All three Bulletin area high schools represented at all-star weekend

Each year, the high school baseball and football all-star events are held on the same weekend. Between the two events, all three Bulletin area high schools have players participating this year.

Irondale’s Tony Sylvester is set to play in the Minnesota Football Coaches Association’s Tackle Cancer All-Star Football game on Saturday in St. Cloud. Mounds View’s Bo Lovdahl and St. Anthony Village’s Nick Peterson were selected to play in the Play Ball! Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series in Chaska and Chanhassen.

Sylvester, a linebacker for the Knights, was a tackling machine last fall. He reached double digits in solo tackles in seven of Irondale’s 10 games in 2015. Throw in his assisted tackles and he was in double digits in every game and reached 20 or more four times.

Sylvester leaves Irondale as its all-time leading tackler and he also owns the top two spots on the Knights’ single-season tackle leaderboard. 

Sylvester is Irondale’s 20th player to be named to the football all-star game and his selection gives the Knights an all-star for the third straight year after going eight consecutive seasons without one. 

The all-star football game kicks off at 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

The baseball all-star series format has changed a bit this year. In the past, there were four teams competing but this year the series is up to six teams.

Peterson of St. Anthony is on the Metro North team and Mounds View’s Lovdahl is on the Metro East team.

Another change is the addition of a second site. Chaska Athletic Park has been the site of the baseball all-star series since 1989 except for a handful of years when it was unavailable because of flooding.

With the addition of two teams, the series needed to add a second venue and that is Storm/Red Bird Stadium at Chanhassen High School. Three teams are assigned to each ballpark and will play a round-robin format on Friday.

Peterson and his Metro North teammates play the North team at 5 p.m. and the Metro West team at 7 p.m. on Friday at Chanhassen. Lovdahl and the rest of the Metro East team play the Metro South team at 2:30 p.m. and the South team at 5 p.m. at Chaska.

Following Friday’s games, the teams will be ranked within their own three-team group and then matched up against the team in the same place from the opposite group. The third-place teams meet Saturday at 11 a.m., the second-place teams play at 3 p.m. and the first-place teams square off for the series championship at 6 p.m. All of Saturdayís games are played at Chaska.

Peterson put together an outstanding season on the mound and at the plate. He made nine starts in the regular season and posted a record of 7-2 and he also added a save in his one appearance not as a starter. He posted an earned-run average of 1.35 and struck out 59 batters in 62 1/3 innings pitched.

At the plate, Peterson batted .391 with 25 hits, 11 of which went for extra bases. He drove in 15 runs and struck out only four times.

Lovdahl also shined as a pitcher and hitter. He had an earned-run average of 2.58 and his two best games were when he gave up no earned runs. The first was against Park-Cottage Grove when he went seven innings and gave up one run (unearned) while striking out seven. In the post-season, he threw six shutout innings against Park Center in the Mustangs’ 9-0 victory.

Offensively, Lovdahl batted .389 with 28 hits, nine of which went for extra bases. He had three doubles, three triples and three home runs.

This is the last year that the baseball and football all-star games will be played in the same weekend. The all-star football game is moving to December and will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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