Notebook: Slominski recovering from neck surgery

Edina High School girls hockey coach and former Burnsville High School player Laura Slominski underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon at North Memorial Hospital after fracturing a vertebra in her neck during a women’s hockey game Sunday night.

In an entry on her CaringBridge.org site, Slominski wrote that the operation involved replacing a damaged vertebra and fusing several other vertebrae. According to the site, she has feeling and movement in all her extremities and since the operation has been able to sit in a chair, walk and climb stairs.

She was injured when she went into the boards back-first, the CaringBridge site said.

Slominski has been a math teacher and girls hockey coach at Edina High since 2008. She led the Hornets to four consecutive state tournament appearances from 2009 through 2012. Edina was Class AA runner-up in 2010 and 2011.

Before going to Edina, Slominski was head coach at Bloomington Kennedy High School and an assistant coach at St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota.

She was the 1998 Ms. Hockey Award winner while a senior at Burnsville High. Slominski went on to play four years at the University of Minnesota and was the Gophers’ captain her senior year.

Griak Invitational

Several local high school teams competed Sept. 28 at the Roy Griak Invitational, which brings together top cross country teams from throughout the United States.

Eagan finished eighth of 50 girls teams in the Gold Division, considered to be the most competitive of two high school divisions. The Wildcats were the No. 3 team from Minnesota behind Wayzata (first) and Edina (tied for sixth).

The Griak meet, held at the Les Bolstad Golf Course, is the only 5,000-meter race many girls runners compete in all season (the standard distance for Minnesota high school girls races is 4,000 meters).

Senior Raissa Hansen led the Eagan girls by finishing 31st individually in 19 minutes, 28.4 seconds. Anna Van Wyk (40th) and Kelli Praska (44th) also were in the top 50 for the Wildcats.

Burnsville finished 10th in the girls Gold Division. Blaze senior Vivian Hett was ninth overall – and the No. 4 Minnesota finisher – in 18:49. Eighth-grader Kelly Koch was 32nd in 19:29.1.

Rosemount was 26th, led by senior Hannah Grim, who was 60th in the individual competition in 19:57.3. Seventh-grader Lauren Peterson was 66th in 20:00 to lead Farmington to 33rd place.

Rosemount finished 21st and Farmington 41st in the boys Gold Division race. Rosemount’s leading runners were Alex Berhe, 63rd in 16:56.4, and Sam Ivanecky, 67th in 16:58.1.

Justin Hyytinen finished 45th in 16:45 to lead Farmington.

Wayzata and Edina were the top two teams in the boys Gold Division meet, and Obsa Ali of Richfield was individual champion.

Eastview was 19th in the girls Maroon Division meet. Sophomore Laura Bestul was 15th individually in 19:59. Margie Freed finished 69th in 21:24.

LV North volleyball tourney

Lakeville North is host and defending champion at the Todd Bachman Invitational volleyball tournament that begins Friday, Oct. 4, at Lakeville North High School.

One of the longest-running volleyball tournaments (now in its 29th year) in the state, the event has drawn several highly ranked teams. In addition to Lakeville North (No. 3 in Class 3A), Prior Lake (No. 9 in Class 3A) and Marshall (No. 1 in Class 2A) are in the 16-team field. So, too, is Lakeville South from the South Suburban Conference.

Lakeville North and Marshall might be anxious for a third match to settle their score this season. North swept two games from Marshall in a best-of-three match at the Southwest Minnesota Challenge in Marshall in early September. Two weeks later, Marshall swept Lakeville North in the second round at the Eagle Invitational in Apple Valley.

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