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Mueller charges to win in UMSS sprints A hard-charging Mike Mueller won the Upper Midwest Sprint Series traditional sprints race on a muggy Sunday night at Proctor Speedway.
Mueller, of Stacy, Minn., grabbed the lead midway through the 25-lap race and, following a caution with nine laps remaining, hung on to claim the night’s main event.
In the traditional non-winged sprints, all-time UMSS feature winner Brooke Tatnell of Forest Lake, Minn., slithered to the front of the pack late in the race en route to his 26th UMSS feature victory.
In other action Sunday at Proctor, Jake Gondik of Foxboro won the WISSOTA Midwest Modified race, while E.J. Hietala of Cloquet was first in the WISSOTA Modified race.
Dukes win pair of league games Offense was in abundance Sunday for the Duluth Dukes, who scored 29 runs while sweeping an Upper 13 League doubleheader from host Port Wing (Wis.).
The Dukes broke open Game 1 in the top of the eighth inning after the Boilers forced extra innings with a two-run seventh. Cody Kurta’s three-run homer capped Duluth’s explosive eighth, which featured eight unanswered runs that resulted in a 16-8 victory for the visitors.
In the nightcap, Jake Lewis pitched the Dukes to a five-inning 13-3 win. Lewis went the distance, allowing six hits to go with six strikeouts. Jimmy Merling, who had four hits and five RBIs in the opener, came back with two more hits in the second game, including a home run.
Rapids' Peterson among locals headed to NHL camps
Grand Rapids’ Avery Peterson, Minnesota’s
Mr. Hockey and USA Today’s All-USA Hockey Player of the Year in 2013-14, is among a number of local players who have been invited to prospect camps with their respective NHL teams.
Peterson will participate in the Minnesota Wild’s camp that starts Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center. The forward, who will play collegiately at Nebraska-Omaha, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Wild last summer.
It will be the second time Peterson has taken part in the camp.
-- Other players with local ties that are — or were — in camps include Minnesota Duluth’s Alex Iafallo (Wild); UMD’s Carson Soucy (Wild); UMD’s Dom Toninato, who also played at Duluth East (Toronto); UMD’s Joe Basaraba (Florida Panthers); Grand Rapids’ Jake Bischoff (New York Islanders); UMD’s Andy Welinski, who also played at Duluth East (Anaheim); former UMD player Caleb Herbert (Washington); and UMD’s Tony Cameranesi.