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NOTEBOOK Eastwood getting new 'system'

Considering a new irrigation system was installed in the fall of 2003 it could be bothersome to some that Eastwood Golf Course is closing its front nine.

But Rochester director of golf Frank Taylor says it was something that needed to be done, it will still benefit the back nine, and the development plan is covering the cost of building the new nine holes, including the irrigation system for that.

"Before that, you'd be sitting here and you'd see circles of green among the brown," Taylor said. "Our system wasn't strong enough to overlap circles. Now you can't see anything but green, even when we're not getting rain."

The new irrigation system won't be a total loss, Taylor said.

"We'll still be getting thousands of dollars worth of parts from that system."

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• Hockeysfuture.com; ranks Rochester native Mark Stuart at the Boston Bruins' No. 2 prospect behind goaltender Hannu Toivonen. If he doesn't sign with Boston in the coming weeks, Stuart, 21, will be a senior at Colorado College.

From the Boston Globe: Given the acres of open space on the Boston roster, conditions are ideal for the likes of Mark Stuart (Colorado College)… bolting; college this summer. Because they're college kids, (Bruins general manager) Mike O'Connell can't comment much, but it doesn't take a Berlitz course in body language to interpret they'd be, shall we say, encouraged to call the Black and Gold home office if they've had enough of the book stuff.

• On; Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins were 2-for-25 with 11 strikeouts against Yankees left-hander Randy Johnson. On June 16, Rochester native and Pittsburgh outfielder Michael Restovich was 2-for-4 with a homer against Johnson.

• Kasson-Mantorville; senior Cayla Schroeder and Byron graduate Lisa Hoegh will be playing in the high school volleyball all-star game Aug. 3 in Monticello, Minn.

Rochester Lourdes finished third in 2004-05 Challenge Cup points for Class A schools. The Challenge Cup is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League and awards points to member schools based on their success in postseason tournaments. Blake won the Class A cup with 572.5 points followed by Perham with 442.5. Lourdes was third with 374.4. Kasson-Mantorville was 11th, Rushford-Peterson was 14th.

Lakeville North won the Class AA cup with 1,200.6 points. Eden Prairie was second and Wayzata third. Mayo, which was 40th, had the highest finish of any Rochester school in AA.

Troy Young's local sports notebooks and columns run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He can be reached at tyoung@postbulletin.com

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