Friday, March 2, 2012
Meet Inver Grove Heights resident Bill Ryan, special needs teacher, wrestling dad and top-tier NCAA baseball umpire.
It was a state high school championship game. The kid stood out right away. “He was a man playing the game among boys”, said the umpire, reminiscing. “Every time he swung the bat and made contact, you just knew that ball was getting near the fence. It was incredible to watch this kid.” The kid was Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer, then at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul. The umpire was Inver Grove resident Bill Ryan, who has seen his share of future stars (and flame-outs) in his two decades working every level from Little League to Division I college ball. As an NCAA umpire Ryan (44), who played his own college baseball at Concordia University in St. Paul, works Divison I, II and III games. He is a regular fixture in the Summit …
Monday, June 27, 2011
Unable to jump start their offense, Inver Grove lost to East Ridge by a final score of 10-0.
Inver Grove Heights American Legion baseball team suffered a tough loss on Wednesday night while playing an away game against the 5-3 East Ridge American Legion team. Unable to jump start their offense, Inver Grove lost by a final score of 10-0.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Patch looks back on the events, people and issues that made the headlines last week.
Here's what you may have missed last week on Inver Grove Heights Patch. Click the links to take you to each story. 2,250 miles in a canoe? That's the plan for St. Olaf College student and Inver Grove Heights native Ann Raiho, who will travel to Hudson Bay with a friend via canoe this summer. The pair raised roughly $2,500 to fund the trip and an additional $1,400 they plan to donate to a YMCA camp near Grand Marais. On Monday night, the Inver Grove Heights City Council approved a public hearing to discuss a proposed, $1.25 million deal between the city and MGT Development, the developer behind a stalled commercial and residential project near the intersection of Robert Trail S. and Hwy. 55. The School District 199 school board was also …
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Spartans fell 10-4 in the first-round section match-up with Cottage Grove
Simley High School's 2011 baseball season came to an end Friday on a rainy afternoon with a 10-4 loss to Cottage Grove in the first round of section competitions. The Spartans got off to a hot start, scoring a run in the top of the first, but Park High School answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs of its own. A fourth inning homerun by Park senior Cory O’Connell put the Wolfpack up 5-1, but the Spartans wouldn’t go down without a fight. In the top of the fifth Simley’s Conner Lewis and Josh Ketchmark both singled to start the inning. Lewis scored on a base knock by Logan Busch, and Jordan Pedersen walked to load the bases. After Ketchmark scored on a wild pitch, Mike Steinhoff hit an RBI single up the middle to make the game …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Logan Busch socked a three-run homer as the Spartans dusted Highland Park 7-2 in the regular season finale; section opener is Friday.
The Simley High School baseball team saved perhaps their best game of the regular season for their regular season finale. Simley had it all Tuesday afternoon: Good pitching from four different team members, good defense and lots of timely hits. The combination was just right for the Spartans, who brushed off an early deficit on Tuesday and came back to wax host Highland Park 7-2 in the last game of the regular season. Highland Park (12-7) took a 2-0 lead after two innings, but Simley's Logan Busch erased that lead with one swing of the bat in the third inning, slamming a three-run home run over the right-field fence. The Spartans added two more runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to bolster their lead. "They all played pretty well…
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Spartans Fall In Nine Innings At Apple Valley on May 19.
The postseason was cruel to the Simley softball team last week, while the Spartans boys lacrosse team enters the postseason on Wednesday still in search of its first victory this spring. Softball: Simley Season Ends In Section 3AAA Opener A three-run seventh-inning rally earned the Simley softball team extra innings at Apple Valley in the Section 3AAA Tournament opener on May 19, but it could not get the Spartans the victory. The host Eagles pushed across a lone victorious run in the ninth inning to end Simley's season in heart-breaking fashion as the Spartans closed the spring with an 8-13 overall record. Boys Lacrosse: Spartans Hoping For Lucky No. 13 After an 0-12 regular season, the Simley boys lacrosse team opens the Section 3 …
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Simley still searching for first win with one game to go before playoffs.
The Simley boys lacrosse team is still searching for its first victory with just one game remaining in its regular season schedule as the spring sports campaign transitions into playoff time. Boys Lacrosse: Spartans Drop Tuesday, Wednesday Matchups Back-to-back losses against St. Thomas and Rochester Century on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, dropped the Simley boys lacrosse team to 0-11 on the season with one game remaining on its regular-season docket. The Spartans will play at Hill-Murray on Friday at 6pm in its final pre-playoff contest, with the section tournament scheduled to begin on May 25. Kellen Asmundson leads Simley with 14 goals and eight assists, while Tony Armstrong has recorded seven goals and eight assists so far …
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Spring sports season enters seventh week with playoffs just around the corner.
The spring sports season entered its seventh week as several Simley High School squads now prepare for the commencement of the postseason. Baseball: Bad Start To Week For Simley A 16-5 loss to visiting Classic Suburban Conference rival Mahtomedi on Monday dropped the Simley baseball team to 2-15 overall and 1-13 in the circuit. Brody Schintz leads the Spartans with a .405 batting average; Jordan Pedersen's 10 runs batted paces the club, as does Josh Ketchmark, who has nine runs scored. Simley also fell 19-2 to Hill-Murray last Thursday and now prepares to play at Tartan on Wednesday. Softball: Simley Closes Regular Season With A Win The Simley softball team topped Tartan 6-3 last Thursday to improve to 8-12 overall and 4-10 in the final …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Simley High School sports teams were able to get in almost all their contests on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Despite playing under the threat of thunderstorms on both Tuesday and Wednesday, Simley High School sports teams both managed to get in nearly the entirety of their mid-week schedules. Baseball: Washburn 13, Simley 1 A 13-1 loss to visiting Minneapolis Washburn on Wednesday dropped the Simley baseball team to 2-13 overall this season. Joshua Ketchmark drove in T.J. Stone with the Spartans' lone run of the game in the fifth inning; Simley had six hits total, with Brody Schintz claiming two of them. Softball: Hill-Murray 11, Simley 3 The Simley softball team dropped to 7-12 overall and 3-10 in the Classic Suburban Conference after an 11-3 loss at Hill-Murray on Wednesday. Individual results were not available. Boys Lacrosse: Mahtomedi 7, …
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Simley High School is beginning to see the end of the regular season.
The spring sports campaign pushed closer to its conclusion as Simley sports squads continued to jostle for preferred sectional seeding with contests book-ending the weekend. Baseball: Simley Claims First Two Victories The Simley baseball team claimed its first two wins of the season to close out last week, topping Henry Sibley by a 10-8 score for its initial Classic Suburban Conference victory on Thursday before topping St. Croix Lutheran 10-4 in a non-conference game on Friday. The Spartans nearly made it three-straight on Monday, yet fell 1-0 at North St. Paul. Offensively, Brody Schintz leads Simley with a .389 batting average, while Logan Busch is hitting .351 with the team's lone home run. The pair have split the pitching wins between…