The Princeton Union-Eagle » Sports http://unioneagle.com Community newspaper of Princeton, Minn. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tiger high school sports for Aug. 27-Sept. 3 http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/tiger-high-school-sports-for-aug-27-sept-3/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/tiger-high-school-sports-for-aug-27-sept-3/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:57:09 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=117589 Girls Tennis: At Delano Invite Aug. 27 (9 a.m.) • At Brainerd Triangular (w/Staples-Motley) Aug. 29 (9 a.m.)

Girls Soccer: Home vs. Sauk Rapids Aug. 27 (4:30 p.m.) • At Duluth Denfeld Sep. 2 (7 p.m.) • At Esko Sep. 3 (4:30 p.m.)

Boys Soccer: At Rockford Aug. 27 (7 p.m.) • Home vs. Hutchinson Sep. 1 (4:30 p.m.)

Volleyball: At Zimmerman Aug. 27 (7 p.m.) • Home vs. St. Cloud Apollo Sep. 1 (7 p.m.) • Home vs. Grand Rapids Sep. 3 (7 p.m.)

Football: Home vs. Rogers Aug. 28 (7 p.m.)

Girls Swim & Dive: Hosts Princeton Invite Sept. 1 (5 p.m.) • Home vs. Cambridge-Isanti Sep. 3 (6 p.m.)

Cross Country: Hosts Princeton Invite Sept. 3 at Fairway Shores GC (4 p.m.). ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/tiger-high-school-sports-for-aug-27-sept-3/feed/ 0 Outlaw Grass Drags will draw snowmobiling crowd Aug. 28-29 http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/outlaw-grass-drags-will-draw-snowmobiling-crowd-aug-28-29/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/outlaw-grass-drags-will-draw-snowmobiling-crowd-aug-28-29/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:54:34 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=117585 Cowboys RWBThe Outlaw Grass Drags will pack a field of fun into two big days in Princeton when the annual celebration of snowmobiling and riding sports will be hosted Aug. 28-29.

The large gathering is held at 3708 Baptist Church Road on the north side of town. Once again, the NSRA will hold timed heats in vintage, stock, pro and Kitty Kat classes across the hay field which draws racers from all over the Midwest. Racing starts at 5 p.m. Friday night and again at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

In addition, a huge swap meet for new and used snowmobiles, parts, clothing and gear, art and much more takes place throughout the Grass Drags, along with ATV demo rides on the fun trail in the pines.

Proceeds go toward the Rum River Trail Association, made up of six area snowmobiling clubs which includes the Mystic Riders of Princeton and the Milaca-Rum River Sno Riders. The association maintains over 500 miles of local trails each winter.

Gate prices are $15 adults for each day, children 12-under are free. For the complete rundown of the weekend of fun, log on to www.outlawgrassdrags.com. ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/outlaw-grass-drags-will-draw-snowmobiling-crowd-aug-28-29/feed/ 0 Tiger Football topped by Storm in 2015 opener http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/tiger-football-topped-by-storm-in-2015-opener/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/tiger-football-topped-by-storm-in-2015-opener/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:02:47 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=117479 Host Sauk Rapids broke a 14-14 tie with a strong second half and went on to defeat Princeton 33-20 in the teams’ 2015 season-opener on Saturday, Aug. 22. The game was moved up to a noon start time because of the strong weather front which moved through central Minnesota in the evening.

The Tigers will host Rogers for their home opener on Friday, Aug. 28 with a 7 p.m. start time. The Royals got past Sartell-St. Stephen 14-7 in their first game on Aug. 22. ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/tiger-football-topped-by-storm-in-2015-opener/feed/ 0 Early workout for Princeton Football; Meet the Tigers Night is Aug. 13 http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/early-workout-for-princeton-football-meet-the-tigers-night-is-aug-13/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/early-workout-for-princeton-football-meet-the-tigers-night-is-aug-13/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:56:37 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=117179 Football1

High school football began a week earlier than normal across Minnesota this year. The Princeton football squad hit the practice field on a hot Monday, Aug. 10 for opening workouts, with Tiger head coach Roy Hanenburg training his defensive linemen (above).

