Jim Carrington: Early basketball memories
The success of this year's Bemidji High School girls basketball team brought back memories for one of its earliest players.
Jean Fulton was one of four sisters to play in the early years of the sport, following older sister Betty, joining twin sister Joan and followed by younger sister Bea.
She recalled watching sister Betty's early teams coached by Nancy Schnickels when the team wore gym uniforms with their numbers taped or sewed on by their mothers.
The game was played in the fall the first two seasons to alleviate pressure on school gymnasiums with the boys team which played in the winter.
It was shifted to the winter for the third year, the first coached by Jim Wahl.
He got the team its first uniforms and was credited by Fulton in changing the program around and starting it on its way to five state trips, the first in 1986.
She and her husband and 1-year-old child traveled from South Dakota to take in that event.
Betty graduated from BHS in 1975, Bemidji State in 1979 and has gone on to teach and coach in several states.
The twins followed in 1977 from BHS and 1981 from BSU and have also taught and coached in Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota.
Bea was a 1981 high school grad and also got her degree from BSU in 1988 and coached and taught in South Dakota and Alaska.
Jean Fulton Weyer is now teaching at Menahga.
Bemidji goalie Lauren Bradel has completed her four-year hockey career at St. Thomas, invited to participate in the Frozen Four Skills Challenge this year.
Bradel completed her career with an MIAC record 49 wins.
She is one of 32 players selected from all three divisions of women's hockey to take part in the skills contest.
Northern Minnesota gained three berths on the All-State boys basketball team.
Dyami Starks of Duluth East, Chad Calcaterra of Cloquet and Ben Bucholz of Perham were named to the second team.
Minnesota Transitions' 6-10 forward Kevin Noreen, a first-team pick, was named Mr. Basketball.
He closed his career with a state record 4,086 points, the first player ever to break the 4,000-point figure.
He averaged 38.6 points a game this year in leading his team to the state Class A title.
He will enroll at Boston College next year.
Starks was among the five finalists for the honor.
The north had numerous honorable mention choices on the All-State team.
They included Martin Wind, Ben Cameron and Tyler Trosen of Cass Lake-Bena, Matt Bauduin of East Grand Forks, Alex Hanks and Scott Nystrom of St. Cloud Tech, Mark Hoge of Crosby-Ironton, Eric Stark and Mike Johnson of Grand Rapids, Uri Johnson of Ada-Borup, Dan Kornbaum of Little Falls, Garrett Larson of Littlefork, Blake Maslonkowski of St. Cloud Apollo, Jordan Riewer of Staples, Cavan Stackpool of Virginia and Johnny Woodard of Duluth East.
Kornbaum capped his historic career by being named the St. Cloud area's Player of the Year.
The 6-8 Little Falls pivot led the Flyers to their third straight state tournament. He's the first Little Falls player to earn the honor since Nate Miller in 2001.
The Flyers, who ousted Bemidji in the Section 8-3A tournament, lost at the state's opening round for the third straight season, bowing to DeLaSalle 66-61.
Alex Hanks and Scott Nystrom of Tech, Zach Noreen of Albany and Blake Maslonkowski of Apollo rounded out the Times' all-area team.
Kornbaum has visited Bemidji State and South Dakota State but has yet to make a decision on college. He plans to major in engineering.
Grand Rapids' Dusty Rychart, former Minnesota Gophers star, has been named the MVP of the Skytans Cairns Taipans of the Australian Basketball League.
Rychart averaged 11.9 points. 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.6 minutes per game.
The final two Bemidji High School winter banquets have been set.
The wrestling banquet will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Commons, honoring this winter's squad which sent two wrestlers to the state tournament.
The girls basketball fete will be held at 6:30 April 11 at Calvary Lutheran Church with the record-breaking varsity, JV and freshmen as guests.
The varsity reached the state tournament for the first time since 2001 with a school record 25 wins.
Clarks win again
Washington's first couple of curling won their seventh mixed national curling title at the Chicago Curling Club.
Brady Clark and his wife Cristin from Seattle's Granite Curling Club only needed four ends to win their seventh title as they got off to a fast start to defeat Al Gulseth of North Dakota 10-1.
The veteran Washington rink wrapped four spots in the first and third around two in the second to lead 10-0 with North Dakota scoring one in the fourth before conceding.
Derek Surka of Connecticut won the bronze medal 7-6 over Wisconsin, scoring three in the 10th to overcome a 6-4 deficit.