bill Kronschnabel, a longtime St. Paul hockey official, rules clinician and state tournament administrator; Byron Olson, a former Lakeville/Lakeville North activities administrator, wrestling official and state tournament manager; Gary Smith of Minneapolis, who is the first athletic trainer to be inducted, and Bill Webb, an Edina teaching icon, who spent nearly 30 years as a music educator and leader in the development of music education.

The induction ceremony will be streamed live by School Space Media, the League’s streaming partner. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv

Radio personality Dave Lee of WCCO-AM is the emcee of the event.

The League’s Hall of Fame, sponsored by Wells Fargo, opened its doors in 1991. The Class of 2019 is the 23rd group to be inducted. The inductees were chosen through a multi-level selection process. With this class, there are now 231 individuals and one group in the MSHSL’s Hall of Fame.

Baron Championship Rings of Windsor, Canada, is the League’s sponsor of the Hall of Fame rings that each inductee will receive. Baron is the League’s new sponsor providing tournament championship rings.

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