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Sportsline: Minnetonka sweeps Babe Ruth titles

Minnetonka scored a rare sweep of the state 13-14-15 Babe Ruth baseball tournaments.

The Skippers won four straight games in the 13-year-old meet at East Grand Forks, edging Bemidji 3-2 in the second round and blasting the East Twins 22-1 in the title game. That followed a 4-3 win over the East Twins in the winners bracket final.

Bemidji went 1-2 at the meet, beating Aitkin 14-0 between losses to Minnetonka 3-2 and Brooklyn Area 9-0.

The Skippers also stormed to the 14-year-old title 16-2 over Waite Park at Bemidji to finish 4-0 with two close calls, a 10-9 win over the East Twins and 3-1 decision over Moorhead in the winners bracket final.

Waite Park beat Moorhead 15-0 in the losers bracket final.

Bemidji went 0-2, falling to Moorhead 3-2 and Richfield 11-6.

I the 15-year-old tourney at Moorhead, Minnetonka bested the East Twins 3-0 in the final winning five straight games after an opening round loss to the East Twins 13-9.

It defeated Thief River, Aitkin, Bemidji and Hi Tower to gain the final.

The East Twins stopped Hi Tower 7-4 in the winners bracket final.

Bemidji went 3-2 in the meet.

New coaches

Sara Rojas has been appointed the new girls soccer coach at Brainerd succeeding Steve Kimble who left the school district to take over the St, Benedict's College soccer post.

Rojas has five years experience in the Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association and has been head coach of the Middle School for four years.

She becomes the fifth coach in Brainerd history in the program.

Brainerd went 15-3 last year, falling to Buffalo 3-2 in the section final. The 34-year-old special education teacher is as native of Columbia where she began playing the sport as a child. She played on boys teams in the Kansas City area which had no girls program.

Mike Trewick has taken over the St. Cloud Tech boys basketball program replacing Randy Jordan who left to become head coach at Stillwater. Jordan guided the Tigers to a 60-4 record the past three winters and two third place finishes at the state meet.

Trewick is no stranger to the area,. The Sartell High and St. John's graduate has served as assistant coach in football, basketball and baseball at St. John's and spent four years as head men's cage coach at St. Mary's before stepping down and returning to St, John's as assistant in football and basketball last year.

He is a strong proponent of three sport athletes and encourages his cagers to play both fall and winter sports.

Baseball drills

The BYL August baseball season will open Tuesday and run on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Mark Evenson complex through Aug. 27.

All players in the 8-11 age bracket from both the night and day leagues are invited to take part.

The sessions will include both instruction and games each night. Cost of the program is only $10.

The BYL will provide equipment and the summer insurance coverage will be extended through the program.

Those not previously registered may do so at the field Tuesday.

Fall sports dates

The start of BHS fall sports practice for eight teams is only eight days away.

The football, girls swimming, volleyball and tennis and boys and girls soccer and cross country teams will begin Aug. 17.

The mandatory chemical awareness Parent/Athlete meeting is set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the auditorium with the makeup meeting at 6 a.m. Aug. 17 in the Lumberjack Room.

All players planning on playing sports this season must attend the meeting.

They must also have proof of a physical on file at the activities office plus the parent permit/eligibility form and insurance waiver and paid their activities fee set at $70 for grades 9-12.

The forms and fees may be turned in at Wednesday's meeting or at the activities office any day between 7-4:30.

No athlete will be permitted to practice or receive equipment until all forms and fees have been returned.

Physicals are required each three years. The forms are required once each school year.

Boys soccer opens

Boys soccer tryouts will be held at the high school practice field Aug. 17-22 from 8-11;30 Monday through Thursday and 8-12 Friday.

Teams will be selected following the Friday drills. and a team barbecue held to cap the week.

The Varsity-Alumni game is set for Saturday morning at 10 at the Middle School field.

Details of the season will be explained at the initial team meeting following the Wednesday all sports meeting at the auditorium.

Beginning Aug. 24, practice will take place from 4 -6.

Football meeting

Following the mandatory all sports meeting Wednesday night, the football team will hold a separate meeting in the commons to go over details of the upcoming season. Following this session, equipment will be handed out.

The A, B and C squads will begin two-a-day workouts Monday from 8-10"30 and 11:30-2.

Edmond shows well

Former Oak Hills Christian cager Dexter Edmond had a good tryout at the Houston combine last week, scoring 12 points, grabbing six rebounds and adding four assists and three steals in the scrimmage while hitting 20 three pointers in a two minute shooting drill.

He expects to sign with a team in the Texas area for this winter.

Weight training

The final week of the summer weight training program will begin Monday.

All lifters are urged by coach Brian Stoffel to report during the week for their final lifts.

Sessions are Monday through Friday from 7-11 a.m. and Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6:30.