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Ridgewater's Kampsen signs with St. Cloud State

Shane Kampsen, a first-team All-America catcher at Ridgewater College, signed a letter of intent during the early signing period to play for St. Cloud State University starting in the fall of 2011.

Kampsen, a Paynesville graduate, was selected as the MCAC Player of the Year after posting a .530 batting average with 62 hits, 63 RBI and six home runs among 27 extra-base hits. He finished as the NJCAA Division III leader in hitting average and ranked third in RBI.

Shane's older brother, Adam, is a former NSIC Player of the Year and graduate assistant at SCSU.

Shane is among seven signees announced by SCSU.

Warriors' head coach Joel Barta can look forward to having his All-America catcher back, along with the entire infield. Much of the pitching is also back from a team that finished one win short of reaching the national tournament. The team travels to Florida in early March to start their season.

Lippert shines

Alex Lippert has helped Concordia College women's basketball team get off to its best start in 25 years. The Cobbers are 5-0 after beating Carleton at Moorhead on Monday 81-37. Concordia will take a 3-0 MIAC record into 2011. The 6-4 freshman from Willmar started all three of those games after coming off the bench for two non-conference games.

She had a huge game last Saturday. Concordia fell behind Gustavus Adolphus by a many as 17 points in the first half, but rallied to win 75-72 at St. Peter. Lippert scored 12 points, but her larger contribution was pulling in 17 rebounds (10 offensive) and blocking five shots. The Cobber website reports those rebounds/block totals are the most in a game since 2003.

Training boxers

Kirk Davis is back in the Willmar Golden Gloves training room for the 26th year. He's got 15-20 kids and young adults, including two females. Thirty-one signed up, but the early drop in numbers is not unexpected.

"Some kids don't like to get hit," the Willmar businessman said.

Nate Rinke, whose sport was running at Willmar High School, leads the intense 30-minute calisthenics package.

The 90-minute sessions in city auditorium basement start at 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Davis says he has five boxers who have had fights, but only four are currently registered with Golden Gloves. He'll send three to Wadena Dec. 18 for bouts.

On the fly

* The Cardinal wrestlers host their annual classic Friday. Alex Johannes and Coty Milhausen won titles last year; with a veteran team the Cardinals should improve on their sixth-place finish of a year ago in a nine-team field.

* The Ridgewater College wrestlers host a five-school team invitational on Friday. This is one of only two home-floor events for the community college which has pretty well eliminated dual meets from its schedule in favor of quadrangulars and open tournaments.

* Dave Aus, who brought the Blaine boys hockey team here recently to play on his high school ice, said he was worried when Willmar tied the game 4-4 in the third period. But he doubted the players were too concerned. "You know our teams have been in so many big games over the years, when it gets late they just expect to win." The Bengals have won five straight Section 6A titles. Willmar is the only Class A school on their schedule.

* Freshman forward Taylor Filipek's season-high is five points and five rebounds for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, who play the Gophers at 1 p.m. Saturday at Williams Arena. Filipek posted three points and two assists in 16 minutes Saturday against UT-Martin..

* Former Cardinal and Ridgewater College standout Casey Sussenguth, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, has played in three games, averaging seven minutes for Southwest Minnesota State.... Former Willmar girls basketball star Kelsey Evans, a 5-9 sophomore guard, scored 13 points and had four steals on Saturday helping Briar Cliff University of Sioux City, Iowa, defeat Doane College at Crete, Neb.

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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