Ben Pherson: Mino playing tennis at St. Mary's
Austin Pacelli graduate Steven Mino is a member of the men's tennis team at St. Mary's University in Winona. Mino is a junior for the Cardinals. St. Mary's wrapped up its season with a 6-3 loss to Hamline University on April 25. In that setback, Mino collected one of the team's victories. Mino topped Andrew Lutz 6-2, 1-6, 12-10 at No. 6 singles. He also played at No. 3 doubles, teaming with Pawel Szczepkowski. That duo fell 8-3. Though the team finished with a 10-13 overall record and a 1-8 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference mark, Mino wrapped up a solid junior season. He was in the singles lineup 14 times, going 7-7. Mino was 1-0 at No. 3 singles, 0-1 at No. 4, 3-2 at No. 5 and 3-4 at No. 6. He also was in the doubles lineup 11 times, going 6-5. Mino was 5-5 at No. 3 doubles and 1-0 at 1-0 at No. 2.
• Austin Pacelli graduate Sam Stier and Austin High graduate Adam Hemann are member of the baseball team at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. Stier is a sophomore infielder for the Vikings, while Hemann is a freshman pitcher and outfielder. Bethany Lutheran is 25-9 so far this season, including a 10-1 mark at home. The Vikings are 14-4 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Stier has played in 17 games so far this season, starting once. He has a .308 batting average to go with six runs scored, four RBIs and a stolen base. Bethany Lutheran went 2-1 last weekend, and it has another busy weekend ahead. The Vikings play a Friday doubleheader against Presentation with another game coming Saturday morning.
• Austin High graduate Drew Osier is a member of the men's golf team at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Osier is a freshman for the Dutch. Central wrapped up its record 28th Iowa Conference men's golf championship over the weekend. The conference championship win clinched a 29th NCAA Division III tournament appearance for the Dutch. They'll compete at the Hershey Links and Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., May 12-15. Osier didn't make the conference championship final team, but he had a strong freshman season, competing mostly with Central's No. 2 team (White). Osier was at his best late in the season. He led the team to a third-place finish at the Scot-Fire Open April 23-24 in Monmouth, Ill. Osier placed 11th overall at the tournament with rounds of 76 and 75 for a 151 total.
• Hayfield graduate Dan Bennett is a member of the baseball team at Bemidji State University. Bennett is a senior catcher for the Beavers. Bemidji State recently wrapped up its regular season with a 16-37 record, including 7-25 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Bennett was a regular for the Beavers, playing in 32 games and starting 30 times. He carried a .217 batting average and finished the year with 10 RBIs. Bennett also had one home run and eight runs scored. He led the team by committing just one error all season and having a .995 fielding percentage.
• Blooming Prairie graduate Ian Campbell is a member of the men's track and field team at Hamline University in St. Paul. Campbell is a sophomore who specializes in middle-distance running for the Pipers. Hamline recently hosted the Capitol City Championship. The Pipers cruised to the men's title with 227 points, edging out second-place St. Thomas (194). Campbell had a fantastic performance in the 1,500-meter run, placing second with a time of 4:08.02. His time was the same as the first-place finisher. The Pipers return to action today at the Hamline Meet of Unsaintly.
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