Local Sports Notebook: Bass will swim at Minnesota State

John Marshall senior Taylor Basshas signed a letter of intent to compete in women's swimming at Division II Minnesota State, Mankato.

Bass is currently taking part in the Class AA state swimming and diving meet. She will swim in the preliminary round today and in the finals on Wednesday. Bass has qualified for the the 100-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke as well as two relays.

As a sophomore Bass won a Class AA state championship in the 200 individual medley and she was the state runner-up in the 100 backstroke. She has won five individual section championships during her career with the Rockets.

Bass is a 12-year member of the Rochester Swim Club Orcas.

"We are thrilled that Taylor will be a Maverick next year," Minnesota State coach Nate Owenssaid in a release. "She is a dynamic swimmer that will help to make our team better. Taylor has an impressive history from swimming club and high school with the accolades that come with success and we're looking forward to working with her and seeing what her college career has in store."


Rochester's Shannon Helmeris a current member of the Minnesota State team. The sophomore, a Century grad, swims sprints and middle distances for the Mavericks.


Rochester's Travis Nordhusis a member of the Minnesota Duluth football team that will host Emporia State in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs on Saturday.

This marks the sixth straight year UMD has earned a playoff berth. The Bulldogs (10-1) are the No. 4 seed in Super Regional Three.

Nordhus, a Mayo grad, is a senior who is a team captain and a starting defensive back. He has 36 tackles and one interception this season.

UMD is a member of the Northern Intercollegiate Sun Conference. Minnesota State, Mankato and St. Cloud state of the NISC also earned berths in the Division II tournament.

Other area players on UMD include freshman punter Matthew Terhaarof Stewartville and freshmen offensive linemen Peter Batemanand Isaac Veselof La Crescent.



Plainview-Elgin-Millville senior Hayley Rauhas committed play women's basketball at Division III Wisconsin-River Falls.

The 5-foot-11 Rau will be entering her fourth season on the P-E-M varsity in girls basketball. This will be her third year as a starter.

Rau also competes in volleyball and track at P-E-M. She has earned a state berth in track in three of the past four years and had a fourth-place finish as a junior.

A trio of players from Spring Grove are currently playing women's basketball at River Falls. They are sisters Richelland Randi Mehusand Taylor Elton.

Richell Mehus is a 5-8 sophomore guard who is one of the team captains. She just scored a career-high 18 points in a 66-61 loss to Carroll College this past Saturday. Mehus is averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the first two games of the season.

Elton is a 5-7 sophomore reserve guard. She has appeared in both games this season and has one point and four rebounds.

Randi Mehus is a 5-6 freshman guard who has yet to see varsity action.



Caledonia native Joe Bissenhas written a book about some abandoned golf course sites in southeastern Minnesota. The book is called "Fore! Gone. Minnesota's Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999."

Bissen is currently a St. Paul Pioneer Press sports copy editor and a former Winona State golfer. His book identifies more than 80 former golf courses in the state: where they were, what were they like, who played them and what are they now.

The book includes chapters on lost courses in Winona, Wabasha, Caledonia, Spring Grove, Austin and Faribault, with mentions of other lost courses in this area of the state. The book is expected to be in print by mid-December. Information on ordering the book will be available soon on the author's website,

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