Hot Stockholm, Cool Minneapolis

     Temperatures neared 85 degrees for Sunday’s Stockholm Marathon in Sweden. News Tribune writer Mark Stodghill, a racing veteran, made his international debut and got to the finish line despite the heat in 4:53:03. His plans are to complete a quest of running a marathon in every U.S. state later this year and has just one state remaining.

     The inaugural Minneapolis Marathon was also held Sunday, which was 50 degrees at the 7 a.m. start and then 70 by 11 a.m. The marathon winners were Thomas Tisell, 41, of St. Paul in 2:42:57 overall and Jessica Pink, 29, of Hopkins, Minn., in 3:04:16. Erik Kaitala, 37, of Duluth was fourth overall in 2:59:02. In the accompanying half-marathon, the winners were Daniel Dimeo, 22, of Owatonna, Minn., in 1:15:04, and Angie Williams, 29, of Minneapolis in 1:23:49. Statistics show 1,200 marathon finishers and 2,246 half-marathon finishers. Results are here.

A report from Stockholm:

     Kenya’s Paul Kipkemei Kogo mastered the heat of up to 85 degrees and won the 31st edition of the Stockholm Marathon by the largest margin ever, seven minutes.

     It’s the fourth consecutive year that the runners have to cope with temperatures. Kogo was followed by his compatriots Abraham Keter, Bejamin Serem and Willy Kirui during the first lap that ended in 1:07.22.
The reigning champion Kirui was the first victim of Kogo’s pace. He left the course after 30 kilometers, hit by severe dehydration. Serem lost five minutes during the last seven kilometers while Keter didn’t finish the race.
Isabellah Andersson repeated her feat of last year and run the race with negative splits, the second half faster than the first one. The Swedish record holder Lena Gavelin lost her momentum and was also beaten by seven minutes.
      A record number of 13,718 runners finished the race in spite of the tough conditions.

Results

Men
1) Paul Kipkemei Kogo, KEN, 2:15:35
2) Benjamin Serem, KEN, 2:22:51
3) Said Regragui, SWE, 2:22:57
4) Jonas Buud, SWE, 2:24:37
5) Boubker El Afoui, MAR, 2:24:49
6) Phillip Bandawe, ZIM, 2:26:00
7) Lars Johansson, SWE, 2:26:47
8) Emil Lerdahl, SWE, 2:28:47
9) Marek Poszepczynski, SWE, 2:28:54
10) Johan Ehrs, FIN, 2:29:02

Women
1) Isabellah Andersson, SWE, 2:33:52
2) Lena Gavelin, SWE, 2:40:52
3) Veronika Lopatina, RUS, 2:46:35
4) Alexandra Svensson, SWE, 2:47:06
5) Therese Hagersjö, SWE, 2:50:27
6) Tatyana Belkina, BLR, 2:51:21
7) Johanna Bohlin, SWE, 2:52:50
8) Jenny Jansson, SWE, 2:55:29
9) Marlene Persson, SWE, 2:58:39
10) Hanna Bartholomew, SWE, 3:00:36

McGaver Earns Triathlon Honor

     Minnesota Tri News has named May’s athletes of the month for participants in multi-sport events. Duluthian Marlo McGaver was recognized. Here’s the info from the Minnesota Tri News Web site:

OVERALL ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Marlo McGaver, 39, Duluth & Matthew Payne, 32, Columbia Heights, Minn.

Payne ran the table in May with record-setting victories at Chain of Lakes and Albert Lea. He was also the top amateur at The Apple in the 2nd fastest amateur time in course history. McGaver picked up her 4th career win at Apple against that race’s strongest field to date and finished 2nd at Gear West, a miniscule 1/100th of a second behind 2008 USAT Athlete of the Year runner-up Cathy Yndestad.

Also receiving consideration for Overall AOM was Kevin O’Connor, 38, of Medina, Minn. Kevin posted a big win at Oakdale and was 2nd amateur/6th overall at Apple, just 16-seconds behind AOM Matt Payne. It should be noted that Kevin did not race head-to-head with Matt, opting to launch with his age group. Matt raced with the Elite wave.

