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Craig Bohl signs extension as NDSU football coach

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Craig Bohl signs extension as NDSU football coach
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NDSU football coach Craig Bohl will remain the head of the Bison program through 2016 after signing a new contract extension this week.


It will pay him a base salary of $196,668 plus incentives that could raise the limit to nearly $350,000.

Among those are a 3 percent take of the gross for all Bison home football games at the Fargo Dome where the team plays to near full-house capacity every start.

Bohl is 61-30 in his eight seasons at NDSU, tied with Ron Erhardt for the second most in school history. Rocky Hager was 95-25-1 in 10 seasons.

Selk leaves

Brainerd is seeking a new activities director after the sudden resignation of Todd Selk who has held the post 12 years.

Selk stepped down effective June 30 due to a family medical situation that required him to be out of state for extended periods of time.

He is exploring other opportunities in the Spokane, Wash. area where his family is now residing.

Selk was most proud of being able to preserve the Brainerd athletic program after the failure of the 2007 bond referendum that would have shrunk the program from 29 sports to 12.

Fund raising efforts throughout the district provided the funding to keep the program at full strength.

He leaves concerned that that funding might not be continued by The Warrior Way, the organization formed to provide the funding. During his stay, Selk served on the board of directors of the Minnesota State High School League.

He is a one-time Bemidji High opponent while playing basketball for his father Larry, the long-time East Grand Forks cage coach and athletic director.

Simunic hits 1,000

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager Doug Simunic reached a milestone last week when he recorded his 1,000th victory in the independent baseball ranks.

Simunic has coached for 19 seasons at that level, the past 16 at Fargo.

In that span, which includes a year at Rochester and two at Winnipeg, he has never had a losing season.

The RedHawks made the mark a happy occasion with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Sioux City.

The Hawks are in their first season in the American Association after a long tour in the Northern League. His record stands at 1,000-639.

Among his top performers the past few summers has been Bemidji lefthander Scott Fogelson.

All Star series

The Metro West shaded the Metro East 5-4 in the title game of the annual Lions All-Star baseball series.

Both had divided their series with the North and South earlier. The North beat the South 4-2 to take third.

Bemidji's Tyler Follis was a member of the North squad. He was the 17th Lumberjack to earn an All-Star berth in the 36-year history of the event.

Matt Geislinger of Eden Valley-Watkins was named the meet's MVP.

Geislinger led his high school team to its second straight Class A title this spring.

The Baseball Coaches Association named Geislinger, Andrew Thome of St. Cloud Cathedral and Austin Matthews of Centennial as the 1A, 2A and 3A Players of the Year.

Long time between

Brainerd tailback Jordan Hayes scored the game's first TD in the North's 17-7 win over the South in the High School All-Star football game Saturday at Minnesota's TGF Bank Stadium.

The score came on a three-yard run.

He became the first Brainerd player to score in the game since Jerry Hill scored in the 1952 game, also on a three -yard run.

The Warriors' leading scorer and ground gainer last fall will be playing his collegiate ball at Northern State where he will red-shirt next season.

He and teammate Joe Haeg, who was in the offensive line, played for Brainerd coach Ron Stolski who guided the North team for the second time in his long history.

New Alex coaches

Alexandria must replace two long-time coaches with the resignations of softball coach Bob Cuniff and girls' hockey mentor Mitch Loch.

Loch guided the skaters the past 10 years to a 174-102-17 record. Cuniff went 129-55 in eight seasons.

The hockey team reached the state meet seven of the past eight years, winning the 2008 title.

Cuniff retired from teaching this spring after 35 years and has coached in some capacity for the past 33 in softball, volleyball and girls' basketball.

His teams were a three-time section finalist, one-time CLC champ and never finished lower than third in the conference.

Both will continue to work in the sports programs.

A new hockey coach has been selected but not yet announced. Interviews are being held for the softball post.

Walleyes reach 8-5

The newly organized Walker Walleyes town team reached 8-5, dividing their past two starts.

They fell at home to Redeye 10-5 but won over Cass Lake 8-2 at Cass Lake.

The Walleyes face the Bemidji Blue Ox Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at BSU in their next start.

New VFW team

With Akeley not sponsoring VFW baseball, the town had a number of 16 year olds looking for a place to play this year.

To facilitate the situation, the Akeley VFW Post is sponsoring a new VFW team in Park Rapids this year which opened with doubleheader sweeps over Wadena 7-4 and 11-1 and Bagley 9-0 and 15-2.

Legion poll

Bemidji's win at the St. Cloud Invitational opened eyes around the state with the team moving into 15th place in the most recent state poll.

Burnsville (12) and Eden Prairie (3) hold the top two berths gaining all of the first place votes.

Grand Rapids is 11 and Fergus Falls tied for 20.

Bemidji took a 14-1 record to the holiday standing 8-0 in District 6-North play with four games remaining. Two will be at Little Falls and two at Brainerd. Brainerd now trails Bemidji by three games.

Pioneer staff reports