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SPORTSLINE: Rutledge steps aside as Red Lake coach
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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The area is losing another top quality coach with the resignation of Bill Rutledge as Red Lake boys basketball coach.

He announced his resignation at the Warriors basketball banquet to devote more time to his growing family.

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The Starbuck high and Minnesota-Morris graduate began coaching at Red Lake in 1991 producing two unbeaten B Teams his first two years.

The string reached 46 straight games before the first loss in the 1993 season.

He also served as varsity assistant to Jack Desjarlait during the Red Lake glory decade from 1996-2003 when it won eight straight district titles. He replaced Desjarlait when he took a sabbatical in 2000 and guided the Warriors to a one loss season. When Desjarlait resigned Rutledge returned to the helm in 2003 and has guided the team the past several seasons to winning records despite its elevation from Class to 2A.

Another area coaching switch will find Mike Ofstedahl succeeding Don Nelson as Fosston girls basketball coach.

Webb retires

A retirement celebration for long-time teacher, coach and athletic supporter Moe Webb is planned for Wednesday at the Counrty Club with food and beverages from 4:30-6 p.m. and a program at 6.

Webb has been a coach and Youth League treasurer in baseball for two decades and a staunch supporter of all BHS and youth sports throughout his teaching career.

He was the recipient of the Hall of Fame Lumberjack Award in 2004. All friends and former students are invited to the honor party.

Softball meets

Bardwell Park will stage men's and co-ed tournaments June 4-5 with $175 entry fees and 4-6 game guarantees. Contact John Stebe at 751-7477.

Beltrami Electric will hold a men's early Bird tournament June 3 to raise money for the United Way.

There is a $125 entry with the field limited to 12 teams. It is a double elimination meet with a four home run limit.

Call Cammie Vogel at 444-3675 or Chris Corradi at 444-3650.

Youth sports

Community Education is accepting registrations for youth golf (Grades 4-5), Super Hoop basketball, BK Ranch Horse camp (ages 10-14), baton twirling (Grades K-12), summer band lessons (Grades 5-12), summer art (K-6), Run for Fun track (12-under) and Future Stars Dance (K-12).

Call Barry Olson or John McRae at Community Education at 333-3100.

Sign up dates

Boys basketball, grades 3-12, deadline is Wednesday. Pick up registration forms from the high school activities office or from Jeff Brown at the Middle School.

Separate programs for 7-9 and 10-12 grades from June 13-July 25 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

One week camp July 10-14 for grades 2-6.

Summer tennis is June 12-Aug. 10 for grades 3-12. Pete, Erin and Mollie Sullivan will be the instructors. Two or four day sessions available. Contact Sullivan at 444-6175 for registrations or pick up at the Com Ed office.

Volleyball---Grades K-12 Monday and Wednesday from June 12-July 19, Fees $35 for grades K-5 and $45 for grades 6-12.

Contact Teresa Colligan at 333-3744.

NASA swimming--June 7-July 27 at the high school pool with seniors, age groups and Newbies competition.

Amanda Sherwood and Meghan Wulf are the instructors. Fees range from $180 for seniors to $50 for Newbies.

A 10-meet competitive season for Seniors will begin June 13.

College notes

Terrie Mason of Bemidji earned a varsity letter in track and field at Cornell College in Iowa.

Mason is a senior majoring in fitness/wellness and biology. She competed for BHS in the shot and discus during her high school years.

Ashley Westerman was a member of the Augsburg College softball team this spring.

The sophomore catcher hit .282 with 13 runs, 31 hits and 11 RBI in 38 games.

The Auggies ended 16-22 and 9-13 in the MIAC, doubling their total of wins from 2005.

Honor athletes

Bemidji High athletes were conspicuous by their presence in the National Honor Society this year.

The 2006 second year membership included 19 athletes among its 30 members.

The 2006 first year members had 10 athletes among their 20 while the 2007 first year members had 32 athletes in the 54 new members.

Haviland career ends

The historic career of Thief River Falls' diver Chelsea Haviland ended at Army with her graduation this spring.

The three-time Minnesota diving champ claimed the Patriot League 1- and 3-meter diving titles all four seasons, the first eight-time all conference champion in league history. She was all conference all four years and diver of the week 20 times.

This year she became the first Army female swimmer or diver to ever reach the NCAA Division 1 tournament.

In high school she competed frequently against Bemidji in swimming, basketball and track. She won seven swim letters at Lincoln high.

She also swam sprints and competed in the 50, 100 and 200 at Army.

She will remain at West Point as a grad assistant. She has now begun triathlon training for future competition.

Krause to Concordia

Moorhead High football hockey and baseball captain Jake Krause has signed to attend Concordia next year where he will concentrate on the fall and spring sports. He caught 57 passes for 920 yards last fall and has been a three year starter at shortstop for Jim Hurley's baseball squads.

Gatorade picks

Kristie Danielson of Mounds View has been chosen Gatorade's Minnesota Softball Player of the Year.

She boasts a 10-2 record with a 0.34 ERA and a .628 batting average with 34 RBI. She carries a 3.94 gpa.

She will continue her career at Duluth next year.

Aaron Senne of Rochester Mayo has been named Baseball Player of the Year.

The senior lefthander-outfielder hit .538 with 12 RBI in 12 games. He carries a 3.9 gpa and 1310 ACT score. He is headed to Missouri University.

State rankings

Northern teams continue to rank high in the state ratings.

In baseball, Grand Rapids is raked first in 3A, Roseau is first in 2A with Warroad 12 and Silver Bay fifth, Sacred Heart ninth, Nashwauk-Keewatin 13, Cherry 14 and BGMR 15. in Class A.

In boys' golf, Alexandria is first, Grand Rapids fourth and Detroit Lakes fifth in AA and Virginia first, and Crookston fifth in Class A.

In girls golf, Detroit Lakes is first, Alexandria fifth, Bemidji sixth an St. Cloud Tec eighth in AA while Staples-Motley is third in Class A.

In softball, Willmar is ninth in 3A, International Falls eighth and Bagley ninth in 2A and NCE/UH third in single A.

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