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Monday, October 27, 2014
MBCA To Induct Four Into HOF

The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association has named four men who will be inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame.

The 2014 inductees are: Gary Holmseth (Blue Earth Area), John Holsten (Alexandria/Long Prairie/Glenwood/Brandon-Evansville), Larry McKenzie (Mpls. Patrick Henry/Academy of Holy Angels/Mpls. North) and Dean Schnaible (Adrian).

The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball in the state via their achievements and service.

The induction ceremonies will be held at the MBCA Hall of Fame Luncheon at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

 

Gary Holmseth coached basketball at Blue Earth H.S. for 28 years, 23 as the head basketball coach. Gary became the head hoops coach at Blue Earth in 1989 and led the Bucs program until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2012 season.  Coach Holmseth ranks at the top for career victories in Blue Earth hoops history. Under his leadership, the Bucs captured multiple South Central crowns and won six Sub-Section titles.  He finished his career with a winning record against every South Central Conference opponent.  Gary was selected as Section Coach of the Year four times; 1992, 1999, 2001, and 2005.  He served  as a MBCA Section Representative for over 20 years and coached in the 2007 and 2012 MBCA All Star Series. In addition to coaching basketball, he also coached Cross Country, Football, Golf, and Track.  As a head track coach, he led the Blue Earth Area Girls to a State title in 1985.  Coach Holmseth retired from coaching with an overall record of 355-214 as a varsity boys basketball coach.

John Holsten just completed the 41st season of a coaching career that began at Alexandria H.S. in 1973. After serving as a Boys Assistant Coach for 5 seasons, John assumed the reins of the Cardinals Girls program in 1978. After two years in that position, he accepted the Head Boys coaching position at Long Prairie H.S. and embarked on a career in which he has served as a head Boys coach at Glenwood, Alexandria, and Brandon-Evansville.  Coach Holsten has led teams to six Conference titles, five District titles, and four Section championships resulting in State Tournament appearances in 1985 (Glenwood), 1997, 2001, and 2002 (Alexandria). John was selected as District Coach of the Year four times and earned Region/Section Coach of the Year honors three times.  In 2007, he was recognized with the 3M Excellence in Coaching Award.  Coach Holsten is retired from teaching but continues to serve as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Brandon-Evansville where he will enter the 2014-15 season with an overall record of 420-378 as a varsity boys basketball coach.

Larry McKenzie led Minneapolis Patrick Henry to four consecutive Class AAA State titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003.  During Larry’s tenure at Patrick Henry he led The Patriots to six Minneapolis City Conference championships, three Twin City Championships, and six Section titles in addition to the State tournament “ 4 Peat.”  In his 9 years at Patrick Henry, his cumulative record was 210-50.  After coaching semi-pro basketball for a short time, Larry returned to coaching high school athletes as the head coach at the Academy of Holy Angels and, as at Henry, established the Stars as Conference and Section title contenders. In 2013, Coach McKenzie returned to his Minneapolis roots by assuming the reins of the Minneapolis North program and brought them within one win from a State Tournament berth while playing a squad of primarily underclassmen. Larry’s coaching achievements earned him recognition from his peers as the recipient of four Section Coach of the Year awards and honors as the 2001 State Class AAA Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year.  His service to the game is exemplified by his participation as a member on the MSHSL Boys Basketball Advisory Committee.  He is the author of three books and is a motivational speaker.

Dean Schnaible  began his coaching career 55 years ago as the junior high basketball coach at Hills H.S. In the 1965-66 school year Hills and Beaver Creek consolidated and Dean served the next 12 years with HOF Coach Hugo Goehle in establishing and leading the Patriot program to great success in southwest Minnesota.  After 12 years at H-BC, Coach Schnaible accepted the Head Boys Basketball position at Harrington, Nebraska and led them to a 15-5 record.  In 1974, Dean was offered and accepted an elementary teaching, head basketball, and head baseball position at Adrian.  During the next 18 years, he led the Dragons to winning records almost every season highlighted by a 20 win season and District 8 title in 1985 and an overall mark of 89-16 during a five year span in the early 80’s.  He retired from teaching in 1998 but was “coaxed” back into volunteering as a coach for the girls team and subsequently became a head coach and/or assistant coach for girls programs at Ellsworth and Worthington. Three years ago, he was again “coaxed” into serving as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Adrian, a position which he retains entering his 55th season as a coach. Dean’s coaching achievements have earned him recognition from his peers as he has been the recipient of numerous Coach of the Year honors in boys basketball, girls basketball, football, softball, and baseball. As a head basketball coach (Boys and Girls), he is a member of the 400 Win club with a record of 480-127 over his 27 years as a head coach.

 

Posted By Kyle Gylsen
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Former Wolverine Montonye Earns Second NSIC Honor

Molly Montonye of Graceville was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week on October 14.

This marks the second time this season Montonye, a graduate of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, has earned that honor.  She also won the award for the week ending September 16.

Montonye, now a junior at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, won her second meet of 2014 and the fourth of her collegiate career with a time of 17:40 at Jimmie Invitational in Jamestown, N.D.

Molly’s time was nearly a full minute faster than her winning time last year as she helped the Dragons to a second-place team finish.

Posted By NSIC/Kyle Gylsen
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