The annual Meet the Tigers Night will be held on the PHS football field on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 6-8 p.m., a chance for fans to see a few scrimmage plays run while getting to know the new cast of players.  The season opener will then be Saturday, Aug. 22 (7 p.m.) with the Tigers traveling to Sauk Rapids to take on the Storm.   – Photos by Greg Hunt/Union-Eagle ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/early-workout-for-princeton-football-meet-the-tigers-night-is-aug-13/feed/ 0 14-U Fastpitch holds own at Nationals http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/14-u-fastpitch-holds-own-at-nationals/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/14-u-fastpitch-holds-own-at-nationals/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:53:32 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=117172 At the ASA “B” Northern National tournament held in Wausau, Wisconsin, Princeton 14-U pitcher Danika Rademacher keeps the score low with her solid pitching.  Photos submitted

At the ASA “B” Northern National tournament held in Wausau, Wisconsin, Princeton 14-U pitcher Danika Rademacher keeps the score low with her solid pitching. Photos submitted

Before being eliminated from the ASA “B” Northern National tournament held in Wausau, Wisc. the beginning of August, the Princeton Tiger 14-U girls’ fastpitch team put up an impressive battle.

The week-long tournament began with pool play and consisted of 40 teams from seven different states. The Tigers ended pool play 0-2, with both losses occurring in the bottom of the seventh inning by one run. In both games, strong defense was played. The games simply came down to one team out-hitting another by just a couple hits at the right time.

Once bracket play began, the Tigers continued their solid defense and rallied their bats to defeat the host Wausau squad 11-3 in their first outing. They went on to lose their second game 7-4 to the Intensity club team from Illinois.

The Tigers managed to fight back in the losers bracket, earning a come-from-behind 9-6 victory over Germantown, Wisconsin before losing out in what is called an international tie-breaker against the Midwest Sluggers of Iowa. Because the game was tied after seven innings of play, the next inning starts with the batting team placing a runner on second. The Sluggers were up first and capitalized with two runs. The home team Tigers were then given their chance to tie but were not able to put up any runs for a 5-3 final score.

Tiger third bagger Allie Skuza nabbing a grounder against Intensity of Illinois.
Tiger third bagger Allie Skuza nabbing a grounder against Intensity of Illinois.

The Tigers ended their season in the top half of the 40 team field. The vast majority of the teams playing at the national tournament were club teams.

“It was fun because we proved to ourselves that we can compete at a very high level,” said Princeton pitcher Danika Rademacher. ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/14-u-fastpitch-holds-own-at-nationals/feed/ 0 Princeton’s season ends at American Legion State Tournament http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/princetons-season-ends-at-american-legion-state-tournament/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/princetons-season-ends-at-american-legion-state-tournament/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:05:05 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=117011 Nick Zeroth lines a two-run double to right-center field during Princeton’s loss to Woodbury Blue on July 31. Zeroth also had an RBI single during Princeton’s win over Grand Rapids. (Sun Current staff photo by Chris Chesky)

Nick Zeroth lines a two-run double to right-center field during Princeton’s loss to Woodbury Blue on July 31. Zeroth also had an RBI single during Princeton’s win over Grand Rapids. (Sun Current staff photo by Chris Chesky)

By Chris Chesky – Sun Current Newspapers

One week after Princeton remained undefeated during the American Legion Sub-State 13 Tournament, the team got off to a rocky start.

Tanner Kinney guided Princeton to their first state tournament win in team history by pitching seven plus innings in Princeton’s 6-5 win over Grand Rapids on July 31. (Sun Current staff photo by Chris Chesky)
Tanner Kinney guided Princeton to their first state tournament win in team history by pitching seven plus innings in Princeton’s 6-5 win over Grand Rapids on July 31. (Sun Current staff photo by Chris Chesky)

