Local Sports Notebook: More than tennis for Butorac
Professional tennis player Eric Butoracof Rochester has been re-elected to his position on the ATP Council.
Butorac is one of four returning ATP Player Council members along with Roger Federer, Jarkko Nieminenand Andre Sa(served 2002-2004).
Other elected to serve, by a group of their peers on the ATP, include Kevin Anderson, Gilles Simon Robin Haase, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Mahesh Bhupathi, James Cerretani, alumni Brian Gottfriedand coach Claudio Pistolesi, who also served from 2010-12.
The new ATP Player Council will have its first meeting in New York prior to the U.S. Open, where the president and vice president will be elected.
The ATP Player Council meets several times a year and makes recommendations to ATP Management and the ATPÂ€ˆBoard of Directors through the three Player Board representatives, whom the Council elects.
• Butorac is competing in Wimbledon, a grand slam tour event which began this week. Butorac is paired with former doubles partner Jamie Murrayto play at Wimbledon.
Butorac and Murray of the United Kingdom are the No. 14 seed. They are both left-handed players. They will face Andre Begemannof Germany and I gor Zelenayof Slovakia in the first round.
Butorac has been playing with Bruno Soaresof Brazil this season and the pair teamed up to play in the two earlier grand slam events, the Australian Open and the French Open. Butorac is also scheduled to play in mixed doubles, but that draw will not be out until Wednesday.
A number of area players took part in the 38th annual Minnesota Lions All-Star Baseball Tournament held this past Friday and Saturday in Chaska.
There were four teams made of seniors from the class of 2012. Area players on the Southern All-Stars roster included Nate Bauerof Kasson-Mantorville, Mitch Brownof Century, David Gogginof Red Wing, Ryan Lakinof John Marshall, Braxton Lindowof Cannon Falls, Steve Serratoreand Kyle VanWetteringof Mayo and Troy Traxlerof La Crescent.
The Southern All-Stars posted a 1-2 mark in the tournament. A total of 80 players were invited to attend the event.
A pair of Rochester swimmers are competing in the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., and so is another teenager with Rochester roots.
Erin Calfischand Brian Kielof Rochester are both taking part in the Olympic Trials.
Also competing at the event is 17-year-old Hellen Stewart Moffitt, who just completed her junior year at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Va. She is the daughter of Janet Stewart Moffitt, who grew up in Rochester and graduated from Mayo.
Hellen's grandparents, Dr. John L.and Marilyn D. Stewart,both reside in Rochester.
Hellen Stewart Moffitt will be competing in the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke at the Olympic Trials. She is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a five-time All-American in high school.
"This is pretty exciting stuff for our family," Marilyn D. Stewart said. "We are in awe of Hellen's achievements as we head for Omaha."
Area pitches Adam Langer, a senior from Kenyon-Wanamingo, and Chris Bambenek, a freshman from St. Charles, were members of the Augsburg baseball team this spring.
Langer pitched in seven games and made one start. He was 0-2 in 11 1/3 innings and had a 11.12 ERA. Bambenek appeared in one game and threw a scoreless inning.
Augsburg finished the year 24-15.