PHS graduate earns kicking honors at Hamline

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 11/25/97.

Steve Koehn, former Paynesville football player and 1996 graduate, was named to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic All-Conference team. He was selected as the punter on the first team.

During the season Koehn averaged 35.2 yards per punt to finish sixth in the league. However, 11 were put inside the 20-yard line, including a 66-yarder against Macalester that was downed on the one-yard line.

Koehnís real success this season came with his place kicking, however, he was 17 of 21 on extra points and 8 of 13 on field goals for 41 points. He finished tied for 13th in the league for number of points scored (third among kickers) and 28th in the nation for field goals. Among his field goals was a 42-yarder versus Gustavus with 20 seconds to go in the game to give Hamline a 31-28 victory. Koehn was named AP Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort.

Two weeks later, versus Macalester in the Metrodome, Koehn kicked three field goals and an extra point to help Hamline to a 16-6 victory. Among the field goals was an all-time Hamline record 45- yarder. Koehn then received his second AP Player of the Week award for his game.

The son of Ric and Barb Koehn, Paynesville, he is a sophomore majoring in social studies secondary education.

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