Herd’s notebook

Sports Reporter
Sam is the sports reporter for ABC Newspapers, covering high school, junior college and community sports in the area. He joined the staff in October 2016.

Observations, thoughts and notes from the last week in local, regional and national sports:

Blaine sophomore golfer Caleb VanArragon shot a 9-under-par round of 63 to win the Blaine Invitational on Monday. His score is believed to be a state boys’ high school record, according to the Star Tribune.

Blaine’s National Sports Center has been selected to host the USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7’s National Championships from Aug. 12-13.

Thirty-two teams will compete in one of the newest Olympic sports. Rugby Sevens made its Olympic debut in the 2016 Summer Games.

“USA Rugby is beyond thrilled to host Club 7’s in a professional venue such as the National Sports Center,” USA Rugby National Championships Manager James Wilber said in a press release. “We believe the venue and our local hosts are going to deliver a memorable Club 7s National Championship.”

Tickets are $23 for a weekend pass or $15 per day. They will be available for purchase soon.

“While the National Sports Center has a proud history of hosting major rugby events, this is our first time hosting a rugby sevens tournament,” said Darin Thompson, the NSC’s Senior Director of Sport Services. “Coming off the sport’s debut at the Rio Olympic Games last year, we’re expecting a lot of fan interest.”

Anoka-Ramsey Community College sophomore women’s basketball player Rashonna Thomas was named to the NJCAA Division III All-America Second Team.

The Golden Rams were 20-10 this season behind Thomas’ 21.5 points, four rebounds, 3.1 steals and 1.7 assists per game.

Arcc finished fourth in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament.

The United States Hockey League announced April 13 the All-USHL teams, USHL All-Rookie teams, USHL All-Academic team, Scholar-Athlete Award and Curt Hammer Award recipients.

Isaac Johnson, a former Anoka standout and Des Moines Buccaneers forward, was named to the All-Rookie First Team.

Johnson helped the Buccaneers earn a spot in the Clark Cup Playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. In 47 games in 2016-17, Johnson finished with 28 points (14G, 14A), ranking fifth among all USHL rookies. His 14 goals were good for fourth among all rookies, while his 14th assists tied for 10th among rookies.

Johnson was named to the U.S. Junior Select Team for the World Junior A Challenge, where he helped Team USA to a gold medal.

Raymond Twumasi, a senior at St. John’s and Coon Rapids native, was the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s outdoor track athlete of the week.

He won the triple jump at the SJU Invitational on April 8 with a season-best distance, and personal record, of 14.13 meters, which is good for first in the MIAC and 19th in NCAA Division III.

Twumasi is a five-time All-MIAC honoree (two indoors, three indoors) in triple jump.

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