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Sports Notebook: Honkers’ play-by-play man returns

March 22, 2017 GMT

Play-by-play radio broadcaster Michael Keeley is returning to call Rochester Honkers games again for the 2017 season.

Keeley will be entering his second season with the Honkers. He did the broadcasts for all 72 games of the 2016 season.

“I’m really excited for another summer of Honkers baseball,” Keeley said in a release. “I had a blast last summer at Mayo Field and all the ballparks around the Northwoods League, getting the chance to do what I love on a daily basis.”

Keeley has also been the broadcaster for the Austin Bruins NAHL hockey team since 2015. He’s been working in the NAHL since 2014 when he began his career with the Keystone Ice Miners (Pa.). Keeley started broadcasting hockey in 2009 when he became the radio voice of the Oswego State Lakers, an NCAA Division III men’s hockey team.

Since graduating from the State University of New York at Oswego with a degree in broadcasting-mass communication in 2013, he has worked in New York and Pennsylvania before relocating to Austin. He was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y.

“Doing Honkers games allows me to both sharpen my broadcasting skills and expand my resume,” Keeley said. “And like the players, it gives me the chance to get a taste of the pro baseball routine.”

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Ex-Honkers player Efren Navarro was among the former Northwoods League standouts to play in the World Baseball Classic this spring.

Navarro, who played with the Honkers from 2005-07, was playing for Mexico. Mexico did not reach the championship round.

Navarro is in the Detroit Tigers’ farm system and he was one of three former Northwoods League players on Mexico’s squad.

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Derald “Buck” Severson, a former member of the Rochester Area Officials Association, will receive a Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota State High School League posthumously on Saturday. Severson passed away in September 2013.

He will be one of six individuals being honored with a Distinguished Service Award at the eighth annual MSHSL presentation.

Severson was a 52-year member of the RAOA and MSHSL and he officiated five sports. He retired from basketball in the early 2000s, from football in 2007, and from baseball, softball and volleyball in 2013.

The awards presentation will take place during halftime of the Class A boys basketball championship game at approximately 11:45 a.m. Saturday. The game will air on cable channel 192 for Rochester-area customers.

Current RAOA member Tristan Severson and his mother, Shirley Severson, will accept the award for Buck. Tristan will also be an official at one of the state title games on Saturday.

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Gorg Alhag and Malik Jones of the Rochester Community and Technical College men’s basketball team have been named to the MCAC South All-Division team.

Alhag, a sophomore guard from Mankato, averaged 12.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

Jones, a sophomore guard, led the Yellowjackets in scoring (14.1), assists (3.7) and steals (2.2) while averaging 5.2 rebounds a game.

RCTC did not have anyone selected to the All-State team.

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Twins Dongrin and Ngor Deng are members of the Austin basketball team that has qualified for the Class AAA state tournament. The second-seeded Packers (27-2) open state quarterfinal play at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Arena against St. Thomas Academy (23-6).

The Deng twins are 5-foot-10 sophomore reserve guards. They are also the cousins of University of Iowa standout Peter Jok. Jok, a high-scoring guard, was named first-team All-Big Ten this season.

After missing out on the NCAA Tournament, Iowa was ousted in the NIT by TCU.