Buck Hill Ski Racing Team program director Erich Sailer, whose proteges include Lindsey Vonn, Kristina Koznick, Tasha Nelson, Paula Moltzan and Michael Ankeny, will be honored during a dinner Aug. 25 at the Buck Hill Event Center in Burnsville.
It’s the inaugural event of the newly created Buck Hill Foundation, which was founded to support Alpine programs such as the Buck Hill Ski Racing team. Vonn, a four-time World Cup champion and 2010 Olympic gold medalist, is scheduled to attend to talk about her career and recognize Sailer.
Sailer has coached more than 25,000 skiers during his career, many of them at a Buck Hill program that has produced Olympians, collegiate champions and junior champions. In 2008, Buck Hill was recognized as Ski Team of the Year by the United States Ski Association. Sailer was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2005.
The Aug. 25 event begins with a 6 p.m. social hour. Dinner will be 7 p.m. with the award ceremony at 8. To reserve tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/please-join-us-for-an-olympic-event-tickets-36112762244. For more information about the Buck Hill Foundation, visit www.buckhillfoundation.org/contact/.
Lance Walsten, head boys basketball coach at Faribault High School for the last three years, on Tuesday was named to the same position at Rosemount High School. Walsten also will be a social studies teacher at the school.
Before becoming head coach at Faribault, Walsten was an assistant coach at Lakeville North for five years. He was on the coaching staff of the North basketball team that won the 2013 state Class 4A championship. He was an all-conference player at Lakeville High School and also played four seasons at St. Mary’s University in Winona.
Walsten replaces Keenan Shelton, who coached the Irish the last three years. Rosemount was 15-14 last season and reached the Class 4A, Section 3 final before losing to eventual state champion Apple Valley.
Heather (Dorniden) Kampf, a running standout at Rosemount High School and the University of Minnesota, will be head girls cross country coach at Apple Valley. Kampf succeeds Raedi Zimmer, for whom Kampf was an assistant coach last season.
Kampf won the state Class AA 400-meter championship as a junior at Rosemount and won the 800-meter race in state-record time her senior year. At Minnesota, she won the 800 meters at the 2006 NCAA indoor championships and was an eight-time All-American. She has run as a professional since graduation, with her accomplishments including four victories in the U.S. 1-Mile Championships.
Eagles win Pacesetter
Apple Valley is expected to be the team to beat when Class 4A boys basketball begins this fall, and the Eagles did nothing to dispel that assumption at the Pacesetter Sweet Sixteen tournament last weekend at the College of St. Benedict. Apple Valley won all four of its games by at least 14 points.
Tre Jones had 26 points, Zach Korba 20, Nathan Macho 13 and Luke Martens 10 in the Eagles’ 87-66 victory over Park Center in the championship game. Apple Valley defeated Waconia 82-56, Breckenridge 74-47 and Hopkins 97-83 in the first three rounds of the tournament, which brings together top teams from each of Minnesota’s four high school basketball enrollment classes.