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Sportsline: All-Star football game headed back to 'U'

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The Minnesota State High School All-Star football game will return to the University of Minnesota campus this summer.

The 38th annual game will be played at the TGF Bank Stadium June 25.

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The game was originated at the old Memorial Stadium and played there in 1945 and 46 and again in 1974 and 75.

It has been played the last six years at St. Cloud State's Husky Stadium

The Football Coaches Association figured the move back to the Twin Cities would bolster attendance

A new team format will be used with the north (including the North Metro) facing the south (including the south Metro). The coaches felt pairing the small town stars with the Metro stars would create a better experience for the players.

The Metro-Outstate rivalry has been used since 1980 with the Metro holding a slim 16-15 edge. This format was used in the earlier years.

Both squads will train at Gustavus from June 19-25.

Solems gain final

The Miranda Solem rink of Cohasset reached the final of the National Women's Junior Curling Championships at Anchorage, Alaska before bowing to Becca Hamilton of Wisconsin 12-4, a team Solem had beaten in the round robin to earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

The team reached the nationals after winning the Minnesota State title this year. That followed four second place finishes.

It was the fourth trip to the nationals for the foursome which has one more year of eligibility remaining.

The rink, which includes Miranda's younger sister Chelsea, is coached by their father Mike.

Miranda earned the meet's All-Star Skip Trophy selected by her peers.

Solem fell one match shy of a trip to the World Championships at Perth, Scotland.

The Aaron Wald rink of Chisholm which includes Bemidji's Josh Bahr, will represent the U.S. at that event.

All-Star skiers

Bemidji's Waylon Manske and teammate Jeremy Hecker of St. Scholastica have been named to the Central Collegiate Ski Association's All-Conference team.

He pair tied for the final spot on the 10-man team. The squad includes the top four skiers in each discipline, classical and freestyle.

Manske and Hecker are the only Division III male skiers to earn All-Conference laurels.

The Saints ended their season this weekend at the NCAA Central Regional Championships at Houghton, Mich.

Record breakers

Bemidji's Ryan Rude and Carey Woods became the first Bemidji High cagers ever to top the 1,000 point mark in the same year.

They became the fifth and sixth Bemidji members of the club and could move even higher before the year ends.

Woods, with 575 points, should have moved into third place in the single season records by passing Jim Jenson's 584 recorded his senior year in 1978.

Still ahead is the 617 of Ray Cronk in 1958.

With three more regular season games plus as many as six playoffs, he could be well past that mark by the season's end.

Both he and Rude are pushing to pass the career marks of 1,148 of Jon Solheim and 1,195 of Keith Salscheider and move into the third and fourth spots behind Jensen 1,763) and Cronk (1477)..

Cronk played only three years of varsity ball and both he and Jensen performed in the days of 18-game schedules and no three-point field goals.

Area dominance

While curling has become more widespread across the northern tier of states, it is still centered mainly in Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota.

More than 70 percent of the curlers at the U.S. National Championships at Fargo hail from those three states with only 11 men and 14 women of the more than 90 curlers on hand from other states.

More than half of the 14,000 curlers in the USCA hail from the three, 3,600 from Wisconsin, 3.400 from Minnesota and 800 from North Dakota.

Fish blank anglers

For perhaps the first time in memory, the fish pitched a shutout at an area fishing contest.

The organizers of the Alexandria Ice Fishing Challenge moved the event this year from Lake L'Homme Dieu to Lake Agnes hoping for a larger turnout and bigger fish.

Some 2,200 fishermen turned out.

They departed without a single fish being caught.

The lake is famed for yielding large bass and northerns and other species in both summer and winter.

The weather was perfect with temperatures in the 30's.

No reason could be discerned for the absence of fish other than one offered that said "that's the way fishing goes."

Most disappointed were the sponsors of the event, which has raised $86,000 since 2004 for area charities.

They promised to try a different site in 2012.

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