89-year-old Iron Ranger still keeping track of track

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 29, 2010 - 11:25 PM

Steve Kerzie soon will work his 64th consecutive state high school track and field meet as a coach or an official.

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samo45May. 30, 10 3:27 AM

When he's honored with a dinner, it should be on a boat: a paddle-wheeler.

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jwblackMay. 30, 1011:04 AM

was when Kerzie was officiating a girls basketball game. A friend of mine, who's daughters were playing for Virginia, said hello to Kerz. Kerz looked at him and asked, 'are those your daughters over there?' My friend said, 'yes.' (proudly) Kerzie said, "it's a good thing they look like their mother." and quietly walked away. I was laughing so hard I had tears coming out.

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cluke2May. 30, 10 1:04 PM

The previous story sounds like Steve, JWB. That obviously has been in the more recent years, since it involved girls sports. What I'd like to know is if he was still ripping his ties off out of frustration while coaching basketball. A nice tribute to a heck of a guy because I didn't realize he was still active at that age.

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timntamMay. 30, 10 6:48 PM

in the eighties he was working a track meet in virginia, he accidentally fired his starter pisotl off in his front pocket, almost gave him a heart attack and put a hole in his pocket.

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ElikritchkaJun. 1, 1010:53 AM

Back in the early ‘80s (1981) he was refereeing our football game and we ran a draw play, our half back was 40 yards down the field with the ball and no one around… Coach Kerzie blows the whistle and begins pulling the defense off of me and he leans in and says toss me the ball son. I can’t, our half back has it down there. He looks at me with that smile and says that is the worst call I have ever made! All the best Mr. Kerzie.

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petrusonlineJun. 1, 10 1:39 PM

Many will recount Coach Kerzie with team sports stories, which is as it should be. I'd like to say that surviving Phy. Ed. was even more of a challenge, especially enduring the infamous Kerzie paddle! One may say what one wants about Kerz, but there are a number of us who will count Mr. Kerzie as one who helped us to achieve our potential as boys and as men. Peter C. "Buccaneer" - Class of '62)

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cluke2Jun. 1, 10 5:33 PM

Good story Timntam... that pistol story reminds me of Halsey Hall (early Twins baseball announcer) who one day while announcing put a lit cigar into the jacket of his suit coat. Also Elikritchka that story about the football game is hilarious.... sounds like you ran a brilliant fake ... did he award you the touchdown?

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ElikritchkaJun. 19, 1010:40 PM

No he didn't award the touch and we lost the game 15-12! Mr. Kerzie is still smiling. He was before the Jim Joyce's & Coulibaly's became so popular.

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