Paul Sather

Paul Sather

Paul Sather, a 1990 graduate of Princeton High School, has been named head basketball coach at North Dakota University in Grand Forks.

Sather has been the head coach at Northern State, Aberdeen,S.D., the past nine years and took his team (36-6) to the national Division II title game in the  2017-2018 season. Sather played at Northern State, was a 1996 graduate, and played in the NAIA tournament twice while there.

He has a reputation for turning programs around, that likely being a part of the reason for getting the North Dakota job. North Dakota was 12-18 last season, 6-10 in its first year in the Division I Summit League.

Sather was head coach at Black Hills State in Sioux Falls for five years, posting a 43-47 record the first three years but ending up with a 95-62 record as his team went 30-5 his fourth year and made it to the semifinals of the NAIA tournament, and then was 21-10 the next year and again made it to the NAIA tournament.

He was then hired at Northern State and ended up compiling a 188-89 record. His teams had a 25-27 record the first two years but were 125-40 the past five years and had three appearances in the Division II tournament.

 His overall record as a college head coach is 283-151 and includes two trips to the NAIA tournament and three to the Division II NCAA tournament.

Sather was on vacation when the announcement was made Thursday but in a short statement called it an "incredible honor" to be named as coach of the Fighting Hawks. He'll have a press conference next Monday.

I remember Sather as a dominating player at Princeton, especially his last year, and that he won the dunk contest at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud on the first of two nights of the high school all-star basketball series. He averaged 25.4 points as a senior at PHS, 12.8 rebounds, 4.1 blocks and 2.0 steals. John Gloege, head coach at PHS then, said at the team's banquet that Sather, who played hockey until ninth grade, was just starting to reach his potential. He was right, Sather being a starter on two teams that made it to the NAIA tournament.

 Note: The plan for this week was to write about the many individuals from the Princeton area who made the Memorial Day weekend in Princeton a memorable one, for me, in a time when attendance has dwindled at local Memorial Day events. The news of the hiring of Paul Sather ended up preceding the Memorial Day story. But we'll follow through next week and mention some of the names and places from a weekend that provided a good snapshot of small-town America. 

  

Daily diary for the 2019 Twins

Saturday, May 25 — The White Sox took a 4-1 lead in the second inning but the Twins scored the final 10 runs of the game for an 11-4 win as Max Kepler, Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario homered, giving the Twins 101 home runs for the season in 50 games, becoming only the second major league team to hit 100 or more in 50 games. And the 11 runs gave Minnesota 300 for the season, a first ever for the franchise in 50 games. Nine of the team's 12 hits were for extra bases. Jose Berrios got his seventh win.

 

Sunday, May 26 — The team had its first sellout since Opening Day (crowd at 39,129) and beat Chicago 8-1 for a 35-16 record that leads the majors.There were no homers but C.J.Cron and Ehire Adrianza each drove in four runs. Jorge Polanco had two hits and leads the American League in hitting at .340, leads in hits with 66, is fourth in slugging percentage and third in on-base percentage

Monday, May 27 — Ho hum, another series sweep. The Twins beat Chicago 7-0 and outscored the White Sox, a team that struggled on defense in the three games, by a 26-5 margin. After a 27-11 margin in a three-game sweep of the Angels, and a 43-15 edge in four games with Seattle, Minnesota has a 96-31 edge in runs for the last three series (10 games). And on this Memorial Day morning the team's 36-16 record (.692) is the best in baseball, with Cleveland 10 games behind in second place in the Central Division. I agree - it's too early for think about the division race. Next on the schedule are Milwaukee (2 games), Tampa Bay (4 against very good pitching) and Cleveland (3 games). That's an upgrade in opposition. If you put stock in such things, last year 8 of the 10 teams that were in a postseason slot on Memorial Day made the playoffs. On Thursday of this week, after a day off following the series with the Brewers, we'll make individual season projections on the basis of the fact that the team will be exactly a third of the way through the season. 

Tuesday, May 28 — The one thought I had last night about the Twins as they lost 5-4 to Milwaukee at Target Field, other than blowing a 4-0 lead and having your best reliever give up a two-run homer that decided the game, was that the Twins are only 9-10 so far this season against teams that are .500 or better. The team's winning streak ended at six and some of the listeners in the post game radio show were a bit perturbed. 

Wednesday, May 29 — A 5-3 win over Milwaukee last night points out a telling statistic in the season so far: The Twins are 14-3 after a loss, losing two in a row only three times and remaining as the only team in the majors that hasn't lost three in a row this year. Rookie lefty Devin Smeltzer was brilliant in six innings of three-hit shutout baseball but didn't get the win in his first major league start. He threw only 69 pitches, 53 of them for strikes. With the score 0-0 in the seventh Kepler hit a two-run double, Cron doubled in a run and Rosario, with the crowd chanting 'Ed-die, Ed-die," hit a two-run homer for a 5-0 lead. Kepler threw out a runner at second after a good catch, giving the Twins 12 outfield assists, most in the majors.