Princeton scored the first two runs of the game, but lost 8-2 after failing to get anything else going on offense.
“We didn’t play a great one there, but we’ve played good all year,” coach Troy Kinney said. “We can bounce back.”
Nick Zeroth hit a two-run double in the first inning to lead princeton’s struggling offense. Princeton collected eight hits as a team, with Zeroth and Tanner Kinney collecting two hits apiece.
Luke Hallbeck gave up four runs in seven innings to earn the loss for Princeton.
“His command wasn’t as good as it usually is,” Kinney said. “It’s hard to pitch that way.”
Coach Kinney, although his team displayed a lackluster performance during their first game of the tournament, believed in his team and knew the players would bounce back.
He was correct.
Tanner Kinney allowed five runs and struck out three over his seven plus innings to help Princeton win their first state tournament game in team history.
“I like the way he threw a lot of strikes today,” coach Kinney said. “I don’t think he had his best stuff today, but he threw a lot of strikes. We’ll take it.”
Zeroth went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Luke Hallbeck went 2-for-2 with two RBIs to lead Princeton’s offense.
Princeton’s season came to an end on August 1, when they lost to Hutchinson 3-2. Princeton catcher Sam Archer went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a home run and Damon Rademacher went 1-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Princeton’s offense in the loss. Rademacher also pitched a complete game for Princeton in the loss, allowing eight runs (six earned) and striking out nine in his nine innings.
Princeton ended their season with a 25-5 record.

Contact Chris Chesky at chris.chesky@ecm-inc.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MNSunSports ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/08/princetons-season-ends-at-american-legion-state-tournament/feed/ 0 On to State for Princeton Legion http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/on-to-state-for-princeton-legion/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/on-to-state-for-princeton-legion/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:08:20 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=116920 Greg Hunt / Union-Eagle Hosting the Sub-State 13 tournament on the home field, the Princeton American Legion baseball squad swept all its games over last week to earn a berth in the Minnesota State Legion tournament which begins this weekend. The Princeton boys defeated Elk River 2-0 in the championship game on July 25. Pictured in the front row left to right are Jack Thompson, Sam Larson, Tanner Kinney, Sam Archer, Nick Zeroth and Eric Norman. In the back row left to right are Coach Jesse Zimmer, Gehrig Scheffel, Damon Rademacher, Luke Hallbeck, Joe Bernard, Dillon Prieve, Coach Troy Kinney, and Jake Carlson.

Greg Hunt / Union-Eagle
Hosting the Sub-State 13 tournament on the home field, the Princeton American Legion baseball squad swept all its games over last week to earn a berth in the Minnesota State Legion tournament which begins this weekend. The Princeton boys defeated Elk River 2-0 in the championship game on July 25. Pictured in the front row left to right are Jack Thompson, Sam Larson, Tanner Kinney, Sam Archer, Nick Zeroth and Eric Norman. In the back row left to right are Coach Jesse Zimmer, Gehrig Scheffel, Damon Rademacher, Luke Hallbeck, Joe Bernard, Dillon Prieve, Coach Troy Kinney, and Jake Carlson.

Playing cool and collected all week, the  Princeton American Legion baseball team kept finding ways to put away opponents. Then as the final out was grabbed on Saturday, the local lads mobbed each other in a big heap as they earned a trip to State.

“Pitching and defense was what did it. Every guy we threw out there this week threw a lot of strikes, and we just played good defense behind them. In a nine-inning game, that’s what we want to do,” said Coach Troy Kinney.

The final victory needed in the Sub-State 13 tournament came 2-0 over Elk River the afternoon of July 25. Tanner Kinney came through with his second strong pitching effort of the tourney when he limited the Elks to four hits total while striking out four. A positive omen happened in the first inning after Elk River’s first batters reached on base hits, but Eric Norman and Damon Rademacher turned a sweet 4-6-3 double play to allow no runs home.

After getting two strikeouts in the second, Kinney was threatened again when two ER batters reached. But a fly to Luke Hallbeck in left and a force out in the infield stopped the threat. Those two outs began a string of 12 consecutive batters retired by Kinney as he just kept pumping strikes.

“I found out last night I was going to get the start. I was pretty excited all night. I knew Elk River is a really-good hitting team, so I was just going to trust my defense behind me. I didn’t strike many out, but the defense did a helluva job and made plays behind me,” said Kinney.

In Princeton’s third inning, Kinney broke up the shut out when he reached on a hit. Jake Carlson reached on a bunt by beating a low throw to first. After an out and Joe Bernard getting hit by a pitch, Nick Zeroth’s fielder’s choice allowed Kinney to score.

Princeton made it 2-0 in the fourth when leadoff man Norman stroked a double to center. After Rademacher put the ball in play, Norman was attempting to reach third when the return throw from first skipped up the line, allowing him to cross the plate with a key insurance run.

