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The mission of the Harding H Club is to fund raise to assist Harding Student Athletics so they have the resources that enable them to compete at a high level. Through year round donations and annual events we hope to continue the tradition that was established in 1974.
This event was held Tuesday May 2, 2017 at Mancini's Char House and featured a Harding Legendary Coaches Roundtable featuring Jim Davis, Tim Kiemel and Ken Mauer. A great night of food, story telling, reconnecting with old friends and amazing coaching insights. Check out the pictures on the photo page. We hope to have another iteration of this event again in 2019. Keep checking here for upcoming information.
The Annual Harding Alumni Golf Tournament is a great day to reconnect with fellow alumni and friends that helps support Harding Athletics. The tournament originated in 1974 in an effort to provide additional financial support for Harding Athletics, which continues to this day. As we strive to equip our athletes and coaches with the resources to compete at a high level your continued support is important to their success.
For questions and more information contact John OConnell 763-843-2970 or at HardingHClub@yahoo.com
The Harding H Club is proud to congratulate the Hall of Stars Class of 2018.
Tim "Nipper" Jones (1975), Shawn Shanley (1991), Jennifer Stachowiak (2000) and Sebastian Adesoro (2011).
The induction ceremony took place Friday October 5th in conjunction with the homecoming game against St Anthony and although the game didn't go the way of the Knights we did properly honor this years class.
Check out more photos on the photo page.
To nominate someone or a team please see the information below.
If you've ever wondered why this person, coach or that team isn't in the Hall of Stars it's because they need to be nominated. Please take the time to nominate someone by simply sending a letter or email describing the accomplishments of the person, coach or team while at Harding and their post Harding activities by August 9th of each eligible year. Letters can be emailed to HardingHClub@yahoo.com or by mail Harding High School Attn: Kathy Jackson 1540 6th Street East St Paul, MN 55106.
How about on the field in the back of the end zone during the homecoming football game like the Class of 2003 did this year. Start your night at the game and then go to a local bar for cocktails etc. If you need more information please reach out to the H Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More photos are available on the photo page
From 2009 through 2012, Harding enjoyed a great deal of success in wrestling. The cornerstone of their success was Dustin Ellsworth. He competed all four years and made all-conference every year and qualified for the state each of those years. He began his career at 130 lbs. and moved up one weight class each year. He finished fourth in 2010, fifth in 2011 and, as a senior, finished fourth in the state at 145 lbs.
One of the finest softball pitchers ever in St. Paul happened to play for Harding. Mary Lee Hanson had a career record of 54-3. Under the tutelage of Coach Ken Mauer, his teams finished undefeated in the conference in 1979 and 1980. They finished runner-up in the state in 1980 to an undefeated Austin team, losing 1-0
Namesake: Oliver James "Ollie" Bakken, a 1971 graduate of Harding, was a three-sport standout in football (fullback and linebacker), hockey (goaltender) and baseball (catcher). He remains the school's only All-America selection in football.
"We were undefeated [in the conference] in 1969 because of Ollie," former Knights football coach Tim Kiemel said. "When he put on a helmet he was a different type of person. He always wanted to run over people."
Bakken played linebacker for the Gophers and served as a team captain in 1974. The Vikings drafted him in the 15th round in 1975. But his future in pro football took him to Canada, where he played with Calgary and British Columbia from 1975-80.
He died in January 1985 from a brain tumor. He was 31. Bakken Field, now converted to artificial turf is home for the Knights football and soccer teams.
"He's a great example to our kids that you should do the right things all the time," Kiemel said.
Coach Kiemel spent his entire 31 year baseball coaching career at Harding. No baseball coach in the conference has coached longer or has more conference wins. His conference record is 208-180. Five times his Knights baseball squad won or tied for the conference title. He won Twin Cities Game honors twice. In 1974, the Knights won the region baseball title and qualified for the state tournament for the only time in school history.
Coach Kiemel was the long-time assistant football coach for Coach Mauer. When Mauer retired, Coach Kiemel took the reigns as the head football coach for seven years from 1990-1996. He was also the girl’s gymnastics coach for one year at Harding.
Harding H Club Commitee President
Harding H Club Commitee Member
Otto Kraus, Jerry Utecht, John O'Connell, Tracy Hrouda, Tom Mauer and Shawn Shanley
If you'd like to join the committee or have any questions please send an email to HardingHClub@yahoo.com
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