AGE GROUP ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Jan Guenther, 50, Mound, Minn., & Todd Firebaugh, 47, Woodbury, Minn.

McGaver Earns Triathlon Honor

     Minnesota Tri News has named May’s athletes of the month for participants in multi-sport events. Duluthian Marlo McGaver was recognized. Here’s the info from the Minnesota Tri News Web site:

OVERALL ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Marlo McGaver, 39, Duluth & Matthew Payne, 32, Columbia Heights, Minn.

Payne ran the table in May with record-setting victories at Chain of Lakes and Albert Lea. He was also the top amateur at The Apple in the 2nd fastest amateur time in course history. McGaver picked up her 4th career win at Apple against that race’s strongest field to date and finished 2nd at Gear West, a miniscule 1/100th of a second behind 2008 USAT Athlete of the Year runner-up Cathy Yndestad.

Also receiving consideration for Overall AOM was Kevin O’Connor, 38, of Medina, Minn. Kevin posted a big win at Oakdale and was 2nd amateur/6th overall at Apple, just 16-seconds behind AOM Matt Payne. It should be noted that Kevin did not race head-to-head with Matt, opting to launch with his age group. Matt raced with the Elite wave.

AGE GROUP ATHLETES OF THE MONTH: Jan Guenther, 50, Mound, Minn., & Todd Firebaugh, 47, Woodbury, Minn.

Goucher runs 800 in 2:06.79

      Marathoner Kara Goucher did some speed work Thursday afternoon near home in Beaverton, Ore., as her sponsor, Nike, put on some races at the company work site. Here’s a report from the Oregonian newspaper and a video interview here

  BEAVERTON, Ore. – Olympian Nick Symmonds opened his 2009 outdoor season at the sixth Nike Mile on Thursday afternoon, a low-key event staged for employees at the campus track.

Symmonds ran 1:46.25 for 800 meters and beat five other athletes from the Oregon Track Club Elite. Mark Wieczorek was second in 1:47.11.

Kara Goucher and Amy Begley, both Olympic team members, doubled in back-to-back 800-meter and mile races separated by about 15 minutes.

Jemma Simpson of OTC Elite won the 800 in 2:02.93, followed by Sarah Vaughn in 2:04.79. Goucher ran a personal best time of 2:06.79 to finish fourth out of 11 runners. Begley finished in 2:11.09.

In the mile, Begley was first in 4:37.54 with Goucher right behind her in 4:37.58. Goucher said she planned to run in the 2,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on June 7 in Eugene, Ore.

Also, Goucher and the U.S. women’s marathon team will have excellent competition at the World Championships on Aug. 23 in Berlin. World record holder Paula Radcliffe of England is expected to compete and this week the host German team was announced in the release below. Grandma’s Marathon updates will start here next week:

Irina Mikitenko and Sabrina Mockenhaupt were named to the German Marathon team for the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Berlin Germany (15 to 23 August). 

Mikitenko, who is one of the home nation’s big medal hopes after breaking the German record (2:19:19) at the 2008 Berlin Marathon and collecting a second London Marathon title in April, had always stressed that she wanted to run in the global championships.

But it was different with Mockenhaupt. The 28-year-old seemed to go for the Marathon after her win in Frankfurt in 2008 with a personal best of 2:26:22. But in the winter she decided to run the 10,000m at the World Championships. Now however she switched back to the Marathon, though she might still run the track event as well.

Melanie Kraus is number three on Germany’s women’s Marathon team. The winner in Frankfurt 2007 and Düsseldorf 2008 had done well for her standards at the World Championships in 2007 (20th in Osaka) and the Olympics in 2008 (38th in Beijing). Rounding out the squad are Düsseldorf Marathon champion Susanne Hahn and Luminita Zaituc. Reigning European champion Ulrike Maisch was named as a reserve.

