I cringe at the thought of the sports abyss, a perceived time between more traditional sports seasons when “I’m bored” starts to fester, not only at this stage of summer but in sports circles where the suspense of the new season couldn’t come fast enough.
Just because we aren’t quite in the weekly madness that is the regular season of the NFL, mixed in with a pennant race in Major League Baseball, regular seasons beginning with the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association, there is plenty of sports action going on to justify this as perhaps the best time of the year.
Count me in the group that enjoys it all, no matter the season. Last week saw the continuation of the townball playoffs and Legion tournaments took place across the state, including at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington for Junior Legion State. Hopkins pulled out a 11-10 win over Excelsior in the championship on Sunday afternoon. The Millers strung together two big rallies to collect the hardware including a six-run second inning and a five-run seventh inning.
Several youth sports have wrapped up for the summer – too many to single out here – with tournaments at the local, state and national levels.
St. Louis Park’s standout swimmer Hayden Zheng, while competing for AquaJets swim team, earned a pair of fourth place finishes at the Speedo Series stop in Minneapolis (University of Minnesota) in late July. He was fourth in the 100-meter long course breaststroke in 1:03.37 and fourth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.65. In the 100 backstroke prelims he was 42nd in 1:00.77 and 10th in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:10.90.
Speedo Junior Nationals in Palo Alto, California at Stanford University began Monday, after this is edition went to press. Zheng qualified in three events including the 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM.
Baseball in Benin
St. Louis Park’s Little League found success at the Baseball in Benin (West Africa) wood bat tournament in Robbinsdale with the 10-year-olds winning their respective division. The 12 Select Orange team was third in the 11-12-year-old division.
The tournament helps raise funds to help bring baseball to the West African nation and also allow the Benin children an opportunity to play.
SPAM FC Scholarship
SPAM FC, the St. Louis Park-based men’s soccer club is accepting applications through Aug. 18 for the 2020 scholarship program. The program is open to incoming freshmen and current college students who grew up playing soccer in St. Louis Park. Complete a form at spamfc.com (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) to apply for one of six scholarships.
Since 2014, SPAM FC has granted 33 scholarships totally near $30,000. This year the goal is to donate $20,000 with $2,500 each in the Leth Hong and Damian McManus Scholarships and $2,000 each in the Evan McManus, Kai Gerhardson and STEM Scholarships. Multiple SPAM FC Scholarships will be presented for $609 each.
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