Reception planned for skier Diggins

Before becoming the U.S. national cross-country skiing team's shining star, Afton native Jessie Diggins was a three-time Nordic skiing state champion for Stillwater in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Diggins became highest-finishing American in history in a World Championships distance race when she won the silver medal in the Women's 10K in Falun, Sweden in February. She will be honored with a reception at Stillwater High School on April 20. The reception is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Diggins will be signing posters and is expected to give a slide presentation and talk about her successes this season. The event is free and open to the public.

Quarter-century streak ended

The Forest Lake synchronized swimming team ended Stillwater's 25-year dual-meet winning streak with a 16-13 victory on March 31. Stillwater's streak began after a 1989 loss to St. Louis Park and reached more than 180 dual-meet victories (the exact number is uncertain.)

Worth noting

• The Park of Cottage Grove baseball team won only two games in all of 2014, finishing a 2-18 season with a forgettable 15-game losing streak. The 2015 season already looks much brighter. With a 6-1 victory over White Bear Lake on Monday, the Wolfpack matched its victory total from last year, improving to 2-0.

• Who says a baseball doesn't carry in cold weather? In Woodbury's 8-1 season-opening victory over East Ridge Monday, the Royals hit four home runs, two each by catcher Sebastian Holte-Mancera and second baseman Brady Mundahl.

Jim Paulsen