The Home Run: Today's greater Minnesota sports stories


Cold Spring: Sophomore is world champion racquetball star

He's the No. 1-ranked 16-and-under racquetball player in the world, but he's more focused on his future in baseball. Jordan Barth, a sophomore at ROCORI High School is the starting shortstop on the baseball team and hopes to someday play college baseball. In his spare time he plays racquetball at a semi-pro level, and he's already a world champion.

– Read more from the St. Cloud Times.

Rochester: Marines before medals for Lourdes athlete

Paul Schroeder is one of the leading hitters on the undefeated (22-0) Rochester Lourdes baseball team. He also helped Lourdes win the Class 3A Prep Bowl last fall. But if Lourdes reaches the state baseball tournament, Schroeder won't be there with his teammates; he'll be in California joining the Marines. "This is a really, really great thing that he's doing for his country, and he's going to make a great Marine," his coach said.

– Read more from the Post Bulletin

Hermantown: College World Series umpire from MN

Leah Bowen, a 2000 graduate from Hermantown High School and former softball player at Bemidji State University, is one of six umpires working the Division I Women's College World Series. While earning her Masters degree in Texas, Bowen sort of stumbled into umpiring softball in an effort to make money during the financial crash a little more than five years ago.

– Read more from the Duluth News Tribune

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Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan continues his dominant September

The right-hander struck out 11 batters in a victory over the Cubs.

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Man who allegedly shot at police dies after being struck by squad vehicle

The unidentified individual fired shots at police following an alleged domestic disturbance, police say.

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Karl-Anthony Towns reacts to Gersson Rosas firing: 'WTF'

The Timberwolves star was just as surprised as everyone else

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Deputy uses squad car to ram armed assault suspect, sheriff's office says

The man had fired multiple shots at officers, striking two of their vehicles, authorities said.

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Ex-Viking Daniel Carlson has become one of the NFL's best kickers

Carlson has been automatic since joining the Raiders.

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'Vulnerable' adult missing after leaving with family member's dog, phone

Authorities found footprints in a creek bed, but haven't been able to locate the man.

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Police 'use of force' incident reported in Mounds View

The Minnesota BCA is investigating, with more details expected soon.

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The 8 Minnesota counties still below a 50% vaccination rate

Fewer than half of all vaccine-eligible individuals in these areas have received at least one shot.

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Trampled By Turtles singer responds to complaints about concert vax requirements

Some of TBT's recent appearances have required proof of vaccine/negative test.

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The 5 cent charge for carryout bags is coming back in Minneapolis

The ordinance was suspended at the start of the pandemic.