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Cornell senior baseball player Ryan Nordtvedt of Cottage Grove was honored as the 2012-13 Sportsman of the Year at Cornell College's Athletics Recognition Program on May 6 in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Nordtvedt, a 2008 graduate of Park High School, was recognized for athletic achievement and campus and community engagement during his four years at Cornell.
As the 2013 session nears completion, I am becoming more and more disappointed with the number of taxes and fees legislative Democrats are choosing to raise on all hard-working taxpayers. They told us they were going to "tax the rich," so none of us were all that surprised when they targeted income tax rates on the top 1 or 2 percent of wage earners in this state. But then we discovered that people in every tax bracket-- including the poor -- are subject to income tax hikes.
Scoreboard - Thursday, May 16 BASEBALL Suburban East Conference Thursday, May 16 Woodbury 7, Forest Lake 5 Forest Lake 001 310 0 - 5 11 0 Woodbury 100 303 0 - 7 11 4 W-Yan. S-Sharp. Highlights: WB, Winter 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI. SOFTBALL Suburban East Conference Thursday, May 16 Forest Lake 2, Woodbury 0 Woodbury 000 000 0 - 0 3 1 Forest Lake 001 001 x - 2 3 1 W-LaCasse. L-Pantilla. Highlights: FL, Alexa Bremer 2-3, RBI, run. Forest Lake 10, Woodbury 1 Forest Lake 001 003 6 - 10 11 0 Woodbury 100 000 0 - 1 6 3 W-LaCasse. L-Balsimo. S-Osvick.
Park High School students will don their finest Saturday evening. The school's prom is set for Saturday, May 18. The grand march will start at 4 p.m. Saturday at the school gym in Cottage Grove. Prom runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Prom Center in Oakdale. The theme for this year's Park prom is "A Midsummer's Dream."
The Park softball team advanced to the second round of the Section 3AAA playoffs with a 4-1 win over eighth-seeded Simley on the road Wednesday. Park, the ninth seed, broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take control of the game. After Simley junior pitcher Erin Millerbernd held Park (7-6) to three hits and no runs through six innings, Simley (11-5) brought in freshman Abby Kain for the seventh inning.
Scoreboard - Wednesday, May 15 ADAPTED SOFTBALL CI Division Wednesday, May 15 South Washington County 14, Minneapolis Roosevelt 6 BASEBALL Suburban East Conference Wednesday, May 15 East Ridge 13, Roseville 12 East Ridge 400 306 0 - 13 Roseville 243 003 0 - 12 W-Stoxen. L-Stoehr. Highlights: ER, Gregory 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 walks. Roseville 9, East Ridge 6 Roseville 300 021 03 - 9 East Ridge 100 041 00 - 6 W-Buerkle. L-Schmit.
A newly signed law bans formaldehyde from children's products. Things such as shampoo, lotion and bubble bath now may contain the toxic substance, but they will not be allowed to be on store shelves after Aug. 1, 2015.
The Park softball team has been crushing the ball lately. The Wolfpack has scored 52 runs in their past three games and are riding a three-game win streak as they head into the playoffs. Most recently, Park beat Suburban East Conference foe Roseville 10-2 on Tuesday in Roseville. The win came on the heels of 15-11 and 27-13 wins over Cretin-Derham Hall on Monday. (Yes, 27-13). In the win over Roseville (4-11; 4-11 SEC), Park scored all 10 of its runs in the final three innings, overcoming a 1-0 deficit.
I'll keep this brief. When you're done reading this you'll know why. For student-athletes, coaches and administrators it's been a rough spring. The historically foul weather has wreaked havoc with spring sports. The sporadic schedule has made things tough on sports reporters, too. I've received a number of concerns from readers wondering why there hasn't been much coverage of their favorite team or sport in recent weeks. One reason is, because of the bad weather, we went without high school sporting events for an unusual number of weeks.
Every two years, the Department of Education requires the district to survey our students to gather information about student participation and interest in athletics. The district is evaluating its athletic programs because of its commitment to providing equal opportunities under the regulations of Title IX and Minnesota Statute 126.21. This is a required survey mandated by the state. I am asking all students currently in 7th through 11th grade to complete the survey (seniors do not have to fill it out).