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					 Minnesota West
Bluejay & Lady Jay
ATHLETICS
      Worthington Campus
   1.800.657.3966 • www.mnwest.edu
    Contact our Coaches!



          Football                Men’s Basketball
    Coach Jeff Linder       Coach Justin Heckenlaible
        507-372-3474                507-372-3487 or
or jeff.linder@mnwest.edu   justin.heckenlaible@mnwest.edu




           Golf                       Wrestling
    Coach Ron Wood               Coach Bob Purcell
       507-372-3468                 507-372-3485
or ron.wood@mnwest.edu      or robert.purcell@mnwest.edu




        Volleyball                     Softball
 Coach Marie Johnson               Coach Rosalie
      507-372-3472 or           Hayenga-Hostikka
marie.johnson@mnwest.edu            507-372-3488 or
                            rosalie.hayenga@mnwest.edu




 Women’s Basketball                     Baseball
   Coach Mike Fury                Coach Jeff Linder
      507-372-3407                    507-372-3474
or mike.fury@mnwest.edu       or jeff.linder@mnwest.edu
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      ZERO-IN ON
     BLUEJAY AND
  LADY JAY ATHLETICS
                                                                                                        Page

All Sports Season Calendar                                                                                6-7

Bluejay Booster Club                                                                                       9

2010 - 2011 Conference Awards                                                                             12

Academic Successes                                                                                        13

Minnesota College Athletic Conference                                                                   14-15

Bluejay Football                                                                                        16-19

Lady Jay Volleyball                                                                                     20-21

Bluejay Basketball                                                                                      26-27

Lady Jay Basketball                                                                                     29-31

Bluejay Wrestling                                                                                       32-33

Bluejay Baseball                                                                                        34-35

Lady Jay Softball                                                                                       37-39

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FOOTBALL
DATE                                 OPPONENT                       LOCATION               TIME
SAT., Aug. 27                        Vermillion Ironmen             ST. CLOUD STATE      5:00 p.m.
SAT., Sept. 3                        Itasca Vikings                 HOME                11:00 a.m.
SAT., Sept. 10                       Fond Du Lac Thunder            CLOQUET              2:00 p.m.
SAT., Sept. 17                       Mesabi Range Norsemen          HOME                12:00 p.m.
SAT., Sept. 24                       Northland Pioneers             THIEF RIVER FALLS   12:00 p.m.
SAT., Oct. 1                         Ridgewater Warriors            HOMECOMING           1:30 p.m.
SAT., Oct. 8                         Central Lakes Raiders          BRAINERD             2:30 p.m.
SAT., Oct. 15                        MSCTC- Spartans                FERGUS FALLS         2:30 p.m.
FRI., Oct. 21                        Rochester Yellowjackets        HOME                 5:00 p.m.
SAT., Oct. 29                        MCCC STATE SEMI-FINAL          TBD                  1:00 p.m.
SAT., Nov. 5                         MCCC STATE
                                     CHAMPIONSHIP                   ST. CLOUD STATE      1:00 p.m.
NJCAA BOWL GAME TBD
                                          HEAD COACH: Jeff Linder

VOLLEYBALL
DATE                                 OPPONENT                       LOCATION               TIME
WED., Aug. 31                        Rochester                      Home                 6:30 p.m.
FRI., Sept. 2                        Anoka Ramsey                   Coon Rapids          6:30 p.m.
SAT., Sept. 3                        St. Cloud Tech                 St. Cloud           12:00 p.m.
FRI & SAT Sept. 9-10                 Rochester Invite               Rochester                 TBA
TUES., Sept. 13                      USF JV                         Home                 6:30 p.m.
WED., Sept. 14                       MSCTC-Fergus Falls             Fergus Falls         6:30 p.m.
FRI., Sept. 16                       Riverland                      Home                 6:30 p.m.
MON., Sept. 19                       USF JV                         Sioux Falls, SD      6:30 p.m.
WED., Sept. 21                       Ridgewater                     Home                 6:30 p.m.
FRI., Sept. 23                       Rochester                      Rochester            6:30 p.m.
WED. Sept. 28                        Anoka Ramsey                   Home                 6:30 p.m.
SAT., Oct. 1                         St. Cloud Tech                 Home                12:00 p.m.
WED., Oct. 5                         MSCTC-Fergus Falls             Home                 6:30 p.m.
FRI., Oct. 7                         Riverland                      Austin               6:30 p.m.
TUES., Oct. 11                       Ridgewater                     Willmar              6:30 p.m.
SAT-SUN Oct. 29-30                   Region 13A Tournament          TBA                       TBA
                                        HEAD COACH: Marie Johnson

