Notebook: AV’s Hall is a world champion

Mark Hall, already a four-time state high school champion for Apple Valley, added a world championship to his resume this summer.

Apple Valley's Mark Hall works an opponent's shoulders toward the mat during the 2014 state Class 3A wrestling tournament. Hall recently won his weight class at the FILA Cadet World Championships. File photo

Apple Valley’s Mark Hall works an opponent’s shoulders toward the mat during the 2014 state Class 3A wrestling tournament. Hall recently won his weight class at the FILA Cadet World Championships. File photo

Hall won five matches in the 167.5-pound weight class in freestyle at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Slovakia in July. He won the title match 4-1 over Sumiyabazar Zandanbud of Mongolia.

Hall also is the Cadet national freestyle champion at 167.5 after finishing second in the same tournament last year. He was one of three U.S. wrestlers to win championships at the Cadet World tournament; one of the other U.S. winners, Mason Manville, wrestled at Apple Valley for one year and is now at Blair Academy in New Jersey.

After training at the U.S. Olympic Center in Colorado, Hall will be a junior at Apple Valley in the fall, when he will resume his quest to become the first Minnesota high school wrestler to win six state championships.

Meanwhile, at the USA Wrestling Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D., two Minnesota high school champions dueled for the 195-pound championship. Apple Valley’s Bobby Steveson defeated Totino-Grace’s Lance Benick 3-1. Last winter, Steveson won the Class 3A state championship at 182 while Benick was Class 2A champion at 195. Both will be seniors in the fall.

AVHS graduate Seth Gross, headed to the University of Iowa wrestling program, had a sixth-place finish at the junior nationals.

Prep previews

Eastview’s girls and Apple Valley’s boys will defend their championships at the Pacesetter Sweet Sixteen Basketball Championships this weekend at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.

The projected top four teams in each Minnesota high school basketball enrollment class are invited to the tournament. Apple Valley’s boys play Fond du Lac at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, while Eastview’s girls play Albany at 12:40 p.m.

The tournament runs through Sunday, with the boys championship game at 2:30 p.m. and the girls championship game at 5:10.

Each team’s high school coaches will not be allowed to coach during this event because the summer waiver period ends Friday.

Eastview’s girls won the 2014 Class 4A championship. Apple Valley was first in the boys Class 4A rankings for most of last season before losing in the Section 3 championship game.

Many of the state’s top high school volleyball teams will compete in the Breakdown Sports Minnesota Elite Preseason Tournament on Saturday at Midwest Volleyball Warehouse in Burnsville.

Lakeville North is a two-time champion in this tournament and is returning this year. Rosemount also is among the invited teams.

A second 32-team tournament will be held Sunday, with Farmington in the field for that event.

Pool play begins at 9 a.m. both days, with championship matches scheduled for 6 p.m.

Senior Babe Ruth champs

The Burnsville Pythons won the state Senior Babe Ruth baseball championship in Minnetonka, defeating the Minnetonka Mudhens 5-1 in the championship game Monday. Burnsville moves on to regional play in Milwaukee beginning Friday.

Burnsville, the No. 1 seed, went 4-0 in the tournament, defeating Woodbury, Rosemount and the Mudhens twice.

Rosemount, seeded fifth, went 4-2 in the state tournament, with its two losses coming against Burnsville and the Mudhens. Teams from Apple Valley, Lakeville North and Lakeville South also competed.

Burnsville’s Logan Shorn had two pitching victories, one save, and a 0.98 ERA for the tournament. He also led the team in hitting with a .615 average, six RBI and five runs scored. Ty Procko (.583) and Nick Ruffing (.455) also had strong performances at the plate.

Coaching moves

• Apple Valley High School named Chris Scanlon head boys golf coach. Scanlon, who teaches in the business department at AVHS, has been the Eagles’ junior varsity girls golf coach for the last 12 years. Scanlon is a 1997 graduate of AVHS, where he played soccer and hockey.

• Dakota County Technical College named Bailey Anderson head volleyball coach. Anderson, an Eastview High School graduate, played volleyball at DCTC in 2011 and 2012, the program’s first two seasons. She is working on a degree in exercise and sport science at DCTC and plans to attend Augsburg College to major in health, physical education and exercise science.

Email Mike Shaughnessy at
mike.shaughnessy@ecm-inc.com.

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