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2018 Stillwater Area Baseball Association Player of the Week Awards: May 14

Every week this baseball season, we will announce Stillwater Area Baseball Weekly Award Winners here on Stillwater Current.  

Here’s our weekly award winners for the week of May 14. The Stillwater Motors Players of the Week goes to Parker Gilchrest, who pitched a no-hitter inning with three strike outs. He also hit his first home run!  

The Dave’s Sport Shop Hitter of the Week is Brady Dague. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater’s Jackson Cates Honored with Herb Brooks Award

Jackson Cates was honored with the Class AA Herb Brooks award Saturday night at the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. The Herb Brooks award is given to the most qualified hockey player in the state tournament who strongly represents the values, characteristics, and traits that defined hockey legend Herb Brooks. Congrats to #10 Jackson Cates for receiving the Herb Brooks Award! pic.twitter.com/MwVrcCYOYT

— SAHS Boys Hockey (@ponyhockey) March 6, 2016

The head coach of each team qualifying for both state hockey tournament nominates a player for the Herb Brooks Award. Characteristics and values nominees for the award include:

True love for hockey

Commitment and loyalty to school, team, and community

Willingness to sacrifice for the team


Goal-oriented approach

Sharp focus and strong competitive drive

Excellent work ethic

Willingness to accept challenges

Mental toughness

Strong hockey skills

Strong leadership qualities

The selection committee is comprised of current and former high school hockey coaches and other hockey community members with connections to Herb Brooks. Continue Reading →

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GoFundMe Campaign: Help the Ponies Hockey Team Take State

The Stillwater Ponies will be making their second appearance in three years at the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament this week. The No. 2-seeded Ponies (26-1-1) take on Farmington (18-8-1) at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday. The puck drops at 11 a.m.

The Ponies won in dramatic fashion, a 1-0 overtime thriller over Hill-Murray in the section final, last week to earn a trip back to the big show. Stillwater didn’t play any tournament qualifiers during the regular season. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater’s Girls Swimming and Diving Coach Brian Luke Breaks Father’s State Record with 125th Consecutive Win

The Stillwater girls swim and dive team hasn’t lost a dual meet in more than a decade. Last week, Stillwater’s Coach Brian Luke set the state record when the Ponies captured their 125th consecutive win — dating back to 2003 — defeating East Ridge. The previous record was held by Luke’s 89-year-old father, Elmer, who coached at Hopkins from the late 1970s to early 1990s. Here’s a recap of the record-breaking meet from Stillwater Area Public Schools:

Many swimmers and divers from Luke’s past teams came to Thursday’s meet (Sept. 17) to watch history in the making and to thank their former coach. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Area High School’s Mock Trial Team Heads to State for Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row the Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial Team has advanced to the Minnesota State High School Tournament. Last year, in its inaugural season, Stillwater’s Mock Trial team finished in seventh place at the state competition. In the team’s second year, they remained undefeated in regional and sectional competitions and will compete March 5-6  in the state competition held at the Hennepin County District Court. The Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial program has grown from one competitive team last year to two teams this current season.  The team competing in the state tournament this year is comprised of all seniors – Alex Eitzman, Alexander Screaton, Adam Johnson, Mitchell Sell, Holly Fena, Rachel Hartwig, and Nick Sabin – with support from underclassmen Natalie Sims and Justin Hannasch. The Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial Team was started last year by high school students and sponsored by the Stillwater based law firm Eckberg Lammers. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Defeats White Bear Lake in Double Overtime, Advances to Section Finals Against Hill Murray

The Stillwater boys hockey team will take on Hill Murray Friday night at Aldrich Arena for a trip to the Minnesota State Hockey tournament. The puck drops in the section finals at 7 p.m.

The Ponies advanced to the section finals Wednesday night with an exciting 3-2 double overtime victory over White Bear Lake. Ponies defeat White Bear Lake 3-2 in double overtime. What a game. pic.twitter.com/V6PqHpVd5V

— SAHS Boys Hockey (@ponyhockey) February 26, 2015

The Ponies trailed White Bear Lake by a goal going into the third period when Mutt Hoefferle, assisted by Tyler Benson, tied the game with just over 2 minutes left in the third period. Continue Reading →

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Boys Hockey: Stillwater Tops Orono 2-1 (Photos)

Coming off of the first trip to the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament in school history, the Stillwater boys hockey team won their season opener 2-1 over Orono. Stillwater goaltender Josh Benson had 21 saves. Devon Cates scored the Ponies first goal with assists from Jackson Cates and Jack Mapstone. Simon Sagissor scored the Ponies second goal with assists from Luke Manning and Jack Manning. The Ponies had 36 shots on goal. Continue Reading →

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Running Back Zach Knox Breaks Stillwater’s All-Time Rushing Record

From PoniesFootball.com:

Zach Knox is now the Ponies all-time leading rusher. The senior running back made history in Stillwater’s section playoff loss to Totino-Grace on Friday, October 31, 2014. Knox gained 74 yards on 16 carries, for a total of 3,077 career rushing yards. He surpassed the previous record holder all-stater Aaron Runk, who had 3,028 career rushing yards from 1993 – 1995. Knox broke the all-time rushing record despite being forced to sit out two games this season because of a concussions. Continue Reading →

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Photos: Totino-Grace Tops Stillwater in Football Section Finals

No. 2 seeded Totino-Grace (9-1) will return to the state tournament after beating Stillwater 29-13 in the crossover matchup in 6A playoff action. Stillwater running back Zach Knox did set a new Ponies rushing record in the battle rushing for 75 yards on 16 carries. Overall, the Ponies were held to 168 total yards. Here’s a photo gallery from Friday night’s game: (All photos by Joe Isaacs)

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Zach Knox Zeros in on Stillwater’s All-Time Rushing Record

From Poniesfootball.com:

Running back Zach Knox is chasing Stillwater’s all-time rushing record. The senior needs just 24 yards to surpass all-stater Aaron Runk’s record of 3,028 career yards set from 1993 to 1995. Knox enters Friday’s game against Totino-Grace with 3,005 yards. Knox told the Stillwater Gazette, he’s more focused on winning the game than setting the record. “I’m going to love to have it, but playoffs is so many steps ahead of that for the team,” Knox told the Gazette. “I feel like I’ve worked hard for that, but clearly the playoffs mean more to me right now and playing as many games as I can with my teammates for our last year — for a lot of us, our last year.”

