Two teams from Dakota County will be involved in one of the kickoff events this weekend for the USA Cup international youth soccer tournament in Blaine.
The Dakota Rev Riptide Under-14 girls team and the Eagan Wave Premier Under-16 girls team were invited to the USA Cup Super Elite tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday at the National Sports Center. The main USA Cup tourney starts Tuesday and runs through July 20.
The Super Elite tourney has six teams in each of four classes: girls U14, boys U14, girls U16 and boys U16. Teams first had to apply for the event and then be invited by tournament officials.
Dakota Rev Riptide won the Midwest Premier League, allowing just one goal in the process. Other teams in its division at the Super Elite tourney include MapleBrook Rush Premier and Minnesota Thunder Academy 99 as well as teams from Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
In the girls U16 division, Eagan’s potential opponents include three Minnesota teams – Minnesota Thunder Academy 97 Blue, Tonka United Blue and NSSA Blast. There’s also one team from Wisconsin and one from Sendai, Japan.
Schedules for the Super Elite tournament were not finalized when this edition went to press. They will be available at www.usacup.org.
World University Games
Eagan native and University of Minnesota diver Sarah McCrady is competing this week in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
McCrady finished 12th in women’s platform diving preliminaries Monday and was scheduled to compete later this week in 10-meter synchronized diving with Purdue’s Mackenzie Tweardy as her teammate.
The World University Games is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years. Athletes must be at least 17 years old but not older than 28.
McCrady, who will be a senior at Minnesota in the fall, has qualified for the NCAA Championships twice. She was All-America honorable mention in the 2013 NCAA meet after finishing 16th in platform diving. She was fourth in that event at the Big Ten Championships and twice was named the conference’s Diver of the Week.
The week in golf
Minnesota’s premier event for amateur golfers is next week and is followed two days later by its premier event for amateurs and professionals.
The 110th Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship is Monday through Wednesday at Medina Golf and Country Club. Among those expected to compete are Valleywood Golf Course players Trent Peterson and Sammy Schmitz, both of whom were exempt from qualifying. Peterson won the MGA Amateur in 2008 and Schmitz was the MGA Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Former Eagan High School standout Ryan Peterson is defending champion at the Minnesota State Open, scheduled July 19-21 at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park. Ryan Peterson, who later played at Colorado State and has been competing on mini-tours since turning professional, won the 2012 championship at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
Tyler Ekenberg, an Apple Valley High School graduate now playing on the NGA Tour, also will play in the Minnesota State Open.