Hall of Fame Inductees
Rachel Hansen, Class of 2010
Rachel earned 12 varsity letters and won the Athena Award in 2010. In both soccer and basketball, she started and lettered five years in a row. In soccer, she was all-conference twice, played in the all-metro and senior classic all-star games, on the all-state team and was a finalist for the St. Paul All-Sport Athlete of the Year. In basketball, she was all-conference four years and led her team to the state championship in 2010. She scored 1,852 points in her MA career. She was awarded the Conference Player of the Year in basketball both as a junior and senior, and played in the All-Star Senior Classic in 2010. She also earned two varsity letters in track. At Concordia University, St. Paul, as basketball captain, she led the team to the first ever NCAA Division II Elite Eight berth in 2014.
Wes Bodin, Class of 1951
Football, Basketball, Baseball
Wes earned nine Varsity Letters at Minnehaha Academy in three years in football, basketball and baseball. In football, his team won the MPSL championship his sophomore year and he was all-conference as a senior. He was all-conference in basketball three years, and was the MVP of the MPSL tournament his junior and senior years. He was instrumental in the baseball team’s championships three years in a row, and was also named all-conference. Wes played football, basketball and baseball at Augsburg College, where he was all-conference and MVP in football and basketball. He was inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.
Ron Halverson, Class of 1960
Football, Basketball, Baseball
Ron earned eight Varsity Letters at Minnehaha Academy in football, basketball and baseball. He played quarterback on the football team, and was named all-conference his junior and senior years. His 1959 football team is also in the MA Hall of Fame. He was co-captain of the basketball team his junior year and captain his senior year, in addition to being named to the all-conference and all-tournament teams, and he was MVP in the MISL conference. Introduced to officiating by his basketball coach, Chuck Sulack, Ron refereed high school and college basketball for 30 years, including seven state tournaments. Ron is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.
Cross Country Coach, Basketball Coach
Wendell Carlson served Minnehaha Academy from 1963-2006, most notably as an Upper School Guidance Counselor for 25 years. He began his career coaching the basketball team for many years, winning conference championships in 1964, ‘67, ‘73 and ‘74. During his coaching tenure, his teams won 80% of all conference games and in 1964 the team was undefeated. Wendell founded the Cross Country Team in 1968, coaching them for three years and leading them to an MISL Championship in 1969. Wendell also served as the coordinator for International Students, working with sister schools in Japan and Korea.
Ted Malmsten, Class of 1957
Football, Basketball, Tennis
Ted played football and basketball all four years, tennis for two and baseball for two. His senior year, he was the captain and all-conference in both football and basketball. At Augsburg College he played football, basketball and baseball. He returned to Minnehaha as a math teacher in 1966, serving in that role for 34 years. Ted coached both JV and Varsity football and JV basketball, leading the football team to three championships. He also concurrently served as the athletic director for five years, representing Minnehaha in starting the Metropolitan Girls’ Athletic League and the original nine-member TriMetro conference. He was instrumental in Minnehaha joining the Minnesota State High School League.
Wayne Holte, Class of 1949
Football, Basketball, Baseball
Wayne was all-conference in three different sports, earning 12 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. He was a natural athlete with tremendous eye, hand and body coordination. Wayne was voted best male athlete of ’49. He led Minnehaha Academy to league championships in football in ’48, basketball in ’48 and ’49 and baseball in ’49. In basketball he scored 41 points in a game his senior year, setting both the school and league record at the time and was voted MVP in both ’48 and ’49. His favorite sport was baseball, and because of his skills, he was invited to practice with the St. Paul Saints once a week.
Calvin "Cal" Anderson, Class of 1970
Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Golf
Calvin was a four-sport athlete at Minnehaha Academy, earning letters in cross country, basketball and baseball; he also played golf. He was named to the conference all-tournament basketball team as a junior. As a senior he was All Conference in cross country, basketball, and baseball, was named to the all-tournament team in basketball, and was MVP for both basketball and baseball. Cal won the Statistical Award for the best floor player that year, with the most rebounds, steals and assists and was cited on WCCO for outstanding achievement in basketball. He was named Athlete of the Year in 1970. Cal went on to play basketball and golf at North Park University and basketball at St. Cloud State University.
