Minnesota Sports Blog

Willmar ironman: Ace hurler had 29 of team’s 30 wins in state championship season of 1934

November 29, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 1989 Shortly after the turn of the century, the name Denzer was synonymous with baseball around LeSueur, Minnesota, in leagues where players arrived via bicycle for games played on pastures. That Denzer name would become prominent again…

Prep Bowl champs: Osseo, STMA, Becker, Pierz, Caledonia, Minneota, Grand Meadow

November 20, 2015 in Minnesota Roundups

by Bruce Strand The state's marquee team was absent for once, as 10-time big-school champion Eden Prairie was felled two weeks earlier, but several other…

Zach Parise at 16: Leader of Shattuck-SM national champs is aiming high

November 18, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

By Bruce Strand, 2001 (Faribault Daily News athlete of the week) The national championship earned by the Shattuck-St. Mary's hockey team last weekend…

Flamethrower: Gilbert Aase, 93, was dazzling hurler whose arm and dream burned out early

November 22, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  by Bruce Strand, 2002 With the Twins about to enter the playoffs for the first time since 1991, one of the most interested observers in Faribault will be Gilbert Aase, 93, who's been a baseball fan for so long that when he talks about how hard that…

Anyway, they got the whole IX yards

November 15, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

By Bruce Strand, 2012   In this 40th anniversary year of Title IX, a stealthy little document that changed the landscape of American sports, the feminists who made it possible seem shunted to the background. Right-wing critics love to crow about how feminists…

Sports art by Bruce Strand

November 14, 2015 in Sports Art

Capital career: State government is exhilarating game for ex-Montgomery & Johnnie star Victor Moore

November 14, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 2002 March Madness is upon us, and if you ask Vic Moore to hearken back to the Marches of his youth at Montgomery High School, he can summon up some thrilling memories of March. Stinging disappointments, too. "I was fortunate to grow…

‘Thwack!’ is back: Metal ejected for a more pure, safe game, but wood bats are tough on treasuries

November 14, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 2002 About 25 years ago, a sweet sound disappeared from amateur baseball parks — the "thwack!" of a horsehide-wrapped baseball struck solidly by a bat made from an ash tree. During the 1970's wooden bats so familiar to ex-players…

State football semifinals: dandy dozen for Prep Bowl includes Osseo, slayer of giant-killer Totino-Grace

November 14, 2015 in Minnesota Roundups

Class 6A: Osseo slays giant-killer Totino-Grace, reaches Prep Bowl against East Ridge Six days after Totino-Grace ended Eden Prairie's four-year reign as big school state football champion, the parochial school that's playing "up" two classes saw its own title…

From Grow & Karvonen to Broman & Dahlman: the parade of state scoring kings & queens

November 13, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 2013 Norm Grow of Foley was the first to wear the crown and he held it the longest, 22 years. Janet Karvonen of New York Mills was next and she held it the second-longest, 11 years. After that, the title of most career points in Minnesota…