Pete's Point: Tizzano to be inducted in PL Hall of Fame
Competing in high school sports often provides athletes a life experience that is beneficial for years to come.
A good example is Angie (Evenson) Tizzano, who earned a total of 13 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball before graduating from Pequot Lakes High School in 1994.
“What I learned through playing sports taught me so much about life and helped shape me into the person that I am today,” Tizzano said earlier this week. “The camaraderie and life-long relationships with teammates is really what sports is all about.”
Athletes, like Tizzano, learn the importance of hard work and being a team player. Those traits, along with athletic ability, helped her excel with the Patriots and earned her a spot in the Pequot Lakes Athletic Hall of Fame as she will be inducted on Wednesday, May 21.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Pequot Lakes community for all of the hard work and dedication that goes into being a talented athlete,” said Tizzano, who was chosen to the Brainerd Dispatch All-Century girls’ basketball team in 2000. “We had many great team moments, and those were always more important to me than the individual recognition.”
Tizzano is humble about the honor, but also very deserving. As a basketball player, she reached the 1,000-point milestone as a junior.
“I scored my 1,000th point in a game that I will never forget,” she said. “I had one of the worst shooting performances of my career that night, and I needed 19 points in the game to get to 1,000. There was about four minutes left in the game, and I remember coach (Jon) Dale calling time out and saying, ‘Get her the dang ball so she can get this done.’ It was a big relief when I finally hit the shot, and we had a lot of good laughs after that game.”
Tizzano eventually finished her career with 1,148 points before suffering a season-ending knee injury as a senior. She recovered from the injury and went on to earn volleyball and basketball all-conference honors at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
“I would say I was 90 percent when I came back and played at CLC,” she recalled. “The physical rehab was very challenging, however the mental side of the recovery is the most difficult to overcome after an ACL reconstruction.”
Tizzano was rewarded for her comeback by being a key member of the Raiders’ 1995-96 national championship basketball team.
“The run to the 1996 national championship is one that I will never forget,” said Tizzano, who was inducted into the CLC Hall of Fame in 2005.
Tizzano moved out-of-state after finishing at CLC. She married Donnie Tizzano in 1997, and the couple has three boys — Antonio (age 14), Dominic (9) and Alexander (7).
“The boys keep us on our toes,” said Tizzano, who has served as human resources manager the past 15 years at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz., “but I did share the (hall of fame) recognition with them, and they think I am a pretty cool mom.”
Tizzano is also in the process of finishing her Bachelor’s degree in human resources management and expects to graduate next May.
The hall of fame program will start at 7 p.m. in the PLHS cafeteria, and will be in conjunction with the senior awards program.
“I am proud of this accomplishment, and would like to thank John and Mary Sue Redebaugh for the nomination,” she said.