Blais Named 2010 Junior Coach

     This Thursday release from USA Hockey:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Dean Blais, head coach and general manager for the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League and widely regarded as one of the top coaches in the United States, will be head coach of the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

"I’m honored to be selected to coach this team," said Blais. "The World Junior Championship has evolved into one of the great events on the hockey calendar every year and I look forward to the challenge ahead."

USA Hockey also announced that Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations at USA Hockey, will serve as the general manager of the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team and Tim Taylor, an assistant coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and head coach of the 1994 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, will serve as the team’s director of player personnel.

The U.S. National Junior Team will compete at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2009 – Jan. 5, 2010, in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan.

"Dean Blais has been successful at every level and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him coach our team in the upcoming World Junior Championship," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey.

"Dean is without question one of the game’s elite coaches," said Johannson. "His teams are always well prepared and he brings an enthusiasm to the rink that rubs off on everyone around him."

Blais, the 2009 USHL Coach of the Year, recently finished leading the Force to the USHL’s Clark Cup finals in their first year of play.

He has a long history with USA Hockey that began in 1973 when he played for the U.S. Men’s National Team. His coaching contributions began in 1988 when he served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team, a position he also held in 1989. Blais was the head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team in 1994 and was slated for the same role in 2005, but resigned his position after accepting the job as associate head coach of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer of 2004.

He also served as an assistant coach for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2000 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

A native of International Falls, Minn., Blais played four years of college hockey at the University of Minnesota before joining the U.S. National Team in 1973. After skating three years with the Chicago Blackhawks’ affiliate in Dallas, he began his coaching career in 1976-77 as an assistant at the University of Minnesota. He then served as the head hockey coach at Minot (N.D.) High School from 1977-80, before a nine-year stint as an assistant men’s ice hockey coach at the University of North Dakota.

Blais left UND to be the head hockey coach at Roseau (Minn.) High School in 1989-90 and guided his team to the Minnesota State High School title. He coached Roseau to a conference and regional championship in 1991 before being named an assistant coach for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team that took fourth place at the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France. Following the Olympics, Blais signed on as athletic director and hockey coach at International Falls High School.

He returned to the University of North Dakota as head coach in 1994. During his 10-year tenure, he led the Fighting Sioux to seven NCAA tournament appearances, NCAA Division I championships in 1997 and 2000, and an overall record of 262-115-33 (.679).

Northland Connection

     Likely the final listing for 2008-09 for professional players with connections to Minnesota Duluth or Northeastern Minnesota. Former Bulldog Rod Aldoff was a defenseman for the International Hockey League winning Fort Wayne team. Former Bulldog forward Luke Stauffacher of Muskegon in the IHL had 46 goals and 88 points in 81 games. Former Bulldog Tim Stapleton had 30 goals and 81 points in 85 games for the AHL Toronto Marlies. Former Bulldog Bryan McGregor with Idaho in the East Coast Hockey League ahd 39 goals and 85 points in 71 games. B.J. Radovich of Hermantown had 23 goals and 59 points in 60 games for Huntsville of the Southern Professional Hockey League Defenseman Alex Goligoski of Grand Rapids is on the Pittsburgh roster for the NHL finals 

NHL 

Alex Goligoski, D, Pittsburgh, 45 GP, 6-14-20, playoffs 2GP, 0-1-1; Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, 26 GP, 2-16-18, playoffs 9GP, 1-5-6

Jamie Langenbrunner, F, New Jersey, 81 GP, 29-40-69, playoffs 4GP, 2-1-3

Matt Niskanen, D, Dallas, 80 GP, 6-29-35

Mason Raymond, F, Vancouver, 72 GP, 11-12-23, playoffs 10GP, 2-1-3

Steve Wagner, D, St. Louis, 22 GP, 2-2-4; Peoria, 47 GP, 6-16-22, playoffs 7GP, 1-3-4