SOFTBALL
DATE                                 OPPONENT                       LOCATION               TIME
FRI., Mar. 30                         Anoka Ramsey                  Home                 3:00 p.m.
SAT., Mar. 31                         St. Cloud Tech                St. Cloud           12:00 p.m.
TUES., Apr. 2                         Ridgewater                    Home                 3:00 p.m.
FRI., Apr. 6                          Riverland                     Home                 3:00 p.m.
TUES., Apr. 10                        Rochester                     Home                 3:00 p.m.
SAT., Apr. 14                         MSCTC-Fergus Falls            Fergus Falls        12:00 p.m.
MON., Apr. 16                         Riverland                     Austin               3:00 p.m.
FRI., Apr. 20                         MSCTC-Fergus Falls            Home                 3:00 p.m.
SAT., Apr. 21                         St. Cloud Tech                Home                12:00 p.m.
TUES., Apr. 24                        Rochester                     Rochester            3:00 p.m.
SAT., Apr. 28                         CROSSOVER                                               TBD
SUN., Apr. 29                         CROSSOVER                                               TBD
FRI., May 4,                          Ridgewater                    Willmar              3:00 p.m.
SAT., May 5,                          Anoka Ramsey                  Coon Rapids         12:00 p.m.
* All non-conference games will be   scheduled at a later date
                               HEAD COACH: Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka

                               Time and Dates Subject to Change

                       Minnesota West is a member of the Minnesota College
                         Athletic Conference (MCAC) & the National Junior
                          College Athletic Assoication (NJCAA) Division III.
Bluejay & Lady Jay Athletics 2011-2012
BASKETBALL
DATE                                OPPONENT                           LOCATION                        TIME
WED., Nov. 2                       *Dakota Wesleyan JV                 Mitchell, SD           6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
FRI., Nov. 4                       *Sanford Regional                   Home                   6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
SAT., Nov. 5                       Hospital Classic                    Home                   4:00 & 6:00 p.m.
WED., Nov. 9                       *Iowa Lakes                         Estherville, IA        5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
TUES., Nov. 15                     *Dordt JV                           Home                   6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
TUES., Nov. 22                     (W) Buena Vista JV                  Home                          7:00 p.m.
TUES., Nov. 29                     *Dakota Wesleyan JV                 Home                   6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
FRI., Dec. 2                       *Northland                          Home                   6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
SAT., Dec. 3                       *Itasca                             Home                   1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
TUES., Dec. 6                      (W) Morningside JV                  Sioux City, IA                6:00 p.m.
FRI., Dec. 9                       *Vermilion                          Ely                    6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
SAT., Dec. 10                      *Mesabi Range                       Virginia               1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
WED., Dec. 14                      *Gustavus JV                        Home                   6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
FRI., Jan. 6                       *Central Lakes Classic              Brainerd                           TBA
SAT., Jan. 7                       *Central Lakes Classic              Brainerd                           TBA
WED., Jan. 11                      *MSCTC-Fergus Falls (X)             Fergus Falls           6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
WED., Jan. 18                      *Ridgewater (X)                     Willmar                6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
SUN., Jan. 22                      *Anoka-Ramsey (X)                   Home                   1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
WED., Jan. 25                      *Central Lakes (X)                  Home                   6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
SAT., Jan. 28                      *Rochester (X)                      Rochester              1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
WED., Feb. 1                       *Riverland (X)                      Austin                 6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
SAT., Feb. 4                       *MSCTC-Fergus Falls (X)             Home                   1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
SAT., Feb. 11                      *Ridgewater (X)                     Home                   1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
WED., Feb. 15                      *Anoka-Ramsey (X)                   Coon Rapids            6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
SAT., Feb. 18                      *Central Lakes (X)                  Brainerd               1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
WED., Feb. 22                      *Rochester (X)                      Home                   6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
SAT., Feb. 25                      *Riverland (X)                      Home                   1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
FRI-SUN Mar 2-4                    (W) Region 13 Play-offs             TBA                                TBA
                                   (M) State Tourney @ Anoka-Ramsey    Coon Rapids                        TBA
                    *Doubleheader Games-Women Play 1st Game (X)       Southern Division Games
                  BLUEJAY COACH: Justin Heckenlaible           LADY JAY COACH: Mike Fury
WRESTLING
DATE                                OPPONENT                           LOCATION                        TIME
SAT. Nov. 05                        Rochester Open                     Rochester, MN               10: 00 a.m.
WED. Nov. 09                        Itasca CC                          Grand Rapids                  6:00 p.m.
SAT. Nov. 12                        DWU Open                           Mitchell, SD                  9:00 a.m.
WED. Nov. 16                        Iowa Lakes                         Home                          7:00 p.m.
WED. Nov.22                         Northwestern Tri                   Orange City, IA               6:00 p.m.
SAT. Dec. 03                        Dragon Open                        Moorhead, MN                  9:00 a.m.
THUR. Dec. 1                        Iowa Central                       Fort Dodge, IA                7:00 p.m.
WED. Dec. 07                        Ellsworth Dual                     Home                          7:00 a.m.
SAT. Dec. 10                        Triton College Invite              Chicago, IL                   9:00 a.m.
SAT. Jan. 07                        Ridgewater Open                    Willmar, MN                  10:00 a.m.
TUES. Jan. 10                       Northwest KS Tec                   Goodland, KS                  7:00 p.m.
WED. Jan. 18                        Ridgewater                         Home                          7:00 p.m.
SAT. Jan. 21                        Worthington Open                   Home                          9:00 a.m.
TUES. Jan. 31                       Rochester                          Rochester                     7:00 p.m.
SAT. Feb. 4                         Briar Cliff Invite                 Sioux City, IA                9:00 a.m.
SUN. Feb. 12                        North Central District             Mason City, IA               10:00 a.m.
FRI. Feb. 24                        NJCAA National Tour.               Rochester, MN                      TBA
SAT. Feb. 25                        NJCAA National Tour.               Rochester, MN                      TBA
                                        HEAD COACH: Robert Purcell
BASEBALL
DATE                                OPPONENT                           LOCATION                        TIME
SAT., Apr. 14                     St. Cloud Tech               St. Cloud                            1:00   p.m.
SUN., Apr. 15                     Central Lakes                Brainerd                             1:00   p.m.
WED., Apr. 18                     Rochester                    Home                                 2:00   p.m.
SAT., Apr. 21                     Ridgewater                   Willmar                              1:00   p.m.
SUN., Apr. 22                     Anoka Ramsey                 Home                                 1:00   p.m.
TUES., Apr. 24                    Riverland                    Home                                 2:00   p.m.
SAT., Apr. 28                     MSCTC-Fergus Falls           Fergus Falls                         1:00   p.m.
                      * All Non-Conference Games will be scheduled at a later date.
                                        HEAD COACH: Jeff Linder
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Bluejay Booster Club
                                                       Bluejay Booster Club Board Members:
                                                              •   Bruce Viessman
                                                              •   Wayne Klumper
                                                              •   Genny Turner
                                                              •   Kelly Meyer
                                                              •   Greg Raymo
                                                              •   Pete Suby

