YOUTH SPORTS The Austin Youth International Baseball Tournament for 12-and-under was held over the weekend at Todd Park, Austin.

First place went to the Rochester Rockets with a 3-2 win over Northfield. The Rochester Spartans took third place with a 19-6 triumph over Mason City (Iowa) Newman.

The consolation game was won by La Crosse (Wis.) Shelby, 6-5 over Cloquet. The Austin Jaycee junior all-stars finished seventh in the tournament.

Play resumes this week for Rochester Youth Baseball Association's regular season. The annual season-ending tournament for grades 4-9 begins next week.

Coaches are reminded to record their game results online at

The annual coaches appreciation dinner is 5:30 p.m., Aug. 14, at the Silver Lake Pavilion.


Coaches are reminded of equipment turn-in the week of Aug. 5 at the new RYBA baseball complex. Specific dates and times will be communicated at a later date. (Watch the youth baseball news in the Post-Bulletin's Youth Sports Report.)

Rochester Youth Football Association registration continues tonight from 6-9 in the new Regional Sports Center at Rochester Community and Technical College. Final day for registration is July 18, also 6-9 p.m.

Participants may also register if they're unable to attend one of these sessions. These players are to be weighed at 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 at the RYFA sheds in the parking lot east of RCTC's Heintz Center (former vocational institute, across from the Federal Medical Center). Call 281-3436 or see

Tryouts for Rochester Youth Soccer Association's 2003 spring-summer traveling soccer season are scheduled for 6-8 p.m. July 23-25 at Watson Fields. Tryouts will be held for U14 to U17 players only (birthdays between Aug. 1, 1985, to July 31, 1989). Players must attend their scheduled session, and only call-backs will attend more than one tryout. The complete schedule is available on the RYSA web site at A copy of it also will be mailed to all children who have played traveling soccer in the past two years.

All boys tryouts will be 6-8 p.m. July 23 (see schedule for field assignments). Girls tryouts will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (see schedule at A tryout schedule will also be mailed to all players who have previously played on a traveling team.

Goalkeepers (boys and girls) will have tryouts on July 25 at Watson Field No. 2. This will be in addition to their regular team tryouts.

Goalkeeper schedule: girls U16 andU17 at 4-5 p.m; U14 and U15 at 5-6 p.m. Boys: U16 and U17 6-7 p.m.; U14 and U15 at 7-8 p.m.

Fall Traveling registration closed July 8. If you are interested in late registration, you may print a form off the RYSA web site and mail it to the RYSA office. Note that a $20 late fee will apply.


Several members of Rochester Swim Club Orcas competed in the 27th-annual Alexandria Lake Swims on June 29-30 at Lake Carlos in central Minnesota. Large waves with white caps hampered swimmers on both days of competition.

For the Orcas, Matt Chida, 11, placed seventh in the Senior Men's 2-mile (46:43) and won the 11-12 boys half-mile (11:21).Elizabeth Schulz, 5, placed seventh in the Senior Women's 2-mile (51:37).

Matthew Stewart, 13, placed 5th in the Senior Men's 2-mile (45:41) and 2nd in the 13-14 Boys half mile (11:07). Karrie Stewart, 16, placed 2nd in the Senior Women's 2-mile (47:52) and won the Senior Women's 4-mile (1:43:24).

Members of the Stewart family -- Matthew, Karrie and Jim -- recaptured their distance swimming title.

Kingsland/Spring Valley and Rochester Lourdes eighth-grade girls teams have advanced to the Pacesetter Minnesota State Basketball Tournament, which is Sunday at the Whitney Center in St. Cloud.

Lourdes plays its first-round game at 10:50 a.m. against Crookston. Kingsland plays at 11:45 a.m. against Chisholm.

All teams will play three games. Semifinal games will be played at 2:30 p.m. and 3:25 p.m.

The championship game will be at 7:15 p.m.

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