Craig Weller, F, Minnesota, 36 GP, 1-2-3

AHL

Zach FitzGerald, F, Manitoba, 56 GP, 0-8-8, playoffs, 12GP, 0-1-1

Jason Garrison, D, Rochester (N.Y.), 75 GP, 8-27-35, Florida 1 GP, 0-0-0 

Matt Greer, F, Syracuse (N.Y.), 1 GP, 0-0-0

Tim Hambly, D, Rockford (Ill.), 79 GP, 4-25-29, playoffs, 4GP, 0-0-0

Junior Lessard, F, Bridgeport, 21 GP, 7-6-13; Chicago, 41 GP, 6-5-11 (Total: 62 GP, 13-11-24)

Jay Rosehill, D,  Toronto, 13 GP, 2-1-3; Norfolk (Va.), 57 GP, 5-7-12 (Total: 70GP, 7-8-15)

MacGregor Sharp, F,  Iowa, 6 GP, 1-1-2

Aaron Slattengren, F,  Binghamton, 12 GP, 1-1-2, Portland, 52 GP, 9-10-19; Augusta 6 GP, 5-4-9 (Total: 64GP, 10-11-21)

Tim Stapleton, F, Toronto. 3 GP, 1-0-1; Toronto Marlies, 70 GP, 28-51-79, playoffs, 6GP, 2-0-2

Clay Wilson, D, Atlanta, 2 GP, 0-0-0; Chicago, 37 GP, 6-18-24; Syracuse, 33 GP, 8-12-20 (Total: 70 GP, 14-30-44)

ECHL

Ross Carlson, F, Florida, 52 GP, 14-22-36, playoffs, 11GP, 7-2-9

Andrew Carrol, F, Charlotte, 1 GP, 0-0-0, playoffs, 6GP, 0-2-2 

Mike Curry F, Reading, 13 GP, 1-0-1; South Carolina,  26 GP, 2-9-11; Alaska, 12 GP, 1-2-3 (Total: 51GP, 4-11-15)

Jon Francisco, F, Ontario (Calif.), 63 GP, 20-28-48, playoffs, 7GP, 1-4-5

Travis Gawryletz D, Elmira (N.Y.), 56 GP, 2-14-16, playoffs, 11GP, 0-2-2

Ben Gordon, F, Reading, 12 GP, 6-12-18; Cincinnati, 51 GP, 15-24-39 (Total: 63GP, 21-36-57)

Gino Guyer, F, Phoenix, 71 GP, 14-24-38

Dan Knapp, D, Ontario (Calif.), 58 GP, 4-15-19, playoffs, 2GP, 0-1-1

Bryan McGregor, F, Idaho, 66 GP, 38-44-82, Johnstown (Pa.), 1 GP, 0-1-1  (Total: 67GP, 38-45-83), playoffs, 4GP, 1-1-2

Matt McKnight, F, Idaho, 62 GP, 10-23-33; Las Vegas, 4 GP, 0-1-1 (Total: 66GP, 10-24-34), playoffs, 4GP, 1-0-1

Neil Petruic, F, Stockton (Calif.), 14 GP, 2-2-4

Andy Sertich, D, Utah, 62 GP, 12-24-36, playoffs, 5GP, 0-1-1

Tom Sawatske, F, Reading, 12 GP, 1-2-3; Cincinnati, 49 GP, 3-4-7; Phoenix, 5 GP, 0-0-0 

IHL

Rod Aldoff, D, Kalamazoo (Mich.), 57 GP, 7-23-30, Ft. Wayne (Ind.), 17 GP, 1-5-6 (Total: 74GP, 8-28-36), playoffs, 11GP, 0-2-2

Luke Stauffacher, F, Muskegon (Mich.), 70 GP, 39-41-80, playoffs, 11GP, 7-1-8

CHL

Brett Hammond, F, Colorado, 49 GP, 11-13-24, playoffs, 15GP, 2-1-3

Jay Hardwick, D, Rio Grande Valley, 64 GP, 2-6-8, playoffs, 7GP, 0-0-0

International

Nick Anderson, D, Fischtown Germany, 47 GP, 18-20-38

Sean Hill, D, Biel, Switzerland, 47 GP, 3-17-20

Evan Schwabe, D, Aalborg, Denmark, 52 GP, 15-28-43

SPHL

B.J. Radovich, F, Huntsville (Ala.), 55 GP, 22-33-55, playoffs, 5GP, 1-3-4

Goalies

ECHL

Josh Johnson, Gwinnett, 25 GP, 3.22, .888; South Carolina, 4 GP, 3.20, .894, playoffs, 3GP, 2.10, .944             

