USA Curling announced Monday that Four Seasons Curling Club, part of the Fogerty Arena complex in Blaine, has been chosen to host the first Olympic trials ever for mixed doubles curling.
The event, which runs Dec. 14-17, will determine the team that will represent the U.S. in mixed doubles at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Mixed doubles will be part of the Olympic program for the first time. Four Seasons is the training base for USA Curling and was designated as an official U.S. Olympic Training Site in 2015.
The Olympic trials for curling were last held in Minnesota in 1998, when they were staged in Duluth.
"It's a huge honor to have this event at our facility," said John Benton, a 2010 Olympian and director of curling operations at Four Seasons.
Eight teams, each consisting of one man and one woman, will participate in the trials. Five already have qualified for the trials, and the other three will be announced by Nov. 24.
Three qualified teams feature Minnesotans, including the duo of Tabitha Peterson (Eagan) and Joe Polo (Duluth), who were bronze medalists at the 2016 world championships.
Fowles to be honored
Lynx center Sylvia Fowles will become only the 11th LSU athlete to have her jersey retired. Fowles wore No. 34 for LSU from 2005-08, when she led the Lady Tigers to four straight Final Four appearances. The retirement ceremony will take place during the 2017-18 basketball season. The only other women's basketball player to have her jersey retired at LSU is Seimone Augustus (No. 33), Fowles' Lynx teammate.
Gophers play a pair
The Gophers baseball team can move percentage points ahead of Nebraska atop the Big Ten standings if it can sweep a doubleheader from Rutgers on Tuesday at Siebert Field (2 and 5:30 p.m.). The teams originally were scheduled to play a three-game series in April, but inclement weather prevented Rutgers from traveling. The Gophers (30-17) are 12-6 in the conference. Nebraska is 14-6-1.
• St. John's center fielder Wyatt Ulrich became the first freshman to be named most valuable player in the MIAC since 1999. Ulrich, from Indus, Minn., hit .500 this season (61-for-122). Other conference award winners included St. Thomas' Henry DeCaster (pitcher of the year) and Macalester's Matt Parington (coach of the year).
• Jon Kristoffersen's walk-off, two-run double was part of a three-run ninth inning as the St. Paul Saints defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 5-4 in a preseason game at CHS Field. The Saints will play the RedHawks again at 11 a.m. Tuesday before opening the regular season at home Thursday against the Gary SouthShore Railcats.
… The American Association announced it will add an expansion team from Rosemont, Ill., for the 2018 season.
• Goaltender Sydney Rossman, a key member Minnetonka's three consecutive girls' hockey state championships (2011, 2012 and 2013), signed with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women's Hockey League.