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Grosso gets 500th career win

When Lorne Grosso started coaching high school hockey at Rochester Mayo, he won eight games that first season. That was in the 1966-67 season.

With Mayo's 6-3 win over Faribault Tuesday night, you can add 492 games to that record, which gives the longtime coach his 500th win. It also sewed up the Big Nine Conference title again for Mayo, the ninth straight season the Spartans have won or shared the title.

This is Grosso's 35th season as Mayo's hockey coach, a title he now shares with Jeff Whitney. He did not coach in the 1987-88 season, when he was on sabbatical.

Five hundred wins in 35 years? That's an average of more than 14 wins per season.

Grosso himself was unaware of the approaching milestone, but Whitney had kept tabs after needing the record for an event a few years ago.

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In all that time, Grosso has had just seven losing seasons, and only two since 1974. Mayo has been to the state tournament seven times and is a perennial conference title contender.

Mayo's best year, in terms of record, was 1996-97 when the Spartans went 24-3, losing to Moorhead in overtime in the state semifinals.

Grosso and Whitney have shared the head coaching position the past four seasons.

Grosso's coaching record, Page 2D

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