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Willmar Notebook: Tinklenberg top Gusties athlete

Photo courtesy of Gustavus Adolphus College Alissa Tinklenberg is all smiles after finishing a race at the MIAC Championships February in Minneapolis.

She's only completed her second year on campus, but 2010 Cardinal graduate Alissa Tinklenberg has been voted the Female Student/Athlete of the Year at Gustavus Adolphus College.

A six-year varsity swimmer at Willmar, Alissa had a solid freshman year on the St. Peter campus with a first- and second-place finish at the MIAC Championships. But it hardly forecasted the huge strokes she'd make as a sophomore.

Right away, in early November, she helped the Gusties' 200 free relay set a Lund pool record (1:38.11). In February, she led the Gusties to their third consecutive title accounting for a team-high 57 points. She won two backstroke races, took second in the 500 free and swam on two winning relays and on a runner-up relay.

That might have been enough to get her nominated for the postseason award, but with 11 other accomplished nominees, she needed the national stage to separate from the pack.

At the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, the accounting major with a 3.81 GPA earned All-America honors in three individual events and a relay. She's the first Gustie swimmer to achieve such a feat. She placed sixth twice and seventh twice.

The award, announced by the Gustavus Sports Information Department, is voted on by the head coaches. Alissa is the second youngest to receive the 12-year-old recognition. Senior hockey player Ross Ring-Jarvi of Anoka was voted the top male from a field of 10 candidates.

In a release from the college, Alissa stated "The ultimate goal is to win at nationals. This summer, I've been hitting the water in the mornings and [spending] more time than ever in the weight room. I'm just trying to do all the little things that will help the team next year."

Smith leads Captains

At the four-day Midwest League All-Star break, Jordan Smith (WHS '10) leads the Lake County Captains with a .294 average, tops among 13 teammates with 15-or-more at bats. The left-hand hitting outfielder is also first with 21 extra-base hits and tied for second on the Cleveland farm club with 27 RBI.

The Captains (31-38) are in sixth place in the Eastern Division. Smith was batting around .250 when the all-star selections were announced in May so he did not make the team.

Nelson's hockey

Up at the Koronis Civic Center arena on State Highway 55 in Paynesville, former Cardinal and professional hockey player Barry Nelson is delighted with the success of a first-time boys 4-on-4 high school hockey league. Teams come from Willmar, Morris/Benson, St. Cloud Apollo, Hutchinson and River Lakes.

Nelson, the second-year arena manager, said Cardinals coach Dan Tollefson has most of his team playing in the one-week league.

The games are 40 minutes running time Monday-Wednesday-Friday. The league follows Nelson's two-week long Elite Hockey Schools Summer Camp.

Ochsendorf to London

Dr. Jarod Ochsendorf, formerly of Willmar, will be traveling to London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He will be spending time caring for the USA athletes, according to a release from Trillium Chiropractic of Maple Grove.

Jarod has traveled and provided chiropractic care to USA Wrestling, USA Judo and USA Martial Arts. Locally, he works with high school athletes and club teams, donating time to both.

He is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern Health Science University, College of Chiropractic.

Norby on elite golf board

Golf course architect Kevin Norby (WHS '79) has been named an Associate member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He is the only ASGCA member located in the Dakotas, Iowa, Montana, Wyoming or Nebraska.

The recognition follows a "rigorous application process" that includes review of four completed courses by current ASGCA members.

Norby is the chief planner for Herfort Norby, a Chaska firm specializing in golf course design and long-range planning.

Current out-of-state projects took him to Colorado, Arizona, Iowa, the Dakotas and Wyoming.

Locally, many area golfers have played at Greystone GC outside Sauk Centre, which Norby designed in collaboration with Tom Lehman.

Norby got his two-year degree at Willmar Community College in 1981 and his bachelor's from South Dakota State in landscape architecture two years later.

Recycling for Reynolds

Play It Again Sports is encouraging individuals and families to donate their underused sports items to the Stephen Reynolds Foundation. Store manager Travis Hanson said all items would be tagged and consigned to the Foundation.

Reynolds, who worked at the store while attending Ridgewater College in his home town, passed away suddenly from a heart ailment in November.

Kallevig ties for 1st

Tony Kallevig, 16, playing in the Jr. PGA Player's Tour 'A' Series, tied for first place shooting a 2-over par 73 at the Northland Country Club in Duluth on Monday, prior to the epic flooding in the coastal city. Kallevig earned his third varsity letter and posted the low average on the Cardinals golf team, ranking him No. 6 in the Central Lakes Conference.

Willmar Fests

Registration remains open for the Foot Lake 4 Walk/Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Register for the 18th annual FL4 at or the morning of the race prior to 7:45 a.m. at the ambulance garage on SW 2nd Street.

As of Tuesday at noon, 353 had signed up for the run, plus 113 walkers. New this year, timer chips will be embedded in bib numbers.

The WCER Cardinal Classic Tennis Tourney runs Friday-Sunday at the high school. Tourney director Jim Anderson made up the bracket Wednesday afternoon, but said he'll accept last-minute registrations by calling 320-905-9375.

The Willmar Fests WCER Softball Tourney is Saturday at Swansson Fields and has nine teams with a three-game guarantee.

On the fly

n Brad Bonk, WCER league supervisor, called off slowpitch both Tuesday and Wednesday due to wet fields. Outfields were still soggy but play will resume on Thursday -- unless more rain falls. There were no WCER-sponsored daytime activities through Wednesday.

n Returning for Cardinal Open tennis are Neil Radermacher (WHS '82) and his son Brady, who played No. 1 singles for Eagan which took third place in the Class AA state tourney earlier this spring. They'll play doubles together and both are entered in Men's Open. Just graduated Cardinal, Xiadan Yu (Scho-DAN), will play in the Women's Open. She went 1-2 at Class AA singles last October.

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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