Prairie Junior Hockey League

20 May 19
Visibly Transgender

May 18, 1980, the lateral eruption of Mount St. Helens, is the largest volcanic eruption in the modern history of North America. May 18 is Cascadia Day in recognition of this historic eruption. Cascadia is the distinct region of the Pacific Northwest that spans across the Canada-United States International border, the majority of Cascadia is […]

13 May 19
BMCEagle Space

Volume 30, Issue 9 Ladies Night and Easter have come and gone, and Brookfielders have basked in temperatures nearing 20, so it appears safe to say spring has arrived at long last! The whir of lawnmowers and rototillers never sounded so good, after a lengthy winter, and recalcitrant first half of spring. The Brookfield Men’s […]

27 Apr 19
Twin Cities
Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) warms up before the start of an NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (John Autey / Pioneer Press) After drafting tight end Irv Smith Jr. with their second-round pick in this weekend’s NFL draft, there is no way the Minnesota Vikings are going to pay Kyle Rudolph the $7.63 million he is scheduled to make this season. If the Vikings can’t trade Rudolph — rumors of a deal with New England persist — the cash-strapped Vikings might even have to release the popular 29-year-old tight end. Not one penny of Rudolph’s salary is guaranteed. One option would seem to be Rudolph taking a drastic pay cut, but at this juncture that seems unlikely. The Patriots have been looking for a tight end to replace retired future hall of famer Rob Gronkowski. If he has to leave Minnesota, moving Rudolph to New England to play with another future hall of famer, quarterback Tom Brady, should thrill Rudolph. By drafting Smith, 20, and parting with Rudolph, the Vikings would get younger and cheaper. Another way the Vikings could gain cash would be to trade cornerback Trae Waynes, who turns 27 in July and is due $9 million this season and, significantly, can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Houston Texans are seeking a veteran cornerback. One NFL player agent with extensive football background but without any Vikings as clients said 6-foot-3, 300-pound center Garrett Bradbury might have been the best pick of the 32 players taken in the first round of the draft. Why? “First of all, his versatility, and he might be the smartest guy on the planet,” he said. “He’ll be an all-pro at either position, center or guard.” Bradbury had a 3.6 grade point average majoring in supply chain information systems technology at North Carolina State, where he was a four-time Southeastern Conference all-academic player. Out of high school, West Point expressed baseball interest in the power-hitting catcher, who chose to focus on football instead. Besides the obvious reasons why the Vikings drafted Bradbury is that the 2020 NFL draft class is weak for offensive linemen. Saturday’s fourth-round selection of guard Dru Samia from Oklahoma puts Vikings guard Danny Isidora’s future in serious jeopardy. Free agent offensive lineman Billy Turner, the Mounds View grad who the Vikings passed on signing and who ended up with the Packers with a $28 million, four-year deal, is the son of ex-Vikings running back Maurice Turner. During the past 20 NFL drafts, the University of Wisconsin has had seven offensive linemen taken in the first round, the most of any college over that period. The last time a University of Minnesota offensive lineman was drafted in the first round was tackle Gale Gillingham 53 years ago by Green Bay.[related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] The Vikings already are three-point underdogs for their Week 4 game against the Bears in Chicago, but 3 ½-point favorites for their Week 16 Monday night game against the Packers in Minneapolis, according to Las Vegas odds. Toughest Vikings ticket of the regular season is for the Dec. 23 game against Green Bay, with prices currently ranging from $149 to $2,020. Adam Thielen, with a new $64 million contract extension, has become No. 16 — the highest-ranked Viking — for licensed NFL player merchandise sales. The Patriots’ Brady is No. 1, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers No. 7. Stefon Diggs is No. 32, Kirk Cousins No. 33 among Vikings. Minneapolis’ Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals is No. 38. There is incentive for Vikings defensive end Everson Griffin, 31, to perform this season. Griffen’s restructured contract allows, if he gets six sacks or plays in 57 percent of snaps, for him to void the next three years of the deal and become a free agent. Vikings GM Rick Spielman speaks at a Dunkers gathering on Thursday at the Minneapolis Club. That