IHL

Isaac Reichmuth, Flint (Mich.), 1 GP; Muskegon (Mich.),  23 GP, 4.05, .882

 SPHL

Terry Dunbar, Twin City (N.C.),  32 GP, 3.73, .885

International

Adam Hauser, Kassel, Germany, 38 GP, 2.99, .910

Tech Loses Recruit to NHL

     It’s being reported that Michigan Tech recruit Jake Hauswirth of Merrill, Wis., a center, has opted to sign with the Washington Capitals instead of heading to Houghton, Mich. This from Tuesday’s Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed undrafted free agent center Jake Hauswirth, a Merrill native, to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hauswirth, 21, is a 6-foot-5, 210-pounder, who has spent the last two seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. He scored 28 goals and added 24 assists (52 points) in 58 games this season, tied for the team lead in goals and fourth in points. He led all Lancers forwards and was second on the team with a plus 16 plus-minus rating.

Hauswirth helped lead Omaha to the USHL championship as a rookie in 2007-08, recording 13 goals and 10 assists (23 points) in 57 games.

Hauswirth participated in the Capitals’ development camp last summer and will be in attendance at this summer’s camp as well.
 

North Dakota Women Get Help

     This story from Wednesday’s Grand Forks Herald on two hometown stars likely joining the North Dakota women’s program:

Coach Brian Idalski has repeatedly said his goal is to make the North Dakota women’s hockey team annual contenders for a national title.

Some major help is on the way.

The Lamoureux twins, who finished third and fourth in Division I scoring as freshmen at Minnesota, have been granted a release from their scholarships and they intend to transfer to North Dakota.

The release was granted by Gopher coach Brad Frost and it specifically states that Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux have permission to contact the Sioux.

The Grand Forks natives are expected to talk with North Dakota this week and letters of intent could be signed by the end of next week.

The twins would have to sit out the 2009-10 season because of Western Collegiate Hockey Association transfer rules. They are candidates to make the 2010 U.S. Olympic team, which means they likely would be busy during the 2009-10 college season.

They will be sophomores in 2010-11.

North Dakota isn’t allowed to comment until letters of intent are signed. Frost released a short statement wishing the twins well.

“We had a great year with Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux and we thank them for being a part of our team,” Frost said. “We wish them well in their future endeavors.”

The twins, who are expected to talk publicly about their decision Wednesday afternoon, are coming off of a big season with the Gophers. They were both first-team all-WCHA forwards and led Minnesota to the NCAA Frozen Four.

Monique scored 39 goals and added 36 assists for 75 points in 40 games. She was named one of 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award — the women’s hockey equivalent of Hobey Baker. Jocelyne scored 28 goals and added 37 assists for 65 points.

A couple of months ago, they were teammates on the U.S. national women’s team that won gold at the Women’s World Championship.

The Lamoureuxs have strong ties to North Dakota

Their father, Pierre, played goalie for the Sioux in the early 1980s, winning a pair of Division I titles. Their older brother, Jean-Philippe, was a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist as a goalie for the Sioux in 2008, and brother Mario will be a sophomore forward for the Sioux next season.

The Lamoureuxs verbally committed to Minnesota in January 2007, just a couple of weeks after North Dakota fired coach Shantel Rivard and replaced her with interim coach Dennis Miller. The Sioux went 3-31-2 and 0-27-1 in the WCHA that season.

The Lamoureuxs decided to choose a more established program in Minnesota, which won back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005.

But in the last two seasons, North Dakota has started to turn things around under coach Idalski. The Sioux had their highest WCHA finish last season (tied for fifth), while Melissa Jaques set the program’s scoring record and defenseman Kelly Lewis broke blue line scoring marks.

