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Jordan plans benefit to aid coach 'T.O.'

By RON HAGGSTROM, Star Tribune, 09/18/12, 4:44PM CDT


The town of Jordan is planning a fiesta for one of its coaching citizens.

The town of Jordan is planning a fiesta for one of its coaching citizens.

A T.O. Taco Night, a fundraiser for longtime University of Minnesota pitching coach Todd Oakes will be held during the school's homecoming football game against Belle Plaine on Friday, Sept. 28. Oakes, a Jordan resident, is being treated for acute myeloid leukemia.

The fundraiser will be held in the commons area of the school from 4:30 to 7 p.m. A single walking taco can be purchased for $3, while a meal deal goes for $5. Proceeds from the event will go to the Oakes Family Fund.

Friends of the family also have scheduled a benefit Saturday, Nov. 10, at Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan.

During his absence from the Gophers, Oakes' son Tyler will serve as a volunteer assistant on coach John Anderson's staff. Tyler pitched for the Gophers from 2006 to '09.

Burnsville coach steps down

Burnsville softball coach Hillary Johnson resigned after seven seasons at the helm. She is stepping down to spend more time with her family and newborn daughter.

Johnson accumulated a record of 140-31 during her tenure. She guided the Blaze to the Class 3A state championship in 2010, and was named the state's coach of the year that season. Burnsville also won conference titles under Johnson in 2007, '09 and '11.

Johnson took over the program in 2006 after Pat Feely retired. She had worked as an assistant under Feely since 1999.

A search for Johnson's successor will begin immediately.

2-1 and done at Prior Lake

Prior Lake's boys soccer team played five consecutive 2-1 games, winning twice and losing three times. The Lakers beat Chaska and Rosemount and lost to Edina, White Bear Lake and Bloomington Jefferson.

The streak came to a halt when the Lakers (2-5-1) were shut out by Wayzata 3-0.

Tough tourney

The Apple Valley Eagle Volleyball Invitational will be held Friday and Saturday at the high school. The top five ranked teams in Class 3A -- No. 1 Lakeville North, No. 2 Blaine, No. 3 Eagan, No. 4 Eden Prairie and No. 5 Wayzata -- are among the 15-team field. The top-ranked teams in Class 2A (Marshall) and 1A (Bethlehem Academy) also will be present.

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