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May 10, 2012
Marshall Independent

Marshall grad to coach at

Barton C.C.

Carter Kruger, a 2004 Marshall High School graduate and former Tiger basketball player, has been hired as the head women's basketball coach at Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kan.

Kruger is the son of Kelly and Patty Kruger. Kelly Kruger spent 14 seasons leading the Southwest Minnesota State women's basketball team from 1991-2005. He is currently the head coach at Adams State College (Colo.).

Carter Kruger, 26, served as an assistant coach for the Barton women's basketball program last season. He has previous experience as an assistant at Garden City Community College and Minnesota State-Mankato.

The Barton Cougars are a Division I junior college program and finished the 2011-12 season with an 18-13 record.

SMSU soccer signs Cadena

Southwest Minnesota State women's soccer coach TJ Buchholz announced Tuesday that forward Miranda Cadena has signed a letter of intent to continue her career at SMSU, becoming the 15th student-athlete of the Mustangs' 2012 recruiting class.

Cadena is a senior at Redlands East Valley High School in Highland, Calif., where she is a four-year letterwinner. She was named her team's most valuable player this season and was named second team all-conference. Cadena finished her career with 51 goals and 28 assists.

"Miranda has excellent speed and control of the ball in the attack," Buchholz said in a press release. "She is also very tough around the goal and will bring a strong scoring presence to our young team this fall."

Buchholz will begin his second season as head coach in 2012. The Mustangs finished last season 5-11-1 overall and 4-8-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Their five wins were the most by an SMSU team since 2004.

Ex-St. Paul Central football star dies

(AP) - Stacy Robinson, a former St. Paul Central High School athlete who won two Super Bowl rings playing for the New York Giants, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 50.

Robinson spent six years as a wide receiver in the NFL, 1985-90, all with the Giants. He caught 48 passes for 749 yards and seven touchdowns in 43 games.

From 1992-94, Robinson served as coordinator of minorty student services at Southwest State University (now SMSU).

He caught three passes for a team-high 62 yards in the Giants' Super Bowl XXI victory over the Denver Broncos.



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