Pine City to Induct Three to HOF
By: Jennifer Hussong
Every year, Pine City recognizes outstanding past achievements in athletics and coaching. Individuals with outstanding personal character, leadership, and achievements are honored by being inducted to the Pine City Athletic Hall of Fame. This year three previous Pine City graduates are being inducted to our Hall of Fame.
The first inductee is Mr. Jared Clementson who graduated in 2004. While at Pine City High School Jared participated in many sports, but Jared is best known for his running ability, which has been shown through his multiple awards. As a sophomore in high school Jared received a Rum River Conference Honorable Mention and was team MVP in Cross Country. Also, that year in track, he broke the school record in the 1600m run and received 9th place at state for the 1600m run. As a junior, Jared went to state in cross country and placed 11th and received All State Honors. That spring in track, he continued to excel and broke his own record in the 1600m run and became team MVP. Jared once again broke his record in the 1600m as a senior and went on to state to finish third.
After high school, Jared attended UMD where he continued to receive awards and recognitions for his track performance. He graduated from UMD with a degree in Elementary Education, a Math Education minor, and a coaching certificate. Today, Jared is happily married to Bryanna Clementson and together they have a little boy named Weston Jack. This past year he has been substitute teaching and coaching track and field in Hinckley.
Another inductee this year is Ms. Sarah Althoff who graduated in 1989. At Pine City High School, Sarah played basketball, softball, and tennis. Sarah received All-Conference in all three sports: basketball two years in a row, softball one year, and tennis four years in a row. She also lettered in basketball and softball for three years and tennis for four years. As a sophomore she placed third in singles for regions. Then as a junior she moved up a place at regions and placed second. Sarah became the regional tennis champion for singles as a senior.
While at PCHS she was not only an outstanding athlete but was also an active member of the National Honor Society and received many academic accolades. After high school, Sarah went on to attend UMD. There she made the tennis team and received the Most Inspirational Player award for three years in a row. She graduated from UMD in 1993 with a degree in marketing. Sarah is currently a child support office in the metro area.
The final inductee this year is Mr. Brian Olson who graduated in 1998. Brian was a star running back and an integral part of the Dragon Football Team for four years. He was named MVP three years in a row and was named All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention as a senior. In addition, Brian was active on the Pine City Track Team, where he held the school record for the 4 x 100 relay for many years. He was part of the sophomore and senior homecoming royalty in high school.
After graduation, Brian went on to attend St. Cloud State University. At SCSU he continued to play football. As a freshman Brian started half his season as the running back and received Offensive Scout Team MVP. As a senior he shared the starting role at running back and shared the NCC title. Today Brian lives in Rush City with his family; his wife, Breckan, and two children, Sailor and London.
The induction ceremony is Saturday, October 3rd at the Pine City Country Club.