St. Cloud State to drop football program (updated information)

St.Cloud State University is dropping its football program effective with the 2020 season. The University made the announcement Tuesday after a meeting with coaches, players and athletic department officials. St.Cloud State has been struggling with budget problems which in 2016 led to the elimination of men’s and women’s tennis, women’s Nordic skiing, men’s cross-country and men’s indoor/outdoor track and field. The 2016 cuts also forced the football program to trim its roster size in order to meet Title IX’s federal gender-equity rules. Along with football, men’s and women’s golf are also being eliminated and men’s soccer is being added. St. Cloud State … Continue reading St. Cloud State to drop football program (updated information)

Concordia-St. Paul’s Laudet a finalist for Fred Mitchell placekickers award

CHICAGO, Ill. – Concordia-St. Paul kicker/punter Danny Laudet will continue the Golden Bear football legacy of nationally-recognized placekickers, being named a Fred Mitchell Award Top-10 Finalist. Laudet joins former teammate Jonas Schenderlein (2017 & 2018) and 2014 Mitchell Award winner Tom Obarski as the program has had a national finalist four times in the past six years. The Fred Mitchell Most Outstanding Placekicker Award recognizes placekickers for their excellence on the football field for the 2019 season and for continued community service during their collegiate careers. The recipient of the 2019 Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December. Laudet … Continue reading Concordia-St. Paul’s Laudet a finalist for Fred Mitchell placekickers award

“Rebirth” of the Minneapolis Lakers

By Wally Langfellow Photos by Paul Langfellow In 1947, pro basketball came to Minnesota in the form of the Minneapolis Lakers. Led by Hall of Famer George Mikan the Lakers were one of the NBA’s elite teams in the 1950’s before relocating to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 NBA season.  Some 52 years later the Minneapolis Lakers name was revived and is now being proudly adorned on the powder blue and gold jerseys of 4th through 8th grade youth basketball players in Minneapolis. “We wanted a name that honored some heritage that people can be proud of and get … Continue reading “Rebirth” of the Minneapolis Lakers

Twins’ Nelson Cruz wins Edgar Martinez Award

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins were informed today that Nelson Cruz has been named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Award for most Outstanding Designated Hitter of 2019. The 39-year-old joins Chili Davis (1991) and Paul Molitor (1996) as the only Twins to ever win the award. This marks Cruz’s second time winning the award after earning it in 2017 as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Cruz played in 120 games, hitting .311 (141-for-454) with 26 doubles, 41 home runs, 108 RBI, 81 runs scored, 56 walks and a 1.031 OPS – the best of his 15-year … Continue reading Twins’ Nelson Cruz wins Edgar Martinez Award