Youth Athletics (Nov. 26)


• The Rochester Youth Fastpitch Softball Association (RYFSA) is conducting a camp for grades 6-12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 2009, at the UCR Regional Sports Center fieldhouse. Cost is $50.

Winona State players and coaching staff will be on hand to aid and instruct campers in all areas of the game. Campers need to bring their own glove, and catchers should provide their own equipment.

Winona State is a Division II university. In 2008, Winona State was once again Conference Champions, and finished the season 38-15 overall with a 14-4 mark in the NSIC. WSU has also spent much of the past three seasons ranked in the top 25 in National Polls, including finishing 15th in the final 2008 Poll. The Warriors are led by two-time NSIC "Coach of the Year" Greg Jones. In eight seasons, Jones has guided 43 student/athletes to All-Conference Honors, 17 players to All-Region Honors, and three to 1st Team All-American status. In addition to Jones, several standout WSU Softball players will be on hand to help guide and instruct camp attendees. Questions can be directed to: Space in camp is limited. Register now at



• Join Euro Football Club for the 2009 training and tournament season. 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:

• Rochester Youth Soccer Association’s registration for the 2009 Spring Rec season is now open. Online registration is open now through January 18, 2009, for the 2009 spring recreation season. To sign up, or for more information, visit the RYSA website at Spring programs are available for all youth from kindergarten through 12th grade.

— Check out the fall newsletter: RYSA’s fall newsletter is now on the website. Check out the latest RYSA news.

— RYSA Clothing in time for the Holidays: RYSA is offering long sleeve t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and limited edition caps in time for the holidays. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, December 3 and pick-up of ordered items will be available on December 22, 23 & 24. Simply fill out the order form posted on the RYSA homepage, then mail it, along with payment, to RYSA, PO Box 6402, Rochester, MN 55903.

— Volunteers Needed: We’re looking for volunteers for a host of committees and activities. Please check out the options and consider volunteering. Options are listed on the homepage of the RYSA website.

For more information about everything happening at RYSA, visit our website or call 280-7584.


• Minnesota teams, led by a number of Rochester-area players, finished 1-1 in the Tri-State All-Star Volleyball Showcase on Sunday at the UCR Regional Sports Center.


Minnesota beat Wisconsin 18-25, 30-28, 15-13 and lost to Iowa 25-10, 25-23, 11-15.

Standouts for Minnesota were Wabasha-Kellogg’s Kate Speedling with 11 kills in the two matches; Caledonia’s Megan King with 3 blocks, 3 service aces and 4 blocks; Cannon Falls’ Elizabeth Benson with 5 kills and 29 assists; John Marshall’s Kate Garness with 2 blocks and 1 kill; JM’s Ellie Mikesh with 2 kills and 1 service ace; Blooming Prairie’s Resha Koster with 2 kills, 1 block and 11 assists; and Wabasha-Kellogg’s Danielle Gernes with 9 digs.


• The Rocket Wrestling Club, one of Rochester’s three new wrestling organizations, is a youth wrestling program for students in grades K-8. Our youth season begins on December 2, and our parent meeting is on December 4 during practice. Practices are on Tuesdays & Thursdays from December 2 through March 26. Grades K-2 practice from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM. Grades 3-8 practice from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM. Practices are held in the John Marshall high school wrestling room.

Registration forms are at You can register via mail, see form, or during any practice. Contact coach Brian Parlin at or 358-6530.

This year, there are three new youth wrestling organizations serving Rochester, as RYWA has folded. Registration remains open at all three area clubs: Mayo, Century and John Marshall/Lourdes. There is no sign-up deadline. Each organization has their own website with more details, registration and contact information: Century’s website is; John Marshall/Lourdes’ is; and Mayo’s

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