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Simon Waltman has pretty much seen everything Sobieski baseball has to offer. He started by playing catch at the Sobieski Ballpark with his dad. He played alongside many of his current teammates in elementary school for the Sobieski Little Six. And beginning in 1993 as a high school freshman, he pitched over 1,000 innings and [...]

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It’s hard to one-up your college roommate when they go on to play in the big leagues. Beau Hanowski, though, may have found a way. The Sobieski center fielder and leadoff man was named to the all-tournament team as he helped the Skis win their first state amateur baseball title in team history, Monday. Hanowski [...]

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It was a historic tournament for Tyler Jendro on the mound, registering all six of Sobieski’s wins, some with little or no rest. Providing guidance every step of the way was his battery mate Riley Hirsch, who also had a bit of an ironman streak going himself by catching every pitch. “I thought Riley Hirsch [...]

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The chances were there. When Joey Hanowski was a junior at Little Falls, and Collin Eckman and Josh Wenzel both sophomores, the trio had a great chance at advancing to the state baseball tournament, but fell just short. The same held true the following spring, when the Flyers were ranked No. 1 throughout much of [...]

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There has never been any doubt Sobieski has had the talent to win a state title. Sixteen state tournament appearances, including a handful of trips to Labor Day weekend, can attest to that. But as time rolled by, the Skis were still waiting for everything to click in one season. As this year’s tournament progressed, [...]

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It was a little bit cruel. Twenty years of playing for Sobieski, the Skis finally make it to the state championship and an injury kept second baseman Nate Olson off the field. But as Olson put it, a lot of players deserved to be on the field Monday. And when he saw the decisive final [...]

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Nate Olson has been a part of the Sobieski Skis since before Thomas Miller was born. But when the veteran second baseman suffered an injury during Monday’s state semifinals, the Skis turned to the young high school junior to take the reins at second base in the state finals. No pressure. “To be completely honest [...]

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Sobieski relied heavily on ace Tyler Jendro’s pitching on its road to the title. But it also relied on a deep bench and a strong willingness to give up at bats to put the team first. Almost without fail, anytime a Skis batter reached base with no outs, the next man bunted, no matter which [...]

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No greater testament to Region 8C’s strength can be made than the fact that its fourth-place qualifier ended up winning the state tournament. Sobieski finished behind Lastrup, Nisswa and Fort Ripley, which all suffered heartbreaking late defeats in the final weekend of the state tournament. Lastrup led 3-1 after seven innings against Faribault in the [...]

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