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PJ's Perspective: Park meeting with area schools to form new conference

Sources have said a meeting will take place this week between administrators from Park, Hastings, North St. Paul, Tartan, Simley, Henry Sibley, South St. Paul and Mahtomedi high schools to discuss forming a new conference, which could start the fall of 2014.

Park star Jackie Voigt has been hired as the director of basketball operations for the women's team at the University of North Dakota. Voigt had a standout career at the University of Minnesota after graduating from Park, where she was all-state in three sports (soccer, basketball, track and field) and named the Lion's Club Female Athlete of the Year. At Minnesota, Voigt was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient twice.

Congratulations to the North Country Region Meritorious Award winner Robert Kuboshima of Woodbury. Kuboshima has been coaching and promoting volleyball in the North Country Region for roughly 15 years. He has worked as a coach, camp instructor, and official for adult and junior tournaments. He has coached for the Forest Lake Juniors, Richfield Juniors, Heartland Club Nike, Heartland South, Club Adidas, Stillwater Juniors and currently Kokoro Volleyball. He has also coached at Richfield High School and Stillwater High School.

Dylan Kubitscheck of the South Washington County Thunderbolts was named to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team following this year's adapted softball state tournament. The award recognizes student athletes who demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship, team commitment, athletic ability and leadership during the state high school tournaments. Athletes are selected to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team by a panel of coaches attending the tournament.

Park High School sophomore Bailey Aasen was named to the 2013 All-State Girls Lacrosse Team by the Minnesota Lacrosse Coaches Association. Aasen ended the season with 49 goals and 10 assists, and is one of only five underclassmen to be selected all-state.

A record breaking 92 kids participated in last week's Saturdays At The Park basketball clinic, which was led by J Schwartz, head coach of the Park boys basketball team. SATP is free to all kids to improve their basketball skills. All that's asked is to provide a canned good donation for local food shelves. This Saturday, June 15, Stephanie Tolkinen, head coach of the Park girls team, will be on hand to lead SATP. There will be an earlier start time of 7:45 a.m. this Saturday, so the kids have plenty of time to make it to the Strawberry Fest parade.

Woodbury's Stephanie Crandall, a 2009 graduate of Hill-Murray High School, was one of three St. Cloud State senior athletes named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Men's and Women's At-Large Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A senior political science major with a 3.80 GPA, Crandall is a four-time All-American in the pool and three-time Husky of the Year. She was part of the 400-medley relay team that finished eighth at the NCAA Division II National Championships this past year, earning All-American honors and posting a school-record time in the prelims. She also qualified and competed in the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle at the national championships. Crandall was a member of the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championship swimming and diving team. She won conference titles including four relays and an individual title in the 100 butterfly. She is a two-time team captain and three-time record holder. She was named an NSIC Myles Brand Award recipient. Her successes went beyond academics and athletics, as she was an SCSU Excellence in Leadership Award Winner, and member of student government, Faculty Athletics Advisory Committee, Student Athlete Advisory Committee and an Earth Day Half Marathon volunteer. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director.