K-Heart Sports – 06/21/22

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FARGO, ND – The North Dakota High School Coaches Association announces Brian Anderson, New Town High School and Rod Hardie, Fargo North High School will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The induction will take place in Altoona, Iowa (a suburb of Des Moines) on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The National Hall of Fame is part of the NHSACA National Coaches Convention taking place June 18th through June 22nd.
Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson has coached for 48 years serving at various times as coach for baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ track and field, and boys’ and girls’ golf. His teams have won State Championships in Class B boys’ basketball once, Class B girls’ cross country once, Class B boys’ track and field four times, and Class B boys’ cross country 14 times. His basketball teams had 412 victories and four trips to the Class B State Tournament. His boys’ cross country teams finished as runner-up 3 times at state, and have been the West Region champions 13 times with 3 runner-up finishes. His boys’ track and field teams have had 2 runner-up finishes at State and finished in the top four nine times, with six Region titles and six Region runner-up finishes. His boys’ cross country teams have had the individual state champion 10 times. His girls’ cross country teams have been Region Champions two times and Region Runner-up four times. Brian’s 1991 and 1992 basketball teams had a 52-game winning streak.
Brian served on the State advisory committee for both basketball and cross country for 4 – year terms. He also served on the NDHSCA Executive Board for 5 years and served as the State President in 1998. He has been named Class B Boys’ Cross Country Coach of The Year eight times and Class B Boys’ Track Coach of The Year two times. He was named the NHSACA National Coach of The Year in boys’ cross country in 2017. Brian was also named the Class A Boys’ Golf Coach of The Year. In 1991 he was named by the North Dakota Sportswriters and Sportcasters Male High School Coach of The Year.
Brian and his wife Shelley have 3 children: Molly (Joel) Welstad, Scott Anderson, and Paige Anderson. They also have 3 granddaughters: Kinzy, Macy, and Harper Welstad.
Rodney Hardie
Rodney Hardie began his career at Hazelton, North Dakota in 1976. He taught at the middle school and coached boys’ and girls’ basketball and track and field. The following year he transferred to Kenmare, North Dakota and taught 5th and 6th grade math and English and coached boys’ and girls’ basketball and track and field. In 1987, Rodney moved to Fargo to continue his teaching and coaching career. He taught at several of the elementary schools in Fargo and coached track and field at Fargo South and Fargo North. He served both as a head coach in boys’ cross country at Fargo South and assistant coach in track and field. He also was an assistant coach at Fargo North in boys track and field and cross country. He coached at NDSU in both track and field and cross country.
Coach Hardie’s cross country teams at Fargo South were well respected in the state and region. They were nationally ranked three times during the twenty years he coached at South. They were North Dakota Class A state champions three times, and conference champions five times. As a track assistant at South, the track and field team won five state championships, and 16 conference championships. Two of his athletes became All-American cross-country runners at the NCAA Division 1 level. Coach Hardie retired from teaching and coaching in 2008. He soon returned to coaching in 2010 at Fargo South as an assistant track and field coach. He had the pleasure of working with Laura Roesler, a multi event winner at the state meet. She attended the University of Oregon and became an All American Track and Field athlete. The following fall, he returned to Fargo North as an assistant in both the track and field and cross country for several years.
Rodney was named NDHSCA State Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year three times and was a NHSACA National Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year finalist three times. He was a NHSACA finalist in both track and field and cross country. He served as the Class A representative for the cross country advisory committee from 1998-2004. He served on the NDHSCA Executive Committee as an assistant executive secretary for 7 years from 1998 to 2005. Rodney served the North Dakota Coaches Association as membership and convention registration chair for 13 years. He was awarded the NHSACA Distinguished Service Award in 2020.
Rodney is married to Karen Hardie. They have three children; Ilissa, a sophomore at the University of Jamestown, Evan, a junior at Fargo North High School, and Elizabeth, a junior at Fargo North High School.
