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Mark “Whitey” Forsman retires as DC Saints Manager

Mark “Whitey” Forsman has announced his retirement as manager of the DC Saints, after 32 years at the helm.

Forsman took charge of the Saints in 1983, when he as just 19 years old. He built the team into a perennial contender, as the squad made the state tournament 13 times, including a second-place finish in 1993. The Saints finished with 11 league championships, six region titles, and six region runner-up titles under Forsman’s tutelage.

Forsman was also instrumental in transforming Saints Field into a Minnesota amateur baseball gem. His tireless efforts resulted in two state tournaments being hosted at Saints Field, the most recent of which was last summer.

Long-time player Andrew Carlson will take over the reigns for Forsman next season.

Look for the full story in Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch.

 

Four local pitchers drafted for baseball Class C State Tournament

Four local amateur baseball pitchers – three Saints, and one Kernel – were drafted by state tournament-bound teams from the North Star League/Region 12C playoffs.

The 13-team North Star League doubles as Region 12C for the Class C amateur tournament. Per state tourney rules, each team that makes the big dance can draft three pitchers from region teams that did not make the tournament.

From the Saints, top pitchers Tyler Zweibohmer and Jordan Flick were drafted by top-seeded Hutchinson, while Michael Leffler was selected by Maple Lake.

Lefthander Zweibohmer, the first selection of the draft, finished with a 1.92 ERA in league play, while righty Flick (second round) finished with a 1.11 ERA.

Hard-throwing lefty Leffler, selected in the third round, finished with a 5.64 ERA, but had 24 strikeouts in 22 innings.

From the Kernels, Vinne Pokornowski was selected by the Howard Lake Orphans. Pokornowski was gone for much of the season due to school and getting married, but finished with a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings during league play. He also gave up just three earned runs in the Kernels’ 4-1 loss to top-seeded Hutchinson.

Look for the full story in this week’s Enterprise Dispatch.

 

Trever Kaiser verbally commits to DII U of Mary

DC boys basketball star Trever Kaiser has verbally committed to the NCAA Division II University of Mary.

Kaiser became the all-time leading scorer in Charger history last season as a junior, finishing the year with 563 points, and a 22.5 ppg average.

He currently stands atop the Charger basketball leaderboard for points, with 1,187 points, 42 more than second-place Matt Nyquist. Every point he scores this season will be a new DC record.

The University of Mary, which plays in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), is coached by Joe Kittell. Mary has finished 31-29 in the last two years of Kittell’s tenure.

Look for the full story in Monday’s Enterprise Dispatch.

DC Sports Schedule, Week of Aug. 18-14

Monday, Aug. 21

DC Cross Country: at Gale Woods Farm, Minnestrista, 4 p.m. (Scrimmage)

Thursday, Aug. 24

DC Cross Country: at River Falls, 4:15 p.m.

First games/meets:

DC Girls Swimming: at Hutchinson, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.

DC Volleyball: at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.

DC Football: vs. Little Falls, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.

KIP KOVAR: Amateur baseball and its parks never cease to amaze

Amateur baseball has always held a special place in the heart of Minnesotans. Whether you’re a father or mother of a ball player, a player yourself, or even just a local townie who just can’t get enough of watching the hometown nine, it holds a special place in our hearts.

The state amateur baseball tournament brings that all together, and it seemingly never gets old. As teams and fans come from all over the state to see some high-quality baseball, it’s the gorgeous parks the games are played at that sometimes go unnoticed.

Amateur baseball, and the Crow River Valley League in particular, never ceases to disappoint with countless beautiful ballparks just waiting to be enjoyed. Just ask Ryan Simonson and Marty Lambrecht of Minneapolis, better known as Ryno and Marty from the popular-growing Town Ball Tuesdays.

Green Isle will be on of three hosts for the 2017 Amateur State Tournament.  "The Yard" not only is a magnificent field for playing on, but also offers several different viewing angles for fans to enjoy.

Green Isle will be on of three hosts for the 2017 Amateur State Tournament. “The Yard” not only is a magnificent field for playing on, but also offers several different viewing angles for fans to enjoy.

Ryno and Marty, who have been friends for years, came up with the idea of Town Ball Tuesdays after discovering a love for small-town baseball. What started as an idea, quickly has Marty and Ryno running all around the state and getting requests from teams to come check out their parks at a constant rate.

“Marty and I have been friends for years,” Ryno said. “I’m a lifelong ballplayer and general baseball nut. We’ve done some camping and road trips together over the years, and we’ve always loved small towns and their great little bars and unique culture. When I got him (Marty) out to a town ball game, I think he started to get my passion for baseball a bit more.”

What started as just visiting parks and taking in games, grew to more as they wanted to be able to document their visits, and share their travels with people who love amateur baseball as much as they do.

“Eventually, we got to a point where we wanted to find a way to document and share our little stories about the parks, and the people, and Town Ball Tuesdays was born,” Marty said. “For me, there’s something kind of magical about the way these communities support baseball beyond just youth sports. It’s a sort of local pride and entertainment that came out in the 1800s, and for some reason, never died in Minnesota. I grew up primarily in Michigan, where there’s nothing like this at all. It’s beautiful to roll into a little town that is basically made up of a church, a cemetery, a bar, and an immaculately-cared-for baseball stadium.”

Amateur baseball hasn’t always been a major role in the lives of the creators of Town Ball Tuesdays, but since taking off, it’s become a family affair, as well.

