Adapted softball teams, team and solo bowlers competed for state titles

Spring sports are winding down for Minnesota prep athletes with disabilities, as the Minnesota State High School League held two […]

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Spring sports are winding down for Minnesota prep athletes with disabilities, as the Minnesota State High School League held two tournaments in May. Adapted softball players competed at Chanhassen High School. Bowlers flocked to Bowlero in Brooklyn Park. 

Track and field athletes compete in June. 

In Minnesota’s prep adapted sports world CI teams are for athletes with cognitive disabilities. PI competition is for physically disabled athletes. ASD athletes are on the autism spectrum. 

In bowling singles, doubles and team championships were awarded in ASD, CI and PI division. 

In the ASD Division, St. Michael-Albertville junior Ashley Arroya Flores placed first in girls’ singles with 508 pins. Austin senior Espy Chigo and Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton/Waseca sophomore Jasmyn Villafuerte battled for second place with Chigo coming out on top with 445 pins. Villafuerte finished two pins behind at 443. 

Cambridge-Isanti ninth-grader Thomas Iserman captured the boys’ individual singles crown with a score of 486 pins. Simley ninth-grader Rafe Sporer was runner-up with 469 and Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial seventh-grader John Perrin was third at 462. 

The Zimmerman duo of eighth-grader Jason Metress and junior Ciaran Hester rolled their way to a state championship with a combined score of 891. The North High School-North St. Paul team of senior John Oddaiwi and sophomore Leonidas (Leo) Yang were the runners-up with a score of 880. Anoka-Hennepin was third with 876 behind senior Griffin Monson and junior Shai Hargest. 

North High School-North St. Paul cruised to the team championship with a combined 1,751 pins. Team members included sophomore Leonidas (Leo) Yang, junior Dylan Vue and seniors John Oddaiwi and Nathan Sveen. Tartan was the team runner-up with 1,696 pins and Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial was third at 1,666. 

In the CI Division, Anoka-Hennepin sophomore Fherlish Ann Constantino rolled to the girls’ singles championship with a two-game score of 471. Two seventh-graders rounded out the top three finishes: Zimmerman’s Jordyn Genrdeau finished with 453 pins and Anoka-Hennepin’s Lila Hall followed with 446. 

Lester (Travion) Johnson, a senior at North High School-North St. Paul, topped the field in the boys’ singles competition with a two-game score of 495. That was 41 pins better than St. Paul Johnson ninth-grader Kevin Lao, who was runner-up with 454. Goodhue County senior Caden Stumpf placed third with 444 pins. 

Anoka-Hennepin’s Fherlish Ann Constantino, a sophomore, and ninth-grader Joel Wamberg, won the doubles championship with a two-game combined score of 889. Tartan’s Joshua Thompson, a senior, and junior Jameer Patterson were second at 887. Detroit Lakes juniors Aiden Hamar and Ruthy Davis placed third with a score of 850. 

Zimmerman won the CI team competition with 1,715 pins. Scoring for the Thunder were seventh-grader Isaac Barr, eighth-grader Fynn Spitzmuller, sophomore Lucas Stoltman and junior Alex Maas. A second Zimmerman team placed second with 1,690 pins. North Branch Area placed third with a score of 1,658. 

In the PI Division, ninth-grader Rosaria Valles of North High School-North St. Paul emerged as the state champion in the girls’ singles competition with a two-game score of 501. Stewartville junior Allie Peterson was second with a score of 477. Goodhue County sophomore Emily Tiedemann claimed third-place honors with 450 pins.

Cambridge-Isanti junior Samuel Price captured the boys’ singles title with 494 pins. Mankato East ninth-grader Kenny Smith and Winona sophomore Alex Windley-Daoust placed second and third, respectively. Smith had a score of 488 and Johnston finished at 473. 

