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Sportsline: Brainerd basketball coach Urbane steps down

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Brainerd High boys basketball coach Matt Urbane has resigned after eight seasons at the helm.

In his tenure he compiled a 82-124 record including a 7-19 finish this winter.

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He came to Brainerd from International Falls where his Broncos went 52-25 in his three seasons and reached the state meet for the first time.

He cited family health reasons as his reason for stepping down. His family resides in the Winona area and he is seeking employment closer to that location.

Urbanek cited parental criticism and negativity as one of the major changes he has seen during his years in coaching beginning as early as the elementary years.

Athletic Director Todd Selk said a search for Urbanek's replacement would start immediately.

New tennis coach

At the same time, Brainerd has named a new girls tennis coach.

Ellen Fussy takes over the reins to succeed Marnie Whalen who resigned at the end of last fall's season.

Brainerd has gone 42-7 in the past three years and won three straight Central Lakes Conference titles.

It has gone 27-1 in league play during those years.,

Fussy has served as assistant coach in the junior high and varsity programs for 12 years.

The 47 year old Fussy is a Brainerd High graduate who went to Wisconsin-LaCrosse. She teaches summer tennis at Grand View Lodge at Nisswa.

Tech seeks coach

St. Cloud Tech is seeking a new boys hockey coach after the contract of Chad Homerding was not renewed.

Hommerding has guided the Tigers for 11 seasons going 159-114-11 in that stretch and 99-99-4 in the CLC.

They were 13-9-3 this winter and 10-5 in league play. Hommerding charged the administration with not following school procedures in dealing with the conflict and he was not given an opportunity to defend himself.

Hommerding said he was asked to resign after the team banquet but refused.

He was suspended for one game this winter, a move he believed was due to parental pressure.

The age old problem in the sport, lack playing time for some players, was also involved in the problems, Hommerding said,

Two enter PR Hall

Dick Carpenter and Gene Nei will enter the Park Rapids Athletic Hall of Fame this week.

Carpenter coached girls track from1984-99 and boys and girls cross country.

The 1951 Park Rapids graduate earned four letters in football and two in track during his high school career.

Nei, also a Park Rapids grad who, like Carpenter, went on to star in football at Gustavus-Adolphus.

He also lettered four seasons in football and two in track for the Panthers.

They become the eighth and ninth inductees into the recently formed Hall.

NSIC champions

Mankato used late clutch hitting to shade Wayne State 10-9 in the championship game of the NSIC baseball tournament.

The Mavericks had handed Wayne State its first loss one game earlier 12-3 coming through the loser's bracket after losing its opener to Upper Iowa.

Wayne had stopped Augustana 8-7, Winona 10-9 and Upper Iowa 10-4 to reach the final. Mankato beat Augustana 14-4 Southwest 6-5 an Upper Iowa 12-3 to reach the final.

Mankato ousted Augustana 14-4, Southwest 6-5 and Upper Iowa 12-3 after its opening loss.

Winona scored twice in the first inning and held on to blank Wayne 2-0 in the women's softball title game.

Stacy Stuzynski pitched a complete game five hitter to get the win.

Baseball tryouts

Tryouts for the 13-14-15 year old all star teams plus the VFW and American Legion will be held today at the BSU diamond.

The 13 and 14 All Star Team tryouts will begin at 11:30.

The 15 Year Old All Stars will try out along with the VFW and Legion at 2:30.

The three all star units will be entering their third year of play, a switch that is already bearing fruit with the high school program which is fielding winning B and C Teams this spring.

The VFW is for 15-16 year olds with the Legion limited to players not reaching their 19th birthday prior to Jan. 1.

Mike Fogelson and Brad Johnson will return to head the Legion and VFW teams this season. The three younger teams will be coached by members of the high school baseball staff for the first time.

Track & Field Day

The elementary school track and field day clinic, conducted by the high school track staff, will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at the high school track.

Instruction will be given in proper stretching and warm-ups and competitive tips for their special events.

The grade school; track meet will be run May 27.

The clinic fee will be $25 which will include a Bemidji track T-shirt and food and beverages following the clinic.

Participants may register at the track.

Jacks to Itasca

Bemidji's Ryan Telander and Sam Weaver will continue their cage careers next winter at Itasca CC.

The 6-3 Telander was a two year starter for Bemidji averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last winter.

Weaver, a key reserve, averaged 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds while playing in all 26 games.

He also is the No. 1 singles player on the Jacks 13-2 tennis team, team. Telander was a wide receiver in football.

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