St. Croix Central's Kevin Bloom named to All-Fargodome team
Former St. Croix Central football standout Kevin Bloom has been honored for his achievements on the college football field.
Bloom, a 1989 SCC graduate, attended North Dakota State University in Fargo. He was a standout in football and wrestling at Central, but focused his energies on football at NDSU.
Because of his strong play at NDSU, Bloom has received a special honor. NDSU is celebrating its 25th year of football in the Fargodome. NDSU fans selected an All-Fargodome team for players who competed with the Bison during those 25 years.
Among the other players selected for the All-Fargodome team are former Elk Mound standout Jake Morris and former NFL running back Lamar Gordon.
Inadiscussionlastweek, Bloom said his college decision came down to NDSU or Northern Illinois University. Bloom was looking for a university with a strong engineering p r o g r am and NDSU “was the best fit with the major I wanted.”
His time at NDSU did not start well for Bloom. In his first week of freshman practice, he dislocated his shoulder. When he returned to practice, he dislocated it again. That led for surgery and he wasn’t able to get on the field until spring practices.
Once he got on the field, things went well. In 1990, he was the backup center on NDSU’s national championship team. He moved to guard his sophomore year. He moved into the starting lineup early that year and stayed there the rest of his career. In both his junior and senior years, Bloom became one of the Bisons’ best linemen. In 1992 and 1993 he earned second team All-American honors and All-NCC first team laurels. The Bison were conference champions his sophomore and junior seasons, but injuries savaged the team his senior year and they lost three games. They started that season ranked number one in the nation.
Bloom was part of an incredible group of athletes that Central had in its Class of 1989. The St. Croix Central football team won a WIAA state championship that fall and in the winter, St. Croix Central’s wrestling team was also a state champion. To cap the year, the St. Croix Central boys 1,600 meter relay team won a track state championship.
Bloom said the Class of 1989 included the Myer triplets, the Sittlow twins, himself and Adam Danielson as some of the top athletes. Between team and individual titles, Todd and Tim Myer both were part of four state championships. Bloom and Todd Myer were part of three state titles and Danielson was part of two state titles. That’s incredible production from one graduating class that had less than 70 students.
Bloom followed last fall’s state championship run by the SCC football team with close interest. His nephew, Cole Refsnider, was a starter at running back and middle linebacker. Bloom’s son, Braeden, played on the Panther C team last year.
Bloom said he saw little resemblance between the two SCC state championship teams. He said the biggest difference is the size of the players.
“We maybe had two guys over 200 pounds back then. They’re a lot bigger than we were,” saying the summer workout programs are much more developed than they were almost 30 years ago.
“We were unique with a lot of speed,” Bloom recalled of the 1988 champions. “You could hand the ball to anybody in the backfield and they could score.”