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DC sports schedule, April 24-May 3

Tuesday, April 24

DC baseball at Litchfield, 4:30 p.m. (change from 7 p.m.)

DC softball at Rockford, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 26

DC softball vs. Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.

DC girls golf at Shamrock Golf Course, Rockford, 4 p.m.

DC Track & Field at Maple Lake, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 27

DC baseball vs. Annandale at Siebert Field, U of MN, 5 p.m.

DC softball at Annandale, 5 p.m.

Monday, April 30

DC softball at Monticello, 4:30 p.m.

DC girls golf at Timber Creek GC, Watertown, 4 p.m., WCC West meet

Tuesday, May 1

DC baseball vs. Watertown-Mayer, 4 p.m., at Saints Field, DH

DC softball at Watertown-Mayer, 4:30 p.m.

DC boys golf at Litchfield GC, WCC West meet, 4 p.m.

DC girls golf at Southbrook GC, Annandale, WCC West meet, 1 p.m.

DC track & field at Watertown-Mayer, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2

DC boys golf at Hutchinson Crow River GC, 12 p.m.

Thursday, May 3

DC baseball at Mound Westonka, 4:30 p.m., DH

DC softball vs. Mound Westonka, 4:30 p.m., DH

DC boys golf at Pebble Creek GC, Becker, 2 p.m.

DC girls golf at Pebble Creek GC, Becker, 2 p.m.

A pitch for a name: ‘Forsman Field’

By Brad Salmen

DC Enterprise Dispatch Sports Editor

Here’s something I think needs to happen.

The Dassel Ball Park, commonly known as Saints Field, should be re-named “Forsman Field.”

My reasons are twofold:

1. Mark “Whitey” Forsman is the primary reason that the ballpark in Dassel exists in its current condition, and

2. It has great alliteration.

Whitey retired as manager of the DC Saints in August, after 32 years at the helm.

He amassed a record of 621-408 as manager of the Saints, with 12 state tournament appearances.

He is a member of the North Star League Hall of Fame, and the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

More importantly, though, Whitey took an ordinary Dassel ballpark in the 1980s, and turned it into what is universally regarded as one of the best fields in the state to watch amateur baseball.

Any former or current Saints player will tell you, we all saw Whitey put in the extra work to make the field better, day after day, literally many thousands of hours. He also was able to secure many thousands of dollars in donations.

“I would be all for it, as would many others,” said Cole Flick, former DC Saint and current DCHS varsity baseball coach. “I’m not so sure Mark would go for it, as he is pretty modest, but I think that would be a terrific way to honor Whitey and what he has given to that field.”

I didn’t bother contacting Whitey with this proposal, because I knew that he would turn it down on its face. As Flick said, and as I have discerned through numerous conversations, Mark is a very modest individual.

But sorry, Whitey, I think the rest of us get a vote. And I think those of us who have been connected with the team, past and present, would agree: it’s only fitting.

Your 30-plus years of hard work and dedication is worthy of a namesake.

My understanding is, any name change would have to come from the city of Dassel.

Councillors, let’s do the right thing.

Third winter, the good ‘ol days, and afternoon gym ladies

By Brad Salmen

DC Enterprise Dispatch Sports Editor

So, a few weeks ago I wrote about how much I enjoy the down time between the winter and spring sports seasons, as it gives me a chance to recharge my batteries.

I included a throwaway joke line about having the spring sports season start, “third winter permitting.”

I’m not a believer in karma, but if I was, I’d be apologizing profusely.

Third Winter saw our plans and schedules for the spring, laughed uproariously, and spit on them. With 45 mph wind gusts and 10 inches of snow.

By the time you read this, over 20 spring sports events or games will have been cancelled due to the weather. And it doesn’t look very promising for the immediate future, either.

I can imagine the frustration of players and coaches. There’s only so much you can do and work on in the confines of an indoor gym.

Seriously, I don’t know how track and field coach Nathan Youngs keeps his disc and shot put throwers involved.

(“Wow, that was a great throw into the net for the 92nd time!”).

I especially feel bad for the golf teams.

With the weather we’ve had recently, it’s going to take most courses at least three or more weeks to dry out enough to let golfers onto the course. Meaning, the team will be cramming meets into the last month of the season.

