Notebook: Opening day approaching for soccer, volleyball

Eagan girls soccer players went through drills during the first week of practice under new head coach Shari Lenz. The Wildcats will begin their season at home against Blake at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

If you’re itching to see high school events, you won’t have much longer to wait.

Soccer and volleyball matches can be played starting Thursday, Aug. 22, with one of the featured games being defending Class AA boys soccer champion Stillwater visiting Eastview at 7 p.m. Henry Sibley plays Apple Valley at Johnny Cake Ridge Park, also at 7 p.m. Lakeville North and Lakeville South face potential Section 1AA boys soccer opponents, with North at home against Rochester Mayo and South playing host to Rochester Century. Defending South Suburban Conference boys soccer champion Farmington travels to Owatonna for its opener at 7 p.m. Aug. 22.

Burnsville is home against South St. Paul and Eagan will be host to Woodbury in 5 p.m. boys soccer games.

Girls soccer openers include Simley at Burnsville and Blake at Eagan, both at 7 p.m. The Eagan-Blake game marks the debut of new Wildcats head coach Shari Lenz, who takes over a team that finished third in the 2018 Class AA tournament. Lenz is director of coaching for the Eagan Wave Soccer Club.

Apple Valley is home against Tartan, Chanhassen visits Lakeville North and Stillwater goes to Rosemount in girls soccer games that start at 5 p.m. Aug. 22. John Christiansen will coach his first game with the Apple Valley girls after succeeding Keith Randa, who had been the Eagles’ head coach for 29 years.

Hopkins is at Lakeville North at 7 p.m. in season-opening volleyball matches Aug. 22. Eagan and Lakeville South, which finished second and third in last year’s state Class 3A tourney, play their first matches Aug. 27, with Eagan at home against Bloomington Jefferson and South at home against Tartan.

Girls tennis matches can begin as early as Friday, and several teams will be in action right away. They include Lakeville North, which is home against Hutchinson at 9 a.m. Burnsville will have an unusual split tennis doubleheader, playing host to Hastings in a non-conference match at 10 a.m. and taking on Farmington at home in a South Suburban Conference match at 3:30 p.m.

Welch sisters place 2nd

Lakeville sisters Megan and Emma Welch finished second in the Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship last week at Elk River Golf Club.

They were the first-round leaders in the 36-hole tournament, shooting 69 – the only score below 70 in the event – to hold a two-stroke lead. Megan shot 1-over-par 73 in the opening round and Emma shot 75. They combined for six birdies for their best-ball score of 69.

The Welches shot 74 in the second round and were passed by another sister duo, Stephanie and Leah Herzog of Red Wing, who finished at 71-70–141 for a two-stroke victory.

Megan Welch, a three-time top-10 finisher for Lakeville North at the state high school Class 3A tournament, will be a sophomore at Bradley University this fall. Emma Welch, who will be a junior at North, tied for eighth in the 2019 state tourney and helped lead the Panthers to sixth place in the team competition.

It’s the second consecutive year Megan Welch has finished in the top two at the MGA Women’s Four-Ball. She teamed with Taylor Ledwein, also a Bradley University player, to win the 2018 tournament.

Golf fees go back to the ’70s

Valleywood Golf Course is rolling back its green fees to 1970s levels for one day – Monday, Aug. 19. It’s in recognition of Apple Valley’s 50th anniversary, and it’s also a fundraiser for Youth on Course, a program designed to give children access to golf courses for reduced fees.

Golfers who play at Valleywood next Monday are asked to donate the difference between that day’s green fee and the course’s regular green fee to Youth on Course. Valleywood is one of several dozen courses in Minnesota – Birnamwood in Burnsville, Heritage Links in Lakeville and Southern Hills in Farmington are others – that participate in Youth on Course, where boys and girls ages 6-18 can play for $5 or less.

If you’re itching to see high school events, you won’t have much longer to wait.Soccer and volleyball matches can be played starting Thursday, Aug. 22, with one of the featured games being defending Class AA boys soccer champion Stillwater visiting Eastview at 7 p.m. Henry Sibley plays Apple Valley at Johnny Cake Ridge Park, also at 7 p.m. Lakeville North and Lakeville South face potential Section 1AA boys soccer opponents, with North at home against Rochester Mayo and South playing host to Rochester Century. Defending South Suburban Conference boys soccer champion Farmington travels to Owatonna for its opener at 7 p.m. Aug. 22.Burnsville is home against South St. Paul and Eagan will be host to Woodbury in 5 p.m. boys soccer games.Girls soccer openers include Simley at Burnsville and Blake at Eagan, both at 7 p.m. The Eagan-Blake game marks the debut of new Wildcats head coach Shari Lenz, who takes over a team that finished third in the 2018 Class AA tournament. Lenz is director of coaching for the Eagan Wave Soccer Club.Apple Valley is home against Tartan, Chanhassen visits Lakeville North and Stillwater goes to Rosemount in girls soccer games that start at 5 p.m. Aug. 22. John Christiansen will coach his first game with the Apple Valley girls after succeeding Keith Randa, who had been the Eagles’ head coach for 29 years.Hopkins is at Lakeville North at 7 p.m. in season-opening volleyball matches Aug. 22. Eagan and Lakeville South, which finished second and third in last year’s state Class 3A tourney, play their first matches Aug. 27, with Eagan at home against Bloomington Jefferson and South at home against Tartan.Girls tennis matches can begin as early as Friday, and several teams will be in action right away. They include Lakeville North, which is home against Hutchinson at 9 a.m. Burnsville will have an unusual split tennis doubleheader, playing host to Hastings in a non-conference match at 10 a.m. and taking on Farmington at home in a South Suburban Conference match at 3:30 p.m.

Welch sisters place 2ndLakeville sisters Megan and Emma Welch finished second in the Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship last week at Elk River Golf Club.They were the first-round leaders in the 36-hole tournament, shooting 69 – the only score below 70 in the event – to hold a two-stroke lead. Megan shot 1-over-par 73 in the opening round and Emma shot 75. They combined for six birdies for their best-ball score of 69.The Welches shot 74 in the second round and were passed by another sister duo, Stephanie and Leah Herzog of Red Wing, who finished at 71-70–141 for a two-stroke victory.Megan Welch, a three-time top-10 finisher for Lakeville North at the state high school Class 3A tournament, will be a sophomore at Bradley University this fall. Emma Welch, who will be a junior at North, tied for eighth in the 2019 state tourney and helped lead the Panthers to sixth place in the team competition.It’s the second consecutive year Megan Welch has finished in the top two at the MGA Women’s Four-Ball. She teamed with Taylor Ledwein, also a Bradley University player, to win the 2018 tournament.

Golf fees go back to the ’70sValleywood Golf Course is rolling back its green fees to 1970s levels for one day – Monday, Aug. 19. It’s in recognition of Apple Valley’s 50th anniversary, and it’s also a fundraiser for Youth on Course, a program designed to give children access to golf courses for reduced fees.Golfers who play at Valleywood next Monday are asked to donate the difference between that day’s green fee and the course’s regular green fee to Youth on Course. Valleywood is one of several dozen courses in Minnesota – Birnamwood in Burnsville, Heritage Links in Lakeville and Southern Hills in Farmington are others – that participate in Youth on Course, where boys and girls ages 6-18 can play for $5 or less.

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