Thursday, May 30  —The Twins are exactly a third of the way through the season and have the best record in baseball at 37-17 which, if replicated, would lead to 111 wins. That's not going to happen. They also lead in home runs and runs scored. And that probably won't happen. But it's interesting to multiply by three the totals to date - all it does, really, is show how good some of the players have been so far. Take Eddie Rosario, for example: If he matches his totals to date the rest of the way, he'd have 17 homers and 141 RBIs. Polanco would have 27 and 78, Kepler 36 and 105, Cron  39 and 105, Jonathon Schoop 30 and 87 and Mitch Garver, despite not playing for the last 14 games because of an injury, would have 27 and 57 and average a homer every 9 at-bats. Nelson Cruz has missed the last 16 games but would still have 21 homers and 66 RBIs. Jake Odorizzi, Martin Perez and Jose Berrios would all have 21 wins and Kyle Gibson 15.  If all of that is even close to happening the Twins will win the division. 

Friday, May 31 — It had to happen. There had to be a clunker in there somewhere. And it came last night in a 14-3 loss to Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field, the worst major league ballpark by far, in St. Petersburg. Perez saw his ERA go from 2.95 to 3.71. The top five positions in the batting order were 1 for 20. The Rays sent 19 batters to the plate in the third and fourth innings. All you can do is move on after a game like that. The three runs did give the team 186 for the month, the most ever in a month for Minnesota. Tampa Bay has good pitching and the next three days will provide a good test. The team is again one game under .500 against teams that have a record of .500 or better.

 

PRINCETON SPORTS MEMORIES

June 3 1959 - Onamia beat Princeton 7-4 to knock the Tigers out of high school baseball tournament play. Terry Erickson had two hits and Ted Fett, Dick Southard and Bob Nick had one apiece. 

June 4, 1964 - Marv Top won the high jump and broad jump at the District 16 meet and Paul Jensen won the high hurdles as the Tigers placed fourth . . . The Princeton town team beat Clearwater 9-3 as Bob Nienaber and Steve Lindell each had three hits.  

 

June 4, 1969 -  Princeton beat Santiago 2-1 in a town team game, shortstop Tim Enger getting two hits and third baseman Ron Whitcomb driving in both runs. 

June 5, 1974 - Jim Cartwright (discus) and Doug Froelich (220) had seconds in the Region Four track meet. . . Jerry Bergeron, Mike Arnold and Luther Dorr drove in the runs as the town team beat Pine City, 3-2. Dorr pitched six innings of one-hit shutout ball and got the victory. 

June 7, 1979 -  The Rum River Festival canoe race drew 19 two-person teams. Alan Neumann and Mike Gerth of Princeton placed first in the senior boys event . . .  Eighteen players played and 13 of them got hits in a 9-0 town team win over the Forest Lake Lakers.

June 7, 1984 -  PHS golfers Rick Kapsner and Greg Braford qualified for the state golf tournament . . . Brian Dorr was chosen for the Outstate team of the high school all-star series. David Fischer, Jason Savage andDorrwere chosen all-conference in baseball, Dorr for the third time.

June 1, 1989 -  Assistant hockey coach Pete Hayes was named head coach to replace Don Dainsberg . . . The high school baseball team lost 8-3 to HIibbing to end the season. Curt Wilson hit .328 to lead the team and hit one of the team's two homers . . . Kris Bottema was third in the discus and fourth in the shot put at the section meet.

June 9, 1994 - The Princeton Panthers beat Elk River 10-6 in a non-league game as Troy Kinney got the win. Troy Scheffel had 4 hits and Brian Dorr drove in 4 runs, 3 on a home run . . . Kyle Monroe was fifth in the Section 7AA triple jump as the team placed seventh. 

June 3, 1999 - Senior pole vaulter Tim Anderson and junior discus thrower Perrin Warner each finished second in the section meet and advanced to state . . . The Princeton Panthers beat St. Stephen 19-9 in town team baseball and hit 4 homers, one each by Chad Campbell and Tony Stay, and 2 by Brian Dorr, and then beat Elk River 12-2 as Jesse Zimmer homered. 

June 10 2004 - Seventh-grader Katie Loberg advanced to the state track meet by placing second in the high jump at the section meet . . . The 4x100 relay team of Alex Geithman, Grady Milesko, Yuto Numata and Mike Patnode won at the section meet and advanced to state with a time of :44.75.

June 4, 2009 - Katie Loberg won the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the section track meet and Kadie Savage won the 300-meter hurdles, both qualifying for the state meet  . . . The Princeton Panthers won five games in 11 days, beating Rockford 17-8 in a non-league game as Brian Dorr hit a 3-run homer, beat Isanti 12-8 as Zach Neubauer got the win and Dorr drove in 4 runs,  and beat Mora 17-3 as Tyler Roehl drove in 4 runs and Chad Carling 3.

June 5, 2014 -  Brody Johnson led the boys golf team with an 86  at the section golf meet in Hinckley . . . Taylor Laabs was second in the long jump at the section meet, then ran with Anna Oakes, Katie Bialka and Hope Humphrey to place first in the 4x100 relay, and Bialka finished second in the 300 hurdles as all advanced to state. 

Dorr is the former editor of the Princeton Eagle (2 years) and Princeton Union-Eagle (31 years), and has covered sports in the Princeton area for 52 years.

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