Great for students who want to skip afternoon classes, I suppose. But not great in terms of working on your game until then.

(“Wow, that was a great drive into the net for the 93rd time!”)

If I did inadvertently trigger some sort of weather karma, let me say this: I repent. I’ve had my break, and it was great, but I’m now ready to have the spring season start. Let me know what my penance is to get the sun shining again, and I’ll do it.

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Hey kids! Listen up!

Have you heard adults talk about the “good ol’ days” of Minnesota sports?

Did you roll your eyes when grandpa told you about the Purple People Eaters of the ‘70s?

Did you stare blankly when Mom told you about the 1993 Minnesota North Stars?

Did you check Youtube when Dad talked about the Minnesota Twins’ 1987 and 1991 World Series titles?

Well, I’m here to say, you have good reason to tell them all: the good ol’ days of Minnesota sports wasn’t back then.

It is now.

Don’t get me wrong. We have a rich, illustrious Minnesota sports scene. I think everyone should check out the above-mentioned teams (especially the Twins!).

However, it cannot be argued that this is the best time  in history to be a Minnesota sports fan.

All four of our major sports teams: the Twins, the Vikings, the Wild, and the Timberwolves, made the playoffs in the past year – for the first time ever.

The latter two (Wild and Timberwolves) are playing now (pending Friday’s Wild game), while the Vikings and Twins look to have playoff-caliber teams for a second straight season this fall.

Chalk in the WNBA champion Lynx, and an MLS Loons  soccer team with a brand new stadium, and I have never had so many great options to watch when I go to work out at the gym to watch sports because we live in the country and have metered satellite Internet.

(Seriously, Century Link, or Charter, or anybody, please come to my house and sell me unlimited Internet. It will be the easiest sale you’ve ever made).

 

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Speaking of watching TV at the gym, I’m going to give you one guess as to the favorite TV channel of the ladies that go to the gym during the day, before I arrive in the evening.

… Give up? It’s HGTV.

From what I can tell from watching HGTV, ladies love open kitchens, tubs that match the wallpaper, and a six-bedroom, 3200-square foot house that can be purchased on a $36K salary in Edina.

When I think about it though, I can only imagine what those same ladies might say about my TV watching habits.

“Yeah every time I come in there it’s Sportsball. From what I can tell, men love hitting each other, putting objects in nets, and celebrating when someone they don’t know on a team they’re not on scores a ‘point.’”

Touche, afternoon gym ladies I’ve never met, touche.

 

 

 

 

This year’s spring sports terminology: postponed, cancelled

By BRAD SALMEN

Sports Editor

COKATO – It’s been a frustrating season for the Dassel-Cokato spring sports teams.

As of Wednesday, every single game and meet scheduled for this season – over 20 in all – had been cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather.

And with the snow we’ve had of late, the Chargers haven’t even been able to practice outdoors. Instead, the five teams (baseball, softball, boys golf, girls golf, and track & field) share three gymnasiums at DCHS.

It’s led to the DC spring sports coaches getting creative in keeping their athletes engaged and motivated.

DC track & field head coach Nathan Youngs could not deny his boys and girls teams have been getting a little restless.

“It is hard to say whether it is from not practicing inside, poor weather, or lack of competitions,” he said. “We are on the sixth week of track, and there is a small chance we could get one competition in this week [Thursday’s meet at Maple Lake].”

Youngs said he and his staff have been trying to mix up practices, with the team training in the swimming pool, weight room, wrestling room, outside, and in the gym.

The pole vaulters and sprinters have been the hardest hit for lack of practice, but they are “hanging in there,” he said.

“I feel especially bad for the seniors. It will be a memorable season, but for all the wrong reasons,” said Youngs. “This is by far the worst year [weather-wise] I have been a part of.”

If Thursday’s track meet does happen as scheduled, the Charger baseball team will be the second spring sports team to open their varsity season, on Saturday.

However, it will be 250 miles from home.

DC is scheduled to take on Hutchinson in a doubleheader at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Head coach Cole Flick has been heartened by his team’s attitude throughout the inclement spring weather, from the C and JV teams to the varsity.

