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LOCAL NOTEBOOK Colin Stuart is back with Atlanta Thrashers

Professional hockey player Colin Stuart of Rochester has signed again with the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL.

The 24-year-old Stuart was a restricted free agent this offseason. He played in the Thrashers' minor-league system a year ago. In 78 games for Chicago of the American Hockey League last year, Stuart set career highs with 13 goals, 14 assists and 27 points. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound left wing tied for second on the Wolves with four shorthanded goals and also tallied one game-winner.

Stuart has recorded 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists), including five shorthanded goals, in 117 AHL games over the past two seasons.

Prior to joining the Thrashers organization, Stuart played four years at Colorado College. He was selected by Atlanta in the fifth round, 135th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. His brother Mark Stuart plays for the Boston Bruins in the NHL while another brother, Mike, also plays pro hockey.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester will benefit from the eighth annual U.S. Bank Minnesota Lynx Great Basketball Dribble, the team's yearly breast cancer fundraiser. The event will be held on Aug. 6 prior to the team's game against the San Antonio Silver Stars.

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The Great Basketball Dribble raises funds to support breast cancer research and education in Minnesota, with all the proceeds from this year's event benefiting Mayo Clinic.

The Great Basketball Dribble, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at Target Center, is a 2.5-mile walk or dribble (basketballs are optional) through downtown Minneapolis. The registration fee for the event is $25 per participant. The registration includes a T-shirt, refreshments, entertainment and a ticket to the Lynx game that evening against San Antonio (6 p.m. tip-off).

To register for the Great Basketball Dribble or to receive more information about the event, visit www.lynxbasketball.com or call (612) 673-8398. 

; They might not be in the major leagues, but Michael Restovich of Rochester and Michael Wuertz of Austin are both having strong seasons for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in Des Moines.

Restovich is batting .299 (72-for-241) in 67 games. He has 14 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .568 slugging percentage, all team-leading figures despite the fact he's played in only 67 of 89 games. Wuertz, a relief pitcher, is 5-0 with nine saves and a stellar 1.78 ERA in 25 games. Wuertz has recorded 58 strikeouts in just 351⁄3; innings. His nine saves make him tied for seventh in the Pacific Coast League.

Both Restovich and Wuertz have spent time with the Cubs this season.

Matt Meyer of Rochester is off to a strong start in his professional baseball career in the Cleveland Indians system. Meyer, a left-handed pitcher drafted in June, is playing for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers out of Niles, Ohio, in Class A. Meyer has appeared in five games in relief. He has a 1-0 record and 1.04 ERA. In 82⁄3; innings, he has struck out 11.

New Twins relief pitcher Pat Neshek was a member of the 2000 Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League. Neshek, 25, was having a strong season at the Twins AAA affiliate in Rochester, N.Y. The right hander had a 6-2 record with a 2.05 ERA while recording with 83 strikeouts in just 57 innings. He appeared in 32 contests for the Red Wings, and had recently been the main closer while picking up 13 saves.

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Back in the 2000 season, Neshek went 4-5 with a 3.23 ERA for the Woodchucks. Neshek becomes the fifth Northwoods League alumni this season and 31st overall to have gone on to play in the Major Leagues.

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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