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Carleton Fall Sports Preview

We promised it a week ago and here it is, links to the Carleton 2007 Fall Sports Previews:

If you can't make it to the games, many of them are broadcast over the internet - mostly audio, but a few video streams.  Click here for a list of upcoming and completed streaming events.

Bill Nelson selected for MN Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame

Bill Nelson (current manager of the Dundas Dukes) has been selected for the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony will be on Saturday September 15 at the St. Cloud Civic Center.  Social hour is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 and the induction of Nelson, Mike Gagnon, Al Mueller, and Bob Van Hee to immediately follow. 

A history of the first area inductee inside...

Carleton's football Knights aid Rushford flood victims

Knights in Rushford The following story ran in a recent edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (8/27/07). A photo gallery of images can also be found by clicking the image at right.

Carleton College head football coach Kurt Ramler did not have his team practice on Sunday afternoon. Not because he didn’t want to be on the field and not that his team couldn’t use the work in preparation for the season opener on September 8. Instead, the Knights did not hit the field on this particular sunny afternoon because it was the right thing to do.

St. Olaf Fall Sports Previews

Vb-082707-1St. Olaf has published some of their annual Fall Sports Previews:

The football team has finished 8-2 for the last two years in the always tough MIAC.

We're checking on Carleton, so stay tuned!

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Football, Nobel-winning scientist politicians, shape-shifting books(?)

The Missota conference, which is the football conference that Northfield plays in, is experiencing a bit of trouble due to the growth of outlying 'burbs, like Farmington, Shakopee, and Hutch. (via the Strib)

The powerful football conference has been in almost a perpetual state of flux since it included schools such as Apple Valley and Burnsville in the 1970s. But what's coming in the next few years might be a major shakeup, even for those used to watching the conference's ranks change.

"Nobody's talking about leaving or anything," Northfield coach Bubba Sullivan said. "Could it happen in a few years? Possibly."

More inside...

Skiless Skedaddle 2007 is this Saturday

Editor's note: you can view 30 photos from last year's event in this photo gallery.

The Northfield Nordic Ski team will be, once again, hosting a 10K and 5K run! The second annual Skiless Skedaddle race takes place this Saturday, August 11th. The Skiless Skedaddle is put together by members of the Northfield High School Nordic Ski team. All of the profits benefit the team in terms of skis, poles, wax, and other necessary items.

Of course, we give you more than just a run with the Skiless Skedaddle. We will be giving away prizes donated by many Northfield businesses. Most importantly, there will be FREE pancakes provided to all participants! Your entry fee also gets you a Skiless Skedaddle t-shirt, a very popular and sought after item in Northfield. Coming to our race gives you the opportunity to not only go for a great run, with good competition, but also to support one of your local teams.

YMCA announces full slate of fall programs

YMCA program guide The Northfield Area Family YMCA may not have its own building yet, but it is working throughout the community to offer it first full slate of fall programs for people of all ages, from toddlers to teens to parents and grandparents.

Core training, basketball, youth sports and even wee ones flag football are among the offerings in sports and fitness. And if you think camping is just for summer, there will be a long-weekend camping trip over MEA weekend. Teens can join in a model United Nations, hang with friends on teen nights or help plan other activities. Families can help organiza Y Guides groups and participate in other events together.

Tour de Nick - Raise Awareness for S.A.V.E

Aug 12 2007 1:00 pm
Aug 12 2007 5:00 pm

tour de nick logoPlease join the 5th annual Tour de Nick bicycle ride. Four ride lengths are available, 10, 25, 35 and 55 miles. There will be a mass start leaving Mike's Bikes with the first 2 miles a ride of silence. The ride is to raise awareness and good will donations for SAVE , Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. Executive Director of SAVE , Dr Dan Reidenberg plans on attending and riding the 10 mile loop.

Give Your Old NSA Soccer Uniforms A Second Life

Do you have a used Northfield Soccer Association uniform that sits unused in a drawer? If so, by donating the uniform to a school in Thailand you can give it a second life and make a deserving child happy.