Knox was forced to sit out two games this season because of a concussions. Had he played in those games, he surely would have broken the record by now. Earlier this season, Knox broke Runk’s all-time carries record of 500 and is currently at 554. Continue Reading →

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Football: Stillwater Takes On Totino-Grace for Trip to State Tournament

The Stillwater football team looked impressive last week in the first round of the section 4AAAAAA playoffs, pounding Roseville 53-20 at Pony Stadium. Stillwater (7-2) heads to Fridley Friday night to take on No. 2 seeded Totino-Grace (8-1) in a crossover game. Kickoff is 7 p.m. The winner advances to the state tournament. //

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Stillwater Takes on Roseville Friday Night in Section 4AAAAA Postseason Opener

The Stillwater football team opens the postseason tonight against Roseville at Pony Stadium. The Ponies (6-2) beat Roseville (3-5) 20-0 in the season opener. The winner of Friday night’s Section 4AAAAAA quarterfinal game winner will face the highest seeded-team remaining after the Section 5AAAAAA quarterfinals in a cross-over game on Friday, Oct. 31. Maple Grove (7-1) is the No. Continue Reading →

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Mounds View Beats Stillwater 34-20 to Clinch SEC Title; Playoffs Start Next Friday

Mounds View Clinched the Suburban East Conference title—and likely the top seed in the playoffs— Wednesday night beating Stillwater 34-20 at Pony Stadium. The Ponies end the regular season with a 6-2 record. The Suburban East Conference coaches met at Stillwater Area High School Thursday morning to determine the Class 6A Section 4 playoff seedings. Mounds View (7-1), who beat East Ridge last week, is the No. 1 seed. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Hosts Mounds View in Final SEC Gridiron Battle

The Stillwater Ponies look to upset SEC rival Mounds View Wednesday night in what will be the last chance to be crowned conference champions. The Ponies (6-1) take on the No. 3 ranked Mustangs (6-1) at 7 p.m. at Ponies Stadium. If Stillwater wins, the Ponies will earn a share of the Suburban East Conference title. The Ponies have won 22 conference titles. Continue Reading →

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Football: Stillwater Plays Mounds View Wednesday for Share of SEC Title (Photos)

Stillwater will play Mounds View for a share of the SEC title Wednesday night at Pony Stadium. The Ponies (6-1) bounced back after their only loss of the season, and pounded Woodbury 47-20 Friday night at Royal Stadium. Stillwater running back Marques Williams ran for 85 yards and 3 touchdowns filling in for the injured Zach Knox. Quarterback DJ Skie threw for 4 touchdowns against the Royals (1-6) — three of them to wide receiver Brooks Carroll and one to tight end Matt Anderson. The Ponies blocked a  punt, recovered an onside kick and defensive back Johnny Randazzo had two interceptions. Continue Reading →

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Photos: Cretin-Derham Hall Hands Stillwater First Loss of Season

Cretin-Derham Hall handed the Ponies their first loss of the season on a windy, wet and cold Friday night at Pony Stadium. The Raiders came into Pony Stadium on Homecoming night with a chip on their shoulder–after losing to Stillwater last year during Cretin-Derham Hall’s Homecoming–and beat the Ponies 32-14. Cretin-Derham Hall (4-2) got off to a 19-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. Senior Brooks Carroll scored both touchdowns for the Ponies. Raiders running back D’mitri Walker ran for more than 170 yards and two touchdowns against the Ponies defense. Continue Reading →

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Photos: Ponies Spoil White Bear Lake’s Homecoming, Improve to 5-0

The Ponies spoiled White Bear Lake’s Homecoming last week with a 35-7 win in the state’s oldest rivalry. Stillwater improved to 5-0 on the season, and moved up to No. 6 in the AP’s football rankings. The Ponies are keeping pace with Mounds View (5-0) and East Ridge (5-0) at the top of the Suburban East Conference.  


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Ponies Pound Park 56-7, Improve to 4-0

The Ponies pounded Park Friday night to improve to 4-0 on the season. Stillwater’s offense exploded for 484 total yards. Zach Knox scored 4 touchdowns and rushed for 181 yards. Brooks Carroll rushed for 2 TDs (29 and 50 yards), while Nick Wanovich broke free on an 81-yard touchdown run. Once again, the Ponies defense was stingy, allowing Park just -2 rushing yards. Continue Reading →

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2014 Football Schedule: Familiar Foes Missing, Cretin-Derham Hall Comes to Town for Homecoming


The Ponies 2014 football schedule is out and there are a couple of familiar opponents missing, as well as an interesting Homecoming matchup. The Ponies will open the season on the road at Roseville, and close the season hosting Mounds View. But missing from this year’s schedule is Hastings, who is no longer in the Suburban East Conference, and East Ridge, who was dropped from Stillwater’s schedule to accommodate the nine teams remaining in the SEC. Instead, the Ponies will play a non-conference game against St. Paul Central. The last time the Stillwater faced the St. Continue Reading →

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