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Howie Hanson: Anthony Lewis contemplating retirement

Anthony Lewis reportedly told friends at the Dukes' Hot Stove Banquet last week that if he doesn't retire from baseball to further his education, his preference is to play for Duluth next summer.

Anthony Lewis reportedly told friends at the Dukes' Hot Stove Banquet last week that if he doesn't retire from baseball to further his education, his preference is to play for Duluth next summer.
But Winnipeg holds Lewis' Northern League rights after purchasing his contract from St. George of the Western Baseball League earlier this winter.
If Winnipeg is willing to dish the 2000 Northern League triple-crown winner, either by trade or selling his contract outright, Duluth would be the club most likely to pursue the former Denfeld High baseball assistant, and likely as a player-coach.
Lewis, who asked the Dukes not to release his cellular phone number as he contemplates his future, was unavailable for comment.
"Anthony's currently under contract with Winnipeg and inquiries should be directed to them," Dukes manager Al Gallagher said Wednesday.
The Chicago White Sox signed Lewis to a Class AAA contract and invited him to spring training in 2001, but he failed to report and challenged future relations between organized baseball and the independent Northern League, which attracts players by promoting itself as a second-chance league for players hoping to return to major-league organizations.
Lewis eventually showed up with St. George of the Western League, where he hit .248 with 22 homers and 90 RBIs last summer for the 39-51 Pioneerz.
"Anthony is trying to decide what he wants to do with his life, and we obviously would like to have him back here with us this summer," Dukes general manager Adam Ehlert said Thursday. "The ball's really in Anthony's hands. But his education is tremendously important, and if that's the route that he chooses we wish him all the luck in the world. In the meantime we're concentrating on getting other good players to Duluth, and we have already had some pretty good success at it."
Between the Lines
Duluth Parks and Rec no-check hockey regular season play resumes Sunday -- following a three week break in the schedule -- when first-place Runway/St. Germain's (8-2-1) and second-place Mr. D's (7-3-1) meet in a rematch of D's 9-2 win earlier this season.
No-check playoffs will begin Mar. 3 with 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. games at Peterson Arena. Tourney play continues Mar. 10 with games at noon, 1:45 p.m. and 4:15 (championship) at Peterson.
While Runway/St. Germain's and Mr. D's have cruised in the regular season, multiple-time playoff champion Kolar Auto World (5-6-0) could be the team to beat in the playoffs. Kolar has had difficulty putting its best club on the ice in the regular season and boasts former Division I players such as Ian Kidd, Russ Becker, Wayne Opsahl, Scott Mathias and Dave Spehar, among others.
Kolar said. "We've won the league about six times in the last 10 years, but it's getting more difficult to get guys to make games as their adult responsibilities have increased."
* League champion Bud will meet third-seeded Mr. D's for the Duluth Parks and Recreation broomball playoff championship at 7:45 p.m. Sunday at Peterson Arena. Bud defeated T-Bonz 2-1 in overtime and Mr. D's upset Rapid Fire 2-1 in the semifinals last Sunday.
* Bernie Zylka of Duluth has been named United States Speciality Sports Association Region 6 Umpire-in-Chief, replacing Kevin Comnick.
* Gallagher defeated Steve LePage of WDIO 211-206 to win the Celebrity Division in the Subway-Amoco Bowling Challenge last weekend. The new Dukes manager advanced to the championship match with wins over Duluth City Councilor Donny Ness (182-91) and KBJR's Alex Walker (148-136). LePage defeated KDLH's Chris Earl 205-139 in the semis.
* Duluth East center Tommy Kolar has signed a tender to play for Des Moines of the United States Junior Hockey League at the end of the high school season.
* The expansion Brockton Rox of the independent Northern League East have hired former Dukes field manager Ed Nottle as the club's first-ever manager. Nottle guided the Dukes to a 34-56 record last season, including a 13-32 skid in the second half. The Dukes didn't renew his contract for this season.
Howie Hanson writes a weekly sports column for Duluth Budgeteer News. He may be reached at 624-7495 or by e-mail at Howie@duluth.com .

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