There are a trio of assistant coaches in the NFL from southeastern Minnesota and they all had a positive start to the season on Sunday.
Zumbrota's Gus Bradley is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers, Elgin's Carson Walch is the wide receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and Rushford's Steve Heiden is the tight ends coach for the Arizona Cardinals.
The Chargers and Eagles both posted victories on Sunday.
The Chargers needed overtime but they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 30-24. Bradley, a former head coach in Jacksonville, is starting his third season as the defensive coordinator for the Chargers. Last season the Chargers were No. 9 in the NFL in total defense and No. 8 in scoring defense.
Walch is starting his second season with the Eagles and his fourth year as an NFL assistant coach. He was Philadelphia's assistant wide receivers coach a year ago and this year he moves up the main wide receivers coach. The Eagles opened the season by rallying to beat Washington 32-27.
The Cardinals didn't win on Sunday, but they rallied for a 27-27 overtime tie with the Detroit Lions. Heiden is in his seventh season as a coach with the Cardinals and his first as the tight ends coach. He was was promoted after spending last season as the team's assistant offensive line coach.
The Byron High School Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Sept. 21. This year's class features three athletes, one coach and one team.
Athletes being honored are Stephanie (Hemmingson) Harberts (class of 1995), Ann (Von Arx) Nelson (1998) and Matt Storlie (2004). Also behing inducted will be coach Kerry Linbo and the 2002-3 Boys Basketball Team.
Stephanie (Hemmingson) Harberts was a three-sport captain (volleyball, basketball, track) and an eight-time All-Conference honoree. In basketball, she was the second girl in Byron history to more than 1,000 points in her career. She was a state qualifier in track and earned All-State honors her junior and senior years. She was co-valedictorian of her graduating class and went on to play volleyball for one year and basketball for four years at St. Olaf College.
Ann (Van Arx Nelson) was a standout in basketball, volleyball and track at Byron and was All-Confernce five times. As a senior in basketball she set the school single-season rebounding record. She also set school marks in volleyball for career kills and blocks and was named All-State as a senior. Was Academic All-State in both volleyball and basketball. She went on to play volleyball and Augustana College and helped team place second in the nation in the Division II national tournament.
Storlie earned a combined 10 letters in football, basketball and baseball. Helped the football team earn a state berth as a senior, when he was named All-State as a tight end and honorable mention All-State as defensive lineman. Set school records for career receptions and sacks in football. Also helped basketball team win tree straight HVL titles and set records for most points in a career (1,400), season (554) and game (40) as well as most rebounds in a season (735). Went on to play football at Winona State.
The Byron banquet will be held on Sept. 21 at the high school commons. Tickets are on sale at Byron High School and are $10 for students, $20, for adults and $50 for a family.
The fifth Kenyon-Wanamingo High School Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Sept. 28 and this year's class will feature seven athletes and three teams.
This year's Hall class athletes includes Lawrence Picha (class of 1912 Kenyon High School), Ray Strandemo (1942 Kenyon), Roger Hostager (1952 Wanamingo High School), Dan Quam (1969 Kenyon), Bruce Vermilyea (1971 Kenyon), Kyle Wallaker (1987 Wanamingo) and Jeff Schoenfelder (1998 Kenyon-Wanamingo). Teams being honored are the 1950 Kenyon High football team, the 1973-1974 Wanamingo girls basketball team and the 2007-2008 Kenyon-Wanamingo wrestling team.
All inductees and team members will be introduced during Homecoming week at the football game on Sept. 27. The Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Sept. 28 at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School. Tickets can be purchased by Sept. 16 and are $25 for adults and $15 for children under age 12. They are available at the Kenyon-Wanamingo High School and the Wanamingo Elementary School.
Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org