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Esko's USG team takes third in tournament


July 26, 2019

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Last weekend the Esko U16 fastpitch team competed in the Minnesota Softball State Championship, Tier 3, in Big Lake, placing third out of 25 teams. With the top-three finish, the team qualified to participate at the Aug. 11 Minnesota Twins Parade of Champions. Pictured in the front row are Naomi Johnson, Maya Emanuel, Sydney Grayson, Lily Hanson, Miranda Kelley, Kaitlyn Adkins and Olivia Johnson. In the back row, from left, are Maddy Mosack, Brenna Stark, Allison Mattinen, Alayna Peterson, Amber Carlblom and Jayden Karppinen. Coaches are Dave Carlblom, Brad Hanson, Jeff Huff Emanuel and Merle Kelley.

It's been a busy few weeks for the Esko U-16 girls softball team. Sponsored by USG, Esko played nine games in two days last weekend to capture third place in the Minnesota Softball Fastpitch Championship state tournament in Big Lake, Minn. The team had wins over Big Lake, Monticello, Browntown, Medford, Mankato, Jordan and Richfield.

"It was a great weekend for our girls," said Esko coach Merle Kelley.

But it was also a long one. The team was scheduled to play starting at 9:30 a.m., but a 2 ½ hour rain delay pushed them to a 1 p.m. start.

"This made for a long Saturday, being that m...

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