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Golfers in Top 10 at TPC Deere Run

Phillip Baumberger shoots 77 in opening round of TPC Deer Run
Nathan Zhao shot opening round of 77 at TPC Deere Run
 Both SSM Golfers competing in the Plantations Junior Tour at TPC Deere Run fired an opening round 77 to sit within the top 10 of the 47 player field in the Boys 15 – 17 age group.  Nathan Zhao and Phillip Baumberger tied at the end of the round but had very different experiences on the course.  Zhao teed off first in the 9:36 group and was 1 under par though three holes and feeling pretty good until a triple bogey at the number 5 hole.  “I pushed my drive a little right but was still in the fairway and needed to hit a big left to right cut to reach the green on the sharp tree lined dogleg.  I hit my second in the bunker and before I knew it, I was 2 putting for a triple,” Zhao recalled.  Nathan was able to regain his focus and finish the front with a 39.  Zhao continued to play strong and keep his focus until two bogeys on 16 and 17.  He hit two great shots on the tough par 4 18th hole before lipping out a 14 foot birdie attempt.
Baumberger played pretty solid all day except for 3 double bogeys .  He had 14 pars and one birdie on the remaining 15 holes which is pretty consistent.  The TPC Deere Run plays host to the John Deere Classic which is annual stop on the PGA Tour so the course can jump up and be penalizing at any given moment.  Both golfers are within striking distance to make a run at the win.  Coach Higdon, Zhao, and Baumberger all agreed that anyone within 7 shots of the lead heading into the final round have a chance.  The course is fair and accessible so if they can get out and post a number, and put the pressure on the leaders, anything can happen.  Baumberger tees off at 10:46 on Sunday while Zhao tees off in the group behind him at 10:54.


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Good Play Continues in California

Jake Curwin tees off #18 at The Classic Club.
Sydney Brickey eyes her putt.
Nathan Zhao watches his tee shot.
Nathan with his 2nd place finish.
Phillip Baumberger accelerates through a tee shot.

Golfers wrapped up in Palm Desert, CA with many positives coming from the trip out west.  The two-day tournament had weather conditions at each end of the spectrum.  The first day was absolutely perfect with temperatures near 75 degrees and no breeze at all.  The second round was a lot different with temperatures not getting over 60 degrees and the wind gusting in upwards of 40 mph.   Nathan Zhao continued his strong play after coming off a victory in his last tournament this past December with a 2nd place finish in the Boys 13-15 age group.  Zhao was tied with two other golfers for 2nd place after the first round and was only one shot off of the leader.  He shot a 2nd round 84 that was good enough for sole possession of second place after completion of the tournament and two shots back of the leader.  The Classic Club can be known for its tough playing conditions as it used to be a host course for the Bob Hope Classic but the brutally tough conditions caused the PGA Tour to reconsider and move to another location.

In the Boys 16-19 age group Jake Curwin made a considerable jump on the leader board during the second round.  He started out the final day in 34th position with an opening round 83 but was able to keep his focus and come out hot on the final day.  Curwin posted the 3rd lowest score of the day out of the 100 junior golfers that took to the course with a 79 in the brutally tough conditions.  With that great final round he was able to jump 20+ positions on the leader board and finish in 13th place.  Phillip Baumberger also moved up on the leader board on the final day with a round of 86 after an opening round 87 which put him in 33rd place overall.

Sydney Brickey finished in 13th place in the Girls 13-18 age group after fighting hard and holding her composure.  She had an opening round 93 then followed that up with a final round 102.



