Even without having played a game yet this summer, the Tri-City Red American Legion baseball team took over the top spot in the state rankings last week. The voting took place prior to Red’s first game of the summer.
Chris Lawson, a 2012 graduate of St. Anthony Village High School, was recently named an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference academic honoree. A freshman at the College of St. Scholastica, Lawson was named academic all-conference for the spring season.
To be eligible, student-athletes must post a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Lawson is a member of the Saints’ men’s track and field team and also runs cross country for the school in Duluth, Minn.
Ray Kinsella built the original Field of Dreams in the middle of an Iowa cornfield in a motion picture starring Kevin Costner. For the Mounds View High School baseball team its field of dreams is a few hours north of Kinsella’s.
The Mustangs fulfilled two dreams on June 17 in downtown Minneapolis. No. 1, they got to play at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins. No. 2, they won the first baseball state championship in school history.
“Target Field, it doesn’t get any better than this,” said senior co-captain Lars Anderson.
The North St. Paul American Legion Post 39 ventured to Mounds View High School for the first meeting of the season between the 39ers and Tri-City Post 513 on June 18.
Tri-City Red managed to beat the 39ers, 2-0, even though they were short some key players after Mounds View High School won the Class AAA State Baseball Tournament the day before.
Most of Tri-City’s players attend Mounds View.
The last few years the North St. Paul American Legion Post 39 baseball nine has had an early-season crack at tourney play, with the annual Legion Baseball Tournament held in Grand Rapids, Minn.
The round-robin contest tests teams’ strategy and tenacity as they battle to reach the June 23 championship.
The people look like ants from up there too; the Copper Peak Ski Flying complex is the only ski flying hill in North or South America. That’s Lake Superior in the background. (photo by Keith L. Anderson, Montreal, Wisc., from WLUC-TV website uppermichiganssource.com)
It’s been 20 years since last they “flew” at Copper Peak It doesn’t seem that long ago.
Actually it seems like yesterday that I sat on a stool just inside a door and watched the ski jumping world pass by on their way into a banquet.
The year was 1970 and just about anyone I knew in that world of ski jumpers was in Ironwood, Mich. They had gathered to witness the first ski flying event ever held in the Western Hemisphere.
A pair for former Roseville Area High School athletes earned collegiate awards earlier this month. Danielle Dickson and Maddie Gray graduated from Roseville in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and have taken their athletic talents to their respective colleges.
Dickson, a sophomore at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., is a member of the women’s track and field team and was named academic all-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. To receive the honor, an athlete must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5.
The 39th-annual Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series took place last weekend at Athletic Park in Chaska. Roseville Area High Schoolís Ben Buerkle participated as a member of the Metro East team.
Buerkle’s squad went 1-2 by beating the North team 2-0 and losing to the South team 4-3 and the Metro West team 3-0.
North St. Paul shortstop Jackson Goplen (17) is in on the double play to end the second inning as second baseman Adam Hildebrandt (7) makes the relay to first. The 39ers won 7-5 over Hamline Purple at home June 19.
June 19th - North St. Paul 39ers vs. Hamline Purple. Photos from June 19 by Linda Baumeister/Review.