Notebook: 'Little American' making big impact overseas

April 20, 2011

With the start of the MLS season I realized I should do an update on how Matthew Dallman is doing in Germany.

It proved to be a good time for that update, too.

Still playing for Sportfreunde Siegen in the German fourth division, Dallman had a goal against Westfalia Herne last week to equalize in the second half. Siegen went on to win the match 3-0 after getting a spark from Dallman's goal.

Dallman's score came on a 24-meter free kick and gave Siegen a badly needed boost in the standings.

They are now seventh in the NW League standings, but only one point back of fifth.

On a more humorous note, every story I could find on Dallman in the Germen press referred to him as "der kleiner Amerikaner" or "the little American."

I will now make it my habit to refer to everyone I write about by their stature.

From the pitch to pitches we move to baseball and softball.

Andy Baldwin had a down-and-up start to the 2011 season with the Rochester Red Wings, the AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

After not making it out of the fourth and giving up nine runs and 10 hits in his first start April 11 against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, he bounced back April 17 to hold the Yankees to four hits and three runs over seven innings to get his first victory of the season.

Breanne Rowley continued her hot season for William Penn University last week. She ripped a bases-loaded double to help the Lady Statesmen beat Waldorf 8-0.

Alex VanSlyke is back in action this year at Linfield College and was the top finisher for the Wildcats at the George Allen Invitational at George Fox last week. He finished fourth in 4:12.29.

VanSlyke is also featured prominently in the Linfield Track and Field page, with his picture included in the schedule section.

VanSlyke's former teammate, Leo Castillo, has had a big month of his own, earning Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors April 6 after achieving an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying time during the 10,000-meter run at the Charles Bowles Celebration of Distance event April 1.

Joel Miller took eighth place for the Oral Roberts Eagles at the University of Oklahoma with a pole vault of 14-09.

Finally, for your trivia:

When did the English Premier League begin play?

A: The modern incarnation of the top level of English soccer began play in 1992 after radical restructuring and realignment.

For the record, Manchester United holds the record for most league titles with 11.

That is reason No. 65,800,000 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.

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