Notebook: St. Thomas Academy AD suffers stroke

Jack Zahr, St. Thomas Academy activities director and an Eagan resident, was hospitalized Sunday after suffering a stroke at his home.

Information posted at the school’s website and the Zahr family’s CaringBridge site ( described extensive damage and a bleak prognosis. “He is resting comfortably in the hospital but is not expected to recover from the effects of the stroke,” the school posted Tuesday.

Zahr, 58, has worked at STA since 1977 as a teacher, coach and administrator. St. Thomas Academy has been a state power in multiple sports during his tenure, notably football, basketball, hockey, swimming and Alpine skiing.

Mike Sjoberg, STA’s principal and boys basketball coach, was named interim activities director.

Another Hall for Scanlon

Apple Valley’s Chuck Scanlon will be one of the inaugural members of the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Scanlon founded the girls hockey program at Apple Valley High School and led the Eagles to three state tournament appearances. Apple Valley won state championships in 1995 and 1998.

Another member of the inaugural hall of fame class, South St. Paul’s Dave Palmquist, coached against Scanlon in the state final in 1995 in the first girls hockey tournament sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. Apple Valley won that game 2-0. Palmquist has since led South St. Paul to four state titles.

Tim Morris, Bob May, Jane Ring and Tom Maeckelbergh also will be inducted at the hall of fame ceremony Oct. 11 at the Schwan Center in Blaine. Charlie Stryker and Brano Stankovsky will be inducted posthumously.

Scanlon retired from teaching after the 2012-13 school year but continues to coach Apple Valley’s boys soccer team. He is the winningest high school soccer coach in state history. Scanlon also belongs to the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaching Association Hall of Fame, the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame and the Bemidji State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Big volleyball weekend

The first big weekend of high school volleyball tournaments starts Friday. Lakeville North will defend its championship at the Southwest Minnesota Challenge on Friday and Saturday in Marshall. Eastview and Burnsville also will play in that event.

The Aerie Challenge, the first of three weekend tournaments at Apple Valley High School, also begins Friday. Two other South Suburban Conference schools, Rosemount and Bloomington Kennedy, join Apple Valley in the field.

Farmington will play in a tournament Saturday at Coon Rapids High School before holding its own invitational on Sept. 14.

State amateur baseball

Eagan finished third and Savage fourth in the state Class B men’s amateur baseball tournament that ended last weekend in Delano.

Eagan defeated Austin 7-6 on Friday in an elimination game and advanced to face Savage, which stayed alive by beating Moorhead 7-1. Eagan won the duel of Cannon Valley League rivals 5-4 on Sunday but then dropped out of the tournament after losing to Shakopee 4-2 in 11 innings later Sunday.

On Monday, Shakopee defeated Cold Spring 5-1 to force a deciding game for the championship, which Cold Spring won 8-6.

The Shakopee roster included Eagan native Mark Dolenc, who played at Mankato State University and professionally in the Minnesota Twins’ minor-league system.