Stacey Malewicki Matthees
Sarah Biggerstaff Scherbring
Three Winona Senior High School graduates were inducted into the WSHS Hall of Fame on September 23. A Hall of Fame Committee makes selections among nominations that are sent in all year. High school awards, college awards and beyond are all taken into consideration when the committee chooses whom to honor with the induction.
Brad Brewer, son of Paul and Rita, grew up in Winona with younger brother, Todd, and sisters, Suzanne and Michele. At the age of 12 Brewer attended a golf clinic put on by Pat Shortridge and decided to give golf a try. Brewer made the varsity golf team at Winona High School as a freshman and was the Big Nine Conference Runner-up as a junior. He was named All-Conference in both his junior and senior seasons, and voted team MVP as well as team captain for the golfing Winhawks. Brewer was also selected to play in the Minnesota Golf Association Championship in both 1977 and 1978. Looking back, Brewer felt the highlight of his high school career was being fortunate enough to be able to play golf with an awesome group of guys under the direction of Denny Johnson, not only a great coach and person, but a fellow artist. Brewer is also grateful for the advice and support he received from Pat Shortridge, golf pro at the Country Club, during his high school years and beyond.
Upon graduation, Brewer enrolled at Flagler College in Florida where he was voted team captain and team MVP in both his junior and senior seasons, finishing in the top 10 in the Florida Intercollegiate Golf Championship for both years. Brewer was a 12-time medalist during his tenure at Flagler and was inducted into the Flagler Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Brewer thoroughly enjoyed his college golfing career for many reasons. The opportunity to play golf all year long with and against quality golfers made it very special to him.
Brewer’s high school career was impressive and his college career was outstanding, but his professional career has been nothing short of spectacular. He was a seven-time medalist on the pro tour, setting two course records in the process. He has had 11 top 10 finishes in the Australian-Asian PGA Tour which afforded him the opportunity to play with some of the top golfers in the world, including Greg Norman, Payne Stewart, and good buddy Ian Baker-Finch.
Brewer’s professional highlight has been the opportunity to work for a man who took him under his wing serving as his employer, mentor, confidant, and friend – the late, great Arnold Palmer. Brewer currently resides in Orlando, Fla., where he runs his Brad Brewer Golf Academy. Brewer has four children, daughters, Kenna, Carli, and Tori; and son, Bradley Jr.; as well as four grandchildren, Ella Claire, Xavier, Trey, and Damien.
Stacey Malewicki Matthees
Stacey Malewicki, daughter of Dody and Lee Huwald, grew up in Winona with brother, Lance, and sisters, Angela and Holly. She was constantly outside playing basketball, baseball and football with Lance and some of the neighborhood kids. Her father, Lee, remembers her as being a competitive little squirt.
That competitive streak stayed with her right through her high school years. Malewicki was a three-sport athlete, garnering a total of 10 letters – three in volleyball, three in basketball, and four in track and field. In the words of volleyball coach Hayley Martin, “Stacey Malewicki was one of the most talented athletes to walk the halls of Winona Senior High. An All-Conference athlete in volleyball and basketball, Stacey was not only gifted, but possessed a strong work ethic and determined, competitive nature. She was an integral part of Winona High’s first Big Nine Championship in volleyball.” Martin summed up by stating, “Malo was not a fan of losing.”
Dave Heise remembers Malewicki as a quiet, conscientious student athlete, one who lead by example. She showed prowess in basketball at an early age, scoring 41 points in a junior high game as a seventh grader. She also holds the senior high record for field goals in a basketball game with 17. That record is at 29 years and running. Malewicki was the first Winona High basketball player, male or female, to score 1,000 points in a career. Heise also pointed out that Malewicki played before the schedule was expanded, so she had less games to work with. The three-point shot was not in existence until her senior year, which made her point total even more impressive. Heise also commented that she had a very good jump shot. Translated from the master of the understatement, Malewicki had a phenomenal jump shot. Heise also mentioned that Malewicki was an All-State Honorable Mention recipient and was selected to play in the Minnesota High School All-Star Game.
In track and field, Malewicki participated in sprints, relays, as well as the high jump and long jump. At the time of her graduation, she had the third best all-time high jump and fourth best all-time long jump in Winona High history. Lynne Gronert described Malewicki as a talented, focused, and hard-working young lady. Gronert added, “Stacey was an athlete. She would have been successful at any sport she tried.”
