Sports-related items, youth, HS, collegiate, amateur.

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.

Dundas Dukes beat rival Northfield Knights 6-3 in annual Memorial Day matchup

Dukes Screenshot The Dundas Dukes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and held on to beat the Northfield Knights 6-3 in their annual Memorial Day rivalry. A full recap including box score is available on the Dundas Dukes website. The Dukes and the Knights will meet again on July 4th in Dundas at 2 p.m.

The next game for the Dukes is Wednesday against Stewartville-Racine in Dundas. The next game for the Knights is Friday vs. Prescott.

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This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere - May 15th, 2007

The 'Sphere, she is back. We're converted to 100% recycled electrons and washed our 'Destroy Entropy' t-shirt - it gets so dirty so quickly...

The Northfield Construction Company has a picture-filled post detailing their work on laying the foundation for the third First National Bank branch...

The workers need to carefully compact soils around the water and storm water piping to ensure there is no floor or pavement settlement in the building or parking lots. We also took delivery of the reinforcing steel for the foundation. This gets to be quite a pile of steel----all specially bent to match the requirements of the foundation.

The Rotblatt Mystery

We got a letter from someone in Ohio the other day via our contact form, and this is what it asked:

I was curious as to when the Rotblatt Softball game takes place each year in your town. Thank you for any info you can provide…

Say what? Rotblatt? I've lived here going on seven years now and I've never heard of it. A little Googling revealed...

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics Track Tournament May 19

The Area 10 Track & Field Competition for Special Olympics will be held in Northfield on Saturday, May 19 at Carleton College. Approximately 350 athletes from 11 southeastern Minnesota counties will participate in this event. Events include the running long jump, standing long jump, shot put, high jump, softball/ tennis ball throw, runs, walk, wheelchair events and pentathlon.

It takes approximately 125 volunteers to put this one-day event on and YOUR help is needed. Volunteers help as escorts, measurers, caller/recorder, retrievers, etc. The competition starts at 9:00 a.m. with opening ceremonies and concludes by 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. You will receive a t-shirt and lunch is provided for those who work all day. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Lori by email at If you have any questions, please call Robin 507-646-4155.

Baseball storytelling at the Grand - Video from April 12, 2007

A few weeks ago, there was a big event - "Baseball Storytelling" at the Grand Event center, with a veritable 'Who's Who' of Northfield baseball:

  • Ron Gardner
  • Peter Maus
  • Sandy Johnson
  • Bardwell Smith
  • Jim Dimick
  • Mike Allen
  • Chuck Engel
  • Jack Thurnblad
  • Bill Nelson

It's been converted to DVD and full-color, hi-res copies are available from the Northfield Historical Society. They've also been gracious enough to allow us to post it online here.

Patricia Ophaug sets four state swimming records

Northfield’s masters swim team, the Knightcrawlers, had three of  members compete in the Minnesota State Short Course Championships.  Patricia Ophaug, Mark Hansell, and Jeff Woods swam in the two day event at the University of Minnesota.  Masters swimming is open to people eighteen years or older, and the results are given by gender and age groups.

Patricia (Patsy) Ophaug aged up to 55-60 year-old age group this year and promptly rewrote the record book.  Patsy set new records in the 50 yard freestyle, the 50 yard backstroke, the 100 yard backstroke, and the 100 yard individual medley.  “I just felt good,” Patsy said.  “These are my best times in seven years!”  She will compete at the National Meet near Seattle later this month.

Mark Hansell and Jeff Woods also had a good meet setting personal records and placing well in their age groups.

The Knightcrawlers work out at Carleton’s West Gym pool and are coached by Brooke Larsen.  Interested swimmers, all abilities are welcomed, should contact Brian Cohn at 645-4151.

Enjoy the ride

Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of fitness columns by Jeff Woods, a local personal trainer. If you'd like to write about your fitness routine, a favorite class or experience, just let us know.

 People come to me and tell me that they want to get in shape, but what does it mean to be “in shape,” and how do you  know when you are there?   Being “in shape” basically refers to how efficient your cardiopulmonary system works.  How efficiently you can transport oxygen and nutrients to the cells where they are needed and how efficiently you can expel or metabolize the by products of this process.

Now, let's open up your hood and poke around your engine a bit and see what makes it work.  Where do your muscles actually get their energy or the fuel to do work?   The fuel in the gas tank is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).  How ATP is produced at the cellular level has everything to do with how “in shape” you are. 

This week in the Manitou Messenger



Kneser presents safety plan
By Stephanie SoucherayNews Editor
After last Monday’s mass murder on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., college campuses across the nation were faced with questions concerning campus security and emergency plans.

Speaker confronts ancient sacrifice
By Andrea Horbinski, Opinion Editor

On Monday afternoon, classicists and interested members of the St. Olaf community gathered in Dittmann 305 to hear Dr. Sarah P. Morris of UCLA, this year’s Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar at Carleton College, to give a talk entitled “Isaac and Iphigenia: Human Sacrifice in Antiquity.”

Input sought for land use
By Emelie Heltsley, News Editor

Students and faculty gathered in Viking Theater Monday with two representatives of Boldt Consulting and Vice President of Facilities Pete Sandberg to present their opinions about the possible development of land around the College owned by St. Olaf.

This week in the Manitou Messenger



Immigration policy under fire
By Emelie Heltsley, News Editor
Political columnist Michelle Malkin critiqued U.S. immigration policy, uncovered myths about supporters of an open borders policy and fielded questions from the audience gathered in the Pause Tuesday night.

Scholars discuss international intervention laws
By Lisa Gulya, Opinion Editor
Nearly 70 people filled Viking Theatre Tuesday afternoon to hear “The Ethics of Intervention: A Responsibility to Protect?,” sponsored by the St. Olaf Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society. The annual spring forum, moderated by Assistant Professor of Political Science Anthony Lott, featured two prominent political scientists discussing the emerging international norm of the responsibility of states to intervene when large-scale human rights violations take place.

‘Shrew’ adds tragic element to Shakespearean comedy
By Cody Venzke, Contributing Writer

On April 11-15, the St. Olaf Theater Department presented William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.” Performing such a famous work can be a monumental task for any cast and crew. Each ensemble must live up to the audience’s expectations by maintaining the play’s original flair and also entertain by adding its own unique spin on the work.

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