As this, the 49th season of the Central Valley League begins, several teams are vying to win their respective divisions and advance to the regional tournament.
Following is an outlook for the season. (Luxemburg and St. Augusta did not respond.)
Cold Spring Rockies
The Rockies are coming off a successful 2013 CVL – a season that found them coming up one win short of qualifying for the state tournament. For the past decade, the Rockies have consistently been region tournament participants, but have not been back to the State Tournament since their appearance in 2008.
The 2014 roster is filled with a mix of veterans as well as some talented young players. Manager Jeff Lindbloom is expecting great depth this year.
Welcome to all!
Kimball Golf Club – 18 holes and the driving range – Open! Join us for a new clubs demonstration from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, on the driving range (free). Hit some balls with the latest clubs. Call the clubhouse for details at (320) 398-2285.
Golf Tip of the Week
If you want to knock shots off your game, spend as much time chipping and putting as you can as you are hitting balls on the driving range.
Think of when you go to the practice range to work on your golf game. What club do you use when you first start practicing? A Driver? That is usually the club of choice.
This weekly feature will take a look back at some of the biggest names and games in Central Valley League history.
The CVL has always been a competitive league. And in the early days, it was the focal point for many living in the small towns that comprise the league.
On any given Sunday from mid-April to summer’s end, hundreds would turn out for contests between towns that were situated mere miles apart.
The winner of that week’s game would have bragging rights for that week and at least until the two teams squared off again.
Sometimes the games became contentious between players, fans, and sometimes even the umpires. One story is told in and around Pearl Lake of an umpire who made a number of questionable calls during a contest that Pearl Lake eventually lost.
It has been many long years, it seems, since I strapped on the catching gear and played for the Pearl Lake Lakers.
I was the team’s catcher from 1975, after graduating from Kimball High School, until 1979 when I graduated from St. Cloud State University and moved away to begin my journalism career.
I had a brief encore in amateur baseball when I came back to play for the Sartell Muskies, again as a catcher. I played two years for the Muskies in the Sauk Valley League and was fortunate enough to be on that squad when it won the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament in 1992.
However, it was those early years with the Lakers that I remember most fondly.
We are pleased to introduce Kimball Golf Club News to all in the Tri-County News area. Kimball Golf Club has served the area communities for more than 47 years - as a premier golf community course welcoming golfers of all skill levels at reasonable fees.
Kimball Golf Club is now open for play - seven days every week.
Each week, through the golf season, we will present a golf tip, reports of league and individual play at the golf course, along with an ongoing invitation for all to enjoy the Kimball Golf Club, a golf course owned and operated by its community members and devoted to serving all in the Tri-County News area.