Mark Neu has decided to step away from his position as Shakopee wrestling coach, but he plans on staying involved in the program.
“The decision to resign was very difficult,” Neu said. “I have been considering it for quite some time.”
Neu guided the Sabers the past 13 seasons. They finished second to Prior Lake in the Class 3A, Section 2 tournament in each of the past five years.
“Shakopee has a fantastic wrestling program,” Neu said. “Whomever gets the head coaching job will be walking into a great program with lots of support.”
Shakopee made its only team state tournament appearance under Neu in 2004.
“I do still plan to continue to devote my time and energy to the wrestling program.” Neu said. “I coach youth freestyle in the spring, youth wrestling in the winter and provide summer wrestling to all kids. I just feel that it became too much.”
Sophomore Brent Jones became his first back-to-back individual tournament state champion in March. Jones won the 106-pound title in 2014 and 120-pound crown this season.
“The responsibilities of the head coach have grown with the program,” Neu said. “Teaching sixth-grade science and coaching the wrestling team takes a tremendous amount of time and energy.”
Timberwolves rookie guard Zach Lavine will hold a summer basketball camp in June at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. Lavine won the 2015 NBA All-Star slam dunk championship in New York.
The camp, which will be held June 10-12, is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 12. The camp will include individual skills, basic fundamentals and games, with an emphasis on team work and sportsmanship. The cost is $185 per player and will be limited to 150 participants.
For more information or to register, visit the Perfect Footwork website at perfectfootwork.teamsportsadmin.com.
• Farmington senior Justin Hyytinen broke his own school 800-meter indoor boys’ track record in the Mankato Showcase. Hyytinen posted a winning time of 1 minute, 56.28 seconds.
• Rosemount hockey player Ryan Foley had four goals and two assists in three games for Section 3A/AA in the Ted Brill Great 8 Festival. The event, which was at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul, was for boys’ high school hockey players who are seniors.