After graduation, Malewicki attended Winona State University for one year, participating in basketball, before transferring to St. Mary’s University and earning a degree in accounting. After graduating from St. Mary’s, she went on to earn an MBA degree with an emphasis in finance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Malewicki spent four years working at Watkins and four more at Peerless Chain before taking a position in the finance and administration department at Winona State in 2000 as a budget analyst. For the past 10 years Malewicki has served as the Winona State University budget director.
Matthees currently resides in Winona with her husband, Tim, son, Dakota, daughter, Phoenix, and dog, Benji. Tim has been employed by Schwab Construction for the past 21 years and currently serves as a job site superintendent. Stacy and Tim spend most of their free time attending their children’s athletic events.
Sarah Biggerstaff Scherbring
Sarah Biggerstaff grew up in Winona with her parents, Mike and Julie, who encouraged her to try new things, including sports. She had her first experience with competitive sports playing basketball with the Winona Pacers. That group of Pacers became lifelong friends as well as the core of Winona High volleyball, basketball, and softball teams a few years later.
Biggerstaff was a four-year varsity performer in volleyball, a Big Nine All-Conference selection, and served as team captain. Biggerstaff currently holds the Winona volleyball record for the most ace kills in a season with 400. That record is at 16 years and counting. Coach Hayley Martin described Biggerstaff as an amazing student athlete with a smiling face and a bubbly personality. She was a good friend and a positive influence on teammates as well as fellow students. Martin went on to say, “Biggs was self-motivated, focused, and fearless at the net with energy and enthusiasm that was infectious. She was a reflection of her parents, Mike and Julie, who provided constant and much appreciated support for the entire program.”
Biggerstaff was also a three-year starter in basketball, helping her team to a Big Nine Runner-up finish her junior season and a Big Nine Conference Championship her senior year. Coach Tim Gleason characterized Biggerstaff as a very coachable athlete and the ultimate team player, always willing to do whatever was necessary to make the team better. Biggerstaff still holds the team record for the highest career shooting percentage (58.5 percent) and has the second highest season shooting percentage (60.4 percent) in team history. Biggerstaff also played softball through her sophomore year and participated in track and field as a junior and a senior.
Biggerstaff attended South Dakota State University, participating in volleyball, and was part of the team that finished as NCAA Division II Runners-up her freshman year. Even though Biggerstaff was battling a lower-leg injury and was unable to contribute as much as she would have liked, that tournament run stands out as a special memory. South Dakota State moved up to Division I after her sophomore season and Biggerstaff was a big part of that transition process. It was tough sledding for those two years, but Biggerstaff had the opportunity to play against some tremendous teams and athletes. A four-year starter, Biggerstaff is third all-time at South Dakota State in block assists with 346. In addition to the athletic experience, Biggerstaff was part of a select group of players who helped with the recruiting process and also served as a spokesman for SDSU volleyball in some local radio ads and interviews.
Biggerstaff went on to explain how the trail to SDSU got started. Her high school volleyball coach, Hayley Martin, encouraged her to attend an elite volleyball camp at Bethel College in the Twin Cities. Biggerstaff had planned to have a fun and busy summer and wasn’t too excited about going, but Martin told her, “You just gotta go – it is an awesome camp.” Coach Martin was correct. It was awesome. The following volleyball season Biggerstaff was recruited by Andrew Palileo, volleyball coach from Bethel, who had seen her at his camp. That spring, after Biggerstaff had committed to Bethel, Coach Palileo called her with some good and bad news. The bad news was that he was no longer going to be the head volleyball coach at Bethel. The good news was that he had just been hired as the head volleyball coach at South Dakota State and wanted her to come with him to help build a program. It was a little overwhelming, but it didn’t take Biggerstaff long to make the decision to become a SDSU Jackrabbit. On an ironic side-note, Biggerstaff had gone to the Black Hills with her grandparents, Henry and Audrey Deblon, the summer of her sophomore year. Unbeknownst to Sarah, Audrey had scheduled an appointment with the volleyball coach at South Dakota State – Grandpa Henry and Grandma Audrey had spent some time in Brookings and thought it would be cool if Sarah could go to school there. When Sarah found out about the plans to visit South Dakota State, she didn’t want any part of it. Somehow Audrey and Henry talked her into going, but she was somewhat embarrassed and anxious to get it over with and get out of there. A couple of years later she was back in Brookings.
After her senior year at SDSU, Biggerstaff did an internship coaching USA volleyball at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She also worked in the insurance business with American Family and then took a job in the metro area with Campbell-Mithun, an advertising agency, and currently is employed by Carmichael-Lynch as a senior marketing director. Biggerstaff currently resides in Minnetonka with husband, A.J.Scherbring, who also works in the advertising business, and sons, Owen and Alex.