From that point on, neither team really threatened again as Kinney and ER starter Mitch Thompson had their defenses playing well behind them. In the top of the ninth, the Elks were retired on three straight fly balls to Jake Carlson in centerfield.

“I got a good jump on that first one which was hit really well,” replayed Carlson. “After that one, I just kind of settled in and it was all confidence from there. Tanner gave me the first two outs, and I was like, ‘Tanner, give me the third one, too!’ and I got a good jump toward the wall on that last one.”

Mixed in the celebration, “It was fantastic– this is kind of a first-time thing for me,” said Sam Archer, who logged a lot of sweaty innings at catcher over the course of the tournament. “We just never gave up. We just found a way to win. We have a gritty team who puts in a lot of hard work. It definitely showed this week. It was fun to see Jake put away that last fly ball.”

“This is the last season with this group and my dad coaching us– it just makes the feeling of reaching State that much better,” added Tanner Kinney.

First Sub-State games

On July 21, Princeton opened as the No. 1 seed for the Sub-State tourney on Solheim Field against No. 11 Zimmerman who eliminated Pine City-Hinckley the night before. Kinney got the start and racked up 16 strikeouts in a 4-3 win. Archer blasted a solo homer, and Kinney scored two runs. Gehrig Scheffel also scored a run in the victory.

“Bunting got us the win in the Zimmerman game. It was something we did not do well early in the season, but the boys got it done when it counted,” said Coach Kinney.

Next up was a 7-6 win over Becker on Wednesday when Hallbeck tossed seven innings to lead. The Post #216 boys helped him with four runs in the sixth, highlighted by a Bernard double and singles from Zeroth and Norman. Archer knocked another solo dinger in the seventh, then needed insurance runs were added in the eighth when Zeroth was hit by a pitch and scored on another Norman double, then Rademacher followed with a run-scoring single.

The Princeton ball club maintained its hot streak in the playoffs by defeating St. Francis 7-3 in the July 23 night game. Rademacher got the win with another strong pitching performance this summer. He was aided early by two diving catches from centerfielder Kinney, plus Rademacher and the defense picked off three Saint runners in the first three innings to limit threats.

Hallbeck singled home Carlson for the first run, then Princeton upped its first-inning lead to 3-0 when Archer and Hallbeck scored on Norman’s hard grounder to first when the flip to the pitcher went errant. Sam Larson’s two-BI single in the fourth proved to be the game-winner which scored Norman and Rademacher. Carlson and Norman added run-scoring hits in the seventh to further hold off the Saints.

On Friday night, one more rung of the ladder was precariously climbed with a 5-4 win to eliminate Buffalo. A Zeroth triple highlighted a 3-0 Princeton first inning, then Zeroth singled in the fourth and came in on Norman’s base hit for a 4-0 edge.

But Buffalo rallied to tie the game with four runs in the seventh, and Larson came in for solid relief. In the bottom of the ninth, Scheffel reached on a base hit, then he took second on a delayed steal. Kinney slapped an opposite-field single to left, and Scheffel beat the throw to the plate for the winning run.

Troy Kinney has been head coaching Princeton Legion since the summer of 1999, and he was assistant coach from 1992-1999. Kinney thought the last time Princeton Legion made State was either the summer of 2000 or 2001.

“It’s real special. I’ve been with this group of seniors from 10-U ball, 11-U ball all the way up. So it’s been fun to see them get rewarded for all the time they’ve put in,” he said.

“For future years, this experience is just a big confidence builder,” said Carlson, one of the few non-graduated seniors on the team. “I was really nervous this morning leading up to the game. But for future years, if this happens again I’m going to be nice and calm.”

State tourney path

Princeton takes its 25-3 record to the southwest corner of the metro area for the July 31-Aug. 3 Minnesota American Legion baseball tournament. The boys will open against Woodbury Blue at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, playing at Round Lake Park in Eden Prairie.

A win would have them facing either Eden Prairie or Grand Rapids in the 6:30 p.m. game on Friday night. A loss sends them to the 3:30 p.m. consolation game. Either game is also at Round Lake Park.

