Other Apple Valley guard joins 1,000-point club

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 5, 2013 - 5:03 PM

Apple Valley senior guard Dustin Fronk has joined select boys' basketball company at the school.

Fronk recently became the fifth boys' basketball player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

He reached the milestone with a 21-point performance in an 80-70 victory over Lakeville South in a South Suburban Conference matchup.

"In my opinion, he is the best shooter in the state," Eagles coach Zach Goring said. "Dustin is a very good three-point shooter but is also exceptional off the dribble and a very good defender. He is a big reason we have had success the past three seasons."

Fronk made 78 three-point baskets as a sophomore and 85 last season, both of which were school records at the time.

Earlier this season, junior guard Tyus Jones became the school's all-time leading scorer. He passed the mark of 2011 graduate Tom Schalk, who scored 1,728 career points. The Class 4A, No. 2-ranked Eagles are 17-1 on the season.

Apple Valley's other two 1,000-point career scorers are Matt Smriga and Aaron Ford.

New coach selected

Chad Clendening has been selected as Apple Valley's new football coach. He replaces Mike Fritze, who retired in November after 37 years at the school.

Clendening, a graduate of Apple Valley, has been an assistant coach in the program since 2000. He worked with the defensive backs before being named defensive coordinator in 2009.

Clendening also has been a teacher in the school district for the past 13 years. He graduated from Augsburg.

Top performances

• Eastview girls' basketball senior Tyra Johnson has taken her game to another level. The 6-1 forward scored 140 points in her past six games in January, averaging 23.3 points per game during that stretch. She matched Bloomington Jefferson's output, a season-best 31 points, in an 80-31 victory over the Jaguars in a South Suburban Conference matchup.

• Rosemount junior Daniel Monaghan won the diving competition in the True Team boys' swimming state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. He won the event with a score of 415.95 points. The Irish finished fifth of 12 teams.

Ron Haggstrom • 612-673-4498

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