As a sophomore on the first ever Lakeville South Cougar team in 2005-06, Cameron Naasz didn't experience the thrill of victory very often on a team that finished with just 2 wins and 25 losses. Those losing days are well over now.
In front of a hometown crowd in St. Paul on Saturday February 27th, Naasz edged out last year’s champion, Canadian Scott Croxall, to become the first American to win the Redbull Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.
As part of the history project for LHA, we interviewed Naasz who shared insight on his experience with the Lakeville hockey programs.
"My varsity hockey experience was a very difficult one. Being tossed into the mix as a sophomore with only juniors that had the same amount of varsity ice time as the rest of us made winning tough. At the same time it was an incredible opportunity to be able to play at a highest level of high school hockey knowing that without the split of the schools I would have had to start at JV and work my way up like everyone else."
Congratulations to another LHA alum who is experiencing that "winning feeling." Look for more about his LHA days in upcoming history project communications. Who knows, maybe we'll soon see some World Championship skates in the LHA history display at Ames?
Cameron Naasz, Photo courtesy of Red Bull Crashed Ice
Cameron Naasz emerges victorious. (Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool)