The transition from one season to the next — winter to spring — always brings with it plenty of coaching changes. This year is no exception.
Three more coaches of winter sports recently announced their resignations. They are New Prague boys’ basketball coach Aaron Jasperson, Farmington girls’ basketball coach Sondra Chadwick and Lakeville South boys’ hockey coach Kurt Weber.
Jasperson led the Trojans to their first state tournament appearance since 2011 this past season. They fell to Mankato East 65-60 in the quarterfinals.
He guided the Trojans to an overall record of 66-46 during his four-year tenure. They were 20-9 in his final season.
Chadwick, who was named the Tigers’ coach before the 2011-12 season, stepped down after a 3-24 campaign. The Tigers went 21-86 in her four seasons at the helm.
Her daughter, senior guard Sofia Chadwick, will graduate this spring. She was sidelined this past season by a knee injury.
Weber has been Lakeville South’s coach since the school opened in 2005. He served as its coach for 10 years, compiling a career record of 125-145-8 over that span. Lakeville South finished 15-10-2 this past season and tied for third place in the South Suburban Conference.
He guided the Cougars to state tournament appearances in 2008 and 2012. They finished third in the state tournament in 2012.
Home course changes
The Belle Plaine boys’ and girls’ golf teams have a new home course this season. They will now be playing out of CreeksBend Golf Course in New Prague.
Their previous home, Valley View Golf Course in Belle Plaine, announced it was closed for business earlier this year. The 18-hole, par 71 course was built in 1991.
CreeksBend Golf Course opened four years later. The course was developed on 230 acres of wooded, rolling hills and native prairie.
• Farmington eighth-grader Lauren Peterson won the girls’ 800- and 1,600-meter runs, at the All-American Invitational in River Falls, Wis. She won the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 27.99 seconds and the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 17.83 seconds. Peterson finished 12th in the Class 2A cross-country state meet in the fall.
• Northfield senior Evan Johnson opened the boys’ tennis season with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Red Wing’s Travis Toivonen at No. 1 singles in their Big 9 Conference match. The Raiders won the match 7-0.