Rochester's Mac Horvath opened his college baseball career this past weekend for North Carolina.
Horvath was a highly ranked high school prospect who left Century to spend his senior year at IMG Academy in Florida. He only got to play a handful of games before his senior season was shutdown due to COVID-19.
In its first two games of this season, North Carolina defeated James Madison 8-1 and 7-4.
Horvath started at third base and hit sixth in the season opener and he was 0-for-3 with a walk. He was the starter at third base in the second game and hit eighth in the order. He also collected his first hit as he was 1-for-3.
Alyssa Ustby, a 2020 Lourdes grad, is also playing her college ball at North Carolina and the freshman is making a big impact on the women's basketball team.
Ustby is a 6-foot-1 guard/forward who has played in all 19 of the Tar Heels' games and made 12 starts.
She is fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.4 points per game, and is second on the team in rebounding, pulling down 5.6 boards per game. She also averages 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Ustby is shooting a stellar 51 percent from the floor and has knocked down 36.7 percent of her 3-point attempts (11-for-30). She is shooting 53.6 percent at the free-throw line.
North Carolina is currently 11-8 overall and 6-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Shawn Schlechter, who was hired as a hitting coach for a Minnesota Twins minor-league team, has been working recently at Rochester Batting Cages.
The Minnesota native had been a coach at North Iowa Area Community College since 2013 and the team's hitting coach since 2017, prior to being hired by the Twins.
Rochester Batting Cages owner Jeff Milene said Schlechter began working at the Rochester facility in January.
"He also coached with my fall team,” Milene said. “So he’s been coming to the facility for four or five months now.
“He’s been working with local hitters one-on-one and then also working with some different high school teams in open gym stuff,” Milene added.
Schlechter will be the hitting coach for the Twins' Gulf Coast League team in Fort Meyers, Fla. Milene said Schlechter is among the new coaches who are using advanced technologies to train players.
“Anybody can buy that stuff, but to teach off it is a whole different thing,” Milene said. “They talk the lingo and spell it out where kids understand it clearly.”
Milene got to know the coaching staff at NIACC when the junior college scholarship team was recruiting his son, Logan Milene.
Logan Milene, a 2020 Century grad, is now a freshman at NIACC and is projected to be a starting corner outfielder this season. But he will play for an entire new coaching staff as three of NIACC's coaches landed jobs with professional teams at the minor-league level for the 2021 season.
The left-handed hitting Milene was a catcher at Century.
“They want his bat in the lineup so he’ll probably start in left or right field,” Jeff Milene said. “They have two Division I catchers so his opportunity to catch is probably going to be limited.”
NIACC is slated to play a game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on March 10.
Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.