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Grand Rapids High School is seeking conference affiliation for its sports teams.

To date, all conferences to which the Thunderhawks have applied have rejected their applications.

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As other schools in northern Minnesota have become members of area conferences, Grand Rapids is no longer able to play them on a regular basis. .

The Rapids size has been a drawback in joining leagues with smaller schools.

Only Hibbing of the Iron Range Conference is close to the Rapids enrollment.

Its football conference dissolved with the termination of Duluth Central as a school and the departure of Detroit Lakes and Thief River to the closer Heart O'Lakes.

The Rapids position is similar to that of Bemidji which was adjoined by the MSHL to the Central Lakes for scheduling purposes though not an official member of that league.

Duluth East and Denfeld are the only other schools of similar size in the north. The Duluth schools compete in most sports in the Lake Superior Conference.

NSIC baseball

The NSIC may have to find a new site for its baseball play offs next spring after moving the date back to one week later from its usual early May schedule.

It has been held at the St. Cloud MAC's Putz and Faber Stadiums for several years

The new date, however, would conflict with the Junior College baseball meet which is in the fourth year of a five-year contract with the MAC.

Other sites interested in hosting the event are Mankato, and Augustana.

The Junior College representatives say they expect the MAC to honor the contract.

St. Cloud Coach Pat Dolan indicated the NSIC also would recognize the pact but would put in a bid to take over the date in 2113.

The annual Bemidji High School non-contact football camp for players entering Grades 9-12 will open a four-day run Monday, running from 9-12 each day.

The camp will feature individual, unit and team development drills to enable players to gain familiarity with the Bemidji football systems used by the A, B and C Teams.

Cost of the camp is $35 with checks made payable to the Bemidji Football Boosters Club.

Permission forms also must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian before any player will be permitted to take part in the camp. They may be brought to the initial session or mailed to the Athletic Office.

Players should come in T-Shirts and shorts with football shoes, if available.

For further information contact Coach Troy Hendricks at 224-3453 (home) or 444-1600-3315 (school).

New Gusties coach

Ruthann Kragh has been named the new Gustavus women's assistant hockey coach.

The 1996 Western Michigan grad comes to the Gusties from Bethany Lutheran where she has been for four years as registrar after coaching terms at Western Michigan and BSU where she was for three seasons from 1998-2000.

Legion poll

Eden Prairie continues to head the state American Legion poll, drawing all but on e first place vote and compiling 140 points.

Centennial has moved up to second with Burnsville dropping to third and the Tri City Red and North St. Paul rounding out the top five.

Then come the Rochester Patriots, Lakeville North, Eastview Thunder, Rosetown and the Apple Valley 76'ers and Rochester Redhawks.

Sartell is tied for 16 with Fergus Falls 18 and Grand Rapids tied for19.

The Legion district meets will be played this week, the 6-I at St. Cloud, the 9-I at Perham and the 9-2 at Breckenridge.

Bemidji Open

The annual Bemidji Junior Open tennis tournament will be held July 21 (singles) and Aug. 1 (doubles) at the High School and Middle School courts.

Singles and doubles are scheduled for both boys and girls in the 12-U, 14-U, 16-U and 18-U age groups.

The entry is $15 for one event and $25 for two with players limited to two events.

Trophies will go to the division and age class winners. For more information contact tournament director Scott Engelstad at 751-3055.

Walleye feed

The second joint American Legion-VFW fund raiser will be held Monday at the Legion Club.

A $10 walleye dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. All proceeds go toward financing the two summer baseball teams.

Players from both will be the servers.

Checks should be made out to Bemidji Baseball.

Gopher Classic

Long time entrant Napoleon, Ohio won the title at the 48-team Gopher Classic, beating Rosetown 11-10 in the title game.

Quarterfinal results found the Tri City Reds besting the Rochester Patriots 10-6, Napoleon beating Eden Prairie 9-6, Rosetown nipping Sartell 8-7 and the Rochester Red Hawks shading DePere, Wis. 5-4.

Napoleon beat Tri City 9-5 and Rosetown beat the Red Hawks 10-8 in the semifinals.

All eight emerged from six-team pools. The Red Hawks captured the Bemidji pool shading Bemidji 10-9.

One major upset at the meet was Alexandria's 1-0 decision over Eden Prairie.

Tech coach

Sascha Hansen will move up from her JV post to take over the St. Cloud Tech girls' basketball program next winter. She replaces Katie Hagen whose contract was not renewed after seven seasons. The Tigers went 13-14 last winter.

Hansen has guided the JV for two seasons after a career at Marshall High School and St. Cloud State.

Dragons add three

Moorhead has added three new basketball recruits including Jordan Riewer of Staples.

Riewer, who previously announced he would attend Jamestown, withdrew when Jamestown Coach Jeff Trumbauer left to become cage coach at Augustana.

He was immediately recruited by new Moorhead Coach Chad Walthall, a Staples graduate and close friend of the Riewer family. Both were Lynn Peterson products in their high school days.

Riewer leaves as the all-time Staples cage scorer with 1,954 points.

At Moorhead, he will join St. Cloud Tech guard Scott Nystrom and junior college transfer Charlie Chapman with Chapman expected to play immediately while Riewer and Nystrom are to be red shirted.

Chapman averaged 15.6 points with Williston, N.D. Community College last winter.

Fairchild golf

Registration is now open for the 8th annual Don Fairchild Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic.

This year's event will be played Aug. 30 at Long Bow, six miles north of Walker.

Four man teams will play a Texas Scramble with registration opening at 11a.m. and a shotgun start at noon.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for $180 enabling two golfers per sponsor to play at no charge.

The Fairchild Fund was set up to support young adults previously in residence at the Northern Minnesota Juvenile Center where Fairchild was a teacher from 1981-2001. Last year, the meet raised $12,000.

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