Youth Athletics (Nov. 19)


• Champion Youth Basketball, a Christian sports ministry for boys and girls in the first through sixth grades, is accepting registration for the 2009 season. Player evaluations will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. First- and second-graders will be evaluated at Rochester Assembly of God Church, 4240 18th Ave. N.W. Third- and fourth-graders will be evaluated at Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 5500 25th Ave. N.W. Fifth- and sixth-graders will be evaluated at Christ Community Church, 4400 55th St. N.W.

Registration forms may be downloaded at Registration cost is $45 if received by Nov. 22. Late registrations will cost $55. For more information, e-mail or call (507) 271-4726.


• Grant Peterson, a youth who has been bowling for four years, rolled a 300 game recently in league competition at Recreation Lanes in Rochester. He added a 266 and a 215 for a 781 series.



• The Rochester High School Slalom Ski Team is having a guest speaker at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Rochester Athletic Club. All current racers, past racers and friends of the ski team are especially invited. Seating is limited.

The speaker is Andria Huskinson, a professional Big Mountain Freeskiier. She was 3rd in the 2007 World Freeskiing Tour. She is presenting the Rage film, "Such is Life" Friday Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at JMauditorium. Tickets are $5 to $7. See for more info.

Andria will be speaking about how she became a world-class freeskier, the importance of year-round cross training, the similarity of fundamentals in freeskiing and ski racing, and how as a freeskier she determines the safty of a jump and its landing.


• The Rochester Youth Soccer Association’s Rage boys U14, C3 traveling Fall soccer team won the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association’s Outstanding Ambassadors of Teams Honoring Sportsmanship (OATHS) award. The award recognizes players, coaches and spectators who exhibit good sportsmanship throughout the season.

The Rage went undefeated during the fall with an 8-0 record. The team was first in league play and won its division at the MYSA’s Fall Harvest Fest tournament.

• Rochester Youth Soccer Association notes:


— Recreation Soccer for Grades 1-12: Online registration for Rochester Youth Soccer Association’s Spring 2009 Recreation season opened November 15 and will run through January 18, 2009. To register, visit our website at and follow the registration links. Practices for the Spring 2009 season will start the week of April 6, 2009 (weather permitting) and games will run on Saturdays from April 18 to June 6, 2009, excluding Memorial Day Weekend. Teams will practice twice a week, in the evenings. All games will be played in Rochester on Saturdays. Each child plays at least half of each game, no matter their skill level. Scores and league standings are not kept, and the emphasis is on having fun and learning the game in a relaxed environment. Cost: Grades 1-4 = $60; Grades 5-12 = $80.

— RYSA Kindergarten Program: RYSA is again offering a kindergarten program, called "Kindergarten Kicks," for spring 2009. This program is a "street soccer" format, where the children all get together once a week for four weeks to learn and enjoy the sport of soccer in an all-inclusive environment. Registration for "Kindergarten Kicks" is also available online. Dates: Tuesday nights (Boys 5:30 – 6:15; Girls 6:30 – 7:15) May 5, 12, 19, and 26. Cost: $35.

— Volunteers and Sponsors Needed: RYSA is looking for volunteers to help run our spring program, from coaches to age-group coordinators, and special RYSA projects volunteers. We are also seeking sponsors to help us cover costs of our recreation soccer programs. For more information on how you can help in either of these areas, please call the RYSA office.

— RYSA would like to congratulate our Director of Coaching, Neil Cassidy, and former RYSA player Kate Trenerry. Cassidy is the assistant coach and Trenerry the starting goalkeeper for the Carleton College women’s soccer team that has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division III Women’s soccer tournament. If the team wins Friday against Wheaton College, it will advance to the Elite Eight of the tournament. Kate is one of many former RYSA players that are excelling in soccer at the collegiate level.

• Join Euro Football Club for the 2009 training and tournament season. Experience the thrill of passionate, Brazilian soccer training.

Euro Football club serves SE Minnesota communities as an MYSA youth soccer club providing professional coaching to teach soccer in a consistent manner for true development from season to season. EFC’s mission is to provide the maximum benefit of professional training through a program that emphasizes fun, sportsmanship, individual development and team play. The EFC approach allows players the chance to excel for the enjoyment of the game and the challenge of competition. Teams are being finalized now for the 2009 summer tournament season, learn more and get registration details at:


• The three Rochester public schools have split into three youth wrestling programs. Children in grades k-6 may participate in the youth program.


Registration is still open for Mayo, Century and John Marshall. there is no sign-up deadline. Cost for wrestlers at Century is $35, JM is $45 and Mayo is $75 (Mayo fee includes membership in USA Wrestling). All three programs have an option that allows interested wrestlers to sign up at a discounted rate through January. If they like it and want to stick with the program, they would pay the full rate.

All three schools have set up Web sites, and registration information is available there. Century —; John Marshall —; Mayo —

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