University of Minnesota volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon will be the guest speaker at the 15th annual Rochester Sports Banquet.

The event will be held Jan. 20 at the International Event Center.

In McCutcheon’s eight years at Minnesota, the Gophers have compiled a 190-48 record and earned two berths in the Final Four. The Gophers are currently ranked seventh in the nation this season with a 21-5 record, including 15-3 in the Big Ten Conference.

“We are excited to have coach McCutcheon as our guest speaker,” Rochester Sports Banquet executive director Matt Esau said. “Hugh has proven to be an accomplished leader in the sport of volleyball and will deliver a great message to those who attend the Rochester Sports Banquet.”

McCutcheon, a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, is the former head coach of the both the U.S. men's and women's national volleyball teams. He led the U.S. men's national team to the Volleyball World League in 2008. The same year he led the USA men's  team to the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In 2012, he coached the USA women’s team to a silver medal at the London Summer Olympics.

Finalists will be selected for the Rochester Sports Banquet in late November. Tickets will go on sale Dec. 1. Contact the Rochester Sports office at 280-4701 or get details at www.rochestermnsports.org.

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Rochester Mayo grad Israel Lozoya was one of four players from the Rochester Community and Technical College football team to be named to the All-Division first team for the Eastern Division of the MCAC. Lozoya is a freshman running back. The Yellowjackets also had five players named to the second team and five more selected honorable mention.

Other RCTC players named to the first team were freshmen Justin Lynn (quarterback, Memphis), Severyn Foster (wide receiver, Lincoln, Neb.), Joshua Miser (linebacker, Hastings) and Braulio Arango-Aguilar (kicker, Brooklyn Park).

Yellowjackets named to the second team were sophomores Eric Snook (defensive line, Minneapolis), Keshon Williams (defensive back, Racine, Wis.) and Gerald Sama (wide receiver, Des Monies, Iowa), and freshmen Ken Bohenkamp (linebacker, Remsen, Iowa) and Phillip Hillesheim (wide receiver, Lebanon, Pa.)

Players named honorable mention were sophomore Corey Waller (linebacker, Austin), and freshmen Bernard Charles (defensive back, Rochester), Dylan VanBoxel (quarterback, Green Bay), Garrett Krueger (offensive line, Bangor, Wis.), and Blake Snyder (defensive line, Cokato).

Arango-Aguilar was the lone RCTC player named to the All-Region team.

The Yellowjackets finished the season 6-3 and they lost in the quarterfinals of the MCAC state playoffs.

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Plainview graduate Eric Kronebusch was recently hired by the Men's Basketball Officiating Consortium, which covers the Big 12, Conference USA, Missiouri Valley, Ohio Valley and Southland Conferences. He is currently officiating games this season.

Kronebusch graduated from Plainview High School in 1995 and he currently resides in Austin, Texas. He got his start officiating basketball southeastern Minnesota with fellow Plainview graduate and local official Tristan Severson, who officiates several sports in and around the Rochester area.   

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Two area athletes who play soccer at Buena Vista University have been name to the 2019 American Rivers Conference Fall Sports All-Academic Team.

Honored were John Marshall grad Troy Finnegan of the Buena Vista men's soccer team and Dover-Eyota grad Madison Field of the women's team.

Finnegan is a junior who who is majoring in business. Field is a junior who is majoring in physical education.

Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at glimbeck@postbulletin.com

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