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U18YS Finish Weekend on a High Note

The U18YS team comes home from the CASL Showcase in North Carolina with a win and two loses. The squad learned a lot from the weekend playing in an older U19 age group. The boys dropped the first two games against SAC Premier and Dixie Lions Athletic, but finished the weekend with a win against host CASL Elite. On Friday the boys took on SAC Premier out of Maryland. Right off the bat the game was not in the sabres favor. They had three starters go down with injuries in the first half. They snuck out of the first half only being down 1-0. The second half was a different story when SAC capitalized on three quality chances, finishing the game 4-0. The next morning, the sabres took on Dixie Lions Athletic out of Canada. Playing in the U19 division, the sabres were clearly the younger team according to size. The Canadian team came out strong, but the Shattuck players were up for the challenge. Dixie Lions scored right before halftime off of a corner kick. With the sabres not finding many chances in the second half, that is how the game ended at 1-0 in favor of Dixie Lions Athletics. Sunday ended up being the best day for the Shattuck St. Mary’s team so they continued to get stronger throughout the weekend. They took on a CASL Elite team out of North Carolina, and the host’s of the showcase. The game was evenly matched from the start, but the sabres had more of the ball and better chances on goal. Late in the second half, with four minutes left, top goal scorer, Neal Usry came up big for the sabres, slotting home a through ball from newcomer Geoffrey Dee . Next up for the U18YS team is the Shattuck St. Mary’s College Showcase in Faribault, MN.

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GU18 Surf Cup Results

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the U18 Girls traveled to San Diego, California to participate in the 2011 Surf Cup.  The girls meet back on campus a few days before Thanksgiving Day to fly out together. The girls played one game on Friday against New Mexico Rush, and two games on Saturday against OSSA (OR) and San Diego Surf. In the first game of the tournament sabres took on the New Mexico Rush squad. After going down 0-1 in the 10 th minute, Darian Powell came on as a sub in the last 5 minutes of the first half to play a perfect through ball to Kennedy Ulrich  who equalized just before half-time. The sabres dominated the second half, hitting the post and having multiple shots on goal, but couldn’t find a winner. In the second game of the tournament agaisnt OSSA the sabres went down 0-1 in the 4 th minute. Hope Lundberg equalized on a looping header just before half-time.  The squad gave up another goal at the beginning of the second half that ended up being the game-winner. The sabres played well the rest of the game, but were unable to find the back of the net. In the third and final game for the sabres, they went out on a good note beating the San Diego Surf 6-0. The team had goals from Kennedy Ulrich (2); Mackenzie Graybill (2); Darian Powell ; Karina Fredette .

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Weekend Review: 11/6/11

11/7/11…Every team in action this past weekend played their games on Sunday, November 6th. The boys U16DA and U18YS teams traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to take on Eastern Iowa United. And the girls U18 team traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin to take on their last MRL opponent in Elm Grove. Boys U16DA : Early on Suday morning, the squad took on Eastern Iowa United’s strong U18 team and lost a tough match due to a free kick late in the game 2-1. In their second game of the day the sabres took on the U17 Eastern Iowa team, coming out with a point in a 1-1 draw. Scoring goals on the weekend were Steve Eneme and Akeem Ward .  Boys U18YS : Unlike the U16DA team, the squad only played one game on the day. In the afternoon the U18YS team took on the Eastern Iowa United U18 team. The sabres jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals from Eddosa Muhammed and Norbey Putt-Ryan . Both goals were scored in the first eight minutes of the game. After letting in a goal late in the first half, the sabres held on to win the game 2-1. Girls U18 : The girls U18 squad traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin for an afternoon game against the always strong, Elm Grove. The sabres came out strong and behind two goals from Player of the Match  Kennedy Ulrich , won 2-0. Ulrich scored her first goal in the 17th minute off an assist from Karina Fredette , and the two linked up again in the 68th minute for the second goal of the match. The shutout gives the sabres their 6th consecutive clean-sheet in all competitions. The girls finished their Fall MRL season in second place behind Grand Rapids Crew, with a record of 8-1-0. Up next, the girls will be traveling to Del Mar, California to take part in the Surf Cup over Thanksgiving break.

