American Legion
Minnesota Division I
State Tournament




Volume 12, No. 1 Burnsville, Minnesota Thursday, August 7, 2008

Banquet honors Legion awardees Eden Prairie leads Legion poll

The American Legion Division I Tournament kicked off with the annual banquet at the Airport Hilton on Wednesday night.

Over 500 attended the event, put on b Burnsville, the host of the 2008 tourney.

The baseball will begin today, with games at four fields in the Burnsville area.

Action today will be at four fields in the Burnsville area. The other two fields are at Haddox Field in Bloomington and Memorial Park in Prior Lake.

All the action after today will be at Alimagnet, and the championship games on Sunday will be at Rich VanderLaan Field.

The main speaker at the banquet was Dean Bowyer, the longtime coach at Minnesota State University at Mankato.

Bowyer told the players to practice the five "C's": Competitor, Character, Confidence, Concentration, and Christianity.

"Winning isn't everything, but trying to win is," he said. "Only

two teams will go on from this tournament, but they're not the only winners."

Bowyer recounted stories from his life to illustrate his points. He urged the Legion players to have confidence.

"Think about how great it's going to feel when you win that game tomorrow. Get it into your head."

The Legion honoroed two award winners at the banquet.

Tink Larson, the longtime coach at Waseca, was given the plaque for entering the Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. Keith Kangas, longtime coach of the Rochester A's was honored as Coach of the Year.

Also honored but not present were Robb Quinlan, who now plays for the Los Angeles Angels, as Graduate of the Year; Robb played Legion ball for North St. Paul, who is a participant in this year's state tourney. The other awardee was Marshall Post 113 as Post of the Year.

Craig Stoneberg was the master of ceremonies for the event, which also featured Baseball Director Darwin Berg and American Legion State Commander Jim Copher.

The 2008 Minnesota American Legion Baseball Tournament kicks off today.

Eden Prairie has won the last four state Division I tournaments, and is once agian ranked number one in the final state Legion poll.

An interesting first day marquee matchup will have Eden Prairie taking on northern powerhouse, Grand Rapids, in a 1 game at Red Haddox Field at Bloomington. Grand Rapids is ranked second in the state.

First place votes ( ) is followed by total points awarded by Legion pollsters.

1. Eden Prairie* (13), 137
2. Grand Rapids* (2), 110
3. Richfield*, 94
4. Apple Valley*, 73
5. Rochester Patriots*, 66
6. North St. Paul*, 58
7. Burnsville**, 45
8. Maple Grove*, 41
9. Edina*, 39
10. Tri-City Red, 37.5
11. Rochester Redhawks, 22
12. Eastview*, 21
13. Cold Spring*, 20
14. Oakdale, 15
15. St. Paul Hamline Purple, 12
16. Coon Rapids, 9
17. Hopkins, 8
18. Centennial, 6
19. Moorhead*, 5
20. Eagan, 2
20. Thief River Falls, 2
20. New Ulm Gold*, 2
23. Excelsior, .5

Points, (First Place Votes)
For a list of voters and week-by-week poll results, take this link to the
MN Statewide American Legion Coaches & Media Poll.

Additional Issues:

The Gazette, Friday, August 8, 2008 (Thursday's action)
The Gazette, Saturday, August 9, 2008 (Friday's action)
The Gazette, Sunday, August 10, 2008 (Saturday and Sunday's action)
2008 State Tournament Homepage


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