North High School-North St. Paul grabbed the top spot in the doubles division. Senior Lucas Eide and ninth-grader Rosaria Valles combined with a score of 938 to win the title. St. Michael-Albertville seventh-grader Jacob Centko and ninth-grader Dylan Cummings teamed up for a runner-up total of 857. Goodhue County sophomores Emily Tiedemann and Miguel Quintanilla placed third with 850 pins. 

Tartan had extra luggage for its drive home after rolling to the team championship with a total of 1,706 pins. Ninth-grader Eh Hser Gay, sophomore Charlotte Chitwood, junior Louie Romero and senior Ali Milan were the members of the winning team. Wayzata/Minnetonka was the runner-up with 1,591 pins and North High School-North St. Paul placed third with 1,586. 

Hawks take both crowns 

The Dakota United Hawks won the crown in both adapted softball divisions for 2024. The CI team finished with a record of 10-1 and the PI squad came in with a perfect record of 10-0. 

Both Hawks teams were runners-up in 2023. 

In the CI division championship, Dakota United broke through against the three-time defending champions from Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville. The Hawks defeated the Blazing Cats 5-4 to claim their first-ever CI crown. 

Sophomore infielder Myles Johnson, junior catcher Henry Eisele and senior catcher Jeffrey Rosga each had two hits for Dakota United. Junior outfielder Makai Smith accounted for the Hawks’ lone RBI. Senior infielder Riley Deutsch had four hits in four at-bats for Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville. He also scored one run and added one RBI. 

The third place game was a high scoring tilt. The New Prague Trojans topped Osseo 13-10. Junior infielder Tryston Seger scored four runs for New Prague. Senior pitcher Alec Singh and senior catcher Saniya Green notched two runs apiece for Osseo. 

St. Cloud Area topped South Washington County, 8-6, for the consolation championship. Seventh-grade infielder Isaiah Kuschel and senior infielder Logan Anderson each had two runs for the winning Crush. South Washington County put up four runs in the fifth inning, including one from junior Logan Yannarelly. Yannarelly finished the game with a team-high two runs. 

Other teams in the tournament were Chaska/Chanhassen and South Suburban. 

CI all-tournament team members are Peyton Chlebecek, South Washington County; Anderson, St. Cloud Area; Singh and Jake Dettermann, Osseo; Seger and Elliot Soukup, New Prague; Clarke Ruhland, Caden Roseth and JT Koczer, Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville; and Kyle Jacobson, Colin Price and Mark Manwarren, Dakota United.

The PI title game was close as Dakota United beat Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka 5-4. It was the Hawks’ second PI championships win in a row over the Robins and the third consecutive championship for Dakota United. The Hawks also won in 2006, 2008, 2016 and 2020. 

Junior pitcher Cayden Needham and junior outfielder Reece Martin accounted for Dakota United’s two RBI. Martin also notched a double for the Hawks. Senior pitcher Jayda Johnson led Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka with four hits and three runs scored.  Rochester earned third-place honors, defeating the Minneapolis South Tigers 11-3.  Seventh-grade outfielder Sawyer Hanson and junior outfielder Braxton Small scored three and two runs, respectively, for the Raiders. Sophomore outfielder Jorge Rosas-Bravo, senior pitcher Nick Staloch and senior outfielder Eric Sawyer scored one run apiece for Minneapolis South. 

The Osseo Orioles met the St. Paul Humboldt Hawks in the consolation final, with the Orioles coming away with a 13-2 victory. Osseo scored five runs in the third inning and pitcher Evan Bartlett finished the game with three runs.   Anoka-Hennepin and South Suburban were also in the tournament. 

PI all-tournament team members are McKenzie Green, St. Paul Humboldt; Bartlett, Osseo; Staloch and Rosas-Bravo, Minneapolis South; Andrew Westerman and Small, Rochester; Jayda Johnson, Nick Johnson and Jose Leon Estrada, Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka; and Amisha Etter, Needham and Martin, Dakota United.

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