John's Journal
Class 1A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings8/25/2019
Provided by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Arlina Shen (12) Blake
2 Clare Palen (12) Rochester Lourdes
3 Sonia Baig (11) Blake
4 Bella Suk (10) Blake
5 Allison Jay (9) Blake
6 Ally Agerland (10) Holy Family Catholic
7 Avery Stilwell (11) Litchfield
8 Danielle Thorfinnson (12) Minnewaska
9 Elise Bierbaum (11) Litchfield
10 Ellie Pirtle (10) Breck

Class 2A Girls Tennis Team Rankings8/25/2019
Provided by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Edina
2 Minnetonka
3 Mounds View
4 Rochester Mayo
5 Eastview
6 Lakeville North
7 Prior Lake
8 Lakeville South
9 Elk River
10 Mahtomedi
Class 2A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings8/25/2019
Provided by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Nicole Copeland (12) Edina
2 Karin Young (10) Eastview
3 Zoe Adkins (10) Maple Grove
4 Delaney Schurhamer (12) Woodbury
5 Nicole Snezhko (12) Robbinsdale Armstrong
6 Selah Stibbins (10) Washburn
7 Aili Hietala (11) Duluth East
8 Ashley Tarrolly (11) St. Cloud Tech
9 Nikki Ridenour (10) Roseville
10 Annika Elvestrom (10) Minnetonka
Benefit Planned For Forest Lake Student-Athlete8/16/2019
Recent Forest Lake graduate and student-athlete Jesseca Overland was in a horrific life-changing car accident on August 1. She was T-boned on the driver's side as she was pulling into her own driveway, then airlifted to North Memorial Hospital where she is still being treated. She suffered 12 broken ribs, a broken clavicle, a fractured pelvis in three places, both lungs collapsed and grade 2 injuries to her spleen and liver.

Jesseca has been an athlete since seventh grade, competing at the varsity level in cross-country and track. She was supposed to start her collegiate journey at St. Cloud State University this fall and run cross-country and track as a Husky. However, her freshman fall season has been taken away.

The Forest Lake community has been hit hard and they are all hurting as well as trying to stay strong for Jesseca.

Caring Bridge: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jessecaoverland

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/runjessrun
The Heart Of Tartan Is A Familiar Face 8/14/2019
Like athletes, coaches and fans all over Minnesota, the start of practice for fall sports this week is a special time for Robert Lamb.

"I'll be honest with you," Lamb said. "When it gets close to the end of summer I'm raring to go. There's not much to do during the summer and I always look forward to getting back in the groove of things."

Lamb has been part of Tartan High School sports for about as long as anyone can remember. The 42-year-old, who took special education classes before graduating from the Oakdale school in 1996, has been linked with Titans sports since his days as a student. He has health issues and does not drive, but that hasn't stopped him from working as a manager with the football team and operating scoreboards as a timer for basketball, soccer, lacrosse, wrestling and other events. He also has worked as a timer at the state wrestling tournament for the last seven years.

"He does an awesome job and he loves Tartan," said activities director Bryan Munter. "He's super organized, he gets stuff done. He's one of those people you have to have in high school athletics. He shows up early, he does the job and bleeds Air Force blue and silver (the school colors)."

As a student, Lamb was a manager for the wrestling team and the football team. His ties to the football team have been interrupted at times because of health issues, including congenital narrowing of the spinal column. He missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons and wasn't able to assist the team last year until the postseason.

But the 2018 season was special time for two reasons: the Titans reached the state tournament for the first time in history and recorded their 100th victory with Lamb on the sideline. He was presented with a commemorative plaque to mark his milestone.

"He's my right-hand man," said football coach Matt Diediker. "He wants to be around and he wants to be helpful, he's certainly willing to do anything and everything you ask. He has a great relationship with the boys."

Lamb lives in St. Paul and uses public transportation, including Metro Mobility, to get to Tartan. Coaches and other friends sometimes drive him home. Robert is an only child whose mother, Rita, died in 2011. He never knew his father.

"Sports has been a big part of my life ever since I can remember," he said. "The Tartan community has been a big support network for me, not only here at school but in the community, too."

Everybody involved with sports at Tartan appreciates Robert. "The kids all know him, they were cheering hard for him when he got his plaque last season," Munter said.

With the football season underway, Lamb is busy helping set things up for practice and doing whatever else needs to be done to help the team. He told Diediker last spring that this season, his 20th, will be his last as a football manager (although he plans to continue working as a timer with other sports).

"He wanted to keep it a secret," the coach said. "The next day probably 1,600 people knew.

"He's a good human being and the kids love him."

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