“I’ve always been fortunate enough to bring my mom along sometimes,” Marty said. “She grew up going to games in all these same towns in her youth, and it’s great to hear her stories and learn how much it meant to her and her family. To have this town ball tradition right under my nose and to have no knowledge of it is a shame. If I can do anything to help spread the word and love of the game, I’m all for it. It’s such a treasure, that I feel is grossly under appreciated.”

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Hamburg is another one of the sites for the 2017 Amateur State Tournament. Hamburg offers a great setup for a hardcore or casual fan to enjoy a game.

Tuesdays were the night of choice for Ryno and Marty, as Tuesday is Marty’s night off from bartending. With the CRVL playing a multitude of Tuesday night games, the CRVL has become a favorite of the traveling duo.

“The CRVL is great because there tend to be a good number of games scheduled on Tuesday nights,” Ryno said. “All the parks are close enough to get out to for use, and the league boasts some of our favorite ballparks in the state.”

As far as their favorite park in the CRVL, well, that’s too tough of a decision to make based on the quality choices.

“That’s a tough call,” Ryno said. “I have sentimental attachment to Cologne, as Jason Kuerschner was one of the first people to really support what we’re doing with Town Ball Tuesdays and really make us feel welcome when we were just getting started. Young America’s park is really fun to be at. It’s so unique with its quirky little European village architecture. Add in the cozy dimensions, the home plate that’s so close to the grandstand that you can pick the umpire’s back pocket, you’ve really got just about everything we love in one package. Waconia has done such a great job with their overhaul, and Watertown, Brownton, and Glencoe all have amazing yards. Green Isle and Hamburg have really stepped up prepping for the tourney.”

“I can’t make that call as I still have a few yet to see,” Marty said. “I truly seem to find things to enjoy about each park. That’s the beauty in this. They’re all so unique in charmingly, subtle ways. The fun is in finding out what’s what, and taking in all the great viewing angles.”

The regular season has just been a warm-up for the Town Ball Tuesday crew. With the 2017 Minnesota Amatuer State Tournament being held in some of their favorite parks, you can count on Marty and Ryno to be out enjoying the game we all love and sharing their experiences.

“We’ll definitely be floating around during the tourney as much as possible,” Ryno said. “Last summer was our first covering the tournament as Town Ball Tuesdays, and we had a blast. Dassel, Hutchinson, and Litchfield really pulled out all the stops to make it a great tournament, and we got to meet so many wonderful people from all over the state, some of whom already knew about us.”

“As the tournament draws nearer, my excitement grows,” Marty said. “The atmosphere definitely swells to a fever pitch. All three of these towns are making painstaking efforts to put their best foot forward.”

You can follow Ryno and Marty on their adventures via their Twitter or blog.

Twitter: @TownBallTuesday

DC Fall Team Meetings and Registration Information

COKATO – The Dassel-Cokato Fall Eligibility and Team Meetings are mandatory for parents and students.

They will be held Monday, August 14 at 7 p.m., in the High School PAC Auditorium, for all 7-12 grade participants and their parents/guardians.

Registration requirements for Fall 2017 Activities are as follows:

• The Online Activities Registration Program is available at https://dasselcokato-ar.rschooltoday.com for the 2017-18 school year. Paper registrations are NOT accepted.

• An MSHSL Sports Physical  is required for each student athlete (not fine arts). The physical must be completed and turned in to the High School Activities Office prior to participating in activities. This physical is good for three years.

To download a copy of the 2017-18 Sports Qualifying Physical Examination Clearance Form, please go to http://district.dc.k12.mn.us/, where it can be accessed under “Activities,” then “General Info and Forms.”

Printed copies of the MSHSL Sports Physical Form are also available on the resource table located just-outside the High School Activities Office.

• Activity Fees (per activity) are: $60.00 for grades 7-8, and $80.00 for grades 9-12. Based on the number of registered activities, a student (Grades 7-12) pays up to an Individual Cap of $160.00 per school calendar year. Activity fees can be paid online (during the registration process),  or at the High School Activities Office via cash, check or credit card.

• Concussion testing is required for all grade 7-12 student athletes. Concussion tests are good for two years. Concussion testing will be available (as scheduled) each Fall, Winter and Spring season for grade 7-12 athletes needing to test.

FALL CONCUSSION 

TESTING DATES

Please meet in the High School Commons at least 10 minutes prior to your testing time (ALL CONCUSSION TESTING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL).

Monday, August 14th @ 7:00 AM

• Grades 9-12 Football / Grades 9-12 Volleyball

Wednesday, August 16th @ 7:00 AM

• Grades 7-12 Cross Country / Grades 7-12 Girls Swim & Dive

Tuesday, August 22th @ 7:00 AM 

• Grades 7-12 Fall Cheer / Grades 7-8 Volleyball

Tuesday, August 29th @ 3:00 PM

• Grades 7-8 Football

AFTER ALL REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MET, each participant is required to pick up an eligibility card at the High School Activities Office. In order to begin practice on the first day, the participant MUST present their eligibility card to their Coach/Director.

Please feel free to contact Sarah Mayfield, in the High School Activities Office, with any registration questions as follows:

• Phone: (320) 286-4100, Ext: 1811

• Activities Office Fax: (320) 286-4211

• Email: sarah.mayfield@dc.k12.mn.us.