younger guy with Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf at the team’s Eagan facility on Friday was Jonathan Wilf, Zygi’s son, expected to become the Vikings’ majority owner some day. Joe Pohlad, grandson of late Twins owner Carl Pohlad, is expected to become Twins owner some day. The Chicago Bulls are said to be interested in incoming Gophers senior Amir Coffey, who has declared early for June’s NBA draft but has until May 29 to withdraw. Isaiah Ihnen, the 6-9 German prep rated No. 89 by 247Sports, becomes the top recruit in Gophers coach Richard Pitino’s 2019 class that includes four-star guard Tre Williams from Dallas. Michigan State, which had a basketball coaching staff member at Minnehaha Academy last week, is willing to allow 6-5 Minnehaha Academy quarterback-point guard Jalen Suggs to play both football and basketball if he’ll commit to the Spartans. Meanwhile, Suggs on Saturday received two more offers, one from new Arkansas coach Eric Musselman and the other from Vanderbilt. Minnehaha Academy’s 7-foot sophomore Chet Holmgren, son of 7-foot former Gopher Dave Holmgren, has received nearly 15 college offers, and 6-5 freshman teammate Prince Aligbe nearly 10. Holmgren on Saturday got an offer from Georgia. The Gophers have made offers to all three Redhawks. It looks like East Ridge 6-6 sophomore Kendall Brown could become a McDonald’s All-America basketball player in two years. Pitino and his entire Gophers staff were at East Ridge last week to watch Brown and junior teammate Ben Carlson. Also there were coaches from Northwestern, Oregon and Arizona. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, speaking at the Capital Club in St. Paul last week, said that five years ago she wouldn’t have considered coaching men in basketball, but that now she would because it would open the door for other women. New Nebraska basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, the ex-Timberwolf, as part of his seven-year contract gets 20 hours of private airfare to be reported as income, reports. Eastview grad Tommy Springer, a freshman pitcher for Missouri, is 4-0 through 29 2/3 innings for the Tigers. Another Missouri freshman, Seth Halvorsen, who was last year’s Gatorade Minnesota pitcher of the year from Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, was the 30th-round draft pick of the Twins but declined to sign. He has a 3.38 earned-run average in 5 1/3 innings. Missouri, 28-15-1, last week dropped out of the nation’s top 25. Simley grad Michael Busch is hitting .301 with a team-leading 12 home runs as a junior left-handed hitting first baseman for No. 16 North Carolina (31-12), and is a potential first-round pick in June’s major league amateur draft. Frankie Capan from North Oaks is playing No. 2 as a freshman for the No. 22-ranked Alabama golf team, which has produced Justin Thomas, Jerry Pate, Steve Lowery and Trey Mullinax of the PGA Tour. Byron Buxton, Mitch Garver, Willians Astudillo and Martin Perez of the Twins on Sunday at 6:15 p.m. will distribute more than 3,000 new baseball gloves to youngsters 8-years-old and younger. Buxton and Garver will be at Waite Park in Minneapolis, and Astudillo and Perez at the Rice and Arlington Sports Complex in St. Paul. Augsburg College this season had both the MIAC player of the year in men’s hockey (Nick Schmit) and men’s basketball (Booker Coplin). Coplin, who also has been named the Division III player of the year, has a great uncle, Reed Johnson, who is married to Cathy Johnson, who happens to be Schmit’s aunt. Garth Brooks wore a Larry Fitzgerald No. 11 Cardinals jersey and had lots of praise for the wideout from Minneapolis at his recent record-setting 75,000-ticket performance in Arizona. Brooks plays U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday and Saturday. Zack Greinke the other day passed ex-Twin Jim Kaat to move into 39th place on baseball’s all-time strikeout list. The Toronto Blue Jays organization plans to increase pay for its minor leaguers by nearly 50 percent. Salaries for Class AAA players will increase to about $3,050 a month; Class AA players, about $2,550 a month; Class A, nearly $2,400 a month. For the Twins and other organizations, the minor league pay issue is expected to be a significant topic in the next round of negotiations between major league and minor league baseball, and increases are expected. Major league minimum players salary this season is $555,000. In 1969, it was $10,000. Annual pension for major league baseball players with 10 years of service beginning at age 62: $221,000. More than 50 admirers, including former major leaguers Joe Mauer and Jack Hannahan, attended the recent Humboldt High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction