LOCAL SPORTS NOTEBOOK Restovich's days with Twins over?

With Twins general manager Terry Ryan all but guranteeing the return of Shannon Stewart next season, Torii Hunter signed long-term, the emergence of Lew Ford, and the organization's major plans for Jason Kubel next year, it appears likely that Michael Restovich has played his last game in a Twins uniform.

The Twins are out of options with Restovich, who was drafted by the Twins in 1997. If he doesn't make the major league roster out of spring training, he is automatically a free agent.

The possibility exists the Twins would trade Restovich this winter.

"I've thought about the fact that it could happen," Restovich said. "I don't think I've worried about it too much because I just don't know.

"I've spent a lot of time over the past seven years racking my brain over what's going to happen. I'm to a point now where I know none of that's done any good."


After expanding from 10 to 12 teams next summer, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Northwoods League to move to 14 or 16 teams by 2006-07.

• Look; for the Rochester Honkers roster to include more Minnesotans than ever before next summer.

College freshman Mallory Dzubay, a Stewartville grad, is a starter for the Wisconsin-Platteville volleyball team. Platteville, the Division III defending champions, is 20-2.

Now that he is no longer the weekend sports anchor at KTTC-TV, expect Joe Siple to play next summer for the Rochester Royals Class B amateur baseball team.

Even though he is stepping down at the end of the month as Rochester supervisor of athletics, Gary Addington will still be the site manager for Section One basketball and volleyball tournaments.

Lourdes grad Jay Kasner, a major cog on the St. John's baseball team in Collegeville, Minn., is a back-up punter this fall for the Johnnies.

Rochester superintendent Jerry Williams says about 40 applicants were received for the supervisor of athletics position.

The Rochester school district's athletics budget will save about $48,000 this school year because new Rochester supervisor of athletics Mark Kuisle's old post as Century's site coordinator will remain vacant for the rest of the school year.


• Century; grad Erin Schliep, a junior at Gustavus Adolphus, has been named to the MIAC all-conference women's golf team. She tied for seventh place at the two-day MIAC Championship at Willinger's in Northfield.

Former RCTC and Rochester Blues pitcher Adam Sikkink has not allowed an earned run at Grandview Community College in Des Moines.

Dr. John Steubs, who examined Twins rookie Joe Mauer earlier this week in the Twin Cities, is a John Marshall grad.

After 12 years as the Timberwolves director of ticket sales, then one year as director of fan relations, Lake City grad and former RCTC basketball player Jeff Munneke enters this NBA season as the team's vice president of fan relations.

Troy Young's local sports notes run every Thursday and Saturday. He can be reached at

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