Alex Erickson’s inaugural benefit golf outing and dinner quickly filled all 36 foursome spots last spring, and the second one has been an even hotter ticket.

Organizers added 10 more foursome spots to accommodate the demand, and those sold out as well. Tickets remain for the dinner, however.

The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, who previously starred at Darlington High School and the University of Wisconsin, will host the second annual event along with his wife Kelsi in support of Hodan Community Services, a community rehabilitation program with its main center in Mineral Point, Wis. The golf outing and dinner will take place on Saturday, June 29 at Dodge Point Country Club in Mineral Point.

Kelsi Erickson’s sister, Krista Blosch, receives services through Hodan in the community and at the Hodan Center. Erickson has brought national attention to the cause while playing for the Bengals.

The golf tournament begins at 10 a.m., and a “Happy Hour” with DJ music for listening or dancing will start at 4:30 p.m. The Happy Hour includes a free photo and autograph opportunities with Erickson.

A full course steak and chicken dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $35, and the short program and award presentation will follow at 7 p.m. A silent auction will end at 7:30 p.m., and a live auction of signed sports memorabilia will close out the night.

In the desire to make this a truly inclusive event, Hodan client-employees will be performing several important roles. Eight client-employees, including Krista Blosch, will serve as ambassador greeters during the golf tournament. Two Hodan client-employee will be golfing as included members of registered golfing foursomes. And Hodan client/employees will help to present the golfing awards and to pick the names of door prize and 50/50 raffle winners. Finally, a Hodan client/employee representative will be among the speakers planned for the short program following dinner.

Advance reservation with payment is needed before the event, and monetary donations are being accepted. Send reservations, payment and/or donation to: Hodan Community Services, 941 West Fountain Street, Mineral Point, WI 53565.

LOCALS WIN WRIGLEY PITCH, HIT & RUN

Two more Dubuque athletes won Pitch, Hit & Run competitions at Major League Baseball parks this weekend and will find out later this month if they advance to the MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland. The top scores from the qualifiers around MLB advance to Cleveland in mid-July.

Colin Kluesner (7-8 baseball) and Evan Hefel (9-10 baseball) won their divisions at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, over the weekend. Previously, Isabel Markham (9-10 softball) and Jonah Markham (13-14 baseball) won events at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.

The Loras College sport management program conducted the Dubuque competition in April at Derby Grange. Boys and girls competed for free in pitching, hitting, and running in the following age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Winners of all categories and overall score advanced to the sectional level, and sectional winners advanced to big league sites.

COACHES HONOR TRACKSTERS FOR ACADEMIC WORK

The Iowa Association of Track & Field Coaches named seven area athletes to its annual academic all-state squad, which includes 18 girls and 35 boys who met the qualifying standards. That includes seniors with a 3.8 GPA, at least a 28 on the ACT and a state meet qualifier.

The list includes Senior’s Lauren Miller and Hempstead’s Grace Ries on the girls list and Senior’s Ben Cook, Bellevue’s Kyle Guenther, Senior’s Emmet Kordell, Bellevue’s Adrew Penniston and Senior’s Evan Wille.

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