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Sportsline: McDonald passes another coaching milestone with 900th win

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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Chisholm's famed Bob McDonald passed another milestone this week when he recorded his 900th coaching victory.

The 75 year old McDonald, in his 54th season of coaching, (48th at Chisholm) became the first Minnesota coach in history to achieve that figure. He is only the 18th in national history to post 900 wins.

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It came in a 72-40 rout at Nashwauk-Keewatin.

He is unsure whether he continue coaching long enough to reach 1,000. But don't bet against it.

He has undergone 10 operations in recent years including getting two artificial shoulders and an artificial hip.

His Bluestreaks gained the state tournament last year for the ninth time and are currently 12-1 and ranked third in the state Class A rankings.

He is a 1951 Chisholm graduate known as a strong disciplinarian which he attributes to his high school coach Harvey Roels.

The McDonald tradition has been perpetuated by his six children, four boys and two girls, all of whom were basketball coaches with at least three still active at Cambridge and Hibbing High Schools and Vermillion CC.

His grandson Bryce Tesdahl, is now a key freshman member of the Bemidji State men's basketball team. Tesdahl's mother coached for many years in Crosby-Ironton.

Son Joel, now the Hibbing coach, is the state's all time leading scorer.

Family tradition

Another coaching legend, Bucky Maughan, head wrestling coach at NDSU, will take on his son Jack this weekend when the Northern Colorado matmen visit Fargo.

It will be the 25th family meeting with father dominating the long series.

NDSU holds a 20-2-2 lead in the set and Bucky figures it would take his son at least 15-16 years to get even if he won every match.

Both are now Division I teams with the Bison 2-6-1 this year and Northern 2-9-1, all nine losses to ranked opponents.

Jack's first win came last year 21-18. His other was in 2005. NDSU had taken the first match that y ear 31-3.

Bucky was one of the earliest national champions of Bill Garland's Moorhead State Marauders who competed annually against BSU.

That series produced many memorable bouts with Maughan renowned as a showboat in addition to being a superb grappler.

Chet Anderson once forfeited a match in progress against an outmatched Beaver rather than have his grappler shown up.

Streak ends

When the boys hockey losing string at Moorhead High reached four, Coach Dave Morinville said he couldn't remember ever having one that long

It reached eight before the Spuds shaded Brainerd 2-1 Thursday with Warroad., Roseau and Centennial next on the schedule.

One of the losses was 3-2 to Bemidji, a team the Spuds had beaten 7-1 in their first meeting at Moorhead.

Noga to Minnesota

Earlier this season Bemidji sophomore Kayla Hirt committed to the women's cage program at Minnesota University.

Now the Gophers will a have a second player with Bemidji bloodlines.

Sari Noga of Parkers Prairie, daughter of former BHS and BSU star John Noga, her high school coach, announced she has accepted a scholarship from the U.

Noga is a junior this year and the state's leading scorer.

Although courted by a dozen Division I schools, the 5-10 guard had not received a firm offer from Minneota until this week.

She celebrated with a 47 point game against Fergus Falls that night in a 70-40 victory. She is averaging 32 points a game and 12 rebounds in leading her team to a 13-1 record. She is the second junior to commit to the U this winter.

State polls

Bloomington Jefferson and St, Thomas Academy continue to front the boys hockey poll.

In AA, Duluth East is sixth. In Class A Little Falls is second, Hermantown third, Warroad fifth, St. Cloud Cathedral sixth, Alexandria eighth, Thief River 11 Hibbing 12, Duluth Marshall 13, International Falls 14 and V irginia15.

In the girls poll, Roseville and Blake are the c lass leaders.

In AA, Grand Rapids is eighth, PHM ninth, Duluth10. and Bemidji 14.

In Class A, Warroad, Roseau and Crookston are 4-5-6, Fergus Falls 13 and East Grand Forks 14.

In boys basketball, Hopkins, Mankato West, St, Bernard's and Granada lead the four classes.

In 4A, St, Cloud Tech is fourth. In 3A, Apollo is fourth, Willmar fifth and Grand Rapids ninth.

In 2A, Pelican Rapids is second and Virginia seventh.

In Single A, Chisholm is third, Bertha-Hewitt fifth, Park Christian eighth and NCE ninth.

In the girls division Class leaders are Minneapolis South, New Prague, Jordan and Barnum.

No northern teams are ranked in 4A with Grand Rapids ninth in 3A the only northern school.

East Grand Forks is third in 2A while Ada is second, RLCC sixth, Bigfork seventh in A.

Gymnastics ratings find St, Cloud Tech second in AA behind Cambridge and Brainerd eighth.

In Single A, Perham is first at 147.917, best in the state. Detroit Lakes is second and Sartell ninth.

In wrestling, Apple Valley, Simley and KMS are the division leaders.

Alexandria is 12 in 3A, Perham second, Foley third and TRF seventh in 2A and Frazee fourth in A.

Edina and St. Thomas Academy top the state swim poll with Maple Grove fourth and Brainerd eighth in AA and Willmar fourth and Sartell seventh in A.

Mat chatter

The Section 8A wrestling tournament this year could be wide open.

Frazee, the defending champion is rated fourth in the state. BGMR is 11, Crookston is unranked but beat BGMR 36-34 last week. Frazee spanked Crookston 56-12 at the Mahnomen team tournament but bowed to BGMR in the final. 39-31.

Hockey leagues

Warroad fronts the Mariucci Conference hockey standings at 5-0 with Thief River, Roseau and Bemidji the next three. Moorhead, East Grand Forks and Crookston trail.

.In the girls Section A race, Warroad also leads at 8-0 with Crookston, Roseau and EGF the next three. Thief River, Park Rapids and Baudette trail.

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