St. Croix Fall Sports

Bowling | Cross Country | FootballBoys Soccer | Girls Soccer | Swim TeamGirls Tennis | Volleyball


Class AAA State Champions

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The Crusader football team has earned the Section Championship trophy for six consecutive years and the Class 3A State Championship in 2011 and 2013. The team claimed a 2nd place class 3A finish at the 2016 State Prep Bowl in the new U.S. Bank Stadium. The Minnesota State High School 2011 Coach of the Year, Carl Lemke leads the four football teams competing at the middle school, C Team, JV, and varsity levels with other conference and non-conference teams around the Twin Cities.

Football practice begins mid-August. There is an optional high school camp in late July and a middle school camp in early August. Captains serve the team by organizing summer workouts, sharing devotional messages, and helping with game-time decisions and leadership in practice and school.

Football Calendars

Varsity Football | JV Football | C Team Football 

Varsity Coaches

Carl Lemke | Jeff Lemke | Mark Kruse | Ryan Hulse | Tony Drkula | Andrew Tiarks

JV Coaches

jason Thiel

C Team Coach

Tony Drkula


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Section Champions and State Participants

The Crusader girls’ volleyball program is led by 2012 Section Coach of the Year, Rachel Grev. The program consists of four teams; middle school, C team, JV, and Varsity. A full schedule of matches on most Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with several weekend tournaments, round out the playing schedule.

Try outs and practices start in the morning in mid-August. During the school year, the teams practice every weekday afternoon. A summer camp for grades 6-9 in late July helps athletes get ready for their upcoming season.

Volleyball Calendars

Varsity Volleyball | JV Volleyball | C Team Volleyball | MS Volleyball 

Varsity Coaches

Rachel Grev | Ryan Grev

JV Coach

Leanne Stob

C Team Coach

Bethany Ohm

Middle School Coach


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Boys Soccer

Crusader boys soccer competes with a full schedule at the middle school, C, JV, and Varsity levels. Depending on participation, a C Team may also be created playing an abbreviated schedule. The team travels during the fall around the Twin Cities area with most home contests under the lights in the Crusader stadium.

Under the direction of head coach Chris Maki, the St. Croix Lutheran Boys Soccer finished the regular season in 2015 with the school's best conference record (5-2) and best conference finish (T-2nd), best regular season record (9-5-1), best overall record (11-6-1), fewest goals allowed in regular season (14), fewest goals allowed overall (19), back to back penalty shootout victories in the section playoffs,  3rd time in 5 seasons that SCL has upset a higher seed in the section playoffs.

Morning practices begin mid-August. Captains serve as leaders during the season and help to organize captains’ practices. A summer varsity camp is held in mid-July. More information about registering for summer camp can be found by following the links on the website.

Boys Soccer Calendars

Boys Varsity Soccer | Boys JV Soccer | Boys C Team Soccer

Varsity Coaches

Chris Maki




JV Coach

Brent Schacht


C Team Coach

Aaron Wirth

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Girls Soccer

Under the direction of section 4A coach of the year Dave Huebner, the Crusader girls soccer competes with a full schedule at the JV and Varsity levels. The team travels during the fall on most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some additional days around the Twin Cities area with home contests in the Crusader stadium.

The season begins with practices in the morning mid-August.  A summer varsity camp is held in mid-July. Captains serve as leaders who work with the coaches during the season and help to organize summer conditioning and get-togethers. 

Girls Soccer Calendars

Girls Varsity Soccer | Girls JV Soccer

Varsity Coach

Varsity Head Coach

Dave Huebner

Assistant Varsity Coach

Jill Kock

JV Coach

Sarah Sauer

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Swim Team

SCL competes in girls swimming and diving during the fall season on a co-operative team, Metro United. The co-op team includes students from St. Anthony Village, DeLaSalle, St. Agnes, and St. Croix Lutheran. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to join the team. Practice begins mid-August. During the school year, practices run from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Athletes are expected to be at all practices and assigned meets except for an illness or school sponsored event.  Swimming practice is held at St. Anthony Village High School (3303 33rd Ave NE, St. Anthony, MN 55418). Families are responsible for transportation to practices and swim meets.

Varsity and junior varsity athletes practice and compete together at meets. There are no tryouts, but athletes must have a basic skill level of the four competitive strokes and be able to swim four continuous laps of the pool.

Swimming Calendar

Girls Swimming and Diving Calendar


Amy Croonquist

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The Crusader bowling teams are led by varsity coach Daniel Swiderski. Sponsored by Mattie’s Lanes in South St. Paul, the SCL teams competes with other area high school teams in matches sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School Bowling League. Varsity is made up of the top six bowlers based on tryouts. (3 JV teams this year) Several SCL bowlers have competed at the state level.

Bowling Calendar

Varsity Bowling



Head Coach

Daniel Swiderski

Assistant Varsity Coach

 Jim Duppong


JV1 Coach

Julia Buller

JV2 Coach

Luke Seigars, Doug Bryant

JV3 Coach

Peter Mansur

MS Coach

Scott Ward

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Cross Country

Crusader boys and girls cross country teams train and compete during the fall sports season. 

A schedule of eleven meets includes a TriMetro Conference Championship and a Sectional Championship. Most races are within a 30-minute radius of St. Croix and are run during the week, with a few of the races hosted on a Saturday morning.

Athletes in grades 7-12 are eligible to compete, and practices begin two weeks before the start of the school year.

Cross Country Calendars

Boys Cross Country | Girls Cross Country


Joel Burmeister

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Girls Tennis

Crusader girls tennis welcomes players of all experience levels to join. There is a varsity squad and—dependent upon participation—a junior varsity squad. Girls in grades 7-12 are eligible to play

Practices begin mid-August and are held on courts with a scenic view of Thompson Lake.

The regular season extends through the month of September with matches held during the week. Both team and individual postseason matches are held in the first half of October.

Girls Tennis Calendars

Girls Varsity Tennis  

Varsity Coaches

Jeff Strehlow | Barry Gostchock

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Afton Sobasky, Class of 2014, D1 Scholarship Athlete, Bradley University
" Practices start with a devotion, always reminding me who I ultimately play for, and games start and end with prayer. "
- Afton '14