of four-sport standout Don Leseman, who with Dave Hanson of “Slap Shot” movie fame co-captained the school’s 1972 hockey team. Canterbury Park begins its 25th season of a 66-day live horse racing meet under ownership of Curtis and Randy Sampson and Dale Schenian with a two-day weekend beginning Friday in Shakopee. The trio purchased the track from Irwin Jacobs in 1994. Jordan Murphy and Terrin Vavra are among nominees for Gophers male athlete of the year that will be announced on Monday. Female athlete of the year includes Kenisha Bell among candidates. Mohamed Ibrahim is up for male rookie of the year, Seth Green for male breakthrough athlete of the year. New girls hockey coach at Stillwater High School will be former Gopher-Whitecap-Finnish Olympian Mira Jalosuo. Condolences to the family of longtime St. Paul sports official Jimmy Robinson, whose son Mark, 49, died of a heart attack the other day. DON’T PRINT THAT Unless plans change, expect Ryan Saunders to be named the Timberwolves’ permanent head coach as soon as a team president is named. Garrett Bradbury, as the 18th overall pick by the Vikings, can expect a four-year contract in the $12 million range. Blake Cashman, a fifth-round pick of the New York Jets on Saturday, can expect a $12.9 million, four-year deal, including a $305,000 signing bonus. The ex-Eden Prairie linebacker began his Gophers career as a walk-on. First-year retired former Twin Joe Mauer this weekend plays in Miami Marlins part-owner Derek Jeter’s star-studded charity golf tournament in Las Vegas at the posh Shadow Creek course. Look for St. Thomas Academy’s Brendan McFadden, the Pioneer Press’ 2018 football player of the year and also a standout hockey player for the Cadets, to enroll at Santa Clara University to focus on academics and not play sports. The 6-1, 210-pounder rushed for nearly 140 yards per game last season, averaging seven yards a carry. In hockey, McFadden had 36 points in 23 games. Had McFadden chosen to play football in college, word is St. John’s of Collegeville would have been his destination. Amazingly, after a hard-hitting 14-year career as the Vikings’ top tackler as a prototype middle linebacker, Scott Studwell, asked last week if he escaped concussions, said, “I don’t remember if I had any concussions. “Back then you got dinged and you either stayed on the field or you walked off the field and sat out for a couple plays and you went back in. It’s different now than it was. The game is as safe as it’s ever been. The athletes are so big and so fast and so strong, and the equipment is unbelievable. “It’s a violent game. It always has been, and it always will be. I guess maybe I am one of the lucky ones that played as long as I did and had as many collisions that I did. Right now, I’m scot-free.” Tommy Kramer, 64, who roomed with Studwell, 64, for five years, on Studwell’s retirement from the Vikings’ front office last week: “He’s a really smart guy. I hope it’s good for him.” Nearly a dozen Twin Cities private golf courses have experienced heavy damage to greens, fairways and tees from winter kill that for some has curtailed play. People who should know say that unless he puts 20 pounds of muscle on his 6-9 frame in the next year, incoming Duke freshman Matthew Hurt from Rochester will be destined to remain with the Blue Devils for two seasons rather than one-and-done, the same as new teammate Tre Jones from Apple Valley. Funds for a statue of legendary Gophers baseball coach Dick Siebert at the entrance of the on-campus field named for him have been privately raised, but university administrators have inexplicably hesitated in going forward. Mike Hohensee, during the 1987 strike season for the Chicago Bears, is the lone Gophers QB in history to have thrown a touchdown pass in the NFL. Ex-Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, playing for $9 million this season, is batting .173 with four home runs in 23 games for the Nationals. The University of Minnesota reports that if you become a member of the Gopher Loyalty Program, you get to stand in the TCF Bank Stadium tunnel pre-game to high-five football players. By the way, the university says that after Oct. 15, the Gophers may elect to “utilize” the north sideline of the stadium for games against Maryland, Penn State and Wisconsin if those games are scheduled during the day rather than evening. OVERHEARD Vikings top draft pick offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury, who thought as a youngster of being a shortstop for the New York Yankees: “That would have been cool, but I think I’d rather be an O-lineman for the Vikings at this point.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
26 Apr 19
Winnipeg Sun