Dwight "Dewey" Johnson, Class of 1971
Football, Basketball, Baseball
Dwight led Minnehaha to a football championship, a basketball state tournament and a baseball state tournament. He earned multiple letters in each sport. He served as captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams his senior year and was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As a freshman, he was the highest scorer on the basketball team, and played varsity as a sophomore. He enjoyed playing alongside his longtime friend and childhood teammate Cal Anderson. The St. Paul Dispatch called the two players, “one of the best guard combinations in the metropolitan area.” After college, he officiated high school and college basketball and ran the Covenant Basketball League for church youth players.
Lee Durant Larson, Class of 2002
Lee rewrote Minnehaha’s record book for girls’ basketball, establishing new benchmarks in nearly every statistical category. Her career included numerous All Conference and All State awards. In addition to leading her team to the MN State Girls’ Basketball Tournament and being named to the all-state tournament team, Lee was selected as a “Miss Basketball” finalist. In her career at Minnehaha, Lee scored 1,935 points giving her the all time scoring title for girls’ and boys’ basketball. Lee led MA to a record of 105-31 during her five seasons as a varsity player. A three-sport athlete, she also lettered in track and field and softball. Following high school, Lee played basketball for Auburn University in Alabama.
Julia (Albinson) Scholl, Class of 1982
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
Julia (Albinson) Scholl earned 11 varsity letters in her career at Minnehaha, playing four years each of volleyball, basketball and softball. She was captain of all three sports her senior year, and won ten All Conference awards. Most notably, Julia was the first person to score more than 1,000 points (1,234 total points) in MA basketball history in an era where there was no three-point line (she is pictured above receiving this special recognition from Athletic Director Ken Anderson). She was the Athena Award Winner in 1982, received “Best Senior Athlete” in her class, was the recipient of the President’s Award, and was the Star Tribune Athlete of the Week. Julia went to Bethel where she was a three-sport athlete in the MIAC (MN Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. After graduating, she was an assistant high school girls’ basketball coach for nine years, eight of them at Minnehaha Academy and also served as assistant high school softball coach at MA. She has stayed involved in activities at Minnehaha including scoring high school volleyball games, volunteering, and attending a variety of school events. She still loves to play co-ed softball on a team with several other Minnehaha Alumni. Julia is married to Scott, an MA teacher and coach. Their children, Jacob (’08), Sarah (’10) and Anna (’13) are all Minnehaha graduates.
Charles Mikkelson, Class of 1961
Hockey, Tennis, Football
Chuck Mikkelson earned 11 varsity letters during his high school career. He played varsity hockey four years and was named to the MISL All-Conference hockey team his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Chuck led the hockey team in scoring goals for three years. He also played on the tennis team at the number one position for four years losing only a few matches. He played three years of varsity football until a knee surgery shortened his junior year of football. Chuck continued his education and sports career at the University of Minnesota where he earned freshman numerals in ice hockey under coach John Mariucci. He also played four years of tennis at the U of M and was named team captain his junior and senior years. Chuck graduated in civil engineering and worked in the family construction business for many years building schools, churches, ice arenas, and tennis courts. He and his wife Karna Johnson (also class of 1961) have two children and four grandchildren.
Fred Hartwig, Class of 1979
Football, Basketball, Track
Fred Hartwig earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track, and was named to the Tri-Metro All-Conference teams in football and basketball, as well as being selected by his teammates as the Most Valuable Player on the basketball team. As a wide receiver and defensive back on the football team, he collected almost 600 yards receiving, and was one of the team leaders on defense in number of tackles. On the basketball court, Fred led the team in points scored, assists, and free throw percentage, while also contributing as the third leading rebounder. In addition, he was a captain of the track team that placed fourth in the state track meet.
At the University of Minnesota, he was a walk-on to the Golden Gopher football team as a non-scholarship player. He eventually earned a scholarship, as well as a starting position as a wide receiver and punt returner for his senior season. Fred was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team, as well as achieving district Academic All-American honors as a University of Minnesota football player.
