Schlagel honored

Longtime Rush City residents will likely not need to be informed that Bob Schlagel is second from right in this photograph. At halftime of the homecoming football game Oct. 6, Rush City Schools officially dedicated the baseball and softball fields south of the high school to Schlagel, in recognition of a lifetime of service to the district and the community. Schlagel graduated from Rush City Hogh School in 1970; after earning a teaching degree at St. Cloud State he came home and began teaching social studies and physical education, posts he held until he retired in 2014. Schlagel served as Rush City’s athletic director and community education director for three decades and was head coach of the Tiger baseball program from 1976-2012, though current athletic director Lee Rood noted, in a statement announcing the dedication of the fields, that Schlagel also “coached every other sport Rush City offered at some point in his career.” Schlagel won the Rush City Community Service Award in 2010, was elected to the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last year and continues to assist in the operation of Rush City’s summer youth recreation program.

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