Caledonia's Fruechte, Owatonna's Williams heading into state football coaches Hall of Fame

Jan. 23—ROCHESTER — A pair of area high school coaches will be inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2024.

Caledonia's Carl Fruechte and Owatonna's Jeff Williams, who have both guided teams to multiple state championships, will be honored along with three other coaches during a ceremony on April 6.

Fruechte and Williams will both have the honor of being inducted even though they are still currently coaching.

Fruechte has been a part of the Caledonia program for the past 28 years. During that span the Warriors have been one of the most successful teams in the entire state. Caledonia has won a whopping 10 Class 2A state championships during Fruechte's tenure with the team.

He coached Caledonia to back-to-back state titles in 2007 and 2008 and then was an assistant to Brent Schroeder when the Warriors won four state championships in 2010-12 and 2015.

The 2015 season was the first of five straight state titles for the Warriors. Fruechte returned as the head coach the following season and guided Caledonia to four straight titles from 2016-19. That was in a span when the Warriors won 71 consecutive games.

As a head coach, Fruechte has posted a record of 183-40 (.821 winning percentage) at Caledonia. He also coached a pair of players who went on to the NFL, Karl Klug and Fruechte's son, Isaac.

Williams is the son of former John Marshall coach Snuffy Williams. Jeff Williams has been at Owatonna for the past 27 years.

After leading Owatonna to a Class 5A state runner-up finish in 2012, Williams guided the Huskies to three state championships in 2013, '17 and'18.

He has posted a record of 207-87 (.704).

The Hall of Fame banquet will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis Park Place on April 6 beginning at 5 p.m. The cost of the event is $50 and

reservations must be made by March 28.

— —

The Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame banquet will also feature some other awards and honors.

Among the honors for the 2023 season will be the annual Butch Nash Assistant Coach Award. That honor will be awarded to 16 coaches for their roles during the past fall season.

Area assistant coaches being honored include Matt Kittelson of Blooming Prairie, Chris Otterness of Kasson-Mantorville and Matt Skala of Owatonna.

— —

The Mr. Basketball Committee has announced

the 35 players on the watch list

for Minnesota's 2024 Mr. Basketball Award, given to the top boys basketball player in the state. The list contains a pair of local players.

Century senior Shaun Wysocki and Stewartville senior Henry Tschetter are among the contenders for the award.

Wysocki is a 6-7 guard/forward and Tschetter is a 6-4 guard.

The Top 10 finalists for the award will be announced on Feb. 26 and the Final Five will be released on March 17. The winner will be announced following the state basketball tournaments in March.

— —

Rochester's Matthew Hurt has recovered from a broken hand earlier this season and is playing well in the G League with the Memphis Hustle, a minor-league affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.

The 23-year-old Hurt is a 6-9 forward who had his best game as a pro basketball player last week. Hurt scored 36 points, made six 3-pointers, had nine rebounds and three blocks during a victory over the Ontario Clippers.

Hurt could be on the short list of players to be called up to the NBA if the Grizzlies dip into the talent on their G League roster.

He is leading the Hustle in scoring at 26.1 points per game and blocks at 1.9 per game and is second with 7.8 rebounds per game. Hurt, who has played nine games, is shooting 56.5% from the floor, 47.8% from 3-point range and 75.0% at the line.

Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at