O’Leary unbeaten at club championships
Silver Bay’s Norma O’Leary remained one of two unbeaten women’s teams at the USA Curling Club National Championships with an 8-5 defeat of Colorado’s Cynthia Smith on Tuesday at the Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club.
O’Leary, representing the Duluth Curling Club, improved to 5-0 in the round-robin standings, tied at the top with Illinois’ Marcy Calaway.
Robin-robin play continues through Thursday with playoffs set for Friday.
Saints offense hot in Florida
St. Scholastica’s first seven batters struck out Tuesday in a nonconference game against La Roche (Pa.) College, but the Saints recovered to score five runs in the third inning and seven in the fourth of a 17-10 victory at Fort Pierce, Fla.
Trailing 4-0, the Saints rallied thanks to a three-run home run by Jordan Risse in the third and six hits in the fourth, including Steven Neutzling’s two-run triple.
Risse finished with three hits and four RBIs, Neutzling had three hits and three RBIs, Padraic Getchell had three hits and two RBIs and Trevor Bernsdorf homered for the Saints (4-1).
Saints lose a pair of close games
St. Scholastica allowed four unearned runs in the second inning of a 4-3 loss to Muskingum (Ohio) University and then suffered another one-run defeat in a 3-2 loss to Marietta (Ohio) College on Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Winter Haven, Fla.
That one bad inning vs. Muskingum came due to a two-out error. The Saints (3-7) rallied in the seventh as Molly Jazdzewski hit a two-run home run and Kasandra McCabe doubled in a run. However, the tying run was stranded at third to end the game.
Saints pitcher Rendi Johnson struck out six and did not allow an earned run.
In the nightcap, the Pioneers scored two runs in the top of the fifth and held on for the win. St. Scholastica loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first and a hit by a pitch forced in Duluth’s Kara Warren with the first run. Warren later drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, but the Saints only totaled three hits.
UMD competes at nationals
The Minnesota men’s Alpine skiing team finished 16th last week at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships at Mount Bachelor ski area near Bend, Ore.
UMD finished 12th in giant slalom, with Nate Bartley (37th), Trevor Pinewski (50th) and Tyler Regenscheid (52nd) leading the way. They were 18th in slalom, paced by former Proctor-Hermantown skier Matt Borash (51st) and Rian Hutchison (57th).
Bartley also competed in men’s ski cross, making it to the semifinals. Joey Marolt competed in men’s freestyle, while Liz Drusch competed in women’s ski cross.
It was UMD’s 11th straight year competing at the USCSA national championships, with either the men’s, women’s, or both teams making it during that span. More than 500 athletes and 19 teams attended out of 178 colleges and universities in the USCSA.