Honors and Activities


South Region Stars

The John Sullivan Award

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John Sullivan was an inspiration to his teammates and always had a word of encouragement for anyone he met.  Each year we honor his memory by acknowledging a male and a female athlete for adhering to the Olympic Oath:   being strong, recognizing that what matters is how you prepare to compete, and that rooting for your team is the key to everyone's success.

2016: Lee Gordenier and Tonia Patterson
2015: Joe Wiik and Signe Pearson
2014: Jesus Ortega and Maya Rivera
2013: Stephen Johnson and Amber Lauer
2012: Matt Krohn and Cassie Leland
2011: Khari Richburg and Meghan Zellmer
2010: Tanner Dockter and Bonnie Schilman
2009: Dan Pratt and Melissa Kappes
2008: Mark Halvorson and Teresa Christ
2007: Charlie Wollin and Bridgette Wang
2006: Katie Yanez and Ken Goossen

The Kathy Wells Award

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Given in memory of Kathy Wells , this award is presented annually to a male and female who try hard and in the process demonstrate the true meaning of the last line of the Olympic Oath: if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

2016: Rosie McDonough and Austin Bernier
2015:  Kim Dunker and Robert Kviberg
2014: Kellie Yoswa and Kevin Sullivan






Brad Campbell: for bowling a remarkable 222 at the 2015 State Bowling Competition

Kyle Laundry: for being named Simley High School's 2015 Homecoming King

Paul Stokke: for being named Simley High School's 2014 Homecoming King

Robert Kviberg and John Beard: for becoming Eagle Scouts

Khari Richberg: whose efforts to raise money for the team was the focus of an article in the Star Tribune.

Thanks, Hank!

In 2015 the Stars lost a good friend and long time supporter, Hank Halvorson .  Hank played many roles - coach, fundraiser, and organizer. His family asked to honor his memory by recognizing others whose efforts enhance the team. The first award was given to the Richberg family for organizing a summer celebration that raised dollars for the Stars.

2016: Pat and Michelle Quinlan
2015: The Richberg Family

Hank Goers Award

In 2016 we lost Hank Goers , father to Jeff and husband to Kathy. For years Hank was a dedicated parent who made countless sacrifices for Jeff, but at the same time served the entire team as coach and volunteer. The Hank Goers award is presented to outstanding parents whose reach extends far beyond expectations.

2016: Pat Davis