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Sports Forum: Moorhead wins bid to host national softball tourney

A national slowpitch softball tournament is coming to Moorhead in 2008. The Amateur Softball Association Men's Class C Slowpitch Northern Region National Tournament will be played at the Centennial Fields in north Moorhead on Labor Day weekend 2008.

Donny Schatz

A national slowpitch softball tournament is coming to Moorhead in 2008.

The Amateur Softball Association Men's Class C Slowpitch Northern Region National Tournament will be played at the Centennial Fields in north Moorhead on Labor Day weekend 2008.

The tournament is expected to draw more than 80 teams from 12 states, according to Bryan

Schulz of the Fargo-Moorhead Athletic Commission.

The commission and the Red River Valley Softball Association made their pitch at the ASA convention in Colorado Springs, Colo. Moorhead beat out Hastings, Neb. It was the first time Fargo-Moorhead went after an ASA national tournament, Schulz said.

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"They were really impressed by Moorhead's strong support of ASA in the past when the city has hosted many local and state tournaments," Schulz said. "They also liked the easy access and the number of hotel rooms that are available. They liked the things Fargo-Moorhead has to offer."

The 2006 tournament had a million-dollar impact on host city Rochester, Minn., according to Schulz.

- Forum staff reports

Schatz continues to win awards

Fargo's Donny Schatz was named the 2006 Driver of the Year by the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel last week.

The World of Outlaws points champion and Knoxville Nationals winner earned 25 of the 28 first-place votes. The voting panel consists of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers.

Schatz's parents, Danny and Diane Schatz, also received the 2006 Team of the Year award for the first time.

- Forum staff reports

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Williamson named Concordia MVP

Senior fullback Kevin Williamson was named the Concordia football team's most valuable player and most valuable special teams player.

Williamson, an all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team selection, led the Cobbers with 693 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He finished his career with a school-record 28 rushing touchdowns.

Other award winners were: defensive back Andrew Larson of Fergus Falls, Minn., is freshman of the year; Grant Weller is most valuable offensive lineman; Cory Johnson is most valuable offensive back; Eric Rodel is most valuable receiver; Tyler Ledyard is most valuable defensive lineman; Brennan Lewis is most valuable linebacker; Mike Grant is the offensive True Grit winner; Andy Vomhof is the defensive True Grit winner.

Weller, Lewis, Adam Swingdorf and Dustin Carlson were named team captains for 2007.

- Forum staff reports

DAC players honored on All-America team

Valley City State defensive lineman Joe Maresh was one of three Dakota Athletic Conference players named

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to the Victory Sports Network's NAIA All-America first team.

Minot State's Max Milne and Black Hills State's Tanner Tetrault were also on the first team.

Jamestown College offensive lineman Robert Spencer, running back Eric Dirk, linebacker Casey Conway and return specialist Jake Stoltz and Valley City State defensive back Chauncey Calhoun were among those earning honorable mention.

Inside information

The Fargo-Moorhead chapter of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association will host a pregame rally at Buffalo Wild Wings in north Fargo prior to the North Dakota State-Minnesota women's basketball game at the Fargodome on Friday. The event begins at 5 p.m. ... The University of North Dakota was ranked seventh in the final AFCA Division II poll.

- Forum staff reports

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