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Local notebook 9-16 DONE

Sherden back from pro stint in Germany

Tyler Sherden of Rochester has recently returned from Germany after playing professional football there.

The former John Marshall and record-setting Luther College running back played for Schwabisch Hall — a town of about 33,000 — in the top pro league in Germany.

He joined the team five games into the season after he graduated from Luther last June and also ran track.

"I have a profile posted online for European football," Sherden said. "They just called me midway through the season. It really was last second."

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In the league, each team is allowed just two Americans on the field at a time. So there were games when Sherden rarely came off the field. He played running back and some wide receiver on offense. He also played safety a couple of games on defense as well as on most special teams.

Schwabisch Hall was 1-4 before Sherden arrived, and 3-4 with him. The team missed the playoffs by one game.

"I’d say the level of play is below Division III (in the United States)," Sherden said.

"I had a good experience and made a lot of friends," he added. "I think I’d go over again."

Sherden said he has been contacted by the coach about returning next season. He said he would also consider higher-level leagues in Austria or Italy.

"I think it’s good just to get some film," Sherden said of his playing in Germany.

His ultimate goal would be to play in the NFL. But the 23-year-old would settle for a chance to play in one of this country’s arena leagues.

"I hope something will come up," he said. "Then I can go out and play at a higher level."

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Sherden is currently working out in Decorah, Iowa, at Luther and has a part-time job. If he is not off playing football in the spring, he will be a volunteer coach for the Luther track and field team.

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Former Triton standout linebacker Jake Harmon suffered some bad luck this past weekend. The redshirt freshman had been a starter for Winona State this season. But he suffered a possible season-ending knee injury on Saturday.

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Concordia, St. Paul junior Maggie McNamara of Zumbrota-Mazeppa was named NSIC setter of the week for her play last week. McNamara, a returning All-American, racked up 175 set assists to help Concordia with the Metro/Regis Premiere Challenge tournament.

She averaged 13.46 set assists a game in the new 25-point scoring system. McNamara was also named MVP of the tournament.

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The 2007-08 Big East All-Academic team includes a pair of Marquette soccer players from Rochester.

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Named to the team were sophomore Mark Lembach of the Marquette men’s team and freshman Chelsey Turner of the women’s team.

Guy N. Limbeck’s local sports notebooks regularly run on Tuesdays and Saturdays. He can be reached at glimbeck@postbulletin.com.

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