Vikings and Minneapolis Public Schools partner to launch girls flag football league

The Minnesota Vikings have partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools to launch a new MPS Girls Flag Football program.

"We strongly believe football is for everyone, and through this partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools, we are taking the first step toward our vision of growing girls flag football into a high school sanctioned sport in Minnesota," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf (pictured).
High School Sports Notebook

Jamie Kenyon-Plesha has stepped down as the Duluth Northern Stars head coach, Duluth Public Schools announced today.

Kenyon-Plesha was the longest-serving coach in program history — seven years and finished her career with the most total wins in program history.

Under her coaching, the Northern Stars had three players go on to play at the collegiate level and 11 players with All-Conference honors.
Prior to coaching, she played for the Madison Capitals Women’s Team and was captain for four years, and was an attendee of the USA Hockey National Team Development Camps from 2005 to 2008. She also played for the U18 U.S. Women’s Select Team in 2008 and 2009 and was a World Champion Gold Medalist in 2009.

Kenyon-Plesha capped her playing career off by playing collegiately for the Bulldogs from 2010 to 2014 and was an assistant captain for 2012-2013 seasons and served as captain for the Bulldogs for the 2013-2014 season. During her time in college, she was named WCHA Rookie of the Week and WCHA Player of the Week.
“To those that shared our vision that high school sports entail much more than wins and losses, I am truly grateful," said Kenyon-Plesha. "I am thankful for the opportunity to have coached alongside some incredible people. I am thankful to have had an all-female staff five out of seven years. And I am thankful to have had the opportunity to coach some amazing young women."
Said Duluth East Activities Director Shawn Roed: "We are proud and honored to have had Jamie Kenyon-Plesha as our girls hockey coach, along with her dedicated staff, they worked tirelessly over the past seven years on and off the rink” 

"Jamie Kenyon-Plesha spent seven years building up our girls hockey program here at Duluth Public Schools," said Denfeld Activities Director Tom Pearson. "She did an amazing job as our head coach and we were lucky to have her lead our program for so long."

The search for a new girls hockey head coach will begin immediately.
On the Road to Grandma's

Monica Halligan has been inducted into the Grandma’s Marathon Hall of Fame, the fifth of six individuals set to be enshrined as the Class of 2022 after making longstanding and meaningful contributions to the race and community.
Halligan, who passed away in November 2020 after a short but fierce battle with colon cancer, was a volunteer on Grandma’s Marathon weekend for more than four decades.
“I can think of no one more deserving of this induction than Monica,” Finance & Operations Director Linda Hanson said. “For years, she organized and had a hand in placing every single balloon from Two Harbors to Duluth. How she pulled it off every year in the time allotted is an absolute miracle.”
Halligan often employed the help of her children, Josh and Rachel, and together they prepared and placed balloons and pennants in nearly every significant location of Grandma’s Marathon weekend.
“That included the start lines, along the racecourse, the expo, the spaghetti dinner, and of course the iconic arches at the finish line,” Hanson said. “Those, actually, are now called ‘Monica’s Arches’ and as long as there’s helium in this world, those arches will be running every year across Canal Park Drive.”
Halligan was officially inducted into the Grandma’s Marathon Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony with both Josh and Rachel attending, and she joins Rick Recker, Jim Greenfield, Dick Skogg and Glenn Evavold as the announced members of the six-person Class of 2022.

You probably already know that a good laugh can lift your spirits and brighten someone’s day, but did you also know that laughter can positively impact your health and promote healthy aging?

To learn more, check out Duluth Aging Support’s recent blog post about the benefits of laughter, including 10 easy ways to add a healthy dose of the giggles to your life:

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