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AUSTIN EDITION YOUTH SPORTS Austin baseball

The Austin Eagles All Stars won the recent Mankato tourney, beating West St. Paul 8-4 in the; title game.

The Eagles topped Waseca 7-3, Belle Plain 8-5 and Owatonna also 8-5 to earn the title berth.

Brad Klingfus, Chris May, Robert Wahlert and Mitch Nagele had the mound duty for the Eagles. Preston Higbe, Jack Miller, Nate Paris, Nagele, Klingfus, led the hitting.

"Those guys got the key hits during the tourney, but it was really a team effort," said Coach Kevin Higbe.

The next outing for the Eagles ; All Stars will be the Minnesota State 14-and-under tourney to be held at Austin's Riverland Baseball Complex on July 28, 28 and 30.

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The Kaysea 13 year old All Stars took a pair of games over New Richland, Saturday and the 12 and under teams, the Jaycees and the VFW were idle, till this weekend, when both teams play in the Waseca Tourney.

Austin basketball

Austin High girls basketball coach Gary Peterson held one of his summer sharpshooter camps at the end of June. This was for girls in grades 5-6, and there were a total of 24 participants at the camp.

Individual award winners included Danielle Hanson as the Lightning champion; Kristine Snyder the pressure free throw champ; Christine Barinka for the Great Effort award; Gabrielle Wagner for the Great Attitude award; Jenna Svoboda was the shooting runner-up; and Stephanie Justice was the shooting champion.

The next sharpshooter camp for girls in grades 1-4 will be held on July 17-21. For more information on this upcoming camp, contact coach Peterson at (507) 437-7743.

Austin soccer

Soccer shoot-out July 15: The Austin Elks Lodge will sponsor its sixth-annual soccer shoot-out on Saturday, July 15, at Wescott Field.

The goal-scoring skills of Mower County youths will be tested in the competition, which will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the east side of the athletic complex.

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Registration is free to all Mower County boys and girls from ages 8-13. There will be three separate divisions for both boys and girls. First-, second-, and third-place trophies will be awarded. The winner of each bracket will advance to district competition in Owatonna on July 22.

For more information contact Jill Johnson-Lee at (507) 434-0135.

Austin volleyball

There will be a volleyball camp at the Austin High School Gym on July 15. The camp will be run be AHS coach Darica Schneider and the rest of the Packers volleyball program.

The cost of the camp is $20 and participants will also need a parent's signature. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next Saturday. For further information on this event, contact coach Schneider at (507) 433-9086.

Austin YMCA

Austin YMCA celebrates a century of swimming lessons: Summer is here, with swimming and boating at the top of lists of summer activities. Did you know that approximately 4, 000 people drown a year -- with pre-schoolers drowning is the No. 1 accidental death?

YMCA's are world pioneers in swimming instruction and water safety. For more than 100 years, local Y's have been the place Americans go to find the most trusted instructors of swimming and lifeguard training, so much so than the YMCA has been called "America's Favorite Swim Instructor."

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Today, tens of millions of people across the United States have learned how to swim at the YMCA, including Olympic medalists Mark Spitz, Greg Louganis and Janet Evans.

For 100 years, YMCA's across the United States have carried on a proud tradition of innovation and excellence in aquatics training and activities. Since 1906, when the YMCA first introduced group swimming instruction, millions of Americans have turned to us as the world's most trusted aquatic experts.

Come and join our celebration of a Century in Swimming at the YMCA of Austin. Our summer lessons begin July 17 with morning classes running 5 days a week for two weeks with new sessions beginning every two weeks from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Afternoon lessons starting July 11th Tues. and Thurs. for 5 weeks with 2 summer sessions begin at 4 pm and go until 6:45 pm.

We offer lessons for parent and child 6 months to 3 years, preschool from 3 to 6 years and school aged 6 years and up as well as offering private lessons by special arrangement.

Our swim instructors enjoy swimming themselves -- they are lifeguards as well as many are American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Our lessons are formatted by the YMCA of the USA and include safety, stroke development, synchronized swim skills and personal growth. Early class levels are presented skills with guided discovery enhancing the child's development.

With a century of innovated swim experience bring your child to a Leader in Group Swim Lessons. Sign up today for summer swim lessons at the YMCA of Austin where classes are never cancelled because of bad weather -- it's always warm and "sunny" with smiling faces. Registration can be made on line if your child is a member or has participated in programs before or stop in and sign up at our front desk.

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