Twin Cities YMCA Revamps Approach To Youth SportsWe love our pro, college and high school sports, don't we? But the truth is, right now, youth sports in America is really struggling. According to a study by the Sports Fitness Industry Association, participation among kids age 6 to 17 has declined more than 9 percent in the last five years.
America's Finest Para-Athletes Compete In St. PaulFor many of America's best Paralympics athletes, St. Paul is the center of attention this weekend. The U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships are at Hamline University, with about 200 of the top Americans competing.
St. Croix Lutheran Hurdler Is Breaking Records, Heading To HarvardHow do you become a hurdler? "You'll meet a lot of kids at meets that are just like, 'Ah, my coach threw me in this (laughs),'" St. Croix Lutheran hurdler Jon Tollefson said. Tollefson's introduction to the hurdles freshman year was similar to most.
St. Paul's Gwen Jorgensen Races To Record Sixth Triathlon WinGwen Jorgensen became the first woman to win six career ITU World Triathlon Series events, topping the field Saturday at Grant Park. Jorgensen, the Olympian from St. Paul, Minnesota, completed the 1,500-meter swim, 38.1-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 33 seconds.
ASPIRE Athlete Of The Week For May 30, 2014: Caleb ButlerBlaine High School's Caleb Butler can run. In fact, he can do just about anything he sets his mind to. That's what makes him special, according to Coach Rob Nick. "He's a coach's dream. He does everything we ask of him, his effort is always outstanding, he gives us 100 percent," Nick said. "He's just an amazing athlete. His strength is unbelievable, and for a kid to be 6'3', 220 and to run 110 hurdles. He ran 300 hurdles, shot disc, he's going to run a 4X1 for us."
Hundreds Gather To Remember Monticello Track StarFamily, friends and teammates remembered the life of a college athlete killed in a tragic accident. Phillip LaVallee was a cross country and track star at Monticello High School and was heading into his sophomore year at South Dakota State. The 19-year-old was hit and killed last month while out on a training run, three miles from his parents’ home in Otsego.
Eagan Sisters Head To Jr. OlympicsNatalie and Elena Windels share both a last name and a passion for track and field. “I like how you just get to accelerate and, like, just use all your power and try and finish and do the best that you can,” Elena said. Her sister Natalie is more succinct. “I just like running,” Natalie said. James Pipkens, the head sprints coach for Apple Valley High School, works closely with the sisters. He says there may be some sibling rivalry going on.
Cretin-Derham Hall Track Star Shines OnThere's something Cretin-Derham Hall sprinter Megan Linder tells herself every time she steps in the blocks. “Just, ‘I believe I can do it.’ It's kind of hard to say you can do it, because I'm a really humble person. I don't always say, like, ‘I just gonna win.’ It's never like that for me. It's like, ‘Gotta believe it to achieve it,’” Linder said.
Beyond Bounds: UST's Taylor Berg Could Coast To A National TitleOne day of rest a month. Just one. That rigid regimen's one of the reasons the human gazelle Taylor Berg could bring home an NCAA crown this weekend.
Beyond Bounds: Becky Culp Could Take Home An NCAA Crown
H.S. Sports Teams Cope With Frigid SpringIt’s no secret. Many Minnesotans are sick of the long winter season and so are thousands of high school students who've had to practice inside and cancel games.
Cabin Fever Skyrocketing For MN HS SportsMinnesota high school spring sports started practice this week. But with the weather being what it is, they've been relegated indoors.