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Shattuck- St. Mary’s wins NIT


11/05/2011, 9:54pm (CST)
By MN Hockey Hub staff

Teddy Blueger scores highlight-reel goal, adds two assists in win over Minnesota Red


Teddy Blueger of Shattuck-St. Mary’s had a goal and two assists in the championship game against Minnesota Red. Photo by Helen Nelson

Taking risks has never been an issue for senior forward Teddy Blueger of Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

At age 15 Blueger decided to uproot himself and travel across the ocean to hit the ice for Shattuck-St. Mary’s. The goal was to play against better competition in the sport he loved. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Blueger decided southern Minnesota was the best place for him to grow as a hockey player.

Now at age 17, Blueger is a key member of his team’s dominant offense that pulled out a 5-3 championship victory in the Bauer NIT on Sunday, Nov. 6, at New Hope Arena in New Hope.

In the second period, with his team up by a goal, Blueger decided to take another risk.

After catching a pass from teammate Ryan Schwalbe, Blueger dashed into the zone and cut to the middle of the ice, right into the teeth of the Minnesota Red defense. He split the two defenders, moved the puck to his backhand and flipped it over goaltender Bryan Nies of Grand Forks Red River to push the score to 2-0.

It was a bold, “in-your-face” type of goal that revved up both the crowd and his teammates.

Although his skill clearly transferred from Latvia, many things have been different for Blueger since he began living in the U.S.

“Life in general is just a lot different,” Blueger said. “Just how people go about their business. But I like it a lot here.”

Some of the differences he’s noticed have been on the ice as well.

“Intensity and the speed of the game,” Blueger said were very different in the U.S. “How hard guys work. The ice is definitely smaller, so the game is a little faster.”

During the course of the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, Blueger racked up 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists) on a team that went 13-1-1. His distribution abilities are well known — and much appreciated by his coach, Tom Ward.

altShattuck-St. Mary’s senior Teddy Blueger, a native of Riga, Latvia, has been living in the U.S. since he was 15. Photo by Helen Nelson

“He sees plays, he sees people, and he’s a very deft passer,” Ward said. “He sees the game in a way that most people don’t see the game.

“Teddy Blueger is a very, very, very skillful player. To his credit he’s a hard-working skill player, so if you’ve got a player that’s got skill and he’s a hard worker, then you got a chance to have a good player. Teddy’s really maturing as a player. His game is rounding out and he’s learning to play in his own end and be reliable all over the rink.”

Coach Ward was pleased with Blueger’s performance, and his team’s performance as a whole, after winning the Bauer NIT title.

“Learning how to win championships is a learned trait,” Ward said. “I think you need to learn how to play when the cheese is binding a little bit and the pressure is on. And every game you can get in like this really helps.”

Shattuck-St. Mary’s is looking at the victory as a stepping stone to future success during the course of its long season.

“We are continuing to grow as a group, but we’ve got a lot of hockey to play,” Ward said. “We haven’t even had a snowflake yet and we gotta play until the middle of April. I really like the way we’re playing after 20 games.”

Blueger was happy for a little revenge. Shattuck-St. Mary’s lost in the title game last season 5-4 to Minnesota White in overtime, something that didn’t sit very well with the team.

“It definitely means a lot going forward,” Blueger said.

–Walker Orenstein, MN Hockey Hub staff

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SSM rolls past Team Southeast

10/23/2011, 1:33am (CDT)
By Loren Nelson, Editor

Fejes scores twice in rout of Elite League standings leader Team Southeast

Hunter Fejes scored twice, and John Draeger and Teddy Blueger each had a goal and two assists to lead Shattuck-St. Mary’s past Team Southeast 8-2 on Sunday, Oct. 23, in an Upper Midwest High School Elite League matchup of standings leaders at Hobbs Ice Center in Eau Claire, Wis.

The teams alternated scoring the first five goals. The score was tied at 2 early in the second period when Shattuck-St. Mary’s (13-1-1) scored three times to take a 5-2 lead into the third.

