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Mayo Civic Center for state volleyball

By Troy Young

tyoung@postbulletin.com

Rochester-based Minnesota Chill star Tyra Harper recently sent a persuasive letter to David Stead, Minnesota State High School League executive director, explaining how important she felt it was for the state volleyball tournament to be in Rochester.

The Chill, and the entire United States Professional Volleyball League, Harper says, owe the four communities to which they belong.

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"The Mayo Civic Center was a gift, and we are grateful for it every day," Harper writes. "The venue is now part of history and has build a solid national foundation for women's athletics."

The motion for the League to reconsider its decision to move the state volleyball tournament to Rochester was tabled at the board of directors meeting Monday. The issue will be addressed at the League's September meeting.

• High; School League president Larry Peterson toured Mayo Civic Center and its volleyball tournament set-up late last month.

Coaches have repeatedly expressed concerns about the restrooms athletes would use at the civic center if the state volleyball tournament would be in Rochester. An unofficial poll of current Post-Bulletin sportswriters, who've covered state high school tournaments for more than a combined 100 years, reveals that not once has there been a comment from an athlete describing the quality of restroom facilities at any respective tournament.

High school football teams begin practice Aug. 12 -- two months from Wednesday. Rochester John Marshall's season opener is Aug. 30 against Winona. Century's opener is Aug. 30 at Mankato West and Mayo's opener is Aug. 30 against Mankato East.

PGA security chiefs will address the media Tuesday at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., regarding general safety and security plans for the 2002 PGA Championship there in mid-August. …; Barry Deach, who lived in Rochester, then attended high school in Apple Valley, Minn., is the 2002 PGA Championship director.

It's a boy -- Lincoln Brandon -- born to former Rochester Community Technical College women's basketball coach Angie Meister and husband Kurt Meister. Lincoln was 7 pounds, 9 ounces when he was born Monday afternoon at Olmsted Medical Center.

Think it was a successful school year for Rochester Lourdes team sports? Lourdes teams in girls soccer, boys soccer, girls cross country, girls tennis, boys hockey, boys golf, boys tennis and baseball all competed in state tournaments during the 2001-02 school year.

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The Minnesota Wild will go on their annual road tour June 25-28 to visit 23 cities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Just like the Minnesota Timberwolves on their summer tour, the Wild will not be making a stop in Rochester. The Wild did stop in Rochester two years ago on their inaugural road tour.

Mayo Clinic speech therapist Gerry Werven won the 1,500 meters at the USATF Minnesota Championships Sunday at National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

Gophers booster Ardell Brede chatted with U of M women's basketball coach Pam Borton in Minneapolis May 24, when she was introduced as the new coach of the women's program. "I think U of M women's basketball is in good hands," Brede said. …; Don't be surprised to see Borton in Rochester meeting Gophers boosters soon and likely speaking to the Quarterbacks Club.

Mayo grad Luke Miller will play college football at Hamline next year.

Lourdes soccer player Jessica Murray, 16, who fought an inspiring battle against bone cancer, died Sunday at Saint Marys Hospital. Her funeral Mass was Wednesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester.

Troy Young's local sports notes run every Thursday and Saturday in the Post-Bulletin. He can be reached at tyoung@postbulletin.com

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