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Moorhead coaching legend 'Shocky' Strand dead at 87

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Moorhead High coaching legend Hartvick "Shocky" Strand died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home at the age of 87.

The Portland High all state performer went on to play four sports at Concordia, graduating in1944.

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After short coaching stints at Concordia and Elbow Lake, he came to Moorhead in 1951 as basketball and track coach and led the Spuds to 17 straight district track titles plus state championships in 1967 and 1968.

He later became the school's first athletic director.

After his retirement he continued as a volunteer track coach through 2001, specializing in the hurdles.

He became the second Moorhead coach to be inducted into the State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. into the Moorhead High Hall of Fame four years later.

Davies drops debut

Fargo Davies, the city's new south side high school, made its varsity football debut Tuesday, falling to state 2A champion Shanley 50-20.

The Deacons, with almost their full squad back, took a 30-0 lead in the first period and outscored the Eagles 20-0 in the third.

Davies scored twice in the second quarter and once in the fourth, presumably against Shanley reserves.

Davies students still attend classes at Fargo South until their new building is completed next year.

BYL fall ball

The first of two sessions of BYL fall baseball will be held today at the North Diamond from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The program is for 12 and 13 year olds and is free.

The second session will be played Sept. 12, also from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The purpose of the two sessions is to prepare this year's 12 year olds for their transition to the larger diamond next summer and to give this year's 13's added experience.

More players are still welcome. Contact Moe Webb at 444-9322 for further information.

More than 80 players took part in the four-session 9-12 year old program last week.

BSU fall play

The second day of the BSU metal bat fall league will take place today at 2 p.m. at the college diamond and continue each Sunday through Oct. 3.

The wood bat league will open Tuesday and continue on Tuesday and Thursday nights though Sept. 28 with a fall classic set for Saturday, Sept. 18.

Cost is $70 per league or $125 for both.

Shanley hockey

There may be boys' hockey for Fargo Shanley this winter after all.

The Fargo School Board approved 6-1 the merger of Shanley with Fargo South which also has numbers problems.

Only 11 players signed up for the sport at Shanley causing that school to drop the sport for a second time.

Those additions would make South's numbers high enough to field a JV team which it had planned to drop this season for a lack of players.

Pending approval from the NDHSAA, the move would be for three years.

Also approved was a merger of Fargo North and Oak Grove for gymnastics.

Kanes win

Grand Rapids opened its girls' tennis season with a 7-0 victory over Eveleth-Gilbert.

Bemidji transfers Kenzie and Taylor Kane both won, Kenzie by a 6-0, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 margin at No. 2 singles and Taylor in love sets at No. 4.

They both won in straight sets in the Thunderhawks 7-0 win over Duluth Central-Denfeld to stay unbeaten.

Short stay

The Plymouth stay at the Little League World Series was a short one.

The Minnesota state champion fell to Pearland, Tx. 10-8 in its opening game, trailing 10-4 into the final frame before closing the gap with a grand slam home run.

It then lost to Auburn, Wash. 5-2 in the double-elimination event to be sidelined.

Northwoods League

Eau Claire, Wis. won the Northwoods League playoffs, besting Rochester in the third and final game 9-1.

Rochester had evened the series with an 11-0 victory in the second game.

Eau Claire won both half races in the South Division.

Rochester won the North playoffs over the St. Cloud River Bats, the second half winner.

Brainerd finished second in the second half with Rochester, Duluth, Thunder Bay, Alexandria and Mankato rounding out the order of finish.

The playoffs officially ended the summer collegiate league schedule.

Marvin to UND

Warroad's Lisa Marvin celebrated her 16th birthday one day after accepting an offer to play women's collegiate hockey at UND, becoming the youngest player ever to commit to the Sioux and probably the youngest to ever commit to any NCAA women's hockey program.

She will begin her sophomore year at Warroad this fall.

Marvin and North Dakota are no strangers. Her grandfather Cal was one of the founders of the UND hockey program in the 1940s. Her father David played with the Sioux from 1987-91 and her sister Layla has committed to play for UND next year. She will be a Warroad senior this season.

Lisa scored 23 goals and 51 assists for 74 points her freshman season, the third leading scorer on Warroad's state championship team.

Two other seniors are headed to Division I play in 2011-12. Goalie Shelby Amber-Benzie will also play at North Dakota and forward Karley Sylvester at Wisconsin.

Canoe races

The Minnesota Canoe Championships will be Sept. 11 at the Mississippi Landing Marina on Lake Irving.

Race times will be 10:30 a.m. for the Citizens races and 10:35 a.m. for the 16-mile pro races.

There will be pro, stock and recreation divisions. The awards ceremony will be at 2 p.m. with awards to the overall winners plus age group champs.

Volleyball poll

The initial volleyball poll shows no northern teams in the top 10 of Class 3A. Wadena is fourth and Hibbing tied for sixth in Class 2A. Northern Freeze and Win-E-Mac are tied for ninth in Class A.

Cass Lake softball

Cass Lake will host a slow-pitch softball tourney Sept. 4-5 at the Veterans Memorial Grounds.

It will be a men's and women's double elimination affair with awards to the top three finishers. The entry is $135 with a Wednesday deadline.

Mail entries to Henry Harper, Box 295, Cass Lake 56633 or call him at 308-0865 or 335-2121.

Cage tournament

A three-on-three basketball tournament will be played at Cass Lake Sept. 5 with boys and girls divisions for 8th grade and under and 12th grade and under plus 19-older.

A trophy and T-shirts go to the winners. Medals will go the runners-up.

The meet is free with registration from 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial ball fields.

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