Hill-Murray senior forward Hannah Brandt was named Ms. Hockey during the Feb. 26 awards banquet at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. Brandt was one of five finalists, including her good friend Hanna Brodt of Roseville Area High School, who sat near her during the event, which is sponsored by Let’s Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild, Shock Doctor and DCS Image.
Brandt, who will join the University of Minnesota Gophers on the ice this fall, scored 59 goals for the Pioneers.
Brandt’s teammates were among her many supporters at the banquet, along with her former youth coach, Vic Brodt, of Roseville and Winny Brodt, a former Ms. Hockey winner in 1996.
Hill-Murray coach Bill Schafhauser said that Brandt is a “great ambassador” for the Maplewood school.
“I’m just glad that she’s going to be at Minnesota so people can continue to watch her,” Schafhauser said.
In addition to Bandt and Brodt, the other Ms. Hockey finalists were Jonna Curtis of Elk River/Zimmerman, Milica McMillen of Breck and Lee Stecklein of Roseville.
Erika Allen won the Senior Goalie of the Year award as a member of Roseville’s Raiders.
One music career ends while another to begin, again
Michael Silhavy, a member of the archdiocesan Parish Services Team and music director at St. William in Fridley, will begin a position as music editor at GIA Publications in Chicago, July 1. Although his ministry at St. William will continue until Pentecost Sunday, his 17 years with the archdiocese will end March 2.
Two Visitation coaches honored for their leadership to women
Two longtime coaches from the state’s only all-girls school, Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, were among 21 leaders who have promoted women and girls in athletics to be honored by the Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership Feb. 1 at the Capital rotunda. Connie Parsley and Rene Gavic were honored with “Breaking Barriers” awards. Parsley has been teaching science and coaching golf at Visitation for nearly 25 years. Parsley’s current and former students praise her dedication. Erin Grimes, who graduated in 2008, said she admires the way her beloved coach made an individualistic sport communal by having golfers clean a section of Dodd Road together. Gavic has served as dean of students and coach of cross country and track during her career at Visitation, which began in 1987. During her tenure, she has been named section coach of the year four times (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006), and 10 of her runners have been named all-state athletes.