Tony Pastoors Makes Ivy League Choice

Tony Pastoors, a 6-foot-2, 184-pound athlete from Fridley (MN) Totino-Grace, who recently visited Dartmouth, will play for the Big Green. Pastoors, who has attended some Minnesota Gopher contests this fall, helped lead the Eagles to a 13-1 mark and their second straight Class AAAA state title as a junior. Totino-Grace finished 10-2 this season with their two losses to Fridley (29-28) and Hutchinson in the Class AAAA quarterfinals (14-13) by just one point.

Tony Pastoors had gotten early interest from Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin. He was invited to the Nebraska spring game.

Pastoors is an excellent student with a 3.96 GPA. He had told GoldenSports.Net in the fall that he was getting the most interest from Harvard, Dartmouth and Boston College. Pastoors said that he was on the preferred list at Dartmouth and was accepted by the school.

Pastoors, who played quarterback and safety for the Eagles, said that most of the schools are looking for him as a safety or wide receiver.

Pastoors completed 17 of 49 passes for 277 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He rushed 40 times for 290 yards and eight scores. Pastoors moved to defensive back exclusively for three games before moving back to playing both ways.

Pastoors won the University of Minnesota ROTC Boys Indoor Championships 400-meter dash with a time with 51.64 seconds and finished second in the Boys Class AA meet with a time of 50.56 seconds.

Pastoors was named 2005 AP Minnesota All-State second team and was named to the 2005 Individual academic All-State Class 4A team. He was also selected to the Star Tribune All-Metro Football first team.

Augustana College football coach Brad Salem, son of former Gophers coach Joe Salem, had recently offered him a scholarship.

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