Fejes scored both his goals in the third period as Shattuck-St. Mary’s finished the regular season on an 11-game win streak. Shattuck-St. Mary’s lone loss came on Oct. 1 to team Wisconsin.

Team Southwest, which had already clinched the regular season league title, dropped to 13-4-3. Two of Team Southwest’s losses have come against Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Team Southeast had one game remaining on its schedule, a matchup against host Team Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s, which annually joins the Elite League two weeks after the rest of the teams, finished in second with 28 points in the standings despite playing six fewer games.

Team Southeast’s Tyler Sheehy of Burnsville scored in the first period and Scott Nelson of Eastview tied it at 2 on a power play just 47 seconds in the second period.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s goaltender Kyle Hayton stopped 24 of 26 shots and lowered his league-best save percentage to .929. Hayton also has the Elite League’s best goals-against average at 1.88.

Anders Franke of Elk River stopped 30 of 38 shots.

Team Southeast lost top defenseman Eric Schurhamer of St. Thomas Academy to a game ejection for butt-ending late in the second period. Schurhamer also received a 5-minute misconduct for the infraction.

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UW women’s hockey: Decker makes most of chance

UW women’s hockey: Decker makes most of chance

ANDY BAGGOT | | 608-252-6175 | No Comments Posted | Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2011 6:00 am

Brianna Decker knows time is running short, so the junior center for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is trying to make every nanosecond count.

Decker only has another eight weeks or so to alternately observe and pick the fertile brain of Meghan Duggan before the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award winner graduates from UW in December with a degree in biology.

Duggan, the all-time leading scorer in program history who led the Badgers to the NCAA title last season, intends to return to the Boston area where she grew up and where she’ll continue to train toward another berth on the U.S. Olympic Team for 2014.

Between now and then, Duggan is a fixture at UW practices, attacking every drill and conditioning session. Decker is never very far away.

“I’ve taken so much from her already and she’s continuously helping me,” Decker said of her former linemate. “I’m trying to soak up everything as quick as possible here the next couple months.”

Decker, from Dousman, has a world-class skill set that could reunite her with Duggan on Team USA for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

In 70 career games, Decker has 54 goals, 60 assists and 114 points. She’s coming off a sophomore season in which she totaled 80 points (34 goals, 46 assists) and teamed with Duggan and current senior winger, captain and Olympian Hilary Knight to guide the Badgers to their fourth national title in six years.

Decker became a protégé of sorts for Duggan. Whatever drill Duggan did, Decker wanted to see if she could do it better. Whenever Duggan stayed after practice to work on her game, Decker was right there, too.

But this goes beyond the game. Duggan was an exceptional captain. Teammates respectfully referred to her as “Alpha.” When Decker picks her brain, the subjects aren’t limited to on-ice tactics.

“I ask her little things about leadership and how to control certain situations on the team,” said Decker, one of three assistant captains along with senior wingers Brooke Ammerman and Carolyn Prevost. “And I know she studies her butt off all the time. I want to pick up on those things, too.

“I want to be an all-around good person and that’s what she is. She’s a great example for every one of us in that (dressing) room.”

The top-ranked Badgers are about to get a good measure of their collective character. They open a daunting month of matchups at 2 p.m. Saturday when they host North Dakota in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the Kohl Center.

The Sioux are loaded with talent and seem primed for a breakthrough season. That series is followed by two more against rivals Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth before Boston University comes to Madison for a rematch of March’s NCAA title game.

“We’re playing solid teams this month,” Decker said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we need to focus on ourselves.”

In the midst of carrying 17 credits this semester, Duggan kept close tabs on Decker. Duggan likes what she sees.

“She has developed into probably, I’d say, one of the best players in the world,” Duggan said. “Just in the last year the strides that she’s made in her game are unbelievable. I think everyone has noticed them.

“I’m really excited to see where she’s going to go this year. Her eagerness to learn and get better every single day I think is what’s made her into an elite player. She’s only going to get better because of that.”

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