Polson, Houck Win 5K Titles

     Duluthians Jeremy Polson and Jennifer Houck won titles in Sunday’s 12th Brian Kraft Memorial 5-Kilometer run at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. The road race is recognized as Minnesota 5K state championship and celebrates the life of the former Bemidji, Minn., runner.

     Polson, 31, led a field of 506 to win in 14 minutes, 43 seconds, a state record for 31-year-olds, breaking Vince Temu’s 2002 mark of 14:47. Houck, 25, a former Cromwell athlete, was first in the women’s field in 17:09, while Katie Koski, 36, of Duluth was fifth in 17:56.

     Second overall was Chris Lundstrom, 33, of Minneapolis in 14:44, and second in the women’s field was Amy Lyons, 23, of Mounds View, Minn., in 17:20.

JEREMY POLSON and JEN HOUCK PHOTOS COURTESY OF GENE NIEMI                                                           

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rohlik, Omaha, WCHA

As Nebraska-Omaha gets closer to joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the selection process for hiring a new coach at the school is picking up steam.

Minnesota Duluth assistant Steve Rohlik is being mentioned as a candidate to replace Duluth native Mike Kemp, who has moved to an associate athletic director position at Omaha. The job position was posted Thursday and interviews are expected to be conducted by mid-June and a coach named by July 1.

Rohlik, 41, was a Kemp assistant for the first three seasons of the Omaha program and has spent the last nine years as the top aide to UMD coach Scott Sandelin. When Kemp was a Wisconsin assistant, he recruited Rohlik for the Badgers in 1986.

“To be a college head coach has been a goal and a dream, and I would certainly consider a chance like Omaha,” Rohlik said last week. “I love it in Duluth, but I look at Omaha as a unique opportunity.”

The Omaha World-Herald has listed a number of potential Omaha candidates, but only Colorado College assistant Mike Guentzel, 46, a Coleraine native and former Minnesota assistant, has said publicly he would apply.

Others mentioned are Minnesota assistant Mike Hastings, 43, who was head coach of the U.S. Hockey League’s Omaha Lancers for 14 years; Boston University assistant and former Omaha assistant David Quinn, 42; former North Dakota and NHL coach Dean Blais, 58, now with the USHL’s Fargo Force; Miami of Ohio assistant Chris Bergeron, 38; and New Hampshire assistant David Lassonde, 46.

New Omaha athletic director Trev Alberts has appointed a search committee, which includes Kemp. In his associate athletic director position, Kemp, 56, who was head coach for 12 years, will oversee the hockey program.

“We’re looking for a person who can win us a national championship,” Alberts told the World-Herald. “And I don’t say that lightly. If that isn’t the expectation, then we’re all fooling ourselves. If someone isn’t interested in a championship, then that person probably is not the right fit.”

Alberts is also investigating a possible move from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association to the WCHA. The WCHA is seeking a program to pair with Bemidji State as candidates to create a 12-team league. It was rumored that WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod was in Omaha last week to speak with school officials.

When contacted Saturday in Denver, McLeod would only say that the WCHA has had contact with Omaha and is in the preliminary stages of talking about possible membership in the league. He also noted that the WCHA has been contacted by other schools about admission.

During WCHA meetings in April in Marco Island, Fla., Bemidji State made a presentation to the league, but no vote on admission was taken, although a straw poll vote was reportedly 5-5. Schools making application need eight of 10 votes to gain admission.

The 10-team WCHA gave McLeod the OK to negotiate with potential members if needed and it’s believed  there will be some bargaining with Bemidji State and Omaha. The league has indicated that new teams would not begin league play until 2011-12, however its likely neither school would want to wait that long. Also, in the WCHA criteria for consideration of admission, it’s noted that new schools do not share in WCHA post-season revenue during the first three years of membership, which wouldn’t appeal to any financially-strapped athletic program.

The per-school share from the 2009 WCHA Final Five, which isn’t officially totaled, is estimated to be $91,000 or more, said McLeod.