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With the commitment of seven of the eight teams expected to join a new athletic conference, there could be a major realignment of several leagues in Central Minnesota.

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Headed by Little Falls, the yet unnamed league will include St. Cloud Cathedral, Milaca, Mora, Princeton, Foley and Zimmerman who have approved the move with Becker expected to become the eighth.

The league expects to begin operation next fall.

Little Falls, a charter member of the 35-year-old Central Lakes, is seeking schools more its own size after a period of declining enrollment.

Cathedral, Foley, Milaca and Mora will leave the West Central where they were adjoined by the MSHSL after their former league disbanded. All are far removed geographically from the West Central which is generally composed of smaller schools and will drop to a more manageable 14 teams.

Princeton, Zimmerman and Becker leave the Mississippi 8 where they competed against larger schools.

The new eight-school set up matches teams of near equal size and cuts traveling costs appreciably.

The Flyers' departure reduces the CLC to nine.

More moves?

However, more major moves may be in the works.

The four St. Cloud area public schools, Tech, Apollo, Sartell and Sauk Rapids, are discussing joining the six Mississippi 8 remaining teams to form a new league.

They are Monticello, SMA, Rogers, Buffalo, Big Lake and Cambridge.

This would also be more cost efficient, travel wise.

This would leave Brainerd, Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Rocori and Willmar on the sidelines.

It might possible lead to the long needed merger of the first three with Bemidji and Moorhead, long denied access into the Central Lakes, except for scheduling purposes, with Grand Rapids and Duluth East and Denfeld .likely additions for a strong eight-team league.

The Duluth schools and Grand Rapids have also petitioned to join the CLC but been denied.

Rocori might also be included into the new Mississippi Eight merger or perhaps join Cathedral in the new circuit, more its own size.

Or both Rocori and Willmar might also join with the larger West Central schools. The reduced league will now find five 3A schools and 9 2A.

Or the Central Lakes present schools could welcome the five northern additions and split into seven-team northern and southern divisions.

In any event, the forthcoming months could prove interesting.

RedHawks champs

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks completed a six game sweep through the Northern League playoffs, ending Kansas City's hopes in the final three games to none.

As in the opening series with Gary, Bemidji's lefthander Scott Fogelson won the first game in each series.

The Hawks took the final pair from Kansas City 14-3 on the losers' diamond and 3-0 at home. The fourth and fifth games, if needed, would also have been played at Newman Stadium at Fargo,

Baseball to Walker

A long overdue return of amateur baseball to Walker may be coming next summer. Between 18-25 Walker High graduates and others from neighboring towns such as Laporte, Nevis and Cass Lake have expressed interest in starting a team.

The team would join the Class C Lake and Pine League headed by state champion Nimrod.

The team is seeking to build from the ground up and is seeking corporate sponsors to aid in purchasing uniforms and equipment.

It would also form a nearby opponent for Bemidji's Class C Northwest Border Conference Blue Ox.

Sauer golf meet

For its third straight year, the Ed Sauer Memorial golf tournament has proved a success.

Named for the late Ed Sauer, this year's meet raised $9,000 to go toward supporting the men's golf program at BSU where Sauer played his collegiate career.

This year's meet drew 14 teams. The total brought the three year amount to more than $30,000.

Played at Tianna, the meet was won by Bill Israelson, Missy Tabery, Preston Luman and Glen Hasselberg at 205, counting the low three scores on each hole.

Second went to Ray Sauer, (Ed's twin brother), Gary Obele, Bob Jones and Gerry Douglas.

The Sauer twins helped lead BSU to three NIC conference titles in their four years of play from 1965-68 and played in three national tournaments.

BSU hosted the NAIA national meet in their senior year in 1968 where Bemidji finished seventh.

Hasselberg and Douglas are other BSU golfers of that era.

Trail cleaning

The third weekly trail clearing date by the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club is listed for Oct. 2 at both the Buena Vista and Hobson ski trails.

Work will take place from 9-12 a. m. Volunteers should call the contact persons for that date to confirm the project if weather is a concern and check on the meeting location.

They should bring gloves and proper clothing for the day.

The contact person for the Buena Vista clearing is Mike Huerbin at 766-4232. For the Hobson trail clearing, call Bob Montebello at 444-8668.

The final project is set for Oct. 9 at the Montebello Trails in Bemidji. Previous work was done the past two weekends at Movil Lake and Three Island Park trails.

State polls

Northern teams continue to fare poorly in the state sports polls.

In cross country, Moorhead's boys are fifth in 2A and Perham first and Mesabi East 10 in A. Lukas Gemar of Moorhead is fifth and Beezer Skime of Thief River 10 in Class A.

In the girls' ranks, Perham is seventh, Esko ninth and Park Rapids 10 in Class A.

Jamie Piepenburg of Alexandria is second in 2A and Victoria Alexandria of Baudette sixth in Class A.

In tennis, Virginia is third and Roseau eighth in Class A with Abby Ness of Roseau and Jessamy Jones of East Grand Forks 8-9 in A.

In swimming, Sartell is fourth and Fergus Falls eighth in Class A.

The soccer standings have Proctor's boys ninth in 1A and Duluth East's girls fifth in 2A and East Grand Forks eighth in A.

The volleyball poll finds Hibbing ninth in 2A and Nevis fifth and Win-E-Mac 10 in A.

Fall ball

The annual BSU fall baseball program will come to a close this week with the last wood bat league games Tuesday and the final metal bat league game Sunday.

The program has been directed by BSU baseball coach Tim Bellew and his staff for players 14-18 to give them extra coaching and playing experience through the late summer.

Kanes win again

Bemidji transfers Kenzie and Taylor Kane continued their winning ways at Grand Rapids.

Kenzie moved to No. 1 singles for a 6-2, 6-0 win over CEC while Taylor shifted to No. 1 doubles for a 6-0. 6-1 triumph. Grand Rapids won the match 7-0.

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