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There's a familiar face back throwing batting practice to Park baseball players this season. Former head coach Reid Tschumperlin rejoined the Wolfpack this season as an assistant coach under first-year head coach John McGowan. On Friday Tschumperlin threw to hitters in the cage and even took a line drive off his arm, but even that didn't seem to bother him after a two-year coaching absence. "In a weird way it's kind of part of baseball," Tschumperlin said.
ST. PAUL -- A debate about education funding goes beyond helping individual students: There is widespread agreement that a better education system would help the economy. However, there is less agreement about how to achieve those improvements. Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, tied the economy and education together Tuesday as the Minnesota House voted 83-50 to approve a $15.7 billion, two-year funding bill for schools.
It didn't take long for RJ Alowonle to make an impact in Chapel Hill. Alowonle, a 2012 Park graduate and one of the greatest male track and field athletes in Minnesota history, finished with two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship titles at the 2013 ACC Outdoor Championships on Saturday, April 20, at North Carolina State University. Alowonle, a freshman at the University of North Carolina, finished in first place in the men's 400-meter hurdles and helped the Tar Heels' 1600-meter relay team win the ACC championship.
Tom Westling summer tennis lessons Tom Westling, a Professional Tennis Registry certified teaching pro, is offering tennis lesson for kids of all ages and abilities this summer at the East Ridge High School tennis courts. Session One beings June 11, Session Two starts July 9 and Session Three begins Aug. 6. Each session is comprised of six lessons. The cost is $67 per session.
The South Washington County Thunderbolts softball team has started the season 2-2 and currently sit in a tie for third place in the eight-team CI South Division. The Thunderbolts registered wins over Chanhassen/Chaska/Prior Lake/Shakopee and New Prague and fell to Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville and Dakota United. Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (3-0) sits in first place in the league, followed by Dakota United (2-1). The Thunderbolts opened the season with an 8-2 win over Chanhassen/Chaska/Prior Lake/Shakopee at East Ridge High School.
The Park boys tennis team kicked off the season last week. Despite the foul weather and snow on the ground, Park got in a pair of matches and went 1-1. The Wolfpack fell 4-3 to Hastings in a Suburban East Conference showdown on Tuesday, then bounced back to beat Bloomington Kennedy 7-0 on Wednesday in a non-conference match. Matches with East Ridge and Woodbury were rescheduled, because of Thursday's snowfall. "I thought we played very solid for our first match of the season versus Hastings," Park head coach Tony Townsend said.
The East Ridge boys tennis team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 5-2 Suburban East Conference victory over Roseville on the road last week. East Ridge won three of its four singles matches and two of the three doubles contests for the win. Last year, East Ridge fell 4-3 to the Raiders, losing three three-set matches. "I'm proud of my guys for winning three of three tie-breakers," East Ridge head coach Suzie Heideman said. "I was very proud of my team." In singles, the Raptors' No.
Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel said, at this point, he's taking a "wait-and-see" approach to the idea of leaving the Suburban East Conference for the Classic Suburban Conference. In March, Richfield High School chose to leave the Classic Suburban in order to be part of the new Metro West Conference, starting the 2014-15 school year. Last week, the Classic Suburban also voted to kick St. Thomas Academy out. The vote was reportedly held up by a conference bylaw, however, the CSC is now voting to change the bylaw and it seems likely St.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health-care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals around the state. Most Democrats favored the bill while most Republicans opposed it. Highlighting debate was an amendment by Rep. Will Morgan, DFL-Burnsville, that the Democrat-controlled House put on the overall bill to change how funding would be distributed to hospitals. Time after time Republican lawmakers asked Morgan how his amendment would affect hospitals.
Fleeing A 14-year-old Cottage Grove male was referred to the Youth Service Bureau after he was caught fleeing from police on March 8. The youth had been riding a dirt bike near Hillside Trail and Isle Avenue. Two juveniles fled when police arrived, according to the report. Theft Kohl's, 7990 Hardwood Ave., reported a shoplifting incident March 27. A 20-year-old Cottage Grove woman was cited for shoplifting after she took merchandise valued at $96. A Cottage Grove woman reported March 27 that her wallet was stolen from her residence in the 7700 block of Hearthside Avenue.