Hall of Fame Class of 2004
Thomas Simpson, Class of '54
One of Edina-Morningside High's first four-sport letter-man, Simpson played on a football team that was ranked third in the state and a baseball team that finished third in the state tournament. An honorable mention All-State pick in football, he also found time to letter in hockey and tennis. Hockey was Simpson's best sport. He starred for Coach Ted Greer and earned All-Lake Conference honors. In his senior season he was captain and Most Valuable Player for the Hornet skaters. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, where he later added a master's degree to his resume, Simpson went on to become highly successful hockey coach at White Bear Lake and White Bear Mariner High Schools. His Mariner team made it to the finals of the state hockey tournament in 1982, only to lose to Edina, 6-0.
Keith Lindgren, Class of '54
Although he was an undersized football lineman at only 170 pounds, Lindgren's fierce competitive spirit made him one of the most efficient blockers in the Lake Conference. As a co-captain and All-Lake player for the undefeated 1953 Edina-Morningside squad, he was known by players and coaches alike as an exceptional leader. "Keith set the tone in encouraging and leading the team to play up to and, probably, beyond its potential," said teammate Tom Moe. Lindgren was as valuable in hockey as he was in football, yet he is self-effacing in describing his talents on the rink. "Mainly, I shoveled a lot of snow off the rink," he said. Lindgren was a brilliant student, graduating first in his class and winning an academic scholarship to Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1963 and presently is an associate professor of medicine, specializing in cardiology, at Georgetown University.
Ted Carlson, Class of '63
Earning a total of 10 letters during a brilliant high school career, Carlson was also a four-year member of Edina-Morningside High's student council. His best sport was track and he capped his career by winning the state long-jump title in 1963. In football, Carlson made WCCO Prep Parade's All-State Team of the Week. He was co-captain in track, football and hockey and won many district and region track championships. Carlson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a fine arts degree. After serving two years in the United States Navy, Carlson was discharged with the rank of lieutenant. He is currently president of Carlson Studios, Inc. Through his work, he has been able to pursue his love for painting and photography. Carlson and his wife Alice live in Sparta, Michigan. They enjoy gardening, sailing and their 13 grandchildren.
Dave Otness, Class of '73
One of the great all-around athletes in Edina history, Otness starred at Edina High School, then at Edina-East when the district's school split occurred in the fall of 1972. A brilliant halfback for the Hornets, Otness achieved his greatest honor when Letterman Magazine picked him as an All-American in 1972. He led the Hornets in both rushing and scoring in his senior year. In 1971, he helped Edina win the state hockey title. When all was said and done, he had earned three letters in football, three in hockey and two in tennis. Otness was an All-State player in both football and hockey and earned hockey scholarships, first at the University of Wisconsin, then at Vermont. The former Hornet standout still resides in the community where he starred in sports more than 30 years ago.
Scot Housh, Class of '80
When Housh was a junior at Edina-West High School, he started the season as backup quarterback behind senior Don Markwardt. As the season progressed, Housh got more playing time, and by the time the playoffs rolled around, he was at the controls. Housh led West High to its only state football championship and was named to the Associated Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune All-State teams. While he was a gifted option quarterback for Coach Steve Canakes, he found good use for his quickness in basketball, as well. Housh teamed with Jay Donlin to lead the Cougars to the upper echelon of the Lake Conference Blue Division standings. Only the presence of 6-10 center Jim Petersen in a St. Louis Park High uniform kept the Cougars from advancing to the state basketball tournament. Housh lives in Edina and is active in city politics.
Lynn Anderson, Class of '83
An athlete for all seasons, Anderson earned letters in tennis, basketball and golf. She was an exceptional leader, who played on state championship teams in both golf and tennis. Anderson was the state Class AA runner-up in golf during her senior year. Her resume included three letters each in golf and tennis and two in basketball. When she wasn't playing sports, Anderson was working on her other interest - music. She was a member of Edina's varsity and marching bands. Following her career at Edina, Anderson went on to earn a degree in health fitness at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. She won four letters each in soccer and tennis. After college, Anderson played on women's golf's Futures Tour. Today, she works as a certified personal trainer and coaches the women's tennis team at Macalester College in St. Paul.
Lori Heisick Stenstrom, Class of '89
As one of the most prominent swimmers in Edina High School history, Heisick joined Claudia Vieira in leading Edina to three consecutive state championships. A good all-around athlete in junior high, Heisick gave swimming her full attention during her high school years. Heisick's specialty was the 100-yard breaststroke, and it was an event she dominated for three seasons. As a senior, she set state and national prep records in the 100 breaststroke and added a school record in the 100 freestyle. Heisick pursued her swimming career at the national level. She finished third in the breaststroke at the USA Olympic Trials and was named an alternate on the Olympic team. She also earned a silver medal at the Pan-American Games. At Stanford University she helped set an NCAA relay record. Heisick lives in California with her husband and stays busy raising her four children.
Bart Larson, Coach
Growing up in South Minneapolis in the 1950s, Larson was a great all-around athlete at Roosevelt High. Although he excelled in several sports, it was hockey that became his true passion. As a collegian at North Dakota, Larson helped the Sioux win their first NCAA hockey championship. When he graduated, he became a teacher and coach, and his coaching career lasted more than 35 years. Most of those years were spent in Edina. He arrived as an assistant to the legendary Willard Ikola. When West High opened in the fall of 1972, Larson stepped out of Ikola's shadow and into a head coaching role. When East and West merged a decade later, Larson was again Ikola's assistant, then when Ikola retired, he took the reins. During his second stint as a head coach, Larson achieved his ultimate goal - the state Class A title in 1997. He had his best run in coaching from 1995-98, as the Hornets went to the state tourney four consecutive years. Larson and his wife Norine live in Edina.