Twelve players with west metro ties have been selected to play in the Minnesota Football Coaches Association All-Star Game.
The game will played June 27 at St. Cloud State's Husky Stadium. The coaches association began sponsoring the game in 1945. It has undergone various changes during over the years, including two multiyear spans in which the game was not played (1947-51 and 1961-73).
Since 2011, it has featured a North vs. South format. The South team has won the past three games. From 1980 to 2010, the format pitted the metro area's best against the best from the outstate Minnesota.
The North team, coached by Osseo's Derrin Lamker, will feature west metro players Gunnar Bloom of Rogers, Adam Brant and Clark Wieneke of Maple Grove, Jake Schaper of Osseo, Karsten Salveson of Breck and Randy Anderson of St. Michael-Albertville.
West players on the South squad are Justin Arnold of Chaska, Will Rains of Eden Prairie, Billy Hart of DeLaSalle, Patrick LeCorre of Edina, Joey Mydra of Hopkins and Graham Miller of Minneapolis Washburn. The South will be coached by Lakeville North's Brian Vossen.
Adapted softball kickoff
The Robbinsdale Robins P.I. (physically impaired) adapted softball team will kick off the 2015 season by hosting the second annual Lloyd Olson adapted softball tournament on Friday and Saturday at Armstrong High School.
Four teams from the physically impaired division and four from the cognitively impaired division will play round-robin formats, with trophies being presented following completion of the games Saturday.
Teams competing in the P.I. tournament are South Suburban, Anoka-Hennepin, Rochester and Robbinsdale. First-round games are Friday at 5 p.m.
The C.I. tournament features Anoka-Hennepin, Wayzata-Minnetonka, White Bear Lake and Robbinsdale. Friday's first round begins at 5:15 p.m.
Former Maple Grove swimmer Justin Zook will be inducted into the Minnesota High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame at the All-State banquet Friday at the Prom Center in Oakdale.
Zook, who graduated in 2004, was an All-State and All-America swimmer in high school and became a three-time Paralympic gold medalist in the 100 backstroke.
Zook was born with a growth-plate disorder in his legs that required more than 30 operations to correct.