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE — Stride Place in Portage la Prairie will be the host venue of the first ANAVET Cup game since 2012 when puck drops to kick off the best-of-seven series Friday night between the Manitoba Junior Hockey League Turnbull Cup winning Portage Terriers and the Canalta Cup winning Battlefords North Stars of the […]

25 Apr 19
Regina Leader-Post

Four Reginans — Nathan Moore, Peyton Gorski, Ty Barnstable and Reece Henry — helped the Portage Terriers win the MJHL championship.

24 Apr 19
Edmonton Sun

The Prince Albert Raiders team bus rolled through Vegreville Monday on their way to face the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 3 of the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Final at Rogers Place on Tuesday. Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid is familiar with the town located 100 kilometres east of Edmonton. “This is where Slats […]

23 Apr 19
Global News

The Portage Terriers defeated the Swan Valley Stampeders 3-2 in overtime of game seven of the Turnbull Cup Final on Monday to advance to the ANAVET Cup.

22 Apr 19
Regina Leader-Post

Rudy Estella, who played for the Regina Red Sox in 2017, is the Western Canada Baseball League team’s new pitching coach.

20 Apr 19
Twin Cities
Florida offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor (65) sets up to block at the line of scrimmage during the second half of their Nov. 3, 2018, game against Missouri, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) It seems improbable that the Minnesota Vikings, after missing the playoffs last season, will go two seasons in a row without fixing their most glaring weakness: offensive line. If Thursday evening’s first round of the NFL draft plays out the way it should, it will be shocking if the Vikings don’t take an offensive lineman with their pick, No. 18 overall. There are several offensive linemen in the draft capable of starting for Minnesota this season. The Vikings’ best–case scenario would be for one of the top three to fall to them. They are tackle Jawaan Taylor from Florida, tackle Andre Dillard from Washington State and tackle-guard Jonah Williams from Alabama. Working in the Vikings’ favor is that as many as four quarterbacks (Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones and Drew Lock) could be taken before the No. 18 pick. Quarterback-hungry teams trade up to get one virtually every year. However, even if all three of the aforementioned offensive linemen are gone by No. 18, there still will be high-end offensive linemen available. They are Cody Ford from Oklahoma, Garrett Bradbury from North Carolina State, Dalton Risner from Kansas State, Chris Lindstrom from Boston College and Kaleb McGary from Washington. The problem with that handful is that none are tackles. And tackle is the most valuable offensive line position, because they block the speed rushers trying to get to the quarterback. If the Vikings were to take Bradbury, who is a center, they probably would have to move Pat Elflein to guard. If Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has a high enough grade on any of the second-tier five, he still could use the No. 18 on one. If not, look for Spielman, who has a history of making first-round trades, to try to move down in the first round. But if he waits until No. 50 or so in the second round for a competent offensive lineman, that player will be gone. Currently, the Vikings have just four offensive linemen considered starters. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, asked if he has any advice for Spielman entering the draft: “No, I think he has done enough of these. He knows what he’s doing. Their entire personnel staff has a great dynamic, the coaches. I think everyone’s on the same page — I don’t think it’s any mystery for them as to the direction we ought to go.” For Cousins, surprisingly, that wouldn’t necessarily be an offensive lineman at No. 18. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“Ultimately, I want them to take the best player available,” he said. “If there’s some rock star player in another role that doesn’t necessarily directly affect the quarterback, the reality is it is going to affect the quarterback if he’s playing at a high level next year. It’s going to help us win football games, and that’s all that really matters. “I think the best player available is the way to go, and who that is, I think you have to wait until your five-minute pick slot is open.” It will be announced that classy local insurance executive Jim Hays, who in high school at Minneapolis Henry played golf at the Minneapolis Park Board’s Theodore Wirth course, is contributing $545,000 to fix the public course’s cart paths. Dick Yates, who ran the park board’s golf courses for years, helped steer Hayes’ donation. Pssst: Mike Guentzel and Derrick Brown are among finalists for the St. Thomas Academy hockey coaching job, made vacant with the resignation of Tommy Vannelli. Word in high-up hockey circles is that Minnesota Duluth’s Scott Sandelin, who has guided the Bulldogs to two consecutive NCAA men’s championships, is among the next hot NHL coaching prospects. The Twins contributed Target Field, and they and the University of Minnesota will