Five welcomed to Dragon Hall of Fame

This year there will be five new members to the Pine City High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

• Harold Thiry - Class of 1950.  Thiry was a nine time letter winner in football, basketball and track.  He was part of the 1949 undefeated football team and during his three year varsity career Pine City lost only two games.  In basketball Thiry played on a team that lost in the region finals to Hibbing by four or five points, Hibbing went on to be the state champs that year.  His well rounded athletic career also included running the high and low hurdles and doing the broad jump while wearing a Pine City High School track uniform.

• Carl Anderson - Class of 1958.  Eight years after Harold Thiry competed, Carl Anderson excelled in the same three sports of football, basketball and track.  A two year letter winner in football, Carl was an all-conference running back his senior year.  Carl was also a letter winner in basketball his senior year.  Track was really where he excelled.  He was part of record setting 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams.  Junior year the team was the District 25 champion and Carl placed in the relays as well as the 220 yard dash.

• Lana (Smetana) Friedrich - Class of 1987.  Lana was one of the best athletes in the 80s.  She was an eight time letter winner in volleyball, basketball and softball.  In volleyball a three year letter winner Lana was captain her senior year, all conference honorable mention one year and all-conference two years.  Lana lettered in basketball three years, two all-conference awards and was on the WCMP all area girls basketball 3rd team.  A three year all-conference pitcher in softball rounded out Lana’s exceptional career.  Lana finished her senior year by being named the female Athlete of the Year.

• Karina Nordrum - Class of 2011.  As formidable as Karina was as a basketball player, her true strength was in a circle during a track meet.  Karina earned the all-conference award five times in track and field.  Karina holds the Pine City school record in shot and discus.  In 2011 Karina broke the conference record for the discus. Karina continued to excel after high school and went on to become a record holder at University of Northwestern:St Paul.   At UNW Karina broke school records for indoor and outdoor shot put, weight throw and the hammer throw.  Additionally Karina was also named all-conference in the shot put and weight throw.

• Keith Linzmeier - Coach.  Keith coached a number of sports, ran the summer rec. program and has umpired for many years.  He is probably best known as the long time baseball coach.  Under his 20 years of direction the team won four district championships, two sub-section championships and two section runner-ups.  In addition Linzmeier was a Lion’s All - Star coach and served ten years on the Lions All- Star selection committee.  Keith also coached in the football program, boys basketball, girls basketball and ran the Knights of Columbus free throw contest.  

The hall of fame induction will be Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Pine City Country Club.  A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the induction program to follow. Tickets are $15 and are available from the receptionist at Pine City High School or by contacting Bill Christianson at bchristianson@isd578.org or 320-629-4114.

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