Rolle Bolle, Rolle Bolle PDF Print E-mail



By Byron Higgin

I came from Grantsburg, WI, where they race snowmobiles on water to determine a World Champion.
That’s weird enough, but I never thought I’d land in the Belgian world of Rolle Bolle.
But I did, and I like it very much. Friday night I sat down with George DeSutter, an old Rolle Bolle bowler from way back.
“My legs won’t let me do it any more,” said George. But he’s drawn to the game just the same.
I sat down to talk and George said, “Do you know the rules,” and I admitted I had a lot to learn.
So for two hours, I got the quick course on Rolle Bolle. Thanks to George, I understand the game so much better.
I’m amazed at the curves and angles it takes to bowl toward the pin. When they brought out the measuring device to measure which one was closer I thought it was a special device. “They use antennas from cars,” George said.
Like I said, there is so much to learn.

Believe it or not, here’s the kids of fall
Yes my friends, the kids of fall are on the way.
Believe it or not, fall practices will officially open on Monday, March 17.
The highly-regarded Minneota Vikings football team opens Monday and will scrimmage Tracy on Saturday, August 29. That event will be held at 9 a.m. at Tracy.
Officially the football season begins on Thursday, Sept. 3 when the Vikings host Adrian in a 7 p.m. game.
The JV and Junior High schedule gets underway on Sept. 1.
Volleyball practice begins Monday wih practices 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. for the varsity and 1-3 p.m. for the seventh and eighth grade teams.
The Viking volleyball squad opens the season on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Murray County Central.
And the cross country team, which pairs with Canby, opens with practice at 7:30 a.m. on Monday.
The first meet is a 5:30 p.m., Monday, August 31 Invitational at the Morris Area Tournament. it will be held at the Morris Pomme de Terre Golf Course.

I just want to shoot deer and watch my daughter swim PDF Print E-mail
There was a tinge of disappointment in Brad Gillingham’s voice. He wanted desperately to medal (top three places) at the World Games in Taiwan last week.
“You have to be perfect at the World Games,” Minneota’s powerlifter in the games said. He wasn’t, and settled for fourth place.
“I was physically able to be a medalist — yet, it was a great way to finish (fourth at the World Games),” he said.
While Gillingham is an athlete so well known he’s considered an international “king” of the powerlift sport, he prefers to think of himself as a guy who, “Just wants to shoot deer and watch my daughter swim.”
Gillingham, arguably the best dead-lifter in the world, used his best event to pull himself into fourth place.
“I hold myself to high standards in the sport,” he said, while admitting most of his competition was much younger. “I was graduating from high school when most of them were born,” he said.
Because powerlifting isn’t an Olympic sport, he figures The World Games is, “As close to what the Olympics looks like.”
While he was in top shape physically, the travel to Taiwan took its toll on Gillingham.
“We had to fly to Chicago, then 13 hours to Tokyo; had a two hour lay-over, then three and a half hours to Taipan, spent the night in a hotel and then went on a two and a half our bus ride,” he said.
It was very hot and it was difficult to get loose. “I felt terrible the first day, but then there was an 11 1/2-hour time difference,” Gillingham related.
Then, on his first event, the squat he didn’t go deep enough and lost points. .”That was a bad way to start,” he said.
“I didn’t wat to bomb out,” so he stuck to it, rallied, but never did get the squat points he expected.
Bench press flights were reduced from two to one, giving him less time to recover from the squad — and this too, took it toll on the Minneota athlete.
“My training had been good on the bench. I thought I could get a 617, but had to settle for a 584 when I tweaked the shoulder by hitting the uprights. “I was scared I wouldn’t make it but I did another press and I had nothing left,” he said.
“Everyone here has been a World Champ or just missed being a champ,” he said. So the mistakes and injured shoulder reduced his chance to win.
What pulled him into a chance for the medal was his powerlift, which was the best at the games. His second lift was his best and he rode that to powerlift championship.
“I would have had to have a world record to get the medal,” he said. He did what he could, and took fourth.
“There’s a lot of strategy to it,” he said.
Now that it’s over, Gillingham has left his desires to medal and has returned home to Minneota — and that suits him just fine.
“I’m just a country person,” he said.
Larson 15th at state open golf PDF Print E-mail

Minneota native Jesse Larson finished tied for 15th place at the Minnesota State Open Championship last weekend at the Hastings Country Club.

"I thought I played well," Larson told The Mascot.

He also was 24th last week in the Minnesota Amateur Golf Tournament.

The full week of golf came after he won the Wynston Boe Tournament in Minneota last Sunday.

"I felt I can compete at this level," Larson said about the State Open and the Amateur tournaments.

At the Open, he was in second place after the first round when he golfed a 68. He followed up with 74 and 72 and fell back to 15th place.

"I felt validated," he said after the good showing. "I hit the ball well enough to compete but I did not putt as well," he added.

In the Amateur event he shot a 74, 67 and 72 for 24th place.

(See photo and in-depth story in this week's Mascot, 7-29-09).

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