Five teams representing local youth soccer clubs reached championship games in the USA Cup Weekend tournament Sunday at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
None of them joined the five Minnesota teams that won their brackets, but the REV Soccer Club’s boys Under-13 Black team came close, losing 2-1 on penalty kicks to a team from China, Beijing Zhongguanchun United, in the B flight final.
REV Soccer also sent two teams to A flight finals. The club’s U11 girls team lost 2-0 to Polonia Soccer Club of Franklin, Wisconsin. Club Deportivo Guadalajara of Mexico defeated REV Black 8-1 in the boys U14 tournament.
In the U13 girls B flight, FC Lake County Black of Grayslake, Illinois, edged the Valley United Red Devils 1-0.
Eden Prairie defeated the Lakeville Wolves 4-2 in the championship game of the U12 girls C flight.
Canadian teams won five championships in the USA Cup Weekend tourney, including three by Chill of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Wisconsin and North Dakota had three champions each.
The USA Cup week-long tournament started Tuesday in Blaine and runs through Saturday, when championship games will be played. The USA Cup, the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere, features almost 1,200 teams from 17 states and 15 countries.
Lakeville resident Vernon Walker, an adapted CrossFit athlete profiled in the Sun Thisweek Newspapers and Dakota County Tribune editions of June 30-July 1, won his division at the WheelWOD championships earlier this month in Collingwood, Ontario.
Walker, who lost his left leg to bone cancer as a child, swept all three events in the men’s adapted seated division. He won the WheelWOD Tri, which consisted of squats and pushups, a swim and a 2-kilometer wheelchair race, in 15 minutes, 30 seconds, more than three minutes ahead of his closest competitor. He also won the clean ladder platform event and the adapted dumbbell DT competition, which requires competitors to do a prescribed number of dead lifts, power cleans and presses.
Walker trains at CrossFit 5885 in Apple Valley.
After signing with the Seattle Mariners last month, Burnsville High School graduate Sam Carlson has made two pitching appearances with the organization’s rookie-league team in Arizona.
Carlson, taken in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft, has pitched three innings in two games, allowing four hits and one earned run. He has three strikeouts. The Arizona League schedule runs until early September.
Another former Burnsville High pitcher, Tyler Hanson, got a contract offer from the Colorado Rockies last week and is expected to sign and report to their Class A team in Boise, Idaho.
Hanson went undrafted after completing his eligibility at the University of Minnesota. He was 4-4 with a 3.88 ERA as a senior.
According to the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota’s student-run newspaper, Hanson was ready to start a job in the Twin Cities on Monday when he got the call from the Rockies. He had been pitching for the Burnsville Bobcats men’s amateur team after completing his season with the Gophers.
Another 2017 draftee, former Lakeville North pitcher Dalton Lehnen, has made four pitching appearances with two New York Yankees rookie-league teams. He pitched once for the Yankees West team in the Gulf Coast League before moving to the Pulaski (Virginia) Yankees, where he has started three games. In 9 1/3 innings over the four appearances he has allowed four runs (none earned) and 10 hits, walking two and striking out 11.
Lehnen, who pitched for Augustana University last spring, was selected by the Yankees in the sixth round of the draft.