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AMATEUR FOOTBALLStampede blank PhoenixJalon Hopkins carried 19 times for 145 yards as the Twin Ports Stampede overcame the loss of several key starters to beat the Minnesota Phoenix 16-0 Saturday in Woodbury, Minn. The victory clinched the Northe...

Stampede blank Phoenix
Jalon Hopkins carried 19 times for 145 yards as the Twin Ports Stampede overcame the loss of several key starters to beat the Minnesota Phoenix 16-0 Saturday in Woodbury, Minn. The victory clinched the Northern Elite Football League Western Division title and No. 3 playoff seed.

Hollis Dukes added 14 carries for 81 yards, while Hood McMillan led the defense with six tackles and an interception, and linebacker Greg Nelson had two of the Stampede's six sacks.

The Stampede (7-1) will host the Green Bay Gladiators at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ole Haugsrud Field in Superior. The Stampede beat the Gladiators 41-7 earlier this season.

-- Dukes, tackle Charles Fields, defensive end Josh Gosar, linebacker Tim Manns and cornerback Courtney Walters were named starters for the White team in the NEFL All-Star Game Aug. 14 in Wausau, Wis., while Nelson, safety Tony Murray and cornerback Carl Ragsdale were named alternates.

Xpress stay unbeaten
Jake Nystrom allowed just one hit in six innings and had six strikeouts to lead the Duluth Xpress to a 6-2 Arrowhead League road victory over the Hibbing Miners on Tuesday night.


Andy Manos had two hits and four RBIs, and Rejean Carlson had two hits, two runs and two stolen bases for the Xpress (8-0).

Joe Tarr had two hits to lead the Miners.

Endurance Racing
Bich fourth in state triathlon
Brian Bich of Duluth was fourth in a field of 492 in Sunday's 25th Heart of the Lakes Triathlon in Annandale, Minn., which served as the Minnesota state championship.

Patrick Parish, 25, of Circle Pines, Minn., was first overall in 1 hour, 30 minutes, 12 seconds for a ½-mile swim, 21-mile bike and 5.3-mile run. Bich, 44, led the 40-44 age group in 1:33:17, while Duluthian Rhett Bonner, 46, was first in the 45-49 division in 1:34:34. Jan Guenther, 51 of Long Lake, Minn., was the women's winner in 1:47:23.

In an accompanying short-course race, Tim Andrew, 44, of Duluth was fourth among 408 entrants in 47:43 for a ¼-mile swim, nine-mile bike and 2.5-mile run.

Holaks win 50K titles
The husband-and-wife team of Andy and Kim Holak of Duluth won titles in the Dances with Dirt Devil's Lake 50-kilometer trail race July 10 at the Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis.

Andy Holak, 42, led a field of 124 in 4 hours, 32 minutes, 42 seconds, edging Joshua Estep, 22, of Fitchburg, Wis., by less than a second. Kim Holak, 41, was first in the women's division (and sixth overall) in 5:07:38.

Gitchi Gummi advances
The Gitchi Gummi U-16 C1 boys team outscored Blaine 4-2 in a shootout Sunday to win the North District championship at Elmcrest Park in Ramsey, Minn.


The score was 0-0 through regulation and overtime before the shootout. Gitchi Gummi got goals from Connor Danielson, Michael Streitz and Billy Renier of Duluth East, and Nick Lesneski of Ashland. Goalies Ben Campbell of Duluth Denfeld and Jarad Weeks of Esko combined on the shutout, with Campbell making one save out of three shots faced in the shootout.

Gitchi Gummi advances to face Edina at 5 p.m. today in a regional tournament in St. Louis Park, Minn.

The Arrowhead U-17 C2 boys team of Proctor also advanced with a 5-4 victory over North Suburban on Sunday.

Regional winners will advance to the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association State Cup.

Saints add two recruits
The St. Scholastica women's team has received commitments from Lauryn Wilson of Fargo (N.D.) South, and Taylor Cunningham of Eau Claire (Wis.) Memorial.

Wilson, a midfielder, has been a part of two state championship teams, earning all-conference honors in 2009 and 2010. She's the sister of former Saints player and current graduate assistant coach Alyssa Wilson.

Cunningham, a midfielder, was a 2010 first team All-Big Rivers selection and was part of conference championship teams in 2007 and 2008. She's been chosen for Saturday's Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Masonic All-Star Game in Fond du Lac.

Pilot, Williams take title
Claudia Pilot of Austin, Minn., and Brenda Williams of Independence, Minn., teamed to win a second straight Minnesota Women's Golf Association Senior Four-Ball title Tuesday at Ridgeview Country Club.


Pilot, 53, the MWGA senior player of the year the past three years, and Williams shot rounds of 69-66-135 for a two-shot victory over Leigh Klasse of St. Anthony, Minn., and Mary Hoisser of St. Paul at 70-67-137. Klasse was the 2009 MWGA player of the year.

Lili McMillan of Wayzata, Minn., and Mary Flynn of Chaska, Minn., teamed to finish third at 71-72-143.

Moline tied for fourth place
Dan Moline of Duluth was tied for fourth after Tuesday's second round of the 107th Minnesota Golf Association men's amateur at Dacotah Ridge Golf Club in Morton, Minn.

Tom Hoge of Moorhead, Minn., leads with rounds of 67-67-134, 10 under par. Donald Constable of Wayzata, Minn., was second at 67-68-135 and Stephen Bidne of Roseville, Minn., was next at 70-71-141. Moline had rounds of 70-73-143.

Also making the cut entering today's final round were Matt Schneider of Grand Rapids 72-74-146, Nate Anderson of Duluth 72-77-149, Alex Kolquist of Hermantown 76-74-150, Ross Prachar of Moose Lake 77-74-151, Dan Bidle of Virginia 77-75-152 and Clint Cornell of Grand Rapids 73-79-152.


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