Sportsline: St. Cloud State saves its football program
St. Cloud State University has preserved its football program ... for now.
The SCSU student body has over-whelmingly approved a $1.74 per credit hour increase in student fees, which will raise $1.3 million for funding the Huskies athletic program.
Had it failed, the school was prepared to cut football as it attempts to erase a $550,000 athletic department deficit.
The student increase will be for three fiscal years starting in 2012.
This year's grid team (9-2) opened Division II postseason play yesterday against Hillsdale (Mich.) with that winner to take on defending national champion Duluth next Saturday.
CLC to bowl game
Central Lakes Community College of Brainerd will meet Glendale CC in Phoenix Dec. 4 in the 30th annual Valley of the Sun Bowl, the oldest continuous NJCAA bowl game.
The Raiders (10-1) won the Minnesota Southern Division title and stopped Northland of Thief River before falling to Rochester 34-31 in the title game.
Glendale is 6-4 and a fourth-place finisher in the Western States Football League.
Lakeville North, Wadena-Deer Creek and Wabasha won state volleyball titles.
Lakeville beat Wayzata 3-0 for the 3A crown, Wadena also won 3-0 over Hutchinson in the 2A championship while Wabasha triumphed over Martin County West 3-1 in the Class A final.
Marshall, the only defending champion entered, went 1-2 in Class 2A, losing to Sauk Centre in the first round and Visitation in the consolation final.
Win-E-Mac won the Class A consolation title after bowing to Minneota in the first round. It beat Ada-Borup 3-1 in the consolation semifinals. Esko and Cherry also went 0-2.
All-tournament honors went to Rachael Carlisle, Brittany Noon and Courtney Volkman of Wadena and Kenndyl Ross of WEM.
Bemidji's Chris Curb is the recipient of the annual Ed Sauer Memorial Golf Scholarship.
The award is given annually to a member of the BSU men's golf team.
The $1,500 scholarship was presented by scholarship committee member Joe Aitken, a close friend and teammate of Sauer at Walker High. Both played four seasons for the Beavers along with Sauer's twin brother, Ray.
Curb was a four-year performer on the Bemidji High golf team and is in his second season of play at BSU.
St. Cloud Apollo basketball teammates Simon Krych and Blake Maslonkowski will continue their college careers in the NSIC?at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.
Krych is a 6-8 post who averaged 12 points and eight rebounds last season.
Maslonkowski, a 6-5 post, averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles who ended 18-11, bowing to Little Falls in the Section 8-3A final.
Grand Rapids-Greenway defenseman Morgan Illikainen has signed to play college hockey at Dartmouth.
She joins former Lightning players Emily Erickson, Molly Arola, Jessica Havel and Dana Gallop at the Division I level. Erickson, Havel and Arola all play for BSU, which had sought to add Illikainen to the cast. Cornell, Clarkson and Vermont had also recruited her.
She scored 75 points for the Lightning, ranking seventh on the all-time scoring list. It included 21 goals and 54 assists.
Chelsea Frydenlund, daughter of East Grand Forks coach Durene Frydenlund, has accepted a scholarship to play college basketball at North Dakota next fall.
The 5-8 guard was a two-time all-state selection, averaging 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds last year.
She has 1,302 points and well on the way to becoming the Green Wave's all-time leading scorer.
Her mother was a star for UND in her college days.
Crosby-Ironton wrestling star Hayden Zillmer has signed with NDSU.
The two-time state champion claimed the 112-pound title last winter ending a 42-2 season by taking his final two state matches 13-1 and 14-2.
Brainerd's champion diver Kate Etterman will continue her career at Minnesota next year.
She holds the Brainerd records for both six and 11 dive cards. Like many divers, she was also an outstanding gymnast.
Alumni Night set
The Bemidji High wrestling team will stage an Alumni Night for its season opener Dec. 3 against Deer River.
The JV match will begin at 5 with the varsity at 7.
The event will be free of charge with a social hour to follow.
All alums are invited to attend.
Rance Bahr will begin his second season of rebuilding the Jacks, seeking to overcome the declining numbers of recent seasons.
Central Lakes Community College reached 4-0 with a 98-57 win over Itasca. The Raiders scored 25 points off turnovers to pad their margin.
For the Vikings, ex-Lumberjacks Ray Walker (5), Czar Woods (3) and Ryan Telander (3) combined for 11 points, each hitting a three-pointer.
Johnnies win finale
St. John's closed its football season with a 49-0 romp over Hamline to close 7-3 but missed advancing to the Division III playoffs by finishing third in the MIAC.
Bemidji's Andrew Hengel saw action at quarterback connecting on 1 of 3 passes for 39 yards.
Minnetonka and Warroad top the weekly girls hockey poll.
Roseau is fifth in Class AA while East Grand Forks, Crookston and Alexandria are 6-7-8 and Eveleth-Gilbert 12th in Class A.
The initial pre-season boys' poll is topped by Edina and St. Thomas Academy.
Duluth East is sixth and Roseau 12th in Class AA.
In Class A, Warroad is fourth, Hermantown fifth, Virginia-MIB, Duluth Central-Denfeld and Duluth Marshall 7-8-9, Hibbing 12th, Thief River 13th and St. Cloud Cathedral 14th.
The boys open play after Thanksgiving.