Local Notebook: Thielen will speak at FCA fundraiser

April 8, 2018

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Night of Champions” fundraising dinner.

The event will be held on April 22 at the Rochester International Event Center.

Individual tickets for the event are $75, and table sponsorships also are available.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. A dinner, live auction and program featuring Thielen will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Thielen is a Minnesota native and was a Pro Bowl player for the Vikings during the 2017 season when he caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards (14.0 average) and four touchdowns. He will speak during the event, but will not be available for autographs.

For more information or to purchase tickets, email jbolin@fca.org or visit www.minnesotafca.org/se-mn-banquet.


Three area student-athletes from the University of Minnesota have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the winter sports season. Minnesota had a total of 95 student-athletes honored, representing eight different sports. Students must be in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Rochester’s Michael Hurt and Miles Patton were honored as well as Lake City’s Will Balow. Hurt plays men’s basketball for the Gophers while Patton and Balow both are wrestlers.

Hurt, a John Marshall grad, is just in his second year at Minnesota, but he is a junior academically with an undeclared major.

Patton, a Mayo grad, is a sophomore who is majoring in political science. Balow, a junior, is majoring in mechanical engineering.


The Bethany Lutheran men’s basketball team that earned a spot in the Division III NCAA National Tournament had three area players on its roster.

Caledonia’s Austin Bauer, Red Wing’s Kipp Adams and Goodhue’s Jacob McNamara were all members of the Mankato-based team.

Bauer, a junior guard, played in all 29 games for Bethany and made 12 starts. He averaged 6.3 points, 1.9 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Adams, a freshman guard, played in eight games as a reserve. He averaged 1.3 points per game. McNamara did not see any action in a varsity game.

Bethany Lutheran finished the season with a 20-9 record. It won its first NCAA tournament game before being eliminated by Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


The Rochester Honkers have signed Christian Robinson, a freshman from Stanford University, for the upcoming season.

Robinson is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound outfielder from Melbourne, Fla. He was selected in the 27th round in the 2017 draft by the San Diego Padres out of Viera High School. He was a first team All-Region selection and a second team All-American by Perfect Game. He participated in the prestigious Team USA Tournament of Stars. Robinson got reclassified as a junior in 2016 so that he’d graduate and take the next step in his baseball career a year earlier.