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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 4:30 pm

For the older generation, Bart Starr was a special hero. He was a class act to go along with all his achievements at the University of Alabama and the Green Bay Packers. Think of what it was like playing for Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant in college and Vince Lombardi in the pros.

Starr had an excellent relationship with retired Packers. When my father (a former Packer lineman) passed away, my mother received a nice note from Starr.

While baseball and softball haven’t reached the maturity of other sports in high school as other sports, we do produce great athletes.

The starting catcher for the University of Minnesota softball team that went to the college world series is a freshman from Rapid City Stevens. Emma Burns had an RBI and scored a run in Minnesota’s 3-0 win over LSU in the super regional. This season, she threw out 41 percent of runners attempting to steal. Ali Lindner of Harrisburg High School is also on the team.

When recruiting college athletes, it has always been key to recruit a coach’s son or daughter; if not that, then a star’s. Well, the new focus can be the children of women in the University of Wyoming Athlete Hall of Fame. You could start with Mike Daum of SDSU.

Last year, Shayla Howell was the Class A Field MVP, winning the long jump and triple jump for Belle Fourche. As a collegiate freshman, she will be the third runner on the 4x100 relay at nationals in Austin, TX. The Cowgirls edged out Illinois and came in just behind Nebraska. Her mother is in the UW Hall of Fame for rodeo, while Daum’s mother was a basketball player.

Reports from the Twin Cities say around 29,000 seats have been sold for the NDSU-Butler game at Target Field. Some estimate the crowd could increase to 35,000.

For years, the Minnesota Twins lived on Cuban talent with the likes of Tony Oliva. The Trump administration has reversed the policy of allowing Cuban baseball players to come legally to the U.S.

This issue aside, it is nice seeing the Twins in first place in their division.