                                                       The Bluejay Booster Club is a 501(c)3
                                                       non-profit, self-supporting organization
                                                       established solely to support, promote, and
                                                       advance athletics at Minnesota West
                                                       Community and Technical College.
How do we fund
these projects?                                        The Booster Club helps fund the athletic
                                                       programs in a variety of different ways.
Through the generous support of our member-            This includes equipment upgrades in the
ships sales and advertising packages. The Booster      Auxiliary Field House, the annual athletic
Club sells the ads in the program you are reading.     banquets, “Meet the Jays” fan events, All
In addition we have banner sales available in our      Sports Programs and Calendars, as well as
gym, game sponsorship opportunities, as well as        many miscellaneous expenses that the athletic
ad space around our All Sports calendars.              programs incur throughout the year.
We appreciate the generous support we have
received from our sponsors and boosters but are
always looking for more!

Please consider joining us in our support of
Minnesota West Athletics!

If you or your business would like information on
how you can be part of next year’s program please
call Minnesota West at 372-3400 or check out our
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             2010-2011 Conference Awards
        BLUEJAY FOOTBALL MCAC            BLUEJAY BASKETBALL MCAC
        All Division Teams               All-Southern Division Team
                                         Halden Van Whye
        First Team:
        Deshawn Lawrence                 LADY JAY SOFTBALL MCAC
        Joe Harris                       All-Southern Division Team
        Dan Knips                        First Team:
        Jeff Curtsinger                  Katherine Kazemba
        Justin Boeckman
                                         Second Team:
        Second Team:                     LoRel Christensen
        Travaras Poindexter              Sam Lynn
        Deshawn Johnson
        Andy Henning                     All-State
        Jake Smith                       First Team:
        Trevor Hage                      Katherine Kazemba

        Honorable Mention:               Honorable Mention
        Dreidon Killebrew                LoRel Christensen
        Storm Soto                       Sam Lynn
        Teddy Joseph
        James Wright                     State All Tournament Team
        Cody Gerhke                      Kaitlin Banck

                                         BLUEJAY BASEBALL MCAC
        LADY JAY BASKETBALL MCAC         All-Southern Division Team
        All-Southern Division Team       Bryant Schroeder
        First Team:
        Sam Lynn
        Honorable Mention
        Alyssa Smith
        Alyson Drooger
        Kayla Vander Veen

