NEW ULM - For the last two seasons, Kevin Larson, a New Ulm Cathedral graduate, played college basketball at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa.
But for the next two seasons, Larson will take his court skills north as he was one of 10 players who signed National Letters of Intent to play at the University of Minnesota-Crookston
Larson said that he also looked at Dakota Wesleyan and Moorhead.
Larson said that he chose the Golden Eagles and Crookston " because I really liked their coach (Jeff Oseth) and the campus. They seem to have the right program for the degree that I am going for in Sports Management."
Larson said that he will play point guard "but that I can also slide to the two guard spot."
Larson played point guard at Iowa Lakes for the last two seasons where he averaged 3.5 points per game along with 2.5 assists.
Larson's coach at ILCC, Troy Larson, said that "Kevin is a great young man who works hard and is extremely coachable. He puts the team first and is a leader. Crookston is getting a tremendous young man on and off the floor. He is a winner."
Oseth echoed Larson's comments in getting the 6-foot-2 Larson.
"He is a combo guard who comes a good junior college program where he has been well coached," Oseth said. "He is a smart basketball player and has the ability to get his teammates involved."
Larson is also trying to find a way to play baseball at UMC.
"I am going to talk to coach Oseth and if he allows me to," he said.
CURRY COACHING LEGION: Jonathon Curry of New Ulm is in his first year of coaching the Medford American Legion Baseball team.
Medford is also in its first year of having an American Legion Baseball program.
"It is a little bit of a learning experience," said Curry, who was back in New Ulm playing for Kaiserhoff on Sunday. "Right now, we are 1-4 and we have lost two one-run games. We are competing but getting the commitment from the players is one of the first steps in trying to get hetter."
Curry said that the biggest thing that he is trying to do as a coach is to show the players that he does care.
"We are in it for the long haul. Instead of just playing two months out of the year for high school ball we are playing five months in a year and that makes a big difference," he said. "Right now we are not trying to play a really strong schedule - we are playing our league schedule and we do play Rochester Lourdes, Stewartville and Adams, which are some of our tougher games."
He said that he hopes to get the Medford program to a point to where it is a priority for the kids, go to tournaments and compete with anyone.