The Aldrich, Highland, Pleasant and TCO Sports Garden arenas are now open to youth and adult hockey and figure skating groups. Modified procedures align with state health guidelines. Reservations allow for a maximum of two groups of 25 participants per sheet of ice, including coaches and instructors. Scrimmages and games will allow spectators, depending on each arena’s approved capacity.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota has partnered with the Lexington-Hamline Community Council to offer three bicycling programs in the weeks ahead outside Concordia University’s Ries Tower, 393 Dunlap St. Free and open to all, the programs include bicycling instruction for adults from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, August 25, September 8 and 22; a community ride from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, August 26, September 9 and 23; and bicycle repair from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, August 27, September 10 and 24. Participants will be required to wear face masks at all times, and social distancing will be practiced. For reservations, visit lexham.org.

The Saint Thomas Academy baseball team has won the Class AAA Academic All-State title with a team GPA of 3.581, according to the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association. The Cadets are coached by Matt Kelly.

Jeff Fasching has been promoted to full-time pitching coach for the upcoming season at Concordia University-Saint Paul. Fasching joined the staff as a graduate assistant pitching coach last summer after wrapping up his playing career with the University of Minnesota. Over his final two seasons with the Gophers, Fasching made 35 appearances out of the bullpen with a 1.72 ERA, helping the U win the 2018 Big Ten Championship. During his senior season, he was named to the Big Ten All Sportsmanship Team and was named the Phil Isaakson Teammate of the Year.

Ben Reppenhagen, a graduate of Saint Thomas Academy, has made the football roster as a freshman at Texas Christian University. He captained the Cadets’ defense for two years and was team captain his senior year while leading STA to consecutive state Prep Bowl appearances in 2018 and 2019. Reppenhagen was recruited to TCU by former Gopher head coach Jerry Kill.

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