        All State
        First Team:
        Sam Lynn

        All State All Tournament Team
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Success in the Classroom…
2010-2011 MCAC Academic Athletes
 Volleyball              Softball                Football                Baseball
 Alyson Drooger          Emily Ebbers            Nathan Bierman          Jeff Curtsinger
 Katherine Kazemba       Erin Ebbers             Justin Boeckman         Jacob Laverman
 Sarah Suby              Katherine Kazemba       Jeff Curtsinger         Shane Schoborg
                         Alyson Drooger          Andy Henning            Sean Solheim
 Women’s                 LoRel Christensen       Anthony Kellen          Derek Stenzel
 Basketball              Sam Lynn                Dan Knips               Eric Wieneke
 Alyson Drooger          Stephanie Maras         Travis Selness
 LoRel Christensen                               John Vivian             Men’s Basketball
 Christa Wik                                     Dayton Williamson       Teddy Joseph
 Sam Lynn                                                                Halden Van Wyhe
 Stephanie Maras




  Bluejays Recognized by NJCAA for Academic Excellence
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Bluejays have been recognized by the NJCAA,
National Junior College Athletic Association for outstanding academics. Student athletes were
awarded Exemplary Academic Achievement and Superior Academic Achievement by sport.

Exemplary Academic Achievement must have a 3.60 or better grade point average on a 4.0 grade
scale for 45 semester hours. Minnesota West recipients include:
                • Daniel Knips, Football
                • Sarah Suby, Volleyball

Superior Academic Achievement must have a 3.80 or better grade point average on a 4.0 grade
scale for 45 semester hours. Minnesota West recipients include:
                • Samantha Lynn


NJCAA also recognizes colleges for achieving academic excellence by awarding Academic
Teams-of-the-Year. Teams are awarded based on the entire team computed grade point averages.

       • The Lady Jay Basketball & Lady Jay Softball teams were awarded this
       prestigious award for the 2010-2011 season with 3.0 Combined GPA’s or higher.
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      Minnesota College Athletic Conference
      The Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) has a rich tradition of winning programs
      and allows student-athletes to compete at the highest levels. The MCAC is a member of the
      National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III.

      It is a non-scholarship league and currently offers athletes the opportunity to compete in the
      following sports:
                           Men:                              Women:
                           Football                          Volleyball
                           Golf                              Golf
                           Basketball                        Basketball
                           Baseball                          Softball
                           Wrestling

      On January 1, 2007 Minnesota West officially began housing the Minnesota College Athletic
      Conference’s (MCAC) office with Justin Heckenlaible serving as Conference Coordinator.
      Minnesota West plans to use technology to help advance and promote the league not only
      in Minnesota but on a national scale.

      2011-2012 State Tournament Locations
      State Tournament hosts are determined through a bid process. This years’ tournament
      sites are as follows:
                          Football - St. Cloud, MN
                          Men’s Basketball - Anoka Ramsey, Coon Rapids Campus
                          Baseball - St. Cloud, MN
                          Wrestling - Mason City, IA
      Women’s athletics has gone to a new regional tournament format. Region 13A tournaments
      are as follows:
                          Volleyball TBA • Women’s Basketball TBA • Softball TBA

      History of the MCAC
      The Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) was first established in the fall of 1967
      although many two year colleges throughout the state were competing in intercollegiate
      athletics prior to that time.

      Football was the first organized sport within the MCAC, followed by men's cross country, basket-
      ball, wrestling, hockey, baseball, tennis, and track in the 1969-1970 academic year.

      In 1973, competitions in women's volleyball, basketball, softball, and track and field were
      added. Throughout the next 23 years the MCAC operated under the guidance of the Minnesota
      College Athletic System office.
                                 Bluejay & Lady Jay Athletics - Page 15

MCAC Member Schools




                      Minnesota West CTC - Worthington
                              Worthington, MN
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  Bluejay Football
  Minnesota West Bluejay football squad is excited for the 2011 season to begin. The Bluejays
  are looking up to the sophomores for leadership. However, there is a strong freshman class that
  will be taking the field to bring the Bluejays to success.
                                                       Bluejay & Lady Jay Athletics - Page 17


Bluejay Football
   Head Coach: Jeff Linder
   Coach Linder is entering his 17th year as head coach of the Minnesota West Bluejays.
   Jeff has been the recipient of the Southern Division “Coach-of-the-Year” Award four
   times.

   In addition, he was named by the Minnesota Vikings as the “2004 College Coach-of-
   the-Year.” Jeff is a graduate of Worthington High School and Worthington
   Community College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education
   from Bemidji State University, and Masters of Sport Management from the United
   States Sports Academy. While in high school he was an All-Southwest Conference pick
   in football and was voted Most Valuable lineman by his teammates. Coach Linder and
   his wife Jen have seven children, Becca, Jacob, Tyler, Anthony, Abby, Allison and Jack.


