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Sportsline: Ski club begins trail grooming

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The Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club will begin its annual trail grooming Sept. 19 and continue each Saturday for the next six weeks.

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Each trail has a specific clean-up day with a leader. Those able to help on those dates should contact the trail steward to report as a volunteer.

This is one of the year-round ways of keeping the ski trails in shape and also earning volunteer Grant-in-Aid dollars for the Club. This year there will be a fall newsletter sent out by the club with membership information. Persons may send in their checks of $10 for an individual or $20 for two adults with all children living in the home under 16 years of age included in the family membership.

The trail dates with the trail stewards are:

Sept 19-Movil Maze (Jim, Mergens)

Sept. 26- Three Island (Bruce Slinkman)

Oct. 3-Buena Vista (Mike Huerbin)

Oct. 10-Hobson (John Bastien)

Oct. 17-Montebello City Trails ( Bob Montebello)

Oct. 24-Bemidji High School trail (Mark Walters)

Fee enters Hall

Veteran Crookston sportscaster Frank Fee has been elected for entrance into the Minnesota Crookston Athletic Hall of Fame.

His induction will take place Oct. 2.

Al Strandberg (football) and Christina (Nettum) Cyr (volleyball), will join Fee as the three inductees.

Fee has broadcast Golden Eagles athletic events for many years on KROX, working for a long time with the late Jerry Dahlberg and heading the sports department since Dahlberg sold the station.

He has been in Bemidji frequently for several decades covering Crookston High School events.

Football Camp

A Bemidji Lumberjacks football camp for players in Grades 2-6 will be held Sept. 19 at the high school practice field from 11-1.

Only a T-shirt and shorts are required with football shoes optional. Registration can be made at the site although advanced registration is advised.

Players will be grouped by grades working in seven sessions on various football skills.

The cost of the session is only $10 which may be paid to Bemidji Football Boosters Camp and mailed to Bemidji Youth Football Camp, Bemidji High School, 3300 Gillett Drive NW, Bemidji 56601.

The non contact camp is for both boys and girls entering Grades 2-6 this fall.

For further information, contact Troy Hendricks at 224-3453 at home or 333-3212 at the Middle School.

Sports rankings

No northern teams made the top ten in the initial state soccer ratings though Duluth East drew votes in the girls 2A division and East Grand Forks in the girls 1A ranks. Top teams are Apple Valley's boys and Woodbury's girls in 2A and the Totino Grace boys and Benilde-St. Margaret's girls in single A.

In volleyball, Alexandria drew 14 votes, well short of the 3A top ten headed by Shakopee.

Stillwater and Wayzata, possible Bemidji opponents this weekend at Marshall, were ranked fourth and sixth.

In 2A, Hibbing is rated second while DGF, Esko and Roseau drew votes.

In single A, Baudette is ranked fifth and Northern Freeze sixth with Nevis and Win-E-Mac drawing votes.

The cross country ratings list Moorhead fifth and Alexandria sixth in the boys ranks with Lukas Gemar of Moorhead top ranked individually.

Grand Rapids is third and Moorhead ninth in the girls 2A poll with Jamie Piepenburg of Alex top ranked. It may be the first time in state history 8AA has had the state's two top rated runners.

Football fan bus

The Bemidji Football Boosters Club is sponsoring fan buses once again for the out of town football trips.

The next will be to Alexandria Sept. 26 for a rare Saturday night game.

The charter coaches will be filled on a first come, first served basis. They depart and return to the high school parking lot.

For reserved seats, contact Todd Richardson at 444-5379.

Golf meets

The 19th annual NCHS Auxiliary golf tourney and dinner will be held at the BTTC Sept 25 with the best ball event starting at noon from a shotgun start. Proceeds go to the North Country Health Services.

Contact Kari Knudson at 333-5654 or Jane Miller at 333-5569.

The Camp Courage meet will be played Wednesday at the BTCC with a 10:30 shotgun start.

The $100 entry fee includes green fees, and a buffet dinner.

Proceeds go to support the Courage North Camp on Lake George for children and adults with physical disabilities and impairments.

Registrations may be made at Dondelinger's GM or by calling 751-1220.

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