Squirt B teams play in tourney
FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Squirt B Red and White teams sponsored by Connie Krahmer played in the Ruckus on the Rum tournament on Jan. 4 and 5 in Cambridge.
Fairmont Red started the tournament with a 12-1 loss against Cambridge Isanti B1 on Jan. 4. Preston Geerdes used an Axel Chapman assist for the team’s lone goal.
Fairmont Red then played Mound and lost 12-0.
Fairmont White opened the tournament with a 10-0 loss against the North Metro Pirates before playing Cambridge Isanti B2, which beat Fairmont White 6-5.
Preston Cepress and Noah Meixell each scored twice for Fairmont, while Hunter Olson netted a goal.
Fairmont Red and White played against each other for both teams’ final tournament game, with White taking an 8-3 win.
Meixell scored two goals and dished out four assists, while Cepress scored four goals and added a helper. Olson scored a goal and dished out an assist, while Caden Wickert scored a goal for White.
Hunter Thate scored a goal for Red, while Wesley Topitzhofer had two and an assist. Collin Kain and Tyler Pankow each dished out an assist.
Both teams participated in a skills competition. Cepress, Meixell and Josh Newville represented Fairmont White, while Chapman, Geerdes and Ian Obernolte participated for Red.
Cepress skated to the fasted time, while Newville made the most saves during shootouts.
Winfield to enter draft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. declared for the NFL draft Wednesday, skipping his final two years of eligibility after earning consensus All-American honors and tying the single-season program record with seven interceptions.
Winfield posted the announcement on his Instagram account, and the team confirmed his decision. Winfield led the Gophers with 88 total tackles and 62 solo tackles, helping them beat Auburn in the Outback Bowl to finish 11-2 for the most wins in program history since 1904.
He was the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year award winner and one of five finalists for the Nagurski Award, given annually to the best defensive player in the nation. Winfield also had three sacks and two forced fumbles. He spent four years with the Gophers, taking medical redshirts in 2017 (hamstring) and 2018 (foot) because of injuries that limited him to four games in each season.
He is the son of Antoine Winfield, a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback who played nine of his 14 years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.