   Assistant Coach: Scott Barber-Defensive Coordinator,
   Defensive Backs, Linebackers
   Coach Barber is in his 16th year as an assistant coach for the Bluejays. He played two
   seasons of football for the Bluejays. Scott completed his B.S. Degree in Social Studies
   at Mankato State University and his Master’s Degree in Education at Southwest State
   University. He has been teaching at the Worthington Middle School for the last 20
   years. Scott is married to Shelley and they have two beautiful daughters, Gracie (9)
   and Olivia (5).
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   Bluejay Football
                Assistant Coach: Steven Bassett
                Wide Receivers
                Steve is in his 11th year as a community volunteer with the Bluejays. He played foot-
                ball for the Bluejays in 1969 prior to being drafted by the United States Army. Steven
                then served two years in Korea. He and his wife, Rita, have two sons, Troy and Brent.
                Steven also coaches softball at MN West.

                Assistant Coach: Ben DeVries
                Defensive Lineman
                Coach DeVries is in his 6th year as an assistant coach with the Bluejays. Prior to joining
                the Bluejays, Ben coached at Spirit Lake (IA) High School for three years. He was a
                member of the 2000 Bluejay state runner-up team. He possesses a degree in Sports turf
                management. Ben is also the offensive coordinator for the semi-pro South Central
                Hawgs. He is currently living in rural Worthington.
                                                               Bluejay & Lady Jay Athletics - Page 19



Bluejay Football
            Assistant Coach: Gene Lais-Offensive Coordinator
            Offensive Line
            Coach Lais is in his 21st year as an assistant coach with the Bluejays. Gene played two
            seasons of football for the Bluejays. He completed his B.S. degree at Mankato State
            University, and is employed as a teacher at Worthington High School.
            Gene and his wife, Sarah, have three sons, Kent,Tommy and Ryan.


Trainer: Joel Krekelberg
Joel Krekelberg “Krek” is in his 25th season as athletic trainer the Bluejays. Joel
graduated from Mankato State University in 1978. He then spent two summers with the New
Orleans Saints. Following his stint with the Saints he worked for the Houston Oilers for the
NFL for seven years. In 1985 he returned to Worthington , where he is a real estate appraiser.
He teaches sports med class at MN West. He is the Athletic Trainer for all sports at Minnesota
West as well as Worthington High School. Krek has two sons, Cavan and Ian. Photo not available.
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  Lady Jay Volleyball
  The Lady Jay Volleyball program is excited and geared up for the 2011 season to be in full swing.
  The Lady Jays will come up against some tough competition in the conference this year, causing
  fans to be on the edge of their seats during these exciting matches. Alyson Drooger and Katherine
  Kazemba will be the two returning sophomores this year. They both have great experience and
  will be the leaders of the team. Along with strength in numbers the incoming freshmen will fill
  key roles and attribute greatly to the success of our team. We look forward to having another
  successful Volleyball Season on and off the court.




  Incoming Players for the 2011 Season
  • Tasha Sipasuet, Mountan Lake
  • Kayla Lepp, Mountain Lake
  • Jessica Hermeling, Fulda High School
  • Brittany Hulstein, Fulda High School
  • Breanna Burchill, Fulda High School

  Go Jays!!!
                                               Bluejay & Lady Jay Athletics - Page 21


Lady Jay Volleyball
     Head Coach: Marie Johnson
     Marie Johnson is a graduate of Worthington High School, Minnesota
     West Community and Technical College and Minnesota State University,
     Mankato. This will be Johnson’s second season as head coach of the
     Lady Jay Volleyball team. She is excited to be back and running the
     program that she was part of for two years while attending Minnesota
     West. Marie and her husband Jason have a beautiful daughter, Breeta (1).


     Assistant Coach: Megan Rogers
     Megan Rogers will be joining the Lady Jays for the first time this season.
     She is a graduate of Worthington High School and St. Cloud State
     University. She has played volleyball for many years and continues
     to play recreational volleyball today. We are excited to have her
     as part of the Lady Jay Volleyball Staff.
Good Luck Lady Jays & Bluejays
    Have a great season!




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 Bluejay Basketball
 The 2011-2012 basketball season will be Head Coach, Justin Heckenlaible’s 10th at Minnesota
 West. The Bluejays are are looking to get back to the MCAC state tournament this year. The
 Bluejays return some solid sophomore performers and are adding alot of talented freshman
 to this year’s team.