I am collecting NSA soccer uniforms (shirts, shorts, and/or socks), shin guards, coach's shirts, cleats, and balls to give to underfunded schools in northeastern Thailand. Last year Northfielders donated over 250 individual uniforms (and another 275 old traveling team uniforms from the NSA) to children in Thailand. These uniforms were sorted by color and then given to public schools to use for their volleyball and soccer teams. Any uniforms collected this year will supplement the uniforms already donated.

At any point from now through Labor Day you can drop off your donation at the following locations:

Just Food Co-op
516 S. Water Street (look for red box by the entrance)

The Goerwitz House
203 Woodley Street W (near Spring Street--okay to leave on porch)

Dukes race past Greyhounds 5-1

The Dundas Dukes continued their winning and hitting ways by slugging out 15 hits for the third straight game beating the Austin Greyhounds 5-1.

Eddie Hagberg was tremendous on the mound for the Dukes limiting the Greyhounds to three hits and one run through seven innings. Doug Sylvester came in with one on and no outs in the eighth inning and struck out the side. He also got through the ninth allowing no hits or runs.

Full story + box score available on the Dundas Dukes website .

Additional swimming lessons offered

swimmers Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division is offering an additional session of swimming lessons for Levels 1 and 2, Aqua Tots, and Starfish. These lessons will be held on Saturday mornings, July 21 - August 18 at the Northfield Outdoor Pool. For more information on class times or to register, stop at the Community Services office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, call 507-664-3649, or visit our website at and follow the Community Services links.

Erin Mayberry is the recreation coordinator for the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division.

Church "all-star" softball game to benefit Community Action Center

ballThe Northfield Church Softball League is going to bat for the Northfield Community Action Center. Funds raised at its 18th annual all-star game Sunday, July 15, will be donated to the CAC. Game time is 2 p.m. at Babcock Park.

The league hopes to raise $6,500.00 this year. Each of the 16 teams will send two players to the event. Each team will be collecting cash and food donations. Several local banks and businesses are offering matching funds for this event.

John Frederick, commissioner of the Northfield Church Softball League, said the summer months are the time of year when the CAC has its greatest need, especially for the Northfield Food Shelf.

Dukes top Knights 3-2 in 10 innings in annual Independence Day game

100 1059The Dundas Dukes completed a season sweep of the Northfield Knights by beating them 3-2 in an exciting Fourth of July game at Dundas. Leading 1-0 the Dukes gave up two runs in the fourth inning when starter Jeff Deuth walked the first two batters and gve up a bunt single to Luke Teske, which was also the first hit of the game. Picha lined a single off Deuth's glove for the first run and Mike Wickman hit a deep fly to center that was dropped scoring the second run. It could have been worse for the Dukes, however, as they threw Teske out at the plate Moore to Maus to McDermott. The second time that combo has worked in as many games. The Dukes tied the score 2-2 in the sixth and Deuth and Jeremy Kruse battled until the tenth.

Summer Recreation Opportunites Galore!!

girl with volleyballNow that school is out, it is time to get registered for some great summer recreation activities. Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division still has openings in the following programs for children and youth: Little League Softball, Little League Baseball, Tennis Lessons, Volleyball Boot Camp, Basketball Camps, Raider Football Mini-Camp, SUPER Kids, Adaptive SUPER Kids, Tae Kwon Do, Summer Track Program, Northfield Volleyball Youth Team Camp, Lacrosse, Youth Soccer Program, Wiggle & Giggle, Skyhawks Multi-Sport Camps, Art Programs, Family Tennis Fun and Swimming Lessons.

Minnetonka wins Dundas Baseball Tournament, Dukes drop two

The annual Dundas Invitational Baseball Tournaments was held this last weekend at Memorial Field in Dundas. Minnetonka made it seem easy, winning all three games by a combined score of 36-6. This is their third consecutive DIBT championship.

The Dukes dropped both games they played and did not place. A full recap of all the scores and box scores from the Dukes games available by clicking here.

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