Woitas new boys basketball coach at Cathedral
NEW ULM – When Alan Woitas took over as Athletic Director at New Ulm Cathedral, one of the agreements between himself and CHS was that if a head coaching position became available, he would be able to able to apply for it.
On Friday, Woitas was named the new head boy’s basketball coach at New Ulm Catheral, replacing Paul Hazuka. Hazuka had resigned after last season.
“I am very excited about the opportunity,” he said. “I have learned a lot the past three years being able to coach with Paul Hazuka. I have taken some of that knowledge and added some of my own ideas and thoughts. There is a good group of kids coming back and I look forward to coaching them in the future.”
Woitas said that some of the style of play of the Greyhounds next year will be similar to this past year.
“Defense will be our emphasis as it has been the last few years – we pride ourselves on that,” he said. “Each year our style of play will be determined by what kind of kids that we have coming back. We will have to evaluate that and go from there.”
Woitas said that getting that agreement to be a head coach along with being an AD was key to his taking the AD job.
“That was a big deciding factor,” he said. “I personally enjoy coaching so if that was not going to be a possibility, I do not think that I would have accepted the position. But the fact that the school was generous enough to do both and to pursue some of my goals, I am very grateful for that.”
Woitas is also a math teacher at Cathedral, so how does he handle all of his duties with only so many hours in the day?
“There are a lot of other AD’s who do the same thing,” he said. “My dad, Bruce, is the AD at Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s and he is head coach in two sports and is a part-time teacher. Cory Haala at Sleepy Eye Public, Craig Morgan at Minnesota Valley Lutheran do the same thing so I don’t think that it is unusual but it is tough. You have to have to manage your time a little bit better because you are busy. There are a lot of time commitments to a lot of different areas and you have to make sure that you can fulfill all of them.”
MVL PITCHERS HOT: Those who have watched the last two games of the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers in the Section 2A baseball tournament have seen perhaps the two most dominating pitching performances in two consecutive games by any two high school baseball players in any class in Minnesota.
On Tuesday, Rick Jensen tossed nine innings of nine-hit ball and struck out three in a tough 2-1 loss to Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s the No. 1 team in Class A in Minnesota.
Thursday, Nick Dewanz held New Ulm Cathedral to just three hits and fanned seven in a 5-0 win over the Greyhounds.
But perhaps the most amazing feat is that in the 16 innings pitched by Jensen and Dewanz, they have combined for only one walk – that coming by Dewanz when he walked Cathedral’s Brandon Beranek with one out in the second inning.
And the Chargers seemed very relaxed prior to their game against second-seeded Cathedral.
“They seemed to have no pressure on them,” MVL head coach Jeff Schoenherr said.
He also feels that seedings do not mean much.
“When playoffs come we all come in with even records and the key is who is peaking at that time – historically we always seem to peak at this time.”
When asked what his record after the Cathedral win, Schoenherr laughed and said “We still have a losing record at 8-9.”
NEUMANN TO PLAY JUNIOR HOCKEY: Blake Neumann, who led the New Ulm Eagles boy’s hockey team in scoring this year with 27 goals and 23 assists, will play junior hockey next year at Breezy Point, an NA3HL team.
“Breezy Point is a half an hour north of Brainerd,” Neumann said. “The facilities up there are nice – I get my own dorm room.”
Neumann will play a wing for Breezy Point and said that he wants to progress through the levels of junior hockey with eventually playing D-III college hockey.
“I know that I have to get stronger down low behind the nets,” he said. “It is a fast game and the players are all strong. You have to play your best each night.”