Butorac joins top names in tennis at fundraiser
Professional tennis player Eric Butoracof Rochester played in a fundraiser in Washington D.C. on Monday.
Some of the top names in tennis played at American University and raised more than $500,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Elton Johnand Billie Jean Kingwere honorary captains for the event.
Butorac was on Team Billie Jean and paired with Mark Philippoussisto play a doubles match. The duo lost to Andre Agassiand Jan Michael Gambill from Team Elton 5-4.
"He (Eric Butorac) said he got to spend about a half hour with Agassi in the locker room and he's a really nice guy," said Jan Butorac, Eric's mother.
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team is in the NCAA Tournament and has won a pair of games to reach the round of 16. The Gophers (14-5-3) will host Georgetown (14-6-2) today at 1 p.m.
Steph Brandtof Rochester is on the team. The freshman has appeared in all 22 games and has made 16 starts. Brandt is tied for the team lead with seven goals and has two assists. She is fifth on the team with 16 points.
Century has hired Scott Swensonas its new girls lacrosse coach. The lacrosse season is in the spring.
"Scott Swenson comes to us with a solid lacrosse background and will be a great addition to our staff," Century activities director Mark Kuislesaid.
Swenson has officiated women's lacrosse since 2004 from youth to college level of play, and in 2009 and 2010 was selected by my his peers to work the semifinal state tournament round.
"I look forward to taking over a good program and moving forward with the development of the players and this growing sport of women's lacrosse," Swenson said.
Rochester's Sarah Becker has been a freshman starter for the Jamestown (N.D.) College) volleyball team this year. Becker helped the team win its third consecutive Dakota Athletic Conference title, and on Nov. 13th Jamestown won the DAC Conference Tournament to earn a bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
Jamestown will open the tournament today against Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont.
Becker, a Century grad, has had a banner season. She was named second-team all-conference. She has 155 kills and 138 blocks, which was second in the conference.
Shane Steele, a 2008 Century graduate, helped Luther College qualify for the NCAA III National Cross Country Championships.
The Norse place second at the Central Region last Saturday. Grinnell College won the region title with 97 points, followed by Luther with 133. The top-two teams of the 26-team field earned automatic berths to the national finale.
Steele placed 69th in the field of 181 runners, with a time of 26:50 on the 8K course.
Luther will be making its 26th appearance at the national championships, first since 2007 and third in the past six years. Wartburg College will host the national finale on the same course with race time scheduled for 11 a.m. today.
• The Luther College women won the Central Region title and also qualified for today's national tournament. Junior Lisa Wegmanof Dover and junior Cally Simanskiof Red Wing are both members of the squad, but neither was among the top seven runners at the region meet.
The Rochester Community and Technical College football team had five players named to both the first- and second-team in the Southern Division of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.
First-team selections were wide receiver Chris Hicks, quarterback Derick Heitkamp, free safety Alex Bensonof Rochester, linebacker Josh LaPlanteof Chatfield and defensive end Josh Fenderson.
Second-team selections were Triton grad Parker Bergat defensive end, offensive lineman Mike Iyobhebhe, linebacker Errik Manning, wide receiver Isaac Fruechteof Caledonia and linebacker Shane Carterof Stewartville.