Longtime Mounds View softball coach Frank Roth is polishing a new diamond.
St. Croix Preparatory Academy, based in Stillwater, hired Roth and his former staff. Softball season begins Monday and Roth is excited for the challenge.
“Families choose St. Croix because the education is excellent,” Roth said. “I want to match the education with athletics. My staff and I all believe in that, and we feel we can make kids the best they can be.”
Roth left Mounds View after the 2016 season, his 14th at the helm. His teams won 198 games and placed second in the conference four times.
Elk River boys’ basketball coach Randy Klasen won his 500th career game as his Elks defeated St. Michael-Albertville 66-62 on March 7 in the Class 4A, Section 8 quarterfinals.
Klasen’s victory total is a combination of his work as both a girls’ and boys’ head coach.
The Force awakens
Academy Force Football is the new identity for a retooled private school conglomerate. Mounds Park Academy joins New Life Academy and St. Croix Prep as part of a east-metro-based football co-op for the upcoming season.
The current program plays in Class 4A, Section 3 and reached the section finals last season.
David La Vaque