athlete of the week
Alexandria’s Justin Hochsprung, a junior forward for the St. John’s University hockey team, had four even-strength points with one goal and three assists in the Johnnies’ split with Augsburg last weekend.
He had the only goal in the 3-1 loss Thursday night, and assisted on the final three goals in the 4-2 win on Saturday night.
Hochsprung currently leads the team with a plus/minus rating of +5 and is second with seven points in seven games.
Augsburg hockey team
Alexandria native Landon Olson was named a captain for the Augsburg men’s hockey team coming into his senior season this fall.
Olson, a defenseman, has two points on a goal and an assist through nine games this season. The Auggies are 2-7 on the early season after falling to Gustavus Adolphus in overtime on December 1. Olson played in 25 games as a junior last year and recorded three goals and four assists.
LAR adult volleyball
Lakes Area Recreation began taking registrations December 3 for winter adult volleyball leagues.
Leagues are available for men, women, and mixed couples. There are different classifications in each league to fit the player’s ability.
Cost is $250 for the team fee. The registration deadline is December 28.
Call the Lakes Area Recreation office at (320) 762-2868 with questions.
The Alexandria YMCA will hold its gymnastics open house on Tuesday, December 11, from 5-6 p.m. and Wednesday, December 12, from 6-7 p.m. to meet Melissa Schwartz, the YMCA gymnastics coordinator, and to learn about the competitive gymnastics programs available.
Schwartz is a professional member of the USA Gymnastics Federation and was a USAG competitive gymnast for nine years.
The event is free and open to the community.
For more information on YMCA gymnastics, visit the YMCA website or call the YMCA at (320) 834-9622.
Registration is now open for the 2013 Alexandria Polar Bear Plunge, presented by Minnesota law enforcement to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota.
The funds raised benefit more than 7,100 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes.
The Alexandria Plunge will be held at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria.
The Plunge begins at 1 p.m. on February 24. Check-in will be at the Plunge site.
For more information or to register, visit plungemn.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elks Hoop Shoot
The annual Elks Hoop Shoot will be held on Thursday, December 27 at 2 p.m. in the Jefferson High School gymnasium.
The competition is open to boys and girls ages 8-13 as of April 1, 2013.
Winners in the competition advance through local, district, state and regional competitions to the national event.
LAR 35-older open gym
Lakes Area Recreation holds open gym on Sundays for 35-older from 7-9 p.m. at the Discovery Middle School gym, running to the middle of April.
Cost is $3 for adults.
For more information, call Lakes Area Recreation at (320) 762-2868.
Lakes Area Recreation will hold the Tiny Dribblers program for boys and girls in kindergarten as an introduction to the game of basketball.
The program will meet seven times at the Lincoln Elementary gym on Saturdays beginning on January 5 and running through February 16. Boys will meet from 9-9:45 a.m. and the girls will meet from 10-10:45 a.m.
Cost is $32 and includes a T-shirt.
For more information, call LAR at (320) 762-2868.
There will be a youth basketball tournament in Montevideo for boys and girls in grades 5-7 on Saturday, March 23.
Entry deadline is March 8.
For further information, contact Amy Reidinger at email@example.com or call (320) 269-5026, extension 3262.
Team Extreme Ice
Lake Osakis will be the first stop of the Team Extreme Ice Fishing tournament on December 30. Action will continue on Lake Minnewaska in Glenwood on January 27, followed by Pelican Lake in Monticello on February 27, Clearwater Lake in St. Cloud on March 3, Round Lake in Brainerd on March 31 and Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison on April 7.
This is a team event with two anglers per team, with eight crappies and eight sunfish allowed to be weighed in. In the Mille Lacs Lake event, the limit will be 15 perch.
Action will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there is a limit of 75 teams.
For more information, contact Gary Rehbein at (320) 217-5144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frozen Ole Pond Hockey
The Frozen Ole Pond Hockey championships are set for January 11-13 in the Viking Plaza Mall parking lot next to D. Michael B’s.
There will be seven divisions, 336 skaters, 4,000 square feet of ice and three rinks where 105 games of hockey will be played.
Along with the hockey action, there will be live music on Friday and Saturday nights and craft beer sampling, along with other vendors.
Registration and sponsor information are available at D. Michael B’s or by e-mailing email@example.com.