split ancillary expenses for the Gophers-Oklahoma baseball game that drew 2,401 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Seating capacity at the Gophers’ Siebert field is 1,420. The annual St. Paul Saints tryout camp, which over the years has produced more than a dozen players for the independent pro team, is May 2 at CHS Field. Players signed can expect a monthly contract of nearly $1,200. After nine home games, the Twins are 25th in major league attendance, averaging 16,749. The Dodgers are No. 1 (46,784 for 13 dates). In four games and 14 plate appearances against the Twins’ Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) team this season, Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback now playing left field for the Syracuse (N.Y.) Mets, has two singles and a double. For the season, Tebow, 31, is batting .162 in 41 plate appearances. Meanwhile for Rochester, in a game against Syracuse last week, Lewis Thorpe, 23, signed out of Melbourne, Australia, struck out the first seven batters he faced and finished with 12 in seven innings. In that game, Rochester pitchers struck out 16 — the only Syracuse player to not strike out was Tebow. Thorpe, a 6-1 left-hander, touches 93 mph with his fastball, but the curve ball has become his strikeout pitch. Another guy to watch: Fireballer Brusdar Graterol, 20, whose fastball touches 100 mph. The right-hander from Venezuela has struck out 18 in 17 1/3 innings this season while allowing just seven hits at Class AA Pensacola. Signed by the Twins at age 16 for $150,000, Graterol, who underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery three years ago, has fanned 187 in 170 1/3 career minor league innings. With Duke losing its top three players to June’s NBA draft, Rochester John Marshall’s 6-foot-9 Matthew Hurt, who turned 19 on Saturday and averaged 37 points this season, could be the Blue Devils’ leading scorer as a freshman next season. The Howard Pulley youth basketball organization continues to develop talent that either already is or is expected to be sought by top national programs. It should provide the Gophers with high potential prospects for coach Richard Pitino, newly armed with a contract extension through 2024, if he can sign them. Two of the Maple Grove-based Pulley teams, 17-and-under and 16-and-under, recently won national AAU tournaments in Ames, Iowa., and the 15-and-under team finished runner-up in its national tournament. Rising national prospects in the Pulley program include 6-9 junior Dan Dainja, recently offered by Syracuse; J’vonne Hadley, 6-6 from Mahtomedi; Cretin-Derham Hall 6-2 freshman point guard Tre Holloman, who received his first offer from the Gophers last fall and has been invited to U.S. junior trials; Ariel Bland, 6-6 from Eden Prairie; 6-11 sophomore Treyton Thompson from Alexandria, and sophomore guard Jaeten Pedro from East Ridge. Among 24 first-year Division I women’s basketball coaches this season, the Gophers’ Lindsay Whalen had the most victories, 21. Stacy Lewis of the LPGA Tour and Phil Mickelson, who is sponsored by KPMG, will be at Target Field on May 6 to promote the $3.85 million KPMG Women’s PGA Championship that will be held June 18-23 at Hazeltine National in Chaska. The pair will hit trick shots from home plate. Reason for the Target Field site for the golf promotion is that it’s centrally located. Meanwhile, besides Lewis, among those committed for the tournament that will play at 6,807 yards are Lexi Thompson, Sung Hyun Park and Cristie Kerr. KSTP-TV sports anchor Joe Schmit launched his second book, “The Impact Blueprint — A Step-By-Step Journey To A Life of Significance,” at a celebration Saturday at Target Field. Terrin Vavra, the former Gophers star, got a chance to play shortstop in a major league spring training game for the Colorado Rockies, but didn’t get to bat. Terrin, 21, who received a $550,000 signing bonus last year, is hitting .313 at Class A Asheville (N.C.) this season. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve speaks Wednesday at a Capital Club breakfast at Town and Country Club in St. Paul. Vikings GM Rick Spielman speaks at a Dunkers breakfast May 2 at the Minneapolis Club. Minnesota United CEO Chris Wright speaks at the Design and Build Forum in Chicago in July. DON’T PRINT THAT There’s been some crazy buzz about a Vikings deal that would send wideout Stefon Diggs, who is from the Washington, D.C., area, to the Redskins, who have the No. 15 overall pick in Thursday’s NFL draft. The Vikings have the No. 18 overall pick. Trading Diggs is not going to happen, at least not this year. But let’s hypothesize: If the Vikings were able to acquire the No. 15 pick from Washington to go along with their No. 18, they probably could take tight end Noah Fant from Iowa with one of those picks. Although Fant’s position is tight end, he plays more like a receiver, and that would allow the Vikings to make up some of the difference in losing Diggs. And Minnesota would be able to reduce payroll (Diggs is scheduled to make $13 million this season). By the way, this year’s NFL draft is thin for wide receivers, which seemingly would drive up the price for Diggs. If the Vikings have any players who are absolutely untradeable, they would be