Local Sports Notebook: National softball tournament in Rochester this week

The Rochester Amateur Sports Commission, in conjunction with the American Softball Association, will host the ASA Northern Nationals Fastpitch Tournament from Thursday to Sunday in Rochester.

The will be an A Division for ages 16 and under and B Division for players 18 and under.

The opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Regional Sports Center. Games will be played at McQuillan Softball Complex, Rochester Youth Fastpitch Softball Complex and the RCTC Fields. Games begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and conclude with championship play on Sunday.

The tournament will feature 88 teams from 11 different states. There are 67 teams set to participate in the 16U division and 21 teams in the 18U division, including two Rochester teams.

Admission prices for an 
All-Tournament pass is $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors. 
Daily passes are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students.


For additional information, game schedule and event results, visit or contact the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission at 280-4701.


Rochester Mayo senior Christian Rosenowturned in a spectacular final high school baseball season, and had a pack of awards to go with it.

The outfielder, who batted .530 during the regular season for Mayo, was the lone player from the Big Nine Conference to be named to the Class AAA all-state team. Rosenow followed that up by being named the Most Valuable Player of the all-star series, Play Ball Minnesota (formerly the Lions All-Star Series). Rosenow was 3-for-5 over three games with two runs scored. He led the South team to the championship in a series that was played June 20-22 in Chaska.

Rosenow, who compiled a 3.8 grade point average, was also named academic all-state. Rosenow will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall, but won't play baseball.


Guy Mertz, formerly of Rochester, recently won the Longmont (Colo.) Men's City Championship in golf.

Mertz is a 1977 Mayo grad who is a long-time resident in Colorado. He is a dentist in Longmont. He played golf at both Mayo and at Rochester Community College.


Playing the final round at Ute Creek Golf Course in Longmont, Mertz shot a sizzling 5-under 67 to win the championship by one stroke. His defining shot was a 50-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th hole that put him ahead by one stroke.

Mertz finished with rounds of 68, 73 and 67 for a 54-hole total of 208. The event was played at three different courses over three days.


Mark Covertof Lancaster, Calif., stopped his running streak of 45 years — 16,436 days in a row of running at least one mile per day — on July 23.

He still owns the world's second-longest daily running streak behind England's Ron Hill, who has maintained a streak since December, 1964.

Covert's streak is acknowledged by the United States Running Streak Association.

Steve DeBoerof Rochester and Steve Gathje, formerly of Rochester, have run every day for 42 and 41 years and now rank No. 3 and No. 7 on the list of 400 who have certified their daily runs with the USRSA. Pete Gilman, Deb Dilling, Brad Kautzand Julie Maxwellare other runners from Rochester with registered streaks.



The Triton Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is currently soliciting nominees for the class of 2013.

Triton High School will induct its second Hall of Fame class on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

Th inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the football game on

Friday, Sept. 27th. The list of inductees will include a coach, supporter, and two athletes each from the communities that make up Triton — Claremont, Dodge Center and West Concord. Two Triton athletes will be inducted as well. A team from each of the communities prior to Triton

will also be honored at the ceremony.

For more information contact Don Hendersonat, 374-6305 or




Former Red Wing track and field and cross-country coach Jerry Schaubachwas recently inducted into the Minnesota High School Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Schaubach was Red Wing's cross-country coach from 1969-2006 and also coached track from 1970-2007. He started the girls' cross-country program at Red Wing in 1977 and was head coach for 30 years. He also coached wrestling for 13 years with the Wingers.

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