Posted On: 03/2/18 12:46 PM
Six-foot-6 Lakeville North junior Tate Staloch is a part of a deep Panther frontcourt rotation that is 21-4 with a game to go. Staloch is a two sport standout willing to help the Panthers in any way.
“For me I’ve been trying to contribute as much as possible to a top ranked team in the state, and despite a couple disappointing losses so far we’ve put together a very successful season,” Tate said.
The Panthers were recently beaten by Farmington in what many considered an upset but they’ve also defeated Woodbury, St. Cloud Tech, Wayzata, Eden Prairie, Apple Valley, and Prior Lake (twice) this year so the resume is solid.
Staloch comes off the bench and scores 2-3 times a game, collects boards, defends, and backs up Tyler Wahl and Tyler Lewko.
“I’ve really worked on my game on the offensive end being able to score from the inside and stretch my game to the perimeter,” Tate said. “On top of that strength was a big thing for me this off-season and I worked with really hard to continue to become a more physical player.”
Section 1AAAA has been a JM/Lakeville North battle for many years with few competitors. North has went to state the last six seasons but this year getting through the group will not be quite as easy. Owatonna is a very tough three seed, the eight seed Rochester Century is improved, and teams like New Prague, Rochester Mayo, Farmington, and Lakeville South are not easy outs.
“Our outlook is positive for the postseason, there’s no teams we can overlook,” Tate said. “We take each game one at a time but our team’s goal has been since the beginning of the summer to make a run for a state championship and that’s what everyone’s working for.”
Staloch is fitting of that skilled, hard working, intelligent Lakeville North frontcourt player but he’s also a very good football player. Schools from both sports are in contact.
“I’ve talked to St. Johns extensively and went for a tour and game at their campus. I’ve also went to a game at UW River falls and was invited for a junior recruitment day at South Dakota State University for football.”