Coach McDonald’s ‘Farewell Tour’

Joel McDonald Special to the Hibbing Daily Tribune

HIBBING — For the past few weeks, I have had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accompany my dad, Bob McDonald, during his “farewell tour” across different parts of the state.

As a result driving just over 1,400 miles since March 12th, I was able to spend some very quality time with my dad. It was all the culmination of one crazy year that included memories of his 1,000th win in the Hibbing Holiday Tournament, our triple overtime loss to his team in his 100th and final game against the Hibbing Bluejackets, his final home game against my brother Tom’s Ely Timberwolves, and the announcement that he will be inducted into the National Federation of High Schools Hall of Fame in Boston in July. Read the remainder of the story.

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Students Standing by Their Coach

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BHS Boys Basketball

For years, Burnsville High School’s basketball teams have participated in Coaches vs. Cancer, an annual event put on by the American Cancer Society to raise money for cancer research.

This year, the event’s title couldn’t be more literal.

Matt Eppen, head coach of the BHS boys basketball team, is currently battling multiple myeloma, a cancer that starts in the plasma cells in bone marrow. However, Eppen won’t let the disease get in the way of guiding his players just as he has for the past four years as their leader.

Eppen will be on the sideline for the Coaches vs. Cancer games against Prior Lake High School Friday, Feb. 14 at BHS (PLHS hosted a Coaches vs. Cancer game against BHS earlier this year). Attendees can get in free with a “Team Eppen” T-shirt, which can be purchased for $7. Some shirts will be available at the door, but those interested are encouraged to order one ahead of time by contacting Maria Peerboom at boomer5@mchsi.com.

Coaches vs. Cancer In St. Clair: Smiles, Love And Support

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Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 1/31/2014 12:51:07 PM
ST. CLAIR – The gesture was simple but powerful. It was silent but emotional.

Before the St. Clair boys basketball team played host to Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Thursday night, St. Clair coach Charlie Freitag held the microphone at center court and said a few words about the day’s Coaches vs. Cancer activities.

 

On this bitterly cold night, which had been preceded by a serious snowfall, basketball was played in the main gym and a wrestling triangular in a smaller, older gym. Between the two, the school commons was a beehive. Kids were having their faces painted, lollipops and valentine carnations were sold, dinner featuring pork sandwiches was available and pink was everywhere, including shoelaces and wristbands.

This is the fourth year the Cyclones have hosted a Coaches vs. Cancer night. Nine-hundred dollars was raised the first year and $7,800 the second year. Last year’s total was almost $24,000, making it the largest Coaches vs. Cancer event at any school in Minnesota and the seventh-largest in the nation. Money raised goes to the American Cancer Society.

Coaches Timeline and Nomination Forms

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Attached are a timeline, information sheets, and award forms needed for the upcoming season.

These are TIME SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS and must be received by the deadline to be eligible for awards!

Coaches must be MBCA members to have athletes, teams, and coaches selected for awards

 

1.      Due by January 31, 2014                        ALL-STAR NOMINATION FORM  (PDF)

Coaches must nominate their player(s) on the attached form.  Completed nominations are sent to Rich Decker via

Email:       oldcoach@q.com

Phone:      507-282-5512  (for information or questions)     

Mail:          Rich Decker; 2808 4th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55902

 

 

2.      Online Submission Window Feb 14 - March 2  TEAM ACADEMIC STATE CHAMPION FORM 

Coaches should read the instruction  fill out the online form linked above. For questions contact:

Email:        theodore.critchley@isd623.org

Fax:           763-506-6503

Mail:          Ted Critchley; Roseville Area High School, 1240 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113

 

 

3.      Due by February 24, 2014          INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC ALL-STATE FORM  (PDF)

Coaches should read the instruction page and then fill out the attached form.  Send completed form to

Ted Critchley via

Email:        theodore.critchley@isd623.org

Fax:           763-506-6503

Mail:          Ted Critchley; Roseville Area High School, 1240 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113

 

4.      Due by March 2, 2014                      ASSISTANT  COACH OF THE YEAR (PDF)

Please send Assistant Coach of the Year nominations to Tom Critchley via

Email:        hctirc@earthlink.net

Fax:             651-481-1497

Mail:          Tom Critchley; 2660 Mackubin St.; Roseville, MN 55113

 

5.      Due by March 2, 2014                       HALL OF FAME (PDF) / HALL OF HONOR (PDF) NOMINATION FORM 

Coaches should send completed form to Jim Galvin via

Email:        hctirc@earthlink.net

Phone:       651-429-8703 (for information or questions)    

Fax:           651-481-1497 (Tom Critchley)

Mail:          Jim Galvin; 4702 Wood Avenue; White Bear Lake, MN 55110

 

FOUR NAMED FOR INDUCTION TO MBCA HALL OF FAME

The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association has named four men who will be inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame this November. The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball in the state via their achievements and service.  Full Press Release

 

The 2013 inductees are:

Laurin Carroll – Luverne, Vern Johnson– Grygla-Gatzke, Ken Novak Jr. – Hopkins, Bob Vaughan – Braham

 

The induction ceremonies will be held at the MBCA Hall of Fame Luncheon on Saturday, November 2, 2:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

SIX INDUCTED TO 2013 MBCA HALL OF HONOR

The MBCA Hall of Honor has been established to honor those persons who have helped to improve/promote/ and or serve basketball in Minnesota. Honorees have been longtime supporters of their local teams or have given outstanding service to the game of basketball. Awards are given in four categories: Officials, Media, Coach - Head/Assistant, and Friend of Basketball. To be eligible for the Hall of Honor, a person must have been involved with basketball for at least 20 years. That person must be nominated by a MBCA member, the MBCA Executive Board, or the MBCA Hall of Fame committee. Full Press Release

The 2013 inductees are:

Larry Knutson - Media Kevin Merkle - Official/Administrator Frank White - Official
Leo Fausch - Coach Dick Gosse - Official Dennis Johnson - Friend of Basketball

TIMBERWOLVES HIGH SCHOOL COACHES VIP PASS

All boys and girls varsity head coaches and their varsity coaching staff can purchase the Coaches VIP Pass! The pass allows access to 2 tickets to any and every Timberwolves home game you’re able to attend for the 2013-2014 season (based on availability). Complete Details

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FOUR NAMED FOR 2012 INDUCTION TO MBCA HALL OF FAME

Full Release With Inductee Bios

The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association has named four men who will be inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame this October. The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball in the state via their achievements and service.

The 2012 inductees are:

·         Franz Boelter – Bethlehem Academy

·         Ron Causton – St. Paul Highland Park

·         Don Roberts – Simley

·         Bruce Young – Long Prairie-Grey Eagle

The induction ceremonies will be held at the MBCA Hall of Fame Luncheon on Sunday, October 28th, 12:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

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MBCA Teams Up with the American Cancer Society for Coaches vs. Cancer

The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association is once again teaming up with the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program. All Minnesota High School basketball coaches are encouraged to participate by hosting an event at a home game this season. For more information check out www.coachesmn.org or email American Cancer Society directly: Jamie Nelson (jamie.nelson@cancer.org ) or Kirsten Sherwood(Kirsten.sherwood@caner.org)

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