Delano baseball team recognized for sportsmanship

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO — The Delano 14/15 A Baseball Team was chosen for the Youth 1st Team award for sportsmanship for its sportsmanship during the 2018 Owatonna Baseball Tournaments.

The Youth 1st Team Award recognizes positive behavior from players, coaches and everyone associated with the team, including parents, fans and spectators.

“We are placing the emphasis on how you play the game, which is ultimately more important than if you win or lose,” said Mark Arjes, Founder/Director of Youth 1st. “It has become increasingly difficult to find and retain coaches and officials for youth sports because of the abuse that they take during games. We believe it is time to model and encourage values-based actions, creating what we call a Conduct 1st environment, where the focus is on the kids, competitive energies are kept in check, and officials and opponents are respected.”

The Delano team accepted the award from Youth 1st representative Todd Dufault Monday at Dave Zitzloff Field in Delano.

Good Sports The team members are (front, from left) Adam Schultz, Sam Rietow, Joey Drinkwitz, Gavin Carson, Ryan Rasmussen, Ethan Ring and Aidan Stigman; and back row: assistant coach Jim Mika, assistant coach Ryan Drinkwitz, Tyler Uecker, Jackson Erwin, Alex Mika, Cole Esler, head coach Tyler Ring, Youth 1st representative Todd Dufault and Assistant Coach Mike Erwin. Not Pictured is David Boecker. Photo submitted

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The team members are (front, from left) Adam Schultz, Sam Rietow, Joey Drinkwitz, Gavin Carson, Ryan Rasmussen, Ethan Ring and Aidan Stigman; and back row: assistant coach Jim Mika, assistant coach Ryan Drinkwitz, Tyler Uecker, Jackson Erwin, Alex Mika, Cole Esler, head coach Tyler Ring, Youth 1st representative Todd Dufault and Assistant Coach Mike Erwin. Not Pictured is David Boecker.
Photo submitted

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