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MSHSL: Area coaches in 100 coaches for 100 years tournament

Seven current or former lakes area coaches are included in the Minnesota State High School League's 100 Coaches for 100 Years competition being conducted in conjunction with the MSHSL's 100-year anniversary celebration.

Seven current or former lakes area coaches are included in the Minnesota State High School League's 100 Coaches for 100 Years competition being conducted in conjunction with the MSHSL's 100-year anniversary celebration.

Brainerd football coach Ron Stolski, Brainerd baseball coach Lowell Scearcy, Staples-Motley wrestling coach Don Dravis, Staples-Motley boys basketball coach Lynn Peterson, Little Falls girls basketball coach Jerry Cool, Verndale football coach Mike Mahlen and Crosby-Ironton boys basketball coach Dave Galovich are in the top 100 coaches competition.

Coaches are grouped into four regionals - Eagle, Tiger, Panther and Cardinal. Fans began voting in May. Fans may vote at mshsl.org and click on the Top 100 tab.

Eagle Regional

• Stolski drew a first-round bye and faces former Goodhue wrestling coach Bill Sutter in the quarterfinals. Voting ends Aug. 27. Stolski has won a Minnesota-best 361 games in 53 seasons. His Warrior teams have won 13 conference titles and nine section championships. He's a member of five halls of fame including the MSHSL HOF. In 2009, he was selected coach of the year by the Minnesota Vikings. He also was Brainerd's athletic director from 1975-2000.

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• Scearcy meets Jackson County Central wrestling coach Randy Baker in the opening round with voting ending July 16. Scearcy has compiled a 722-293 record in 46 seasons. He has led the Warriors to 13 state tournament appearances including two state championships, a runner-up finish and two consolation titles.

• Peterson is paired against Apple Valley speech/debate coach Pam Cady Wykoff in the opening round. Voting ends July 2. Peterson amassed 683 career victories and led the Cardinals to 11 state tournaments. They were runners-up twice including a loss to Minneapolis North in the 1995 Sweet 16 championship game.

• In voting that ended May 28, Mahlen was defeated by former Minneapolis Henry boys basketball coach Larry McKenzie in the opening round. In 43 seasons at Verndale, Mahlen has compiled a 328-106-3 record leading the Pirates to 15 state tournaments. His Verndale teams have won two state championships and were runners-up three times.

Tiger Regional

• In opening-round voting that ended May 28, Cool lost to former South St. Paul standout and former Minnesota Gophers hockey coach Doug Woog. In 24 seasons, Cool led the Flyer girls to seven state tournaments and state titles in 1980, 1984 and 1985. He retired in 1999 with a 367-169 record. He was inducted into the MSHSL Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993.

• Dravis was matched against former Apple Valley and Lakeville volleyball coach Walt Weaver in opening-round voting that ended Thursday. Dravis finished career with 401 dual meet victories. He won seven state team championships and coached 20 individual state champions. He was a 2-time Minnesota coach of the year, a 2-time national coach of the year and is a member of the MSHSL HOF.

Panther regional

• In the opening round, Galovich meets New Prague girls basketball coach Ron Gunderson. Voting ends July 9. Galovich has compiled 641 victories, sixth best in Minnesota boys basketball history. He has led the Rangers to eight state tournament appearances including three runner-up finishes and a third-place finish.

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Fans may also vote for the top 100 players of all time.

Each week the MSHSL will run two concurrent polls selecting a few matchups from tournament style brackets ( www.mshsl.org/100Years ).

A new voting window for coaches and players begins every Thursday.

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