Shane Kitzman joined WCCO as a Web Producer in April 2012.
A native of Northfield, Minn. – you know, where the infamous bank robber Jesse James was thwarted – Shane graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2010 with a degree in journalism.
While at St. Thomas, Shane was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Aquin. He also became the director of the new student media endeavor, TommieMedia.com, which focused on 24/7 journalism and multimedia reporting. During the summer of 2009, he interned at the Rochester Post-Bulletin.
After graduation, Shane headed back home, briefly covering news for his hometown newspaper, before being promoted to Sports Editor of the Northfield News and covering Division III sports and prep athletics. Selected as the Associated Press New Journalist of the Year in Minnesota in 2009-10, his sports stories, photos and videos have won numerous state press awards and his feature writing has garnered national honors.
So what’s Shane up to now? Finding the best sports stories in the state and featuring them through his column “Beyond Bounds.”
At your family reunion, Dan Kornbaum’s basketball resume would be marquee material. But in his own family tree, Augsburg’s rising star is third on the clan totem pole.
What can you get by playing, on average, about 1 minute per game for your high school basketball team as a sophomore? A Division I scholarship, apparently.
What’s sweeter – going from a 1-24 record to a solid 6-7 start, or being one of the State of Hockey’s top goal scorers? Lucky for Mitchell Swanson of Wadena-Deer Creek, he’s double dipping.
The MIAC’s leading scorer whips up delectable chocolate chip banana bread as easily as she carves up opposing defenses.
As the season-long ambition of getting to know D’Aundre Reed comes to a close – the Vikings battle the Packers at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lambeau Field – it’s been eye-opening to see how well Reed dealt with the highlights and setbacks that the 2012 campaign as tossed his way.
From an octogenarian who’s tallied a hole-in-one more often than Tiger Woods, to a college football star who speaks Latin – yes, Latin – I’ve relished getting to know some of Minnesota’s most intriguing sports stories in 2012.
You probably would have cried, too. From as early on as elementary school, Taylor Young’s grandfather dished out basketball critiques of his granddaughter without pulling any punches.
Dropping his head, fixating on a random spot on the locker room carpet, you can’t ignore the visible frustration D’Aundre Reed exudes.
Men across the Gustavus Adolphus College campus sported mustaches throughout the month of November, hoping to raise men’s health awareness over the past 30 days, and if you ask assistant athletic director Jared Phillips, he’ll say the fuzzy inaugural Movember event shows potential for even more … growth.
Turns out, Kia Johnson has her older brother — and that B+ she got back in elementary school — to thank for the deluge of success she’s enjoyed lately.
Hey MIAC football teams, remember that Brett Baune guy from Concordia? You know, the fullback who racked up a school record 34 career touchdowns thanks to running all over you these past couple years?
The details say a lot. Junior Keaton Wendroth knows the exact date he finally overcame the second injury that contributed to keeping him out of the collegiate cross country scene.
No, it’s not a mustache-only gang (although that’d be a sweet clique to be in). And it’s not Burt Reynolds look-alike month. Well, at least not intentionally.
It’s fitting D’Aundre Reed was on a roller coaster last week, taking in the thrills of ValleySCARE via the Wild Thing and Renegade. Because the second-year defensive lineman’s experiencing some sizable highs and lows with the Vikings this season.
Yes, Branden McGarrity’s getting an education at the top-notch liberal arts college situated in Northfield, Minn., but he’s also dishing out some serious knowledge on the soccer pitch this fall.