“Their attitude has been fantastic,” said Flick. “There hasn’t been a day in which the players weren’t in a good mood and willing to give their best.

“We offered the players a day off, and they said they would rather be in the gym,” he said. “It’s a grind hitting off tees, or taking ground balls off of the gym floor, but this group of players has been excited to be there each day.”

Flick said he and his staff have tried to make the most of the situation. For example, one group of players that benefits from being indoors is the pitchers, as they get extended instruction and reps every day.

“It’s a more focused practice for them, we can work on delivery, technique, and new pitches,” said Flick. “If we were outside, the pitchers would be spending more time at their other positions … I guess time will tell if it pays off.”

On the flip side, however, being indoors is difficult for the outfielders.

“Coach [Tim] Illies is a great fungo hitter, but even he struggles with fly balls in the gym,” said Flick.

Flick said he shook things up a bit by having the JV and varsity go bowling at Howard Lake Bowl instead of practice recently.

“We had a bunch of prizes to give out, and even had three players come dressed in costumes,” he said. “That was a lot of fun. We’ve also played a lot of simulated rag ball games inside, that is always a favorite for the players.”

Softball coach Wendy Runquist said she has also mixed things up with the inclement weather, incorporating some “fun days” into the schedule.

She said the team played “pool softball” one day after a pool workout, and went sledding at Cokato Elementary on another day, along with an impromptu day off.

“The team’s attitude has been awesome in spite of the snowy weather,” she said. “The girls have done everything we have asked them to do, and have been putting in 100% effort.”

This spring’s weather has been, and is going to be, especially tough on the golf teams.

As golf courses typically take longer than baseball or softball fields to dry up enough to allow participants on the surface, it might well be May 1 or later before DC golfers can participate in a meet, said boys head coach Brian Johnson.

“I was really hoping for sometime next week [to step on a course], but now with the amount of snow we’ve had, I think we will be lucky to be on the course by May 1,” said Johnson. “It is not just the snow, but we need to get the frost out of the ground as well.”

Johnson said that previous to this year, the latest start date during his 21-season tenure was in 2013, when the first meet was on April 30.

DC head girls golf coach Jon Ring said he has mixed things up this season for his team.

“We’ve done a variety of things including core workouts, dodgeball, and floor hockey, in addition to chipping and putting in the gym,” he said.

Ring said his team might be the most-versed team in DC history in regard to the rules of golf.

“We have spent more time on studying the rules of golf more this year than in most years,” he said. “It’s been a challenging spring, and I appreciate the willingness of the girls to continue plugging along. Hopefully we’ll be outside hitting soon, and on the course playing golf.”

Both the boys and girls golf programs have taken advantage of some “Birdie Ball” putting greens purchased last year to practice their chipping and putting skills.

“[The Birdie Ball greens] are really nice, and have been good for the players to work on putting and chipping on a product that is almost like putting on a real green,” said Johnson.

Outside of that, however, the teams are limited to hitting driver and irons into a net.

“It can be difficult hitting indoors into a net mere feet in front of you,” said Johnson. “It would be different if we had a golf simulator where they could follow the flight path on the screen.”

Nevertheless, said Johnson, the attitude of his players has been as positive as it can be.

“Obviously, we would like to be outside on the course,” he said. “But the boys have handled it well.”

Jude Link participates in National Wrestling Duals

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA – DC eighth-grader Jude Link competed on one of two Minnesota teams at the  2018 Heartland USA National Middle School Duals held in Council Bluffs, Iowa last weekend.

Link qualified by winning his weight bracket (125) at the MN Folkstyle State Tournament a couple of weeks ago. He was subsequently named to the Minnesota Thunder team for the National dual meet.

Link went 4-3 overall in the tournament, wrestling some top-notch competition for his age bracket, said DC head wrestling coach Bryan Clemen.

The MN Thunder team placed seventh at the tournament.

For more information, check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch.

Olivia Travis signs with St. Cloud St. for swimming

COKATO – DC standout girls swimmer Olivia Travis has signed to swim with NCAA Division II St. Cloud St. Travis had a stellar career at DC, finishing as the Charger record-holder in the 100 Backstroke, and advancing to the state tournament in a number of events over her career. Look for more information in next week’s Enterprise Dispatch.