Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Triple Crown recognition


Lois E. Johnson

Pictured by the new Lady Lakers Triple Crown winners sign is former softball Coach Kris Lyons, former team member Barb Anderson Michalski, Larry Peterson of the First National Bank, Lynn Youso, wife of the late Coach Bob Youso, and former team members: Cindy Gobel Jungers, Jackie Eckman Heying and Corinne Halverson Hoadley.

A new Triple Crown sign was unveiled on July 4 in Moose Lake to honor the girls volleyball, basketball and softball teams that won the state championships in all three sports during the 1981-1982 school year. That record has never been broken, stated softball coach Kris Lyons in a recent interview.

The new sign is located near the Emergency Response Center on Highway 73.

A previous sign had stood for years farther south on Highway 73 but had to be removed when it deteriorated.

"We found the old sign in someone's garage," said Guyal Nelson, organizer of the project to replace the sign just before it was unveiled. "But it was beyond repair. The late Jack Halverson was on a quest to get the sign replaced. The project started in 2010 and funds were collected. However, the funds fell short of the goal. Recently, the First National Bank stepped in with a donation to complete the project."

Larry Peterson, bank president, said he had heard of the project and brought it to the bank's board of directors.

"The bank will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year and we needed to find a project with a legacy," he said. "This was it. We gave a donation large enough to complete the project."

The girls teams appeared in state tournaments starting in 1979. That was before the Moose Lake and Willow River schools combined teams in a sports cooperative. The Moose Lake boys teams were known as the Lakers and the girls teams were known as the Lady Lakers.

In volleyball, the Lady Lakers finished as the Minnesota Class A Runner-Up in 1979.

The Lady Lakers finished as the Minnesota Class A Champion in 1980 with a team record of 24-0 and again in 1981 with a team record of 24-0.

The winning volleyball team from 1981 consisted of Head Coach Kathy Fredrickson; Assistant Coach Trish Poylio; Student Manager Connie Johnson and players: Tani Schuster, Patty Youso, Dianne Berg, Mary Duffy, Rhonda Peterson, Jennifer Jungers, Martha Piette, Laureen Fink, Jackie Eckman, Kris Jones, Annie Adamczak and Barb Anderson.

The girls basketball team took fourth place in the Minnesota Class A Tournament in 1979 and lost a consolation game in 1980.

In 1981, the Lady Lakers finished the season as the Minnesota Class A Runner-Up.

But in 1982, the Lady Lakers finished the season undefeated and finished the season as the Minnesota Class A Champion with a team record of 26-0.

The head coach was Bob Youso; Assistant Coach Mark Gobler, Student Manager Kris Heaton, and players: Kris Jones, Gail Carlson, Stacy Fink, Laureen Fink, Dianne Berg, Annie Adamczak, Rhonda Peterson, Corinne Halverson, Amy Klavu, Julie Johnson, Margie Nelson and Barb Anderson.

The Triple Crown was earned when the Lady Lakers won the state championship in softball in 1982.

The team had won the Minnesota Class A Championship in 1981, with a 19-0 record.

The team repeated that feat in 1982, with a 21-0 record to take the state championship and earn the Triple Crown.

The head coach was Kris Lyons and the student manager was Kim Morrisey. The team members were: Ann Weske, Meg Anderson, Mary Duffy, Corinne Halverson, Kris Jones, Julie Johnson, Cindy Gobel, Martha Piette, Kathy Steen, Annie Adamczak, Laureen Fink, Dianne Berg, Barb Anderson, Sue Anderson and Angela Garvey.

"Moose Lake completed the 'Triple Crown' by being the first Minnesota State High School (girls or boys) to win championships in volleyball, girls' basketball and softball in the same year," wrote Melody Swenson in "Champions of Carlton County, 2008." "They had 10 state tournament appearances in four years. Of those 10 appearances, Moose Lake won five championship and was runner-up two times. At the end of the 1982 softball seams, Moose Lake had a 90-game winning streak combining volleyball, basketball and softball."


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