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Val Swanson honored

at State Capitol

Former Ridgewater College volleyball and basketball coach Val Swanson, of Willmar, was one of 11 individuals honored Wednesday at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda with a Breaking Barriers Award.

The ceremony was part of 2014 Minnesota National Girls and Women in Sports Day honoring some of Minnesota’s most inspiring and influential student-athletes, coaches and athletic leaders. In all, 18 individuals were recognized in five separate categories.

Swanson, a native of Sherburn, coached sports and was athletic director at the Willmar college from 1980-2005, while also promoting JO Volleyball. She was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. In 26 seasons, including two years at Breckenridge High School, her teams compiled a 736-313 record with the Warriors reaching six national tournaments placing first in 2002.  

Boys hockey Pack the Rink re-set for Friday

The twice-rescheduled Pack the Rink boys hockey game is now set for Friday when the Willmar Cardinals will host the River Lakes Stars (JV at 5:30 p.m., varsity at 7:15 p.m.).

Admission is free to Willmar K-12 students, but the sponsoring Willmar Hockey Boosters urges all youth to wear the school colors or a hockey sweater. There will also be a drawing for a No. 7 Stephen Reynolds hockey jersey.

The Stars host Alexandria on Thursday at the Richmond Arena. Willmar is at 3A foe Windom on Saturday.

Former MLB pitcher Schilling has cancer

Former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer, the six-time All-Star said on Wednesday.

"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer," Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN where he works as an analyst.

He did reveal the type of cancer.

Schilling, 47, pitched for 20 seasons, playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox.

He finished with a career record of 216-146 and a 3.46 earned run average. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th all time.

— Reuters/Staff reports