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LOCAL SPORTS NOTEBOOK Restovich travels with team during A.L. Division Series

It is a highly remote possibility, given the stock the Twins have placed on Lew Ford and rookie Jason Kubel, but Rochester native Michael Restovich is one of a handful of players who could be added to the team's roster, if it advances to the American League Championship Series.

During the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, the Twins are traveling with three extra players: Restovich, catcher Joe Mauer and left-handed reliever Aaron Fultz.

If a player on the ALDS roster was injured, or if the Twins saw a favorable second-round matchup, any of those three players could be added to the active playoff roster.

Keep an eye on Kubel. In his major league postseason debut, Kubel clearly was overmatched. In his three-pitch strikeout Wednesday against Mariano Rivera, Kubel brought back memories of Twins outfielder Mike Ryan in the ALDS last year. After facing Roger Clemens and striking out, Ryan told the Post-Bulletin, "I looked up, realized it was Roger Clemens and I knew I had no chance."

If Kubel's struggles continue -- if he gets another chance -- and the Twins advance to the ALCS, it wouldn't be that surprising if the Twins make a roster move.

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• Chatfield; grad Tim Schellhammer, a senior defensive end at South Dakota, had three quarterback sacks and made six tackles for the Coyotes in their 23-0 win over Augustana last weekend. For that he was named North Central Conference player of the week.

Schellhammer has a team-high eight sacks in six games. He has made 31 tackles this season, which is second on the team. The Coyotes are ranked 25th in Division II.

Rochester Century grad Derek Malone has found a home and a starting running back spot at Winona State. Malone spent a season at Division I-AA Northern Iowa before transferring to Winona St. last season. Malone, a junior, has recently emerged as a starter and has rushed for 306 yards (5.7-yard average) and two touchdowns. Malone rushed for 149 yards last Saturday against Crookston.

"Derek is a great athlete and he loves it here," Winona St. coach Tom Sawyer said. "The biggest thing about him is he had to learn that you have to play hard on every down. Here, it's more than just carrying the ball. Now, he's really getting that."

• Pine; Island native Aaron Johnston, who in 2003 coached the South Dakota State women's basketball team to the NCAA Division II national championship, will be one of the speakers at the Rochester Community and Technical College women's basketball fall coaches clinic Oct. 24 at Regional Sports Center. Other speakers include Upper Iowa's Bill Wilson, St. Mary's coach Dan Messman, Gustavus Adolphus coach Aaron Kahl, and RCTC's Steve Hucke.

Byron sixth-graders and violinists Jordan Price and Kimberly Klatt performed God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch of the Twins' regular season finale Sunday.

Mayo grad Millie Suk scored the second hat trick of her college career Tuesday against Northwestern (Roseville, Minn.) and is on pace sometime this season to become the all-time leading scorer at Augsburg. Suk, a junior, has scored 27 goals in her career. The Auggies' career record is 31.

Troy Young's local sports notebook runs every Thursday and Saturday. He can be reached at tyoung@postbulletin.com

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