Elgin native Carson Walch returns to Minnesota this week and gets another opportunity to coach against the Minnesota Vikings.

Walch is the wide receivers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles play against the Vikings at noon Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Walch is in his fourth season as a coach in the NFL and he has gotten to face the Vikings each year. He square off against the Vikings twice a year when he was an assistant with the Chicago Bears in 2013-14. Walch joined the Eagles last year as an assistant wide receivers coach and the Vikings played in Philadelphia and posted a 23-21 win.

He is looking forward to the trip back to his home state and will have a few tickets awaiting friends and family.

"Yes, Vikings week is more special because of family and friends," Walch said. "But the opponent really doesn't make it any different than a typical game week. It will be an opportunity to see some of my close friends and family on Saturday evening and hopefully Sunday during pregame festivities."
 
Walch is helping the Eagles prepare for a Vikings defense that is ranked in the top 10 in the NFL and is allowing an averaging of just 14.6 points a game. The Eagles are averaging 28.2 points a game. 
 
"Minnesota has a stout defense so we have to come in and execute our plan," Walch said.
 
The Vikings and Eagles will both bring 3-2 records into the game and the contest could end up playing a big role on the NFC playoff race.
 
"The season is going as expected," Walch said. "Plenty of close games with the parity the NFL offers. Our goal is to win one game a week. The early mornings and late nights are taxing but it's the job I signed up for and wouldn't have it any other way."
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Rochester Sports is now taking nominations for the annual Rochester Sports Award Banquet. The nomination process is open to the public and forms must be submitted by Nov. 24.

The top five nominees from each category will be selected and announced on Dec. 2. Finalists will be honorary guests of the event. The winners will be presented at the Rochester Sports Banquet on Jan. 20, 2020.

The following categories will be nominated and honored: Lifetime Achievement Award; Male Athlete of the Year; Female Athlete of the Year; Coach of the Year; Amateur Team of the Year; Youth Team of the Year; Adaptive Athlete/Team of the Year; Post-Secondary Male Athlete of the Year; and Post-Secondary Female Athlete of the Year. 

The eligibility criteria for nominees is: Athlete must perform their sport and (ongoing) achievement during the 2019 calendar year. The athlete must be of an amateur status; athletes of any age are eligible for nomination; athletes may participate in any type of sport to be considered for selection; all nominees must reside or attend a school within a 30 mile radius of Rochester. Nominees that live within a 30-mile radius, but attend a school outside of the boundary are still eligible.

Eligible surrounding communities include Byron, Chatfield, Dodge Center, Dover-Eyota, Fillmore, Fountain, Goodhue, Grand Meadow, Hayfield, Kasson-Mantorville, Lake City, Lewiston-Altura, Pine Island, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Spring Valley, Stewartville, St. Charles, Wanamingo, West Concord, Wykoff and Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

Collegiate/Post High School athletes are eligible for the Post-Secondary Athlete of the Year but must have graduated from a high school located in the 30-mile radius. Athletes must be in good standing with their respective school.

Details for making a nomination can be found at https://www.rochestermnsports.org/events/rochester-sports-banquet.html.

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Austin's Kelsey Sederquest, who plays volleyball at Waldorf University in Iowa, recently set a career milestone. Sederquest, a senior defensive specialist, went over the 1,000 mark in career digs this past week.

Sederquest leads Waldorf with 355 digs, more than twice as many as her next closest teammate, and averages 4.55 digs per set. Sederquest becomes just the seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 career digs. She is also tied for the team lead with 37 ace serves.

Waldorf, a Division III school, is currently 9-11 this season.

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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Guy covers a wide variety of high school, college and professional sports. He is a native of Rochester and has worked at the Post Bulletin since 1999. Guy resides in Byron with his wife, children and numerous pets.