RCTC vs Rock Valley Volleyball

Rochester Community and Technical College hitter Carrie Rutledge (5) is one of just eight student-athletes from the Minnesota College Athletic Conference to earn a spot on the MCAC Elite Team.

Rochester Bolder Options will be holding its biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual Sportacular Tailgate Challenge, on June 22 at Mayo Field.

There are a number of layers to the event, including a large list of Minnesota-connected sports celebrities.

The list of celebrities on hand will include former Minnesota Vikings Randall McDaniel, Byrant McKinnie, Robert Griffith, Robert Tate and Leo Lewis.

Former NFL player Darrell Thompson and former professional baseball player Michael Restovich, both of Rochester, will also be on hand.

Among the others who are scheduled to attend are Minnesota natives and former professional basketball players Jim Peterson (NBA) and Tamara Moore (WNBA), former University of Minnesota quarterback Rickey Foggie, former professional wrestler Baron von Raschke and Rochester’s Roo Yori, and ninja warrior competitor.

The event will be held from 5-9 p.m. and is family friendly complete with an inflatable obstacle course and face painting.

There will be 8-10 game stations that will be run by Century, John Marshall, Mayo and Lourdes high schools.

Some of the events will include a free-throw shooting contest, home run derby, speed pitch, football toss, golf shot, vertical jump and 20-yard dash.

Attendees of the event are playing the game in support of their favorite school.

The school that gets the most points at the end of the night wins the Ear of Corn Trophy.

The celebrities will not only mingle with the guests but they also play the games.

There will be ballpark food, drinks, a raffle for $500 worth of gift card/certificates and a silent auction with a lot of sports memorabilia along.

There will also be also a live auction and the auctioneer is Minnesota Timberwolves public address announcer Rod Johnson.

The event concludes with a school vs. school tug-of-war that all are encouraged to participate in.

Early bird prices are $30 for a single ticket and $100 for a family four pack until June 17. After that, tickets are $35 for a single and $110 for a family four-pack.

Tickets includes entry, food, pop and autographs. All of the money raised that evening supports the Rochester Bolder Options program.

Go online at http://bolderoptions.org/2019sportacular for more information about the event or to purchase tickets.

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Rochester’s Nicole Fautsch is in her third season as a member of the University of Kentucky women’s track and field team.

Fautsh, a Rochester John Marshall grad, is a junior who has been a member of the Kentucky varsity team all three seasons she has been there.

Fautsch is a thrower who has excelled in the shot put and discus.

She had a strong meet at the Southeastern Conference championships in Fayetteville, Ark., as she finished in third place in the shot put and fourth in discus.

She had placed sixth in the SEC championship during the 2019 indoor meet.

As a sophomore, Faustch placed seventh in the discus in the SEC outdoor meet and ninth in the shot put.

She placed fifth in the shot put at the indoor meet.

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Hayfield’s Carrie Rutledge of the Rochester Community and Technical College volleyball team has been named one of eight student-athletes from the Minnesota College Athletric Conference fall and winter sports season to be named to the MCAC Elite Team.

The Elite Team is comprised of student-athletes who earned All-Academic honors during their sport season, as well as earning distinction in competition via All-Division, All-Conference, All-MCAC, All-State, All-America or similar NJCAA recognition. Rutledge, a freshman during the 2018-19 season, earned each one of the on-court honors, including being named a Division III All-American.

Rutledge helped RCTC place third in the Division III NJCAA national championship tournament.

This is the second season the MCAC has announced an Elite Team.

The members of the team for spring sports are to be announced at a later date.

Guy N. Limbeck’s Local Sports Notebook regularly runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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