Hall of Fame
Read about our Panther Weight Room Hall of Fame Members below!
Jason participated for the Panthers between 1995-1998. He started in the secondary for the #1 ranked 1997 football team that eventually lost in the dome. What Jason lacked in speed and skill he made up for with hard work and determination. He never missed a workout, lifted harder than other players, and wrestled and went out for track just to improve his football. His determination led him to All-Conference his senior year and led to a career at nationally ranked Bethel College where he played for four years and continued his strength training.
After Bethel, Jason became the secondary coach for the Panthers. He continued to train at SLP and compete in various powerlifting meets around Minnesota. Jason won multiple powerlifting meets in the 198 lbs. division including winning the Twin Cities Open twice and he also holds the MN record for Junior Squat of 540 lbs. in the 181 lbs. weight class. He trained in the weight. room and coached for eight years at Spring Lake Park.
Jason is married and has two children and works as a computer technician.
Alean participated in track and field and the Panther weight room from 1999-2003. She was one of the hardest workers in the weight room, participated in elective strength and speed class, and won many weight training events. That all carried out to the track where she was outstanding throwing the shot and disc.
She went on to the U of M where she continued her strength training and broke many stadium records during her career. Below is an excerpt from the newspaper:
Now, in her fifth year at Minnesota, Frawley is a senior captain providing leadership to the youthful Gophers - all while posting first-place finishes in the shot put.
"I told her, 'When you're 65 and you're a doctor, you'll either have been a doctor for 30 years or a doctor for 29 years,' " Wilson said. "But you'll never have the chance to be a collegiate thrower again."
By returning for an extra year, Frawley is now able to do more than just tend to unfinished business in the throwing pits.
She provides senior leadership for a team consisting of 44 freshmen and sophomores. Gophers throwing coach Lynne Anderson describes Frawley as a liaison between coaches and players.
"Being a captain and people looking up to her - both figuratively and literally - that's really helped set the stage for these young kids," Wilson said. "She's been a great role model."
Alean graduated with a medical degree and is currently a doctor.
Coach Gronert has lifted as many hours in the panther weight room as anyone, dating back to the storage closet that was used as the weight room in the mid 1970’s. Dan worked hard in the weight room, was a great football player and competed in many power lifting meets where he was very successful. His football career extended after Spring Lake Park, to Anoka Ramsey and later to Northern State. After his football career was over he came back to the Panthers and continued coaching. He was on the staff coaching the O or D line for the 1988 NSC championship, the 1991 State Champions, the 1996 & 97 NSC and State semi-finalists, as well as the 2005, 2006 & 2007 NSC championship teams. He continued to lift in the Panther weight room all those years setting a great example on work ethic for the players.
Dan had such an impact on Spring Lake Park football that the Panther award given for hard work, leadership and dedication was named after him. Now every year the most coveted award given at the banquet is the Dan Gronert Panther Award.
Brian brought an intensity to the weight room as well as the practice field that very few others have over the years. He didn’t start competitive sports until he tried wrestling in eighth grade. He started football in ninth grade from the encouragement of the wrestling coach and started track and field in ninth grade from the encouragement of the football coach. He was two-time All-State in both wrestling and shot and disc. He was captain of the #1 ranked Panther football team in 2007 where he finished all-conference and was recruited by Bemidji State where he was an All-American tight end. After his college football career he spent three years with the Oakland Raiders, scoring a touchdown in Wembley stadium against the Miami Dolphins.
Brian’s intensity in the weight room has not been matched by any Panther. When most people set the bar down, Brian is just getting started. He outworks his opponents and is a stickler for details. Brian worked in the weight room for a summer after high school and continued to work out here even through his playing days at Oakland.
Daulton worked out year round from the moment he stepped into the Spring Lake Park weight room. Daulton’s work ethic was off the charts as he was the first one in and last to leave. He never missed a work out and it showed as he dominated on the field and in the weight room. Daulton was a rare 2 time all state selection in football where he started at both offensive tackle and defensive tackle. There was no stronger force in the defensive line as teams could not even run the ball his direction. He started 3 years for the football team and was a 4 year track member throwing the shot and disc.
Daulton is best known for his quiet demeanor but giant presence on the field. He never rested for a minute when he could be working out.
Daulton went on to play football at the University of Souix Falls and Augsburg College. He played for the Panthers between 2010-2012.
Andrew Tortora was one of the best captain/leaders and hardest workers Spring Lake Park High School has ever seen. Andrew was a 3 sport athlete and a 3 sport captain. He was named to the section AAAA all-state football all-academic team. In addition, he was named all-state by the Minnesota Vikings and honored at halftime during a game. He went on to play at St. Thomas College and then came back to help coach the Panther Football team and Lacrosse team. Andrew is also part of the Panther Foundation committee and has run the FCA program at the high school.
You do not bleed anymore blue than Andrew Tortora. Here is what he said upon his induction: “…I learned more about life and success in that room than any other place I’ve ever been including the football field…...closely equate to the memories of sweating, pushing, racing, competing, and maxing! but more than that.... failing. The weight room Is the safest place to fail for me. There is no place like it on earth, where it is good to encourage kids to fail. I failed with the best of them and have spent the last 5 years teaching kids how to fail in a positive environment. I teach that with out failure you cannot grow….”
Well done Andrew. What a great example you set for all of us!