By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - Paul Hazuka, who has been the head boy's basketball coach at New Ulm Cathedral for the past nine seasons, has resigned from that position.
"My decision was due to time commitment,"said Hazuka, who posted a 104-123 mark as head coach. "There are not enough hours in the day to do all of the jobs well. I have a seventh grade daughter and I would like to pay attention to her more and take care of family things."
Hazuka felt that his team got better defensively in the last couple of years "but that was due to the work of Alan Woitas (assistant coach and Activities Director at CHS). I tried to jump the work ethic more going into games. The kids have always worked hard but that is because of the influence of their parents and teachers that have those high expectations."
Hazuka said that in the next few years there may be more kids turning their interests towards basketball.
He said that he has a lot of fond memories of coaching at CHS.
"The kids, of course were the best," he said. "We have had some big wins over the years - we had wins over Sleepy Eye St. Mary's and we got our first home win in 20-plus years over Minnesota Valley Lutheran this year, We also defeated Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop, which was a team we had beaten for years. We had gone into a drought against a lot of these teams."
He also expressed thanks to assistant coach Jo Derksen and former Activities Director John Vetter for their support.
Cathedral Activities Director Alan Woitas, who assisted Hazuka on the varsity and played against Hazuka when he played for Sleepy Eye St. Mary's, said that
"Paul has done a great job over the last few years," Woitas said. "With the exception of last year (5-19) we have had successful teams.'
Hazuka's best year was two years ago when he guided the Greyhounds to a 19-7 mark, the best record under him.
"He did a great job teaching the game to the kids," added Woitas. "He will be missed."
WENNER HOT FOR GOPHERS; Kayla Wenner, a freshman from Nicollet High School, is hitting .258 for the University of Minnesota softball team.
Wenner has 17 hits and scored 20 runs. She has three triples, seven home runs (including a monster blast against Purdue this weekend) and has 12 RBI. Wenner has a .636 slugging percentage and has been successful in 11 of 12 stolen base attempts.
HOFFMANN IN LAS VEGAS; Jamie Hoffmann is hitting .312 for the Mets' AAA affiliate in Las Vegas. Hoffmann has scored 12 runs and has nine doubles 11 home runs and driven in 13 runs. He is three for three in stolen base attempts.
PITCH COUNTS AN ISSUE; Sometimes high school baseball coaches come under fire for letting their pitchers throw to many pitches in a game.
That is not the case in Japan. In the May 3rd issue of Collegiate Baseball, in a spring high school baseball tournament, a 16-year old pitcher name Tomochiro Anraku of Seibu High threw 772 pitches over 46 innings in five days. In his last game, he could only throw his fastball 80 miles an hour and lost 17-1. His fastball had been clocked at 94 mph when the tournament started. The article also says that current Cleveland Indians pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 250 pitches in a 17-inning game 15 years ago.