St. Francis

The reigning Section 7AAAA finalists return with four seniors including captains Jake McNallan and Zach Swanson along with Tyler Goltz and Tom Terhaar, who saw varsity minutes last season. Look for senior Nick Eliason and junior Corbin Johnson to get into the rotation and contribute on both ends of the floor.

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The biggest story coming into the season for the Huskies is between the pipes where Minnesota-Duluth prospect Maddie Rooney decided to try out for the boys team after helping the girls to the program’s first state tournament appearance. Head coach Mark Manney begins his sixth season guiding the boys’ team and will try for career coaching win No. 75 in the season-opener at Robbinsdale, Nov. 29.

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Richard Orpen was sworn into office on Monday, Nov. 17 as the newest member of the St. Francis City Council. Orpen was elected on Nov. 4 to fill the remainder of the council term left open with the resignation of Mike Haggard in December 2013. That seat had been temporarily filled by Steve Kane.

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As a Mr. Football Award finalist, St. Francis senior John Santiago doesn’t necessarily want the spotlight shown on him or the 3,370 yards or 43 touchdowns he’s scored over the last three seasons.

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