Fred entered the United States Air Force and became an instructor pilot in the T-37 at Columbus Air Force Base (AFB), Mississippi before flying the F-16 for almost 25 years, including more than 140 combat missions during the conflicts in the Middle East. His military career culminated in his selection as the Wing Commander for the 150th Fighter Wing at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico, and as the Director of Air National Guard Forces for the Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Colonel Frederik G. Hartwig retired from the United States Air Force in December of 2012, and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Cathy, and their children Megan, Adam and Mallory.
Jon Rick Olson, Class of 1963
Football, Hockey, Track
Jon Rick Olson came to Minnehaha as a sophomore in the fall of 1960. “A girl from our country church said she was going to Minnehaha Academy. My parents thought the positive Christian influence would be good for me. I was very excited to have the opportunity to compete with a ‘big school’ in the cities and finally get to play hockey.”
Rick participated in football, hockey and track for three years. He was captain of the track and football teams and was named All-Conference in football. The football team won the 1962 MISL Conference championship with a record of 3-1-1. The hockey team narrowly missed the MISL title with a nail-biting loss to Benilde in two overtimes. Rick was a member of the “M” (letterman’s club) three years, and was voted by his classmates as ‘Most Athletic.’ Besides athletics, Rick was a member of the Singers, served as Fine Arts chairman and on Student Council. “Winning a conference football championship with a group of scrappy kids was my school highlight,” he said.
Rick earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of WI-River Falls. Rick and his wife Kathy live in Blaine and have 3 children and 10 grandchildren between the ages of 3 and 14.
John Borstad, Class of 1983
Football, Hockey, Baseball
John Borstad earned 11 letters in football, hockey, and baseball during his four years at
Minnehaha. He was a three-time all-conference selection, two-time MVP, and captain of the football team. John played defense on the hockey team and was all-conference and captain his senior year. In baseball, John was all-conference two years, MVP twice, captain his senior year, and pitched for the Metro team in the Minnesota Lions All-Star Game.
John went on to earn seven letters in football and baseball at St. Olaf College, where he was all-conference in football and captain of the baseball team his senior year. He majored in biology at St. Olaf and then graduated from the University of Minnesota Physical
Therapy Program in 1993. He practiced as a physical therapist for seven years prior to returning to the U of M to earn his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science in 2004.
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University. John and his wife Alex live in Upper Arlington, Ohio with their four children Haakon, Berit, Toni, and Tayte.
Mary Carlson came to Minnehaha Academy in the fall of 1972 from Wheaton College where she earned a bachelor of science degree and played intercollegiate basketball,
volleyball, and field hockey. She later earned a master’s degree in health science from Mankato State University. In her 43 years at MA, Mary taught health, physical education, and sports medicine, and coached 44 different teams.
In her early years, MA provided four girls sports, and Mary coached all of them: basketball, track, cross-country and volleyball. She also introduced softball as a high school league sport in 1977. Between 1972 and 1981, Mary coached every sports season. She was the Varsity and Junior Varsity coach concurrently and coached without an assistant in any sport for six years. In 1975 the girls’ basketball team won the first ever Tri-Metro championship and in 1977 the volleyball team won the title.
Mary and her husband Dan live in Mounds View. Their children Christine and Ryan graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1999 and 2002.
Jim Baxter, Class of 1950
Having graduated in the class of 1950, Jim returned to Minnehaha Academy as a teacher and coach from 1957-1962, and was the coach of the 1959 football team. While at Minnehaha, he taught Physical Education, Science, and Biology. He coached football, hockey, and baseball. During this time, he married his wife Diane, and they raised three daughters: Laurie, Sherri, and Barb, on the hockey rink! He went on to teach and coach at Minneapolis West, Washburn, and Southwest High Schools. Over his 50 year coaching career, he impacted hundreds of athletes.
In 1993, he was inducted into the Minnesota Hockey Hall of Fame, and in 2003, he was awarded the Cliff Thompson award for long term outstanding contributions to the sport of hockey in Minnesota. Jim was more than an outstanding coach. His former players would agree that he was like a father to many. He knew a lot about hockey, but he had a way of teaching about life, and he was a man of great faith. He was known for reaching out to people, and anyone who played for him knew his guiding principles: God first, then family, then school, then sports.
