Austin announces Athletic Hall of Fame class

The 2014 Austin Athletic Hall of Fame class has been named.

New inductees are Ben Bondank (1927), James S. Anderson (1947), Joe Kroc (1977), Scott Lewis (1987), Mandy Arndtson Higginbotham (1997) and Beth Bue Maher (1998).

The Hall of Fame weekend is Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The induction ceremony will take place in the Packers gymnasium, at halftime of the Austin-Rochester Century girls basketball game.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, the inductees will meet the public on the KAUS radio show, broadcast live from the B&J Bar and Grill. Free coffee, juice and donuts will be offered.

The weekend concludes with a 12:30 p.m. luncheon on Saturday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.


A reminder, nomination forms for future inductees are available at the AHS Activities Director office or at

Aase playing for Davidson

Davidson snapped a five-game losing skid last Saturday with a 78-63 win over Wofford in a Southern Conference opener.

This is the final season for the Wildcats in Southern Conference play. The win was Davidson's 11th of its last 12 in Southern Conference openers.

Austin's Joe Aase, a Davidson freshman, did not score against Wofford.

For the season, Aase has played in 14 games and has scored 17 points. He also has 20 rebounds, which is ninth best on the team.

Davidson, 5-10, plays at Furman on Thursday and then hosts Appalachian State on Saturday.

The Wildcats have played four ranked teams — Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and unbeaten Wichita State.


No Austin stop on Twins Winter Caravan

The 54th Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan starts on Jan. 13 and runs through Jan. 23 with stops in 50 cities, but apparently Austin is not one of them.

According to the Twins' website, the closest the Winter Caravan comes to Austin will be Jan. 13 in Northfield (Kyle Gibson, Caleb Thielbar, Tony Oliva, Cory Provus), Jan. 14 in Waseca and Rochester (Gibson, Thielbar, Oliva, Provus and Paul Molitor) and Jan. 15 in Preston and Winona (Gibson, Thielbar, Oliva, Provus).

Busy week

The Riverland men and women basketball teams start Minnesota College Athletic Conference play on Wednesday at home with a 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) doubleheader against Anoka-Ramsey.

The Riverland women are 4-7 while the men are 7-4. The A-R women are ranked sixth nationally in the NJCAA Division III poll. . .

The Austin boys basketball team was to have three home games this week but tonight's game vs. Mayo has been postponed. Friday (7:30) it's Owatonna and Saturday the Packers play a non-conference game against Caledonia. That's a 7 p.m. start.

Owatonna is 2-3 in the conference, and Caledonia is 9-1 overall and 8-1 in the Three Rivers Conference.


The Packers girls go to Owatonna Friday and to Waseca on Saturday.

The Austin boys hockey team plays Owatonna Thursday and Faribault Saturday.

There are only four weeks left in the regular season for the Austin girls hockey team, which hosts Owatonna on Thursday and travels to Faribault on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in boys swimming, the Packers host Mayo Thursday and are at the Red Wing Invitational on Saturday at the Red Wing Twin Bluff Middle School (8 a.m.).

The Packers wrestling team hosts Winona on Thursday.

The unbeaten Lyle/Pacelli girls (7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Southeast Conference) host Schaeffer Academy at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.

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