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Sportsline: Brainerd to get second semi-pro football team

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Brainerd will start a second semi-pro football team this fall.

The Brainerd Lumberjacks will begin their third year in the Midwest Premier Football League.

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Now the Brainerd Tigers will open play May 28 in the newly formed Midwest Spring Football League.

The new circuit will have only four teams with the Tigers joined in the North Division by the Northern Terror of Chisago Lakes, Dakota Warriors of Yankton, S.D. and Minnesota Flight.

The league hopes to organize a southern division before the season opens.

Edward D. Fox, an assistant coach for the Lumberjacks last season, is the new Tigers owner and head coach and has recruited 27 players including several ex-Lumberjacks.

The team has formed a corporation to finance the operation and hopes to purchase a team bus for out of town games.

The team will use a soccer field in Memorial Park for its home games, playing at noon so as not to conflict with the Brainerd Lunkers of the Northwest Collegiate baseball League who play at 7:30 at nearby Mills Field.

The two Brainerd teams will play home games on separate weekends so as not to compete with one another.

Fox, a Pillager High School graduate, is a retired service veteran.

Carlin hits 1,000

Fosston's Garrett Carlin reached the 1,000 mark last week...in rebounds.

He long since passed that figure in scoring showing 1,320.

He is the first member of his renowned family to hit 1,000 boards but is far short of many of his relatives in scoring.

First cousins Kelly (2,811) and Josh Roysland (1,945) are well out of reach.

He has already played in two state football tournaments and one baseball meet and is hoping to add a basketball trip to the state this year.

But again he is far short in that category as well with second cousins Jill and Angie Carlin having played in eight in volleyball, basketball and golf. Aunt Kim Roysland and her mother Bernice Carlin both coached volleyball at Fosston for long periods.

The 6-6 Carlin is a third season double figure scorer and rebounder for the Hounds, averaging 18.and 10-8 this winter.

Hopefully, he may follow the footsteps of two other relatives, Mark and Gary Carlin at BSU.

Roebuck hits 600

UND women's basketball coach Gene Roebuck passed another milestone last week when the Sioux beat Houston Baptist 104-54 for his 600th victory.

He has guided the team for 23 seasons.

The Sioux improved to 8-11 and 4-0 in the Great West Conference.

No stranger

Colorado College will make its first appearance at Bemidji Feb. 18-19 for a WCHA series with the Beavers.

The trip, however, will be a familiar one for the Tigers stellar goalie Joe Howe.

Joe is the son of ex-Lumberjacks star Dick Howe and the grandson of retired banker Bill Howe who played hockey with the original BSU team in the early 1940s on the ice of Lake Bemidji or in the city arena at 5th and America avenue, now the site of Northland Apartments.

The sport was discontinued at BSU, (then BSTC) and revived in 1960, also playing outdoors for eight years before the construction of the John Glas Fieldhouse.

True Team swim

Minnetonka and St. Thomas Academy captured the titles at the state True Team swim meet at Minnesota.

The Skippers took the Class AA crown with 2,063 points to 1,929.5 for Edina.

Section 9 champion Brainerd finished 10 with 1,097.5 in a 12-teamfield.

St. Thomas was the Class A champ with 2,163.5 points to 1.681.5 for Mankato West.

Sartell was fifth, Sauk Rapids seventh, Willmar ninth, Virginia 10th and Detroit Lakes 12th.

Sponsored, like track, by the state coaches association, the meet rewards teams for depth and balance with all entrants scoring at the section and state levels.

The eight section champs are bolstered by four at large teams which included Detroit Lakes this year.

True Team gym

Perham, which has dominated the state Class A gymnastics standings for many years, won the True Team, title in Fairmont with 179.55.

The meet counted the top five scorers from each team rather than the top four as in regular meets.

Sartell was seventh and Detroit Lakes eighth in the 10-team field. Perham beat Bemidji 147-131 in their dual meet this year.

1,000 wins

Chisholm's Bob McDonald and Rocori's Bob Brink are Minnesota legends, each wining more than 900 games in their basketball coaching careers.

But nationally renowned Bob Hurley of tiny St. Anthony High in Jersey City, N. J. went over the 1,000 mark last week, the fifth high school coach in history to achieve that mark.

The leader is Morgan Wooden of DeMatha High in Washington, D.C. who has 1,274 in five decades.

Hurley has coached St. Anthony since 1972 and produced teams that compete on the national level, winning a national title in 2008.

Like DeMatha, Hurley has produced a steady stream of Division I college stars including Hurley's two sons Bobby and Danny, now co-coaches at nearby Wagner College in Staten Island.

Bobby was an All-American performer at Duke.

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