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The Insider: Thissen an NSIC ‘Player to Watch’

Former MACCRAY star volleyball player Abby Thissen was named a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference “Player to Watch” and her Southwest Minnesota State University team was voted to place third in the annual NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Tuesday.

Thissen helped the Mustangs record 24 victories and advance to the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA region tournament. She was named AVCA honorable mention All-American and first team All-NSIC honoree. She also led SMSU in 2013 with 444 kills and hit .261, while ranking third on the squad with 62 blocks. During her campaign with the Mustangs, Thissen accumulated 772 kills, hitting .275, while totaling 120 blocks.

The Mustangs report for fall camp on Aug. 18 and open the regular season versus Wheeling Jesuit University (W. Va.) at the Concordia-St. Paul Tournament on Sept. 5.

Parent-child tourney Sunday at Eagle Creek

The Parent-Child Golf Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Course is Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The tournament is open to members and non-members. Children can also play with other relatives, such as grandparents.

Contact the Eagle Creek pro shop for details at 320-235-1166.

Ace at Little Crow

Larry Schiller recorded a hole-in-one at the Little Crow Country Club on Tuesday.

Schiller aced the Oaks course’s 162-yard No. 8 hole with a 6-iron.

Pettine denies

Hoyer trade rumors

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine gave no credence Wednesday to stories on the NFL Network that the team is trying to trade quarterback Brian Hoyer to the Houston Texans.

“’Stories’ is a good word to apply to that,” Pettine said.

Pettine was asked whether there is absolutely nothing to that NFL Network report.

“We’re not going to comment on every story that’s out there,” he said. “We made a move to strengthen our quarterback room, and you just get these stories coming out. I don’t want to be in the habit of commenting on all of them. I really addressed that situation yesterday.”

On Tuesday, Pettine announced that rookie Johnny Manziel and the veteran Hoyer will split first-team reps in Monday night’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins. The Browns also signed quarterback Rex Grossman, who was with Washington from 2010 to 2013 where Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Redskins.

Pettine said Grossman, a 12th-year veteran, could help both Manziel and Hoyer. Pettine said Grossman stepped right in with his knowledge of the offense.

“He went in the meeting room and they have all the installations up on the board and I think he processed it pretty quickly,” Pettine said of Grossman. “There were a couple of minor tweaks to it, but it’s all stuff that he’s run before that he’s comfortable with.”

— Reuters/Staff reports