The 16-team Tier I tourney will also be played at Chaska, Edina and the host Chanhassen sites. The tourney will wind down to the championship scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3 at Chanhassen High School. ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/on-to-state-for-princeton-legion/feed/ 0 Legion team marches on with third tourney win http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/legion-team-marches-on-with-third-tourney-win/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/legion-team-marches-on-with-third-tourney-win/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:43:11 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=116820 After a perfect Gehrig Scheffel sac bunt, Sam Carlson looped a single to right field to score Eric Norman and Damon Rademacher in the fourth inning against St. Francis in the July 23 Sub-State 13 final winners' bracket game.  Photos by Greg Hunt

After a perfect Gehrig Scheffel sac bunt, Sam Carlson looped a single to right field to score Eric Norman and Damon Rademacher in the fourth inning against St. Francis in the July 23 Sub-State 13 final winners’ bracket game. Photos by Greg Hunt

The Princeton American Legion baseball team maintained its hot streak in the Sub-State 13 playoffs by defeating St. Francis 7-3 in the July 23 night game of Round 3. The Post #216 boys will try to eliminate Buffalo in the July 24 5 p.m. game on the home field– a win there will put Princeton in the driver’s seat for the final games on Saturday, July 25 (2 & 5 p.m.).

Damon Rademacher got the win with another strong pitching performance this summer. He was aided early by two diving catches from centerfielder Tanner Kinney, plus Rademacher and the defense picked off three Saint runners in the first three innings to limit threats.

Damon Rademacher got the win over St. Francis, helped by he and the defense picking off three runners in the early innings.
Damon Rademacher got the win over St. Francis, helped by  the defense picking off three runners in the early innings.

Luke Hallbeck singled home Jake Carlson for the first run, then Princeton upped its first-inning lead to 3-0 when Sam Archer and Hallbeck scored on Eric Norman’s hard grounder to first when the flip to the pitcher went errant. Sam Larson’s two-BI single in the fourth proved to be the game-winner which scored Norman and Rademacher.

St. Francis and Elk River are the other two remaining teams in the Sub-State tourney. They play an elimination game at 2 p.m. on July 24. ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/legion-team-marches-on-with-third-tourney-win/feed/ 0 Legion baseball keeps winning in Sub-State http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/legion-baseball-keeps-winning-in-sub-state/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/legion-baseball-keeps-winning-in-sub-state/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:53:42 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=116795 Joe Bernard and the Princeton Legion squad are 2-0 in the Sub-State tournament hosted on the home Solheim Field.

Joe Bernard and the Princeton Legion squad are 2-0 in the Sub-State tournament hosted on the home Solheim Field this week.

No. 1 seed Princeton stayed in the winners’ bracket in the American Legion Sub-State 13 baseball tournament by defeating Becker 7-6 in the second-round game on July 22.

The Post #216 squad will face No. 4 seed St. Francis in the July 23 round in the 8 p.m. feature slot at Solheim Field in Princeton. Two elimination games will precede that game:  Elk River vs. Cambridge at 2 p.m. and Becker vs. Buffalo at 5 p.m.

Four teams will be alive for the July 24 games which will be held at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday will be the final battles with games also at 2 and 5 p.m. as teams vie for the coveted Legion State tourney berth. ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/legion-baseball-keeps-winning-in-sub-state/feed/ 0 Legion team opens Sub-State tourney with win http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/legion-team-opens-sub-state-tourney-with-win/ http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/legion-team-opens-sub-state-tourney-with-win/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:37:31 +0000 http://unioneagle.com/?p=116773 Sam Archer and the Princeton Legion ball team are the No. 1 seeds for this week's Sub-State 13 tournament on the home field.

Sam Archer and the Princeton Legion ball team are the No. 1 seeds for this week’s Sub-State 13 tournament on the home field.

Hosting the American Legion baseball Sub-State 13 tournament this week, the Princeton ball club opened with a 4-1 win over Big Lake on Tuesday, July 21. The No. 1 seed Princeton boys will next face No. 6 Becker at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22 in the second round. Becker upset No. 3 Cambridge 4-1 in earlier action on Tuesday.

With a win on Wednesday, Princeton would get the 8 p.m. game on Thursday night, July 23 against either No. 2 Elk River or No. 4 St. Francis.  A loss on Wednesday sends them to the 5 p.m. survival game on Thursday. ]]> http://unioneagle.com/2015/07/legion-team-opens-sub-state-tourney-with-win/feed/ 0