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Kennedy inducts five new members to Athletics Hall of Fame

Bloomington Kennedy High School inducted five new members to its Athletics Hall of Fame during halftime of last Friday’s football game against Waconia High School.

Bob Block, class of 1976, participated in hockey and soccer and was a member of the 1976 Lake Conference and section champion team that went on to capture the state tournament consolation title. Block was named all-Lake Conference and all-state in hockey, and was the Lake Conference leading scorer. Block coached youth athletics for 15 years.

Todd Buelow, class of 1978, participated in soccer, hockey and golf during. He was named all-Lake Conference and all-state honorable mention, and was a member of the 1976 state hockey tournament consolation championship team. Buelow also received the 1978 Athletic Honor and Medal for Outstanding Male Athlete and was a Bill Masterton Scholarship Award recipient. Buelow played hockey at the University of Minnesota and competed as a member of the USA Men’s Bandy League, competing in international tournaments in Sweden and Norway. He has also participated in Minnesota amateur golf in the MPGA, MGA and USGA and has been a swimming trainer for the last four years.

Dave Garin, class of 1973, participated in football, hockey and track and field. He was the 1972 football MVP and earned all-Lake Conference and all-metro honors in addition to receiving all-state honorable mention and all-American honorable mention. He was a state track and field participant in 1973 and a member of the third-place state sprint medley relay team and state champion mile relay team. Garin played football for Normandale Community College, the University of St. Thomas and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He went on to coach youth football, track and field, and lacrosse and coached flag football for the Special Olympics.

Chuck McCan, class of 1976, played hockey for the Eagles where he earned all-Lake Conference and all-state honors, and was a member of the 1976 state hockey tournament consolation championship team. McCan played four years of hockey at Augsburg College, winning the 1978 NAIA National Championship.

Art Seplak served as the Kennedy varsity girls soccer coach from 1990 to 2003, finishing with a career 134-108-22 record, including six years of 12 wins or more. Under Seplak’s leadership the Kennedy girls soccer team were section champions in 1990, Lake South Conference champions in 1997 and section finalists in 1996 and 1997, in addition to seven section semi-finalist appearances. Seplak is a four-time section coach of the year and was named State Class AA Coach of the Year in 1997. He was a finalist for National Large School Girls Soccer Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition to coaching, Seplak taught English in Bloomington for 45 years, and was a Minnesota Teacher of the Year candidate in 2008. He also worked high school hockey games as a scoreboard and clock operator and announcer for more than 25 years, and continues to work high school soccer and lacrosse games as a scorer and announcer.