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Rochester to have second amateur team

By Troy Young

tyoung@postbulletin.com

Look for an announcement soon that there will be a second amateur baseball team playing in Rochester this year. In addition to the Rochester Royals, annually one of the top Class B teams in the state, there will be a Rochester Class C team.

One problem, though, will be a lack of home games for the additional team. Because of the high demand on Mayo Field, the C team will play the majority of its games on the road.

The most-likely scenario would have the new team joining the Twin Rivers League, although the Cannon Valley League and the Southern Minny League might be options for Rochester as well. But time is at a premium. Most leagues are solidifying their 2002 schedules this weekend.

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Nicknames currently in the lead for the new Rochester team include Slayor (Royals backward), Generals, Diamonds, Blue Sox, Kings and Blues.

The amateur baseball association hopes that, with the creation of the new Class C team, Rochester would have two teams in the hunt for state championships in 2006, when Rochester will be host to the Class B and C state tournaments.

Former Lanesboro football coach Jon Olson is the new Northwoods League executive vice-president. Olson, who interned with the Cincinnati Reds as well as the Rochester Honkers in 1999, will oversee alumni relations, marketing, enforcement of the league's rules and regulations, and day-to-day media and public relations for the Northwoods League.

• Gophers; forward Dusty Rychart, who was the only player in the Big Ten last season to finish in the top 10 overall in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage, was an Outstate teammate of Michael Restovich's in the 1997 high school basketball all-star game at St. Cloud State University.

• After; this season, Lourdes graduate Michael Dale has two years left as a manager of the Gophers men's basketball team. In June of 2003, he will be working at an internship with Nike College Basketball at their world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. While coaching at Gonzaga, Gophers coach Dan Monson established friendships with several Nike associates, who helped Dale get an internship. "If all works out, once I graduate, I plan to hopefully enter into the work force with Nike," said Dale, who is an assistant director of Monson's summer basketball camps.

• Getting; inducted into the Austin Hall of Fame Feb. 1 marked the seventh time former Rochester and Austin swimming coach Evar Silvernagle has been inducted into a hall of fame. In addition to the Austin hall, Silvernagle, 86, has been inducted into the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse HOF, the Minnesota State High School Swimming Coaches Association HOF, the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association HOF, the Minnesota State High School Athletics Directors Association HOF, the Minnesota State High School League HOF and the Rochester Quarterbacks Club HOF. "It's kind of embarrassing," said Silvernagle, who posted a 210-10 dual record in Austin and Rochester.

Wondering where this year's four Rochester Quarterbacks Club Hall of Fame inductees are now? Ron Werner is retired and lives in Florida. Dick Thatcher lives in Rochester, where his family owns Thatcher Pools and Spas Inc. Scott Lecy lives in Rochester and works in real estate. And Christy Vitse Amaris lives in Rochester, is married with two children and works at Mayo Clinic.

That was former Rochester John Marshall coach Scott Frear, who was recently named the new head football coach at Saint Marys College in Leavenworth, Kansas. Frear was the offensive coordinator at Avilla College in Kansas City before that. Also on his resume was a nine-year stint in the European League, where he was named coach of the year three times, and was head coach of the Finnish National Team that won three consecutive championships.

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Troy Young's local sports notes regularly run every Thursday and Saturday in the Post-Bulletin. He can be reached at tyoung@postbulletin.com

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