Local Names & News
UMD recruit pegged for Hlinka tourney
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound forward was selected from a group of 1997-born players trying out for the annual USA Hockey Select 17 Festival.
The tournament runs Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
The U.S. head coach is UMD assistant Derek Plante.
Sister City Soccer Cup wraps up
Teams from Vaxjo, Sweden, beat two local sides in Sister City Soccer Cup championships Wednesday at Stebner Fields in Hermantown.
The annual competition, part of the Duluth-Vaxjo Soccer Exchange, pits Swedish and Northland teams against each other.
Sweden beat the U.S. 4-1 in the U-16 girls championship and beat a Denfeld team 2-0 in the final of the U-15 boys division, while a U.S. squad won 2-0 in the U-15 girls final. East Select Soccer won a shootout against a U.S. team in the boys U-16 title game.
Duluth hosted the two-week soccer exchange this summer, as it does every even-numbered year. The get-together returns to Sweden in 2015.
Andrews part of HOF class
The late Superior boxer Al Andrews is one of six to be inducted into the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame during a fifth annual banquet Oct. 3 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minn.
Andrews, who grew up in Oliver and fought out of Duluth as a middleweight for seven years during the 1950s, compiled a record of 45-36-2 with five knockouts. He defeated the likes of Gil Turner and Chuck Davey, twice, and also fought former world champions Carmen Basilio, Joey Giardello, Willie Pastrano, Virgil Akins and Gene Fullmer.
Andrews died at age 81 on Dec. 22, 2012, in Mellen, Wis.
Joining Andrews in the 2014 class are Bobby Rodriguez, who also is entering through the Hall’s Modern Category, Jack Gibbons and King Tut (Henry Tuttle), elected through the Old Timer Category for those who excelled in the sport prior to 1945, as well as longtime boxing official Jim O’Hara and trainer Jim Morgan.
And in a new addition to the program, Caleb Truax and Tony Grygelko will be honored as fighter and promoter of the year, respectively.
Tickets to the banquet are $65 and available through www.mnbhof.org.