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NDSU reiterated its long standing policy of not adding hockey to its athletic program.

Moorhead, on the other hand, is looking at the move favorably.

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Both schools are being courted by the new newly built Urban Plains Hockey Center in south Fargo seeking to attract high paying renters for the facility

Bison Athletic Director Gene Taylor said NDSU had other priorities at the moment.

The school is trying to raise more than $40 million to remodel the Bison Sports Arena and build an addition to the Fargodome. The Fargodome addition would provide a new home for the Bison men's and women's basketball teams.

The Minnesota Sports Foundation, which is spearheading the hockey move, estimated NDSU could raise an additional $1.2 million just for hockey, a figure Taylor said was unrealistic The addition of 20 men's hockey scholarships would also throw the men's-women's scholarships out of whack.

Moorhead President Edna Szymanski said backers of the Dragons hockey team have the funds to support it though she declined to identify them.

AD Doug Peters said there was a 50% chance the school would add both men's and women's teams to its program.

But the school would need to raise $10 million and gain entrance in the WHCA before it would begin the sport. Both are questionable especially in light of the fact that the Dragons have long been one of the poorest financed programs in the NSIC.

WHCA Commissioner Bruce McLeod said admittance of Moorhead is remote and would require at least a four year program before even applying for admittance.

Baseball signups

Signups for summer baseball will end today.

Registration will take place at Play It Again Sports from noon-3:00.

Night League fees are $125 for players 9-15.

Day League fees for players 5-1i are $40 before May 18 and $50 afterward.

Girls Fastpitch signups are at the same place and time. Girls may also register at the Middle School April 30 from 4:30-6.

Tryouts for the 13, 14 and 15 year old traveling teams will be held in conjunction with the Intact League tryouts with registration also ending today.

Football clinic

The BSU Youth Football Clinic for Grades K-6 will be held April 24 at Chet Anderson Stadium. Registration will open at 4:30 with the clinic starting at 5:30.

It will be followed by a dinner and autograph session and free admission to the Beavers spring scrimmage at 7:30.

The Beaver grid staff and players will lead the instruction in throwing, receiving,, blocking,, kicking, punting and tackling. Cost of the clinic is $15 which includes a Beaver football T-shirt.

Keogh wins title

Thief River's Steve Keogh went 5-0 en route to the 140 pound title at the National High School Coaches Association's National Wrestling Tournament at Virginia Beach. Va.

It followed a 43-3 high school season that saw the sophomore take second place at the state tournament for the second straight year.. The five wins included two falls and a TF.

Teammates Kevin Fynboh and Travis Peralta also competed at the nationals.

Another teammate. ,Jacoby Bergeron, went 6-0 to win the Western Junior Regional title in Las Vegas. He also went 4-1 to finish third in the Greco-Roman division. Peralta finished fourth.

Alexandria's Tom Bouressa went 3-2 at Virginia Beach to gain the final 16 among 68 wrestlers but failed to place.

Berglund goes D-I

Little Falls defenseman Isaak Berglund became the second Division I recruit this year, signing with Merrimack College in Massachusetts.

Ben Hanowski, the state's all- time leading scorer, previously signed with Sat. Cloud.

Alexandria drops

Alexandria will drop from 8-5A to 8-4A in football next season and from 8AA to 5A in girls swimming. It could also drop to 8AA in wrestling but elected to remain in 8-3A instead.

All area picks

Steve Tecker of Northwestern High at Maple, Wis. was the Duluth Tribune's area basketball Player of the Year.

He is a summer AAU teammate of East's Dyami Starks who also made the first five along with Montclair Chapman of Central, Chad Calcaterra of Cloquet and Joel Lindstrom of Superior. Bemidji played against all three Minnesota selections this winter.

Another Bemidji opponent, Marissa Yernatich of East was the girls Player of the Year, She ended her career with 2,237 points, third best in North Shore history and best ever for a Duluth player.

Named to the Brainerd Dispatch area all-star team were Kyle Crocker of Brainerd, Brock Tesdahl and Mark Hoge of Crosbv., brothers Dan and Ronnie Kornbaum of Little Falls,. Nick Sundholm of Aitkin, Mike Weber and Tyler Manson of Pierz, Jordan Riewer and Derek Wolhowe of Staples-Motley and Donny Taberry of Wadena.

Among players named to the Grand Forks Herald's Top 50 were Keogh, Fynboh and Peralta.

Clearbrook softball

The Clearbrook men's Friday night softball league is accepting applications for the summer.

The entry fee of $450 is due by May 8 with play beginning May 22.

Contact Mike Gibeau at 776-3805 (home) or 3812 (work). Games will be played at Kloster Park. Mail entries to Sports Boosters, Box 46, Clearbrook 56634.

Coyotes in Summit

South Dakota University has been accepted into membership into the Summit League starting in 2011 where it will rejoin NDSU and SDSU, former North Central Conference mates in an 11-team circuit.,

North Dakota is also seeking membership but has not yet been accepted.

The Coyotes departure will leave the fragile Great West Conference facing an uncertain future.

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