Louie Deere, Kennedy's legendary player, coach and athletic director, died un expectedly last Sunday while cutting the grass at his home at the age of 70.
A workout fanatic, according to his son Rich, Deere suffered a fatal heart attack while mowing the yard.
Deere was the point guard on the outstanding Kennedy High basketball teams in the mid 1950's that fell to Bemidji three straight years, twice in the final, in the Region 8 tournament during the Ray Cronk era.
He was the floor general on a team that featured a 6-6 front line which included the Langen brothers, sons of State Representative Odin Langen.
The team came into the regional meet unbeaten in all three seasons and would have been a heavy favorite to have won the state meet had the class system been in effect at that time.
Deere was a 1,000 Point scorer in yeas when that was a rarity.
He came home to coach his alma mater for several decades, first at Kennedy and later at Kittson County Central when Kennedy and Hallock combined. Has final years were at Fargo Shanley.
He won more than 600 basketball games as a coach and eight times was named district Coach of the Year and twice Region 8 Coach of the Year.
He was named to the Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000.
He also coached football and baseball at Kennedy. The school's basketball court is named in his honor.
Tutto Bene run
The annual Tutto Bene 2 mile and 10k runs will be held July 4 as part of the JC's Water Carnival celebration.
The start and finish will be in front of Tutto Bene restaurant at 3rd and Beltrami avenue.
Age group awards will no longer be given this year but will be listed in the final results.
Registrations will be accepted up to race day with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. that day.
The entry fee is $20. Registrations may be mailed to director Dennis Bartz, 1571 Rivercrest Lane SW, Bemidji 56601. Results will be available on the web site raceberryjam.com.
The races leave the starting line at 9 with the awards ceremony at 10:30.
July 5 will also feature the Beaver Mile.
It will precede the Water Carnival parade and will be run from 15th and Beltrami to the Union Station.
The first race will begin at 12:30 open to anyone. At 12:44 the Elite Female race will start and at 12:55 the Elite Male race will conclude the program.
Cost of the run is $20 with all runners receiving T-shirts. Other prizes will also be given.
Proceeds will go to support the BSU Track and Field program.
Contact Director Craig Hougen at 755-2883 or by cell phone at 368-2733.
Legion ball returns
American Legion baseball has returned to both Warren and Crookston this year.
For Warren, it returns after an absence of around 35 years with 22-year-old Jeff Chandler, a Warren graduate, spearheading the move.
He played his high school ball at nearby Crookston where three WAO students played this year.
With no baseball field still in existence in the community, Warren will play all 18 of its games on the road. A present softball diamond is being converted to baseball but will not be ready until next year.
The team, now 0-4l, has 13 players. It operates on a budget of $6.000.
For Crookston, the sport has been missing only one season. Crookston has only 10 playing dates, all double headers. Coach Ted Hasz has 17 players out and the team is 4-4. The team could face an uncertain future, however, since Crookston was unable to field a VFW team this summer for lack of players.
Eden Prairie continues to front the Legion weekly poll.
The leaders drew seven first place votes and 124 points.
Burnsville had four first place votes and 94 points with Hopkins, St. Michael and Centennial completing the top five.
The second five finds Apple Valley, Rochester Patriots, Tri City Red, Maple Grove and Stillwater.
The second ten is Eagan, Excelsior, Forest Lake, Lakeville North, Wayzata, New Ulm Gold, Sauk Rapids, North St. Paul, Rochester Redhawks, St. Cloud Chutes and Waite Park. Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids and Little Falls also drew votes.
All State picks
Anders Johnson of Fosston, Jalen Stay of Baudette, Taylor Skoglund of Chisholm and Terry Erzar of Deer River were among players named to the State Baseball Coaches Association Class A All-State team.
The Super Hooper basketball camp will be held at Bemidji's Lincoln Elementary School Monday.
The came is open to both boys and girls from grades K-6 with K-1 players from 9-11,:30, Grades 2-3 from 12-2:30 and Grades 4-6 from 3:00-5:30.
Cost of the one day camp is $50 which includes a T-shirt, prize, awards and photo certificates.
Krissi Super, Assistant Women's Cage Coach at BSU, will direct the camp which is being held in conjunction with Bemidji Community Education.
To sign up, call 368-6547 or register at the camp Monday.
BSU girls camp
Super will also be on the staff at the annual BSU girls basketball camp July 19-22 for Grades 7-12.
Cost of the four-day event is $125 for day campers or $195 for those staying overnight.
Campers will register between 2-3 p.m. July 19 with the camp opening at 4. Camp begins at 8:30 the following three days with day campers excused at 8 p.m. The four-day session ends at 4 p.m. July 22.
Individual instruction will be provided by Head Coach Mike Curfman and members of the BSU women's cage staff and players. Outdoor activities, a cook out and swimming will be included in the four days.
Registrations should be mailed to Beavers Girls Basketball Camp, Physical Education Complex #29, 1500 Birchmont Drive, Bemidji 56601.
The Bemidji High Football Booster Club will meet Monday night at 6 p.m. in the Lumberjack Room at the high school.
All grid boosters are invited to join the organization to raise funds to support the grid program at the high school.
The Bemidji High football passing camps are now underway and are held each Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-9:30 at the practice field.
Approximately 35 gridders are enrolled in the annual program.
The BSU baseball arm strength and conditioning workouts are underway for players 13-22.
They are under the direction of BSU baseball Coach Tim Bellew and are held Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 5:30-7 starting tomorrow through July 30. Cost is $25 payable to TB Baseball, 933 Bunchberry Lane, Bemidji 56601.
The BSU Summer Youth Clinics are scheduled for July 6-9 and July 13-16 from 8-10:30 a.m. for players 10-14 and 10:30-1 for players 15-19.
Players will work on fundamentals pf hitting, fielding, pitching, base running and team building with some scrimmages planned. Cost is $50 for one session or $75 for both.
The clinics will be held at BSU. Send registrations to Bellew at the same address.