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Agate City Classic this weekend

Former Hermantown High School golfer Taylor Sundbom returns to defend his title in the Agate City Classic this weekend at Lakeview National Golf Course in Two Harbors.

The two-day event opens with 18 holes of qualifying on Saturday, with the championship flight playing 27 holes of medal play on Sunday.

Sundbom won in 2013 with a one-under 179 for 45 holes. This year’s field also includes former champions Casey Salakka, Dave Isaacson, Bruce Hegland, Charlie Dahl, Rick Nolander and Kyle Ness, as well as 2013 opening-day medalist Alex Kolquist.


Duluth’s Morris part of Saturday fight card

Duluth boxer Markus “Hooch” Morris is part of the Black Bear Brawl on Saturday at Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton.

The seven-bout professional boxing card is expected to start about 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.

In the featured bouts, Corey Rodriguez takes on Brandon Quarles in a scheduled eight-round light middleweight bout, Ismail Muwendo fights Robbie Cannon in an eight-round featherweight bout and Morris fights Benito Tovar in a six-round light welterweight bout.

Dubbed the “Hope of the Hillside,” the 24-year-old Morris improved to 5-0 with three knockouts after earning a second round TKO of Jeremy Marts on June 13 at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth. Tovar is 3-1-1, with all the victories by way of knockout.

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Busy weekend on tap for local tracks

A busy weekend is planned for the Twin Ports two dirt race tracks.

Proctor Speedway hosts its popular Midsummer Night of Mayhem at 6 p.m. Saturday. Bus and trailer racers are the big attraction but the night’s racing lineup also features the Barnum V8s and Proctor Pure Stocks. Admission is $14 for those 13 and older, while children 12 and under are admitted free.

Amsoil Speedway in Superior hosts the Amsoil Twin Ports Twin 25s at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The Twin 25s were traditionally held at Proctor but have been moved across the bay to take advantage of Amsoil Speedway’s larger venue. The event features two $1,500-to-win 25-lap Late Model features and a total purse of more than $24,000. The driver with the best combined finish earns a $500 bonus and if the same driver wins both features it’s a $1,000 bonus.

Brent Larson and Steve Laursen took the feature wins in 2013 while Darrell Nelson of Hermantown earned the $500 bonus with impressive second-place finishes in both features.

Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks are also part of Sunday’s racing lineup. Admission is $20 for those 13 and over while children 12 and under are admitted free.

  • Nelson’s father, Billy Nelson, was one of six local racing legends inducted into the Hibbing Raceway Hall of Fame on Saturday, joining Boris Andrican, Johnny Johnson, John Gargano, Don Mohawk and Bob Reed.

For the occasion, Billy Nelson brought the same restored Modified to the track that he raced at Hibbing in 1969.