James Strand has been named the most valuable member of the Brainerd Warrior boys' track and field team.
Other award winners
Most improved senior: Nick Edwards
Most improved junior: Nate Tyner
Most improved sophomores: Justin Tyner, Tim Yeh
Most improved freshman: Luke Delaney
Borgwarth Award: Matt Posch
2005 school records set -- Nick Edwards, pole vault, 13-6; James Strand, 300 intermediate hurdles, 39.9
All-Central Lakes Conference -- Chris Woodard, Will Kassulker, Nick Edwards, Matt Posch, Ty Hunt, James Strand, Nick Mangan, Scott Badeaux, Riley Cullinane, David Beilke, John Haberman, Joe Anhalt, Tyler DeRosier, Tim Yeh, Luke Delaney
Scholar all-conference -- Chris Woodard, Nick Lesmeister, Korey Horn, Pete Hiltner
Minnesota all-state -- Will Kassulker, James Strand
Minnesota Track Coaches Association Academic All-State -- Chris Woodard, James Strand, Joe Anhalt, David Beilke, John Haberman, Tim Yeh
Brainerd Dispatch Scholar Athletes -- Aric Anderson, Mike Henschke, Korey Horn, Nick Lesmeister, Chris Woodard
Pierz leads C-I junior high basketball
Pierz leads both divisions of the Crosby-Ironton junior high fast break girls' basketball league.
In seventh grade games Sunday, C-I beat Aitkin 20-11, C-I beat Brainerd 26-20 as Katie Swanhorst scored 11 points for C-I and Pierz beat Aitkin 32-23 as Kelsey Meyer scored 14 points and Chelsea Trapp 10 for Pierz.
Pierz is 2-0, C-I 2-1, Brainerd 1-1 and Aitkin 0-3.
In eighth grade games June 5, Aitkin beat C-I 27-24 in overtime as Amy Johnson had 10 points for C-I and Emily Mehr nine for Aitkin, C-I defeated Brainerd 22-20 and Pierz beat Aitkin 35-31 as Sara Hoge had 14 points and Kelsey Klucas 12 for Aitkin and Gabrielle Boser had 13 for Pierz.
Pierz is 2-0, Brainerd 1-1 and Aitkin and C-I are 1-2.
Twins sign top draft pick, six others
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins signed top draft pick Matt Garza on Monday, as well as six other picks from the 2005 draft.
Garza, a right-handed pitcher from Fresno State, was selected 25th overall after going 6-5 with a 3.07 ERA and 120 strikeouts last year. Terms were not released.
Garza will be assigned to the Twins' rookie league team in Elizabethton, Tenn.
"We are excited to have signed Matt because we feel he is a fierce competitor who can become a quality starting pitcher in the big leagues," Twins' scouting director Mike Radcliff said.
The Twins also signed second-round picks Paul Kelly, a shortstop, and Kevin Slowey, a pitcher, third-round pitcher Ryan Mullins, 10th-round third baseman Matthew Betsill and 19th-round catcher Sean Richardson.
The Twins also signed Toby Gardenhire, the son of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, whom they selected in the 41st round with the 1,242nd pick overall. Radcliff said the shortstop will begin at Elizabethton. He said the younger Gardenhire is a solid defensive player who could advance if he gets stronger and improves his hitting.
Edinger returns to Vikings camp a papa
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings kicker Paul Edinger returned to developmental camp on Monday as a proud papa.
Edinger missed last week's developmental camp to be with his wife, who gave birth to the couple's first child. Daughter Kevyn was born on Saturday.
Back in purple on Monday, Edinger said he is still getting used to his new surroundings. The former Chicago Bear signed with the Vikings in May.
"It still feels like the first day," Edinger said. "I'm still trying to learn names."
Edinger is in competition with Aaron Elling for the kicking job.
"It's going to be up to the coach. He's got a little bit stronger leg than me," Edinger said of Elling, who has showcased that leg strength on kickoffs in practice. "When we're on the field, I can't worry about him and what he's doing."
Oregon State, Baylor return to CWS
The College World Series is practically an annual destination for Texas and Arizona State. For most of the other six teams in college baseball's championship round, Omaha is largely unfamiliar territory.
Oregon State, the No. 8 national seed, is making its second trip to the round of eight -- and first since 1952. The Beavers (46-10), 0-2 all-time in College World Series games, will take on top-seeded Tulane (55-10) on Saturday.
The Green Wave have also been to the series just once before, in 2001, when they went 1-2.
Baylor (44-22), the No. 4 seed, is headed to the round of eight for the first time since 1978. The Bears also made the trip in 1977, but are 0-4 in College World Series play. They'll try to get their first win Saturday when they take on frequent Omaha visitor and fellow Big 12 school, Texas.
The Longhorns (51-16) are making their record 32nd College World Series appearance, fifth in six years and fourth in a row. They have 73 wins in the CWS, one off Southern California's record. Texas, the No. 5 seed, is the only school returning to Omaha from last year's field.
Tennessee, which upset No. 2 seed Georgia Tech in the super regionals, will take on Florida in the CWS opener on Friday. The Volunteers (46-19) are making just their fourth appearance, and first since 2001.
The Gators (45-20), the No. 7 seed, are in Omaha for the fifth time overall, but first since 1998.
Local favorite Nebraska (56-13) is making its third trip overall -- all in the past five years -- but first since 2002. The Cornhuskers, the No. 3 seed, will take Arizona State (39-23) on Friday.
The Sun Devils upset defending national champion Cal State Fullerton.
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