Sports briefs: Stillwater softball receive No. 3 seed

The Stillwater softball team received the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the Section 4AAA tourney, which begins Monday.

The Ponies (13-7) and White Bear Lake tied for the third seed, but Stillwater won a coin flip to decide who would be seeded third and fourth – a not insignificant difference when you consider only the top three seeds receive a first-round bye.

Stillwater will host the winner of No. 11 Tartan vs. No. 6 East Ridge in the quarterfinals of the winners bracket on Tuesday. White Bear Lake will host Mahtomedi in a first-round game on Monday.

The top two seeds in the section are Hill-Murray, which Stillwater defeated 2-1 on Wednesday and defending section champion North St. Paul, which has qualified for state each of the past three years and seven of the past eight.

Section 4AAA tourney

Monday’s first round

#9 St. Paul Como Park at #8 Roseville

#12 Woodbury at #5 South St. Paul

#13 Mahtomedi at #4 White Bear Lake

#11 Tartan at #6 East Ridge

#10 Cretin-Derham Hall at #7 St. Paul Johnson

Fundraiser for Trail Blazers set for Saturday

The St. Croix Trail Blazers, a local Special Olympics equestrian team is hosting a pig roast fundraiser on Saturday at Double H Stables, which is located at 9262 Otchipwe Ave. N. in Stillwater.

The Trail Blazers athletes are independent riders and will learn to care for their horse and show them in up to three classes. Learn more about the athletes and this exciting new program by attending on May 19. Tickets are $10 for those ages 13-and-older and $5 for anyone ages 4-12. Children 3-and-under are free. Donations are tax deductible.

In addition to the pig roast, there will be a silent auction and fun family events such as hay rides, carnival games, bounce house, face painting, pony rides and more. The event will be held rain or shine.

Additional information about the St. Croix Trail Blazers is available on facebook (St. Croix Trail Blazers Equestrian Team).