Grant Petersen: Joyful in defeat

Hopkins (Minn.) High School senior student manager Grant Petersen reacts with unabashed joy after receiving his second-place medal at the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament. (Jarrin Williams, Special to the Star Tribune)

  The sporting landscape is littered with scenes of those who are less than impressed with a second-place finish. The 1972 US Olympic men’s basketball team and 2012 US Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney immediately come to mind. The basketball team took home the silver after a series of misguided and incorrect officiating decisions in the [...]

Puig surprises Little Leaguers at practice


Say what you will about his style of play. He’s a showboat. He doesn’t respect the game. Taking it further, Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy described Puig’s style of play as “arrogant,” and catcher Miguel Montero called some of the rookie’s actions on the field “stupid.” Or…perhaps he’s just a big kid at heart. Los Angeles [...]

Coach Steve Bonastia: Seckman High

The Seckman (Imperial, Mo.) High School Jaguars recently held a "Pink Out" game, in which the team raised money for the children of a district teacher who died of cancer. (Cheap Seats Photography photo)

Imperial, Missouri: As soon as the ball was hit, Seckman (Imperial, Mo.) High School softball coach Steve Bonastia knew his team had just given up a tie-breaking two-run home run. And he knew that with the game being in the fifth inning, there wasn’t much time left and his team was likely in line for a [...]

Fan throws first pitch,1,800 miles away


 It’s a dream of a lot of kids – to throw a pitch, any pitch, in a major league stadium. But 13-year-old Nick LeGrande knew that was a dream that likely wouldn’t come true for him, thanks to a debilitating disease that prevents him from attending game. The young A’s fan suffers from a rare [...]

Columbia’s Falcone brings perspective

Joey Falcone Marines Columbia University NCAA baseball

Sometimes it’s a struggle, balancing the rigors of an Ivy League curriculum with the demands of playing full-time sports at the Division I level. At least sometimes it’s a struggle for most of the Columbia University Lions baseball players. For sophomore DH Joey Falcone, spending hours in the classroom, in the library, and between the [...]

UNH’s Lyle ends career, extends a life

Cameron Lyle, New Hampshire, Shot put, bone marrow, leukemia, Mass General Hospital

It’s something many of us do without giving it another thought. Similar to signing up for credit cards, discount cards, or organ donation, many times we’ll sign up for the bone marrow registry and never hear anything about it again. So when Cameron Lyle received a call recently that he was a bone marrow match, [...]

Season ticket resurfaces 129 years later

Burnley FC, Leonard Metcalfe, seaon ticket, Liverpool, David Metcalfe, soccer

Imagine paying just $2.25 for a season ticket for your favorite sports team. And imagine that club was still in existence 129 years later. Now imagine that the ticket itself is still in existence after that same about of time. It turns out that a season ticket issued for the Burnley Football Club squad in [...]

There used to be, and still is, a ballpark


And there used to be a ballpark where the field was warm and green And the people played their crazy game with a joy I’d never seen And the air was such a wonder from the hot dogs and the beer Yes, there used a ballpark right here – sung by Frank Sinatra One of [...]

Meet Brad Peacock’s mom, the manager


Donald Hall wrote a highly acclaimed book of baseball essays called “Fathers Playing Catch With Sons.” Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock can’t relate. Not because he hasn’t written a book – there’s plenty of time for that later, and he has quite the tale to tell. No, Peacock can’t relate because when he was a [...]

Gopher women’s historic season

Amanda Kessel

Chances are you don’t know Noora Raty. Or Amanda Kessel (pictured above). Or Megan Bozek. And that’s a shame. The trio, along with their teammates on the Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s hockey team, just finished one of the most tremendous seasons by any team, of any gender, playing any sport, in any era. Forty-one games; [...]