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Ace runner has local tie

October 15, 2010
By Dennis Grall

ESCANABA - Allie Woodward of Green Bay Notre Dame had a tremendous cross country victory recently in Minneapolis. She beat a field of 495 girls by 12 seconds to win the large-school division race at University of Minnesota, covering 5,000 meters in 18 minutes, 22 seconds.

She also was in Faces In The Crowd in the Oct. 11 issue of Sports Illustrated, which noted she won four other major races in Wisconsin.

She is the granddaughter of the late Mike Gregoire, whose brother Tom lives in Escanaba.

* Former Kingsford High School star Abby Tresedder has made a seamless transition into collegiate tennis.

The University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse freshman was named women's singles player of the week recently and joined Megan Fallon to earn the same honor in doubles from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Tresedder was 2-0 at No. 5 singles and 1-0 at No. 6 singles and the doubles team was 3-0.

* Ariel Bloniarz of Iron Mountain is a freshman on the St. Norbert College women's tennis team, playing at No. 4 singles, where she is 5-1. She is the granddaughter of John and Eleanore Bloniarz of Perronville and Gregg and Joanne Johnson of Bark River

* Slade Heathcott had a decent season in his first full year in the New York Yankees organization.

The team's No. 1 draft choice in 2009, at No. 29, hit .298 with the Charleston Riverdogs, a low Class A team. Heathcote still was among Baseball America's top 20 prospects in the South Atlantic League.

Heathcote was featured in a Daily Press article last year when he visited Escanaba before signing with the Yankees. He spent time with Al and Marla Gossan, visiting with his then-girl friend, Marla Gossan's granddaughter.



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