Adam Thielen, Harrison Smith, Danielle Hunter and Kirk Cousins. The Vikings still need to find salary cap room, so they either have to trade a player, release a player or restructure a player contract. They can’t afford to release offensive tackle Riley Reiff, 30, under contract for $9.5 million this season, simply because they need him. But they could restructure him or tight end Kyle Rudolph, 29, whose salary is $7.625 million. Rumors that cornerback Trae Waynes, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the season and is to be paid $9 million this year, could be traded have quieted, mainly because Holton Hill has been suspended for the first four regular-season games for use of performance-enhancing substances, and Mike Hughes is still recovering from surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Trading Waynes would be risky. But if Waynes were put on the market, the Indianapolis Colts would seem to have the most interest. A scheduling advantage for the Vikings, who are an indoor team, is that they won’t be playing any road games outside late in the year. Miguel Sano, dispatched last week to the Twins’ Fort Myers, Fla., base to prep for a return to the major league lineup, said he expects to play every day at third base when the club deems he’s ready, probably in a few weeks. “No days off, that’s my goal,” he said. “I’m getting ready to start hitting some bombs and play defense.” Sano, 25, recovered from a gashed heel from an accident that kept him out of spring training, said “a good player can put up good numbers in four months. I’m excited to get back.” Asked his weight, he said, “I’m in good shape, and I’m strong.” The pitching staff at the Twins’ Class AAA Rochester club ranks third from the bottom in the 14-team International League, but first in overall strikeouts, which the Twins’ front office likes. Red Wings pitchers are averaging more than 10.6 strikeouts per game (148 in 113 innings in 14 games). The way it looks now, Concordia College of Moorhead could be the deciding vote on whether St. Thomas is expelled from the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Nine votes from the league’s 13 school presidents are required for expulsion. A vote is expected next month. Nobody’s talking, but the guess here is that St. Olaf, Carleton, Hamline, Augsburg, Gustavus Adolphus, Macalester, St. Catherine and St. Mary’s would favor ousting St. Thomas. Concordia is thought to be uncommitted. Insides say nearly all the conference’s coaches want St. Thomas to remain — it’s the school presidents who want the Tommies out. Meanwhile, perhaps ironically for St. Thomas, Augustana is leaving the Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, which includes nine of its members from Minnesota. St. Thomas insists, though, that it values Division III ideals. In football in the Northern Sun, St. Thomas might finish among the top half-dozen teams, behind Minnesota State, Minnesota Duluth, Winona State, St. Cloud State and Bemidji State. It’s a good bet the Twins tried to get 6-11 Mahtomedi grad Sean Hjelle from the San Francisco Giants in their trade of Tyler Austin for minor league outfielder Malique Ziegler last week. The Giants are especially high on Hjelle, who has struck out 13 in 13 1/3 innings for Class A Augusta in the South Atlantic League. Vikings tight end-golf aficionado Kyle Rudolph, an eight-handicapper at Wayzata Country Club, attended last weekend’s Masters tournament at Augusta National won by Tiger Woods. “Just being there, in general as a sports fan, it probably was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” he said. “It’s a different kind of roar when they get excited for Tiger. And just to stand there and see the amount of people that follow him, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. As a sports fan, it was an experience I’ll never forget.” OVERHEARD Adam Thielen, asked if he has any new purchases planned after signing a $64 million contract extension with the Vikings last week: “Not yet. My wife does a good job of holding me back on that kind of stuff.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
13 Apr 19

It’s not easy for young athletes to move away from home to follow their sports dreams.

Manitoba’s Ryan Humeniuk knew that if he wanted to play baseball, he’d have to do just that.

He packed up his things and came to Dawgs Academy, which set the stage for a long journey in baseball that continues today at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

09 Apr 19
Regina Leader-Post

Brayden Cockwill couldn’t have scripted it better himself. The captain of the Extreme Hockey Regina Capitals admits it’s still sinking in after his team captured its third straight Prairie Junior Hockey League title on the weekend. Cockwill was part of all three championships, the latest of which resulted in a storybook end to his final […]

07 Apr 19
Regina Leader-Post

The Extreme Hockey Regina Capitals are the Prairie Junior Hockey League champions for the third consecutive season. Regina completed a sweep of the best-of-seven final Friday by defeating the Saskatoon Quakers 6-2 at the Al Ritchie Memorial Centre. Taylor Kreutzer had one goal and two assists. Tristan Sulz added two goals for the Capitals, who […]