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home : columns : joel alvstad May 29, 2016


9/18/2013 8:55:00 AM
College sports begin: it's time for some Quick Hitters

Joel Alvstad
Sports Editor


With the fall sports season now in full swing, it's time to catch up with a few of those area athletes or coaches who have moved on to participate in college or coach elsewhere.
As always, we may not have information on a particular athlete with ties to the area. If you have information, please send it my way at the e-mail address under my picture. You can also send me a link on Twitter @SWMN_SportsGuy.
• Former Windom athlete Emily Turner turned in a first-place overall finish, leading the Bemidji State University women's cross country team to first place at the Greenwood Run Invitational in Bemidji. Turner finished with a time of 16:49.
• Former Windom athlete Courtney Ysker is currently leading the Augustana College volleyball team in kills and is second in service aces.
• Former Windom athlete Hali Tasler is seeing quite a bit of playing time so far as a freshman on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls volleyball team and is among team leaders in kills.
• Windom native Diane (Stolle) Ross is leading one of the more inexperienced teams she's coached in quite some time at Underwood High School.
• Former Windom resident Megan Norby is a senior standout on the volleyball team at Nevis High School. Norby was an All-State player last year at Nevis.
• Former Windom resident Lauren Miller is currently leading the Prior Lake High School volleyball team in kills.
• Former Red Rock Central athlete Henry Rogotzke is on the football team at University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he is an offensive lineman.
• Former Red Rock Central athlete Daniel Maras has started his season for the Ridgewater College football team in Willmar.
• After an off-season injury, former Red Rock Central athlete Cierra Nickel is working her way back into the lineup for the Bethel University volleyball team.
• Former Eagle football coach Bill Magnuson is back for another season as head coach at Sauk Rapids-Rice.
• Former Eagle standout Steve Solem has his BOLD football team off to a 1-2 start to the season.
• Former Eagle Brandon Thongvivong has started fall baseball at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, while former Eagle teammate Danny Kneeland has started fall baseball at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato.
• Former Eagle Joel Riordan is on the football roster at Hamline University.
• Former WWG athlete Justin Knakmuhs is back for his senior season as a starting offensive lineman at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Also on the Mustangs' roster is former Windom athlete Michael Rivera.
• Former Windom athlete Megan Will is on the women's golf roster at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
• Odell Beckham, Jr., the son of Windom Athletic Hall of Famer Heather Van Norman, is off to a tremendous start to the season as a wide receiver and kick returner at Louisiana State University.
• The son of former Mt. Lake standout Chuck Loewen is a sophomore on the football team at the University of Arkansas. Mitchell Loewen started his Arkansas career as a linebacker, but has been moved to tight end. He played his high school football at Lahaina, Hawaii.

Show off your hunt
With the start of hunting season now underway, I'm issuing an annual plea to hunters and anglers to share their photos and stories with us.
Whether you bag a big buck, fill out your limit of ducks or just catch a nice walleye, we're hoping to share your success stories. Kids getting their first deer, ducks or pheasants are especially exciting stories to tell.
Take a high-resolution photo of you with your animal and send it to me at joela@windomnews.com along with your name, where you are from and a phone number I can reach you at if I have further questions.








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