    New Recruits
    •   Kendall Hernandez - Roseville, MN
    •   Mitch Hopkins - Prior Lake, MN
    •   Alan Green - Sanford, FL
    •   Corey Lewis - Des Moines, IA
    •   Luke Roddy - Custer, SD
    •   Rayvon Mcelroy - Milwaukee, WI
    •   Levi Eckstrom - Truman, MN
    •   Mitchell Olson - Trimont, MN
    •   Orie Brown - Pine Ridge, SD
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Bluejay Basketball
    Head Coach: Justin Heckenlaible
    Coach Heckenlaible will begin his 10th season at Minnesota West Community
    College in 2011-2012.

    Prior to coming to Minnesota West Justin was an assistant men's basketball coach
    at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD for three years. He spent the prior two
    years as an assistant/Head Junior Varsity coach at Dakota State University, in
    Madison SD.

    Justin played four years of basketball and baseball at Dakota State University
    (1992-1996). He ranks fifth all-time in games played with 102. A native of
    Harrisburg, SD, Justin was a two-sport athlete (basketball and track)
    at Harrisburg High School.

    Justin graduated from Dakota State University in 1996 with a Business
    Administration degree and then returned to school and received his Bachelors in
    Secondary Business/Computer Education in 1998. He received his graduate degree
    in Athletic Administration from USD.

    Coach Heckenlaible is a member of the South Dakota and Minnesota Coaches
    Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches and currently serves as
    the MCAC Conference Coordinator. Justin and his wife Heidi have one son, Trey.

    Assistant Coach - Bernie Strouth
    Coach Strouth is in his 13th year helping with the Bluejays. He is a graduate
    of Boise State University with a BA in Social Studies and a minor in Physical
    Education and has a Master of Sport Science degree from the United States
    Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.

    His prior basketball coaching experience includes stints as head boy’s coach
    at Plankinton, SD and Mt. Vernon, SD and at Ellsworth, MN High School.

    Volunteer Assistant Coach - Dave Walker
    Coach Walker begins his 2nd year with the Bluejays basketball program serving
    in a volunteer roll. Walker graduated from Bemidji State University with a B.S.
    degree in Physical Education/Health. He completed his M.S. degree in Sport
    Management at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
    After collegiate assistant coaching stints at Dakota State
    University, MN State-Mankato and Colby Community
    College, Walker served as the head men’s basketball
    coach at Peru State College prior to coming to
    Minnesota West. Walker has two grown children,
    Stephanie and Ryan and three grandchildren: Ella,
    Natalie and Ethan. Walker resides in Worthington.
 Worthington Area
   Sport & Rec
   Committee
generously provides support
 to Minnesota West Athletics
by assisting with funding for:

Men’s Basketball-High School
        Team Camp

      Men’s & Women’s
      Basketball Classic

   Wrestling-Bluejay Open
   Wrestling Tournament
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Lady Jay Basketball
The Lady Jay basketball program is rich in winning tradition. Year in and
year out, it has been one of the strongest programs in the competitive Minnesota
College Athletic Conference. Head coach Mike Fury (31st year), 387-331 career
record and assistant coach Rosalie Hayenga Hostikka (8th year) are excited
about the up coming season.

Says Fury, “We have a great nucleus returning, and with our new freshmen
we hope to be able to compete at a high level. We are looking forward
to another great year.”




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Lady Jay Basketball
                    Head Coach: Mike Fury
                    The 2011-2012 season marks the 31st season for Coach Mike Fury as coach of
                    the Lady Jays!

                    Fury is a graduate of Fulda High School. After high school, Fury attended
                    Worthington Community College and played under former athletic director
                    Arlo Mogck. While at Worthington Community College, Fury helped lead the
                    Bluejays to two State Championships. During his sophomore year, he earned
                    All-State and All-Region honors. After competing at Worthington Community
                    College, Fury transferred to and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul.
                    While at Hamline, Fury was co-captain and MVP.

                    Before coaching at Worthington Community College, Fury coached at the high
                    school level at Atwater, Worthington, and Brewster High Schools.

                    During the 31 years as coach of the Lady Jays, Fury has compiled a record of
                    363 wins and 325 losses. Included in those wins are 9 division championships,
                    16 state tournament
                    appearances, 4 state
                    consolation championships,
                    5 third place State finishes,
                    one second place finish and
                    two State Championships
                    in 1984 and 1992. The '84
                    team finished 3rd in Region
                    13, and the '92 team
                    finished 2nd.

                    Fury was named Minnesota
                    College Athletic Conference
                    Coach of the Year in 1992
                    and 1997.

