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This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons. 

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•Danny Worth, a former member of the Alexandria Beetles, was optioned to the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A team in Toledo earlier this month with an invite to major-league camp in the spring.

Worth was taken off the Tigers’ 40-man roster in December to make room for pitcher Joba Chamberlain, who signed as a free agent. Worth cleared waivers before getting sent to Toledo.

Worth has played in 115 games over four seasons after making his big-league debut in 2010. The utility infielder has bounced back and forth between Detroit and Toledo throughout those four seasons.

•Tyler Schlosser of Parkers Prairie and Tyler Tensen of Glenwood are freshmen members of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead Dragon wrestling team this season.

Schlosser was a two-time state qualifier for Prairie Valley and finished off his high school career with a 65-15 record his junior and senior seasons.

Schlosser is already a regular in the lineup for the Dragons at 197 pounds. He was tested in a dual against Augsburg on December 11 as he battled the third-ranked Division II wrestler in the country at 197 pounds in Matt Hechsel. Hechsel won that match 10-0 in helping Augsburg to a 34-9 win. Schlosser also took fourth place after going 2-1 at the Dragon Open tournament on December 7.

Tensen wrestled for Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in high school and is projected to wrestle at 133 pounds for Moorhead. He finished with 113 career wins and with 39 wins during his senior season. Tensen was a two-time state qualifier and a three-time all-conference wrestler.

•Alexandria native Aaron Rooney is a junior diver for the St. Cloud State University men’s swimming and diving team.

 Rooney was an All-American honorable mention on the boards for the Huskies in his freshman season. He qualified for nationals in the 1 meter and 3 meter, while scoring a season-high 474.80 in the 1 meter and 480.15 in the 3 meter.

Rooney took first in the 3-meter diving competition during a meet at Gustavus Adolphus on November 9. He finished with an 11-dive total of 464.85.

•John Haseman of Brandon and Joe Roggenbuck of Osakis have both played in all nine games for the University of Minnesota-Morris men’s basketball  team this winter.

Roggenbuck is averaging just more than 12 minutes per game as a sophomore, while Haseman is getting a little more than 11 minutes per game as a freshman.

Haseman scored a season-high six points against Mayville State University on December 13. He has racked up 27 points and 17 rebounds in nine contests. Roggenbuck has tallied 17 points and 19 boards in that same span. Brendan Foss of Hancock is also on the team, along with Even Reller of Melrose.

•Heather and Megan Strese of Brandon-Evansville are doing well for the Minnesota State University- Moorhead women’s basketball team this season.

Megan led the Dragons in scoring with 11 points in their final game before the Christmas break on December 21. She also tied Heather and teammate Megan Roehrich with a team-high six rebounds that night.

Megan, a senior, has started all 10 games and is averaging 12.1 points per game and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game. Heather, a sophomore, has played in all 10 games and is averaging 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in a little more than 16 minutes per night.

They have helped the Dragons get off to a 6-4 start.

•Alexandria Viking Speedway racer and Kensington native Zach Johnson earned his third WISSOTA Late Model national championship recently at the 29th annual championship awards program in St. Cloud.

Johnson noted that wins in the first-ever 4-4-4-4 race hosted by the Viking Speedway and the Blaine Brothers Late Model Challenge Series were key factors in earning the title. The veteran racer also cited his pit crew, family and sponsors as instrumental to his title chase.

Johnson won nine features this past summer, including the 4-4-4-4 event at the Viking Speedway on September 1. He took home $4,444 for his Late Model win that night. Johnson went on to finish second in the final late model standings at the local speedway, 95 points behind Nassau’s Jeff Wildung.

(Former Echo Press sports editor Larry Halverson also contributed to this piece)

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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