Sports

Blaine junior Alex Williams was in line to set a new state record in the 100-meter hurdles after a prelim time of 14.22. She beat the previous record of 14.32, set by Richfield standout Jessica January in 2012. A stumble on the wet track at Hamline University didn’t help Williams finish strong, but she settled for an eighth place finish in 17.61 seconds during Saturday’s Class AA finals.

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It was fitting that Anoka senior Megan Lindenfelser was so involved in Anoka’s bid for its first state softball tournament trophy.
Lindenfelser struck out 10 in nine innings as the winning pitcher and drove in the decisive run in Anoka’s 3-2 win against North St. Paul in the Class AAA third place game at Caswell Park in Mankato Friday afternoon.

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Anoka’s varsity softball team isn’t ready to call it a season. The Tornadoes beat No. 2 Forest Lake 10-3 to win the Section 7AAA title and the program’s first trip to the state softball tournament.

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Legacy Christian freshman Josh Peterson helped the No. 3 seeded Lions open the Section 5A tournament with an 8-0 win against No. 6 North Lakes Academy in Andover May 23. Peterson no-hit North Lakes, struck out 16 batters, walked one and hit one batter.

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This year’s Anoka Letterman’s Club scholarship banquet took on a familiar tone as recent Minnesota Football Coaches Association hall of fame inductee Dave Nelson shared a heartfelt message from growing up in one of Anoka’s most well-known families to his coaching days at Blaine and Minnetonka.

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If high school teams could accept sponsorship deals, Starburst might want to check out the Anoka softball team.
What started out as a home run incentive of being tossed a Starburst from fourth-year coach Toni Jesinoski has blossomed into a reward for reaching third base.

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