                    Fury and his wife, Karen
                    have two daughters,
                    Gretchen and Sara Jo,
                    both former Lady Jays.
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Lady Jay Basketball
    Assistant Coach: Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka
    Former Worthington High School and Worthington Community College
    (Minnesota West) Lady Jay star, Rosalie (Moz) Hayenga begins her 8th season
    as the Lady Jays' assistant coach. Under the direction of Coach Fury, Rosalie
    helped lead the Lady Jays to the 1992 State Championship, and is the all-time
    assist player, and 3rd all-time leading scorer in Lady Jay basketball history. In
    addition to earning All-State and All-Region honors, Rosalie was named the
    WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) National Player of the Year in
    '92! She completed her collegiate playing career at Moorhead State University.

    Rosalie previously served as an Assistant Basketball Coach and Women’s Softball
    Coach and instructor in the Sport & Recreation Management Program at the
    University of Minnesota, Crookston. She also was an assistant basketball coach
    at Moorhead State University.

    In addition to being the assistant Lady Jays basketball coach, Rosalie also serves
    as Head Women’s Softball Coach and instructor at Minnesota West. She lives in
    Worthington with her husband T.D. and her son Easton.
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      Bluejay Wrestling
       The Bluejays are looking to reload for the 2011‐2012 wrestling season. Head Coach Bob
       Purcell will be heading into his 15th season with the Minnesota West Bluejay Wrestling
       Team.
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Bluejay Wrestling
    Head Coach: Robert Purcell
    Robert (Bob) Purcell is a graduate of Bismarck Central in Bismarck, ND.
    He was a high school wrestling champion and went on to wrestle at
    Minnesota State University at Moorhead. Bob was the assistant wrestling
    coach from 1987 through 1991 at Moorhead University.

    After receiving his Master’s he enlisted for four years into the Regular
    Army as a Combat Medic. In 1996 Bob worked at an Alternative Native
    American school in Minneapolis. He was hired as MN West wrestling
    coach in 1997. Bob is in his 15th year at Minnesota West as the wrestling
    coach. Bob has had 9 All-Americans, 3 National Finalists, 1 National
    Champion, 2 MCAC Dual Championships, and 2 MCAC Coach of the
    Year during his career at Minnesota West.

    Assistant Coach: Nick Culsath
    Nick Culsath is a graduate of South Dakota State University. He is also a
    graduate of Windom High School where he was a three time state
    champion. This is his 2nd year as part of the Bluejay Wrestling coaching
    staff. (No picture available.)


    Community Volunteer: Don Hoonhorst
    Don Hoonhorst is a graduate of Worthington Senior High School.
    Don is an alumnus of Minnesota West, Worthington campus where he
    wrestled for 2 years. Don was an All-American for Minnesota West
    and placed 6th. Don went on to wrestle for Moorhead State University.
    Don has been with the wrestling staff for 7 years.




    Community Volunteer: Don Wasmund
    Don Wasmund is going into his 7th year as a volunteer coach for
    the Bluejay Wrestling team. Don is an alumnus of Minnesota West,
    and wrestled for the Bluejays.
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    Bluejay Baseball
    Coach Linder and the Bluejay baseball team are very optimistic about the upcoming 2012
    baseball season. The Bluejays will be bringing in some strong local recruits to round out the
    team. The 2012 team looks forward to a strong season. The team will start the season with
    trips down that will increase the team’s opportunities for a successful season.
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Bluejay Baseball
    Head Coach: Jeff Linder
     Coach Linder is entering his 3rd consecutive year as Head Coach for
    the Bluejay baseball team. However, Coach Linder was the assistant
    coach to the baseball team for four years, and was Head Coach for one
    year prior to that.

    Jeff is a graduate of Worthington High School and Worthington
    Community College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical
    Education from Bemidji State University, and Masters of Sport
    Management from the United States Sports Academy. Coach Linder
    is also the Head Football Coach for the Bluejays. Coach Linder and his
    wife Jen have seven children, Becca, Jacob, Tyler, Anthony, Abby, Allison
    and Jack.

