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Heavy Gophers presence on U.S. national women’s hockey team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five current or former University of Minnesota women’s hockey players have made the U.S. national team roster for pre-Olympic competition.

USA Hockey announced Monday that defensemen Megan Bozek, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein and forwards Amanda Kessel and Gigi Marvin are on the 25-player team for the summer and fall. The Americans will have 21 players on the squad next February for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Kessel and Stecklein will receive redshirts for the 2013-14 season with the Gophers to train with the national team.

Bozek just finished her college career after helping Minnesota win the national championship in March.

Schleper was on the 2012 national title team, and Marvin was on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team.

Willmar native Hall wins 2 gold medals at Minnesota Senior Games

Randy Hall, 63, of Willmar captured two gold medals in Pickle Ball at the Minnesota Senior Games in Owatanna on Saturday.

Hall won the singles gold in the 60-64 age group and also placed first playing men’s doubles in the 55-59 age group.

Hall, the coordinator of the event for the last five years, said there were 105 participants this year, the most in the history of the Games.

Estrada brothers, Thompson newest class

of Litchfield Baseball Association Hall

Brothers Eddie and Danny Estrada and current Litchfield Baseball Association president Michael J. Thompson have been selected for induction into the Litchfield Baseball Association Hall of Fame for 2013.

The Estrada brothers played an integral role in the very successful Blues teams of the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Eddie played 20 seasons with the Blues and Danny 19. They helped lead their amateur team to eight state tournament appearances.

Eddie, a third baseman, has a lifetime batting average of .372 in 1,772 at bats. He slugged 64 home runs and drove in 392 runs. Danny primary played center field for the Blues and hit .334 in 1,831 plate appearances. Danny had 463 RBI and cracked 75 home runs.

Both are currently active in Litchfield youth baseball.

Thompson will be inducted for his distinguished service to Litchfield baseball. The Eighth Judicial District Court Judge has coached Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and American Legion youth baseball and has been LBA president since 2009.  His great commitment to Litchfield baseball led to building Eagles Field #2, maintenance of all fields, the concession stand, press box and improvements to Optimist Park including a major role in erecting the outfield fence.

The induction ceremonies will take place at 1:15 p.m. this Sunday prior to the Blues’ game with St. Joseph at Optimist Park.

— Associated Press/Staff reports