Jim retired in 1992, and he and his wife Diane moved permanently to their summer home on Burntside Lake in Ely, Minnesota. There, he served as a volunteer assistant hockey coach with the Ely program. In January of 2006, with many of his former players in attendance, Jim received a Minnesota Wild jersey between periods of the Wild game, with the number 50, in recognition of his half century of coaching. He passed away in February of that year, but his legacy lives on.
Katie Detlefsen, Class of 2007
On the last hole of her high school golf career, Minnehaha Class of 2007 alum Katie Detlefsen took an ugly double bogey. Her approach plunked into a greenside bunker… she blasted out, and the ball sailed over the green… chipped it in… putt… another putt… double bogey. Ouch! Certainly not her best hole, but she still won by 12 shots. Katie wrapped up the most successful career in Minnesota High School Golf history by winning her fourth Class 1A State Championship. She was, and still is, the only player, male or female, in Minnesota to have captured four crowns.
Following high school, Katie played for the University of Central Florida in Orlando, while earning a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations, and a Master’s degree in Mass Communications. She maintained a 4.0 grade point average, and was on the university’s Dean’s List and honor roll her entire college career.
David Glenn began his 42 year teaching and coaching career at Minnehaha Academy in the Fall of 1966. Prior to coming to Minnehaha, David was a collegiate athlete at St. Olaf College, where he earned his undergraduate degree, and played basketball and baseball. He earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota. David taught Social Studies at the Upper School, and coached football, basketball, and baseball before retiring in 2008.
David coached basketball for 15 years, served as the Assistant Varsity Football coach from 1967-2008, and was the Defensive Coordinator for many of those years. He began coaching baseball with the B Squad in 1966, and assumed the Varsity Head Coaching position in 1967, which he held for 41 years. Under his leadership, the baseball team won nearly 400 games, and section championships in 1972, 1975, 1979, 1988, and 2007. He was named Football Coach of the Year in 2008. In his retirement, he continues to follow and support Minnehaha Athletics.
David and his wife Nancy live in Eagan, Minnesota. They are proud parents of Kari Glenn Fields, Minnehaha Alumna Class of 1990, who serves as Dean of Students at South Campus Middle School, and Scott Glenn, Class of 1993, who serves as Varsity Baseball Coach and Assistant Girls Soccer coach. They have four grandchildren; Amalia, Abby, Payton, and Brady.
Guido Kauls was born in Latvia in 1935, lived in Germany as a child, moved to the United States in 1952, and attended the University of Minnesota, earning B.A., B.S., and M.A. Degrees. He was hired by Minnehaha Academy in 1957 to teach German and History, which he continued for 44 years until his retirement in 2001. Guido started the Boys Soccer program in 1961, the Girls Soccer program in 1977, and served as Minnehaha’s Head Soccer coach for 40 years. His lifetime record was 500-275-75. In 1981, the Boys Soccer team was runner-up in the State Tournament. That year, he was named Coach of the Year for both the State of Minnesota and the Midwest Region.
In 1991, Guido was an inaugural inductee into the Minnesota Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, and he inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 1993. In 1995, Guido was once again named Coach of the Year for the State of Minnesota, and he capped off his career by being named National Soccer High School Coach of the Year in 2001. In honor of his commitment to Minnehaha Academy Athletics, the school’s soccer field was refurbished, dedicated, and named Guido Kauls Field, in 1996.
During his first year at Minnehaha, Guido met Ann Franklin, English teacher and advisor for the school paper. They married the next year on August 16, 1958. Together, Guido and Ann led 30 European tours for Minnehaha student and adult groups. They have two sons who graduated from Minnehaha: Alex (’86) and Greg (’88).
2009-10 - Girls' Basketball
Class AA State Champions
The 2009-10 Girls’ Basketball Team won the MSHSL Class AA State Championship with a 64-46 victory over Braham on March 20th, 2010. Ranked 29th in Class AA going into section playoffs, the team upset the heavily favored Minneapolis Roosevelt 42-39 in the Sub-Section Semi-Final. It was the last close game of the season, as the team came together and dominated the competition the rest of the way – never winning by less than ten points in their last five playoff games. The team started the season with a record of 9-8, but won 15 of their last 16 games to finish with a record of 24-9 and will go down in Redhawk history as MA’s first Girls’ Basketball Team to win a State Championship.