    Assistant Coach: Jeff Rogers
    Jeff is an alumnus of Worthington Community College (now Minnesota
    West). While attending Worthington Community College in1986-1988
    he played baseball for the Bluejays and established a new mark
    for many of the hitting records. He started his coaching career
    in1990 coaching the Worthington American legion baseball team
    for two years. After moving away from Worthington he returned in
    1993 to teach at Worthington High School and was assistant baseball
    coach for the Trojans for 5 years. Jeff now is an instructor at Minnesota
    West and is in his 3rd year as assistant baseball coach.
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  Lady Jay Softball
  The 2011 season was highlighted by many great individual performances and some great team
  victories. Seven days were spent in Tucson, Arizona playing some very tough competition.
  Katherine Kazemba, LoRel Christenson and Sam Lynn were named to the All Southern Division
  Team and the All‐State Team. Kaitlin Banck was named to the All‐State All‐Tournament Team.
  There will be five Lady Jays returning for next season along with several top recruits from the
  area, the 2012 Lady Jays are looking to be a force in the always tough Southern Division.
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 Lady Jay Softball
                          Head Coach: Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka
                          Former Worthington High School and Worthington Community College
                          (Minnesota West) Lady Jay star, Rosalie (Moz) Hayenga begins her eighth
                          season as a Lady Jays' head softball coach. Under the direction of Coach
                          Hayenga the Lady Jays set new single season wins record each of her first
                          three seasons and once again set the new single season record with 24
                          wins in the 2010 season. Hayenga has also led the Lady Jays to two 4th
                          place performances at the Minnesota State tournament as well as three
                          appearances in the Region XIII softball tournament. The Lady Jays have
                          been ranked as high as 8th in the Nation under Hayenga and there have
                          been numerous players who have won All-State, All-Region, and All-
                          American awards in Hayenga's tenure.

                          Rosalie perviously served as an Assistant Basketball Coach and Women' s
                          Softball Coach and instructor in the Sport & Recreation Management
                          Program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She also has served as
                          an assistant basketball coach at Moorhead State University. In addition to
                          being the women's head softball coach, Rosalie also serves as an assistant
                          women's basketball coach and instructor at Minnesota West. She lives in
                          Worthington with her husband T.D. and her son Easton.
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Lady Jay Softball
     Assistant Coach: Steven Bassett
     Coach Bassett is in his 12th year as the Lady Jays Assistant
     Softball Coach. He is in charge of pitchers and catchers at Minnesota West,
     along with the many other duties that he performs for the Lady Jays.
     Steve was a high school graduate of Worthington High School, attended
     Worthington Community College and was also in the army. He coached
     women's slow pitch for 10 years and coached baseball for 11-14 year olds.
     Along with this, he has also been an umpire for baseball and softball for
     the last 14 years in the surrounding area. Steve and his wife have two
     sons that both attended Community Colleges.
        Booster Club would like to say
The Bluejay
THANK YOU to our 2010-2011 members and
  sponsors! Your support is greatly appreciated!
2010-11 BLUEJAY BOOSTER CLUB                    BLUEJAY BUDDY
CORPORATE SPONSORS                              Scott & Shelley Barber
American Family Insurance-                      Vern & Jean Bastian
      Scott Langerud Agency                     Joan Dekker
Ax Photo & Portrait Studio                      Marian Hayenga
Bank of the West                                Jerry & Sharon Jansen
Center Sports                                   Intervet, Inc.
Farley’s & Sather’s                             Jim & Kim Kazemba
First State Bank Southwest                      Gene & Sarah Lais
Graham Tire                                     Bill McCuen
GuidePoint Pharmacy                             Arlo & Judy Mogck
Hagen Distributing, Inc.                        Jeff & Ann Rogers
Holiday Inn Express & Suites                    Jeff & Theresa Rotert
Kruse Motors                                    Dan Russell
Minnesota West Foundation                       Mark Schwarz
Pizza Ranch                                     Worthington Regional Economic
Prairie Rehabilitation                                Development Corporation
Sanford Health
Southwest Siding-Pete Suby                      BLUEJAY BUILDER
Springman Tiling                                Bill’s Appliance Service
State Farm Insurance-Jason Vote Agency          Diane Graber
State Farm Insurance-Jessica Noble Agency       Van & Marcia Johnson
Taco John’s                                     Don & Julie Kuiper
United Prairie Bank                             Jim & Paula Laffrenzen
Worthington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau   O’Reilly Automotive
Worthington Federal Savings Bank                Bruce & Jolene Rients
Worthington Public Utilities                    Lona Smith
YMCA                                            Donald Solem

HIGH FLYER                                      BLUE & WHITE
Mike & Gay Lynn Drooger                         Dale Carlson
BPO Elks Lodge No. 2287                         Pat & Cees Fury
Karen & Michael Fury                            Linwood Galland
Brad & Sheila Grimmius                          Stan & Julie Haas
Mark & Kathy Hayenga                            Wayne & Dea Klumper
Justin & Heidi Heckenlaible                     Bruce & Dorothy Lease
Gary & Marie Hoffmann                           Ed & Carol McNiece
T.D. & Rosalie Hostikka-Hayenga                 Sandi Mead
Marie & Jason Johnson                           Chuck & Jackie Moore
Jeff & Jen Linder                               Nienkerk Construction Co.
Robert Purcell                                  John & Pat Remme
Ric & Julie Shrubb                              David Van Meveren
Bruce & Mary Viessman                           Paul & Lois Woll
Jeff & Lou Ann Williamson
Ron & Sandy Wood

				
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