FARGO, ND – The North Dakota High School Coaches Association announces the NHSACA National Coach of the Year finalists from North Dakota. The NHSACA National Coach of the Year Finalists will be honored on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 in Altoona, Iowa (suburb of Des Moines). These coaches are among eight finalists in each category for the NHSACA National Coach of the Year Award.
Soccer – Matt Pfau, Minot
Football – Larry Sandy, Velva
Baseball – Kent Schweigert, Bismarck Century
Softball – Kevin Ziegler, Bisarck Century
Wrestling – Jeff Schumacher, Bismarck High
Volleyball – Jay Schobinger, Dickinson
Boy’s Basketball – Gregg Grinsteinner, Dickinson Trinity
Girl’s Basketball – Mike Forsberg, Fargo Oak Grove
Girl’s Cross Country – Kirk Zink, Hillsboro-Central Valley
Tennis – Chad Anderson, West Fargo Sheyenne
Special Sports – Grant Paranica, Grand Forks Central
Girl’s Track & Field – Tracey Heisler, Grand Forks Red River
Boy’s Assistant Coach – Paul Lean, Fargo Davies
Girl’s Assistant Coach – Tim White, Griggs County Central
MINOT, ND – The North Dakota High School Coaches Associaton has named the 2022 Class A Boys Golf All-State team and two Minot athletes were honored. Senior Peyton Bartsch and freshman Kasen Rostad were among 11 athletes named to the All-State team.
MINOT, ND – Kathy Aspaas and Wayne Johnson built championship programs that stood the test of time. Weston Dressler excelled on the gridiron, first in high school, then at the University of North Dakota, and at the professional level. Aspaas, Johnson and Dressler are the recipients of this year’s Special Achievement Awards by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. To receive the award, nominees needed 75 percent approval in voting by NDAPSSA members.
Kathy Aspaas, Minot and Bismarck Century swimming
Aspaas spent 45 years coaching high school swimming in North Dakota. She built a perennial power at Minot High School, producing 22 state titles before retiring in 2009. After the flood, Aspaas moved to Bismarck, where she took over the Century High School program. The Patriots won six state titles in her six seasons leading the program. Aspaas was named the 2017 national coach of the year and was inducted into the North Dakota Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004.
Wayne Johnson, Dakota College-Bottineau basketball
Johnson retired following a 53-year coaching career. He coached at the high school level for 33 years, first at Fairmount for 14 years and then at Rolette for 19 years. Johnson spent the last 20 seasons at Dakota College-Bottineau, where he led the Lady Jacks to seven region titles and three district titles. The Lady Jacks made three appearances in the national tournament, including last season. At DCB, Johnson also coached volleyball for four years and helped start the Lady Jacks’ softball program.
Weston Dressler
Dressler will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Plaza of Honour in August. Dressler was a standout on the gridiron at every level. At Bismarck High School, he was a first-team all-state selection and was named the Gatorade North Dakota Player of the Year. He rushed for 2,100 yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior. He was also the state champion in the 100, 200 and 400, setting state records in the 100 and 200 and was named the Gatorade North Dakota track athlete of the year. He finished his career at UND with 19 school records. The All-American was the first player to be all-North Central Conference at three positions (wide receiver, returner, utility) in the same season. He was a first-team all-NCC pick four times for the Sioux. The NDAPSSA voted him the high school male athlete of the year in 2004 and the college male athlete of the year in 2008. He won the Dakota Award, for North Dakotans excelling in sports outside of the state, in 2009. Dressler signed with the Roughriders in 2008 and became a fan favorite in the CFL. He helped the Roughriders win a Grey Cup title in 2013 and was a CFL West all-star four times and a CFL all-star in 2012 and 2013. He ranks third all-time for the Roughriders in receiving yards (7,792) and catches (538) and fifth all-time in TDs (61). In 2014 he signed a free agent contract and went to training camp with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. After playing with Saskatchewan from 2008-2015, he finished his CFL career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2016-2018. Dressler finished with 715 catches for 10,026 yards and 61 TDs in 161 games during an 11-year CFL career.

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