Members of the team were: Jana Halstengard, Emilia Kronschnabel, Rachel Hansen, Sarah Scholl, Analisa Ballinger, Rachel West, Cassie Davis, Vera Levin, Natalie Stevens, Katelyn Adams, Andrea Scharf, Mimi Levin, Gabbi Stienstra, Liz LeGrand, and Eva Mendez. The team was coached by Josh Thurow with assistance from Kelsey Walt and Scott Scholl. The team was managed by Collette Devereaux.
1921 - Girls' Basketball
1921 Girls' Basketball Team Undefeated Season
The 1921 Girls’ Basketball Team was undefeated that year. The girls on the team included: Elvira Mellbye, Ruth Hygren, Wiltrude Nelson, Marion Tyllia, Irene Holmberg, and Ruth Johnson.
1995-96 Boys' Basketball Team
4th Place Finish in State
The 1995-96 Boys’ Basketball Team coached by Bill Carlson and assistant coaches Dave Aldrich and Jim Rikkers had an outstanding year with a regular season record of 26-1. The team was the Tri-Metro Conference Champions and Sub-Section 4A Champions. Led by senior captains Mark Johnson, Eric Johnson and Justin Noznesky, the team entered the Sweet 16 State boys’ basketball tournament becoming ‘giant killers’ as they defeated New London Spicer, the number one ranked team in Class A, 62-51, and then remarkably did it again the next evening beating Eden Prairie, the number one ranked team in Class AA. Steady man-to-man defense and quickness from all five spots contributed to the 4th place finish in state and their overall record of 28-3. The rest of the team roster includes seniors Jason Cutshall, Dan Olson and John Altemeier; juniors Mike Verdoorn, Troy Dalsveen, Brett Watson, Lew Jones, Ryan Glomsrud, Mike Maruska and Jamie Anderson; sophomore Peter Kiedrowski and freshman Peter Hamburge. The team managers were Steve Hopper, John Breneman and Anders Erickson.
1950 - Boys Hockey
Minneapolis Private School League Champions
In a time when private schools were not yet allowed to play in the newly formed Minnesota State High School League State Hockey Tournament, the 1950 Minnehaha Boys Hockey team was the Minneapolis Private School League Champions. They were on fire, defeating Concordia, Breck, Minneapolis West, St. Agnus, Shattuck, and even Edina, to take the title.
1959 - Football
Minnesota Independent School League (MISL) Champions
The 1959 Boys Football team was something special! Perhaps it was the rain, mud, and cold winds in which they played. Or, maybe it was the same rain, mud, and cold winds in which their fans cheered. Perhaps it was the unprecedented eight players who were named to the All-Conference team, or maybe it was their fine coach and alum, Jim Baxter. Whatever their secret, the Minnehaha Indians went undefeated in the Minnesota Independent School League that year to become the MISL Champions.
1960 - Boys Golf
Minnesota Independent School League (MISL) Champions
In 1960, the Boys Golf team played a series of nine competitive games against the fierce competition of St. Paul Academy, Blake, Shattuck, Concordia, Breck, and DeLaSalle. They went undefeated to become the Minnesota Independent School League Champions.
1986 - Boys Tennis
Tri-Metro Conference Meet & Minnesota State High School Meet
In 1986, the Boys Tennis team won what is now called the Tri-Metro Conference meet, and the entire Minnesota State High School Meet. The team only lost one meet all year (to the 1985 state champs, St. Cloud Cathedral). While the team was talented and young – only one senior happened to win the conference, region, and state singles meet – they gained a mental edge, according to their coach, Forrest Dahl. The Minnehaha boys were the underdogs, and the competition was too confident.
1998 - Girls Soccer
State Class A Champions
Under the coaching of alumnus Mark Anderson, Class of 1979, the 1998 Girls Soccer team finished out their perfect 23-0 season by winning the State Class A Championship in an exciting 2-0 victory of St. Louis Park. The team was led by a dominant defense, which was key to starting attacks, and many defenders had goals assists to their credit. The team left many records in their wake: first season sweep, most wins in one season (23), most shutouts (22), fewest goals against (2), and first State Title. This was Minnehaha’s first state title since the Boys Tennis team in 1986.