John Baggs, the longtime St. Scholastica baseball coach, died after a four-month battle with cancer at the age of 42.
Baggs was hired as a 24-year-old in 1991 and built the program into a Division III power. The Saints won 12 consecutive Upper Midwest Athletic Conference titles and lost in the NCAA Midwest regional finals last season. He had a career record of 531-197 in 17 seasons.
He is survived by his wife and two young children.
700 eludes Smith
With six minutes to play, St. John's held a seven point lead over Gustavus and had the crowd on its feet expecting a key Johnnies win .
But the Gustiest rallied to win 71-68 denying St. John's coach Jim Smith his 700th career win.
It came in the opening round of the MIAC playoffs meaning Smith will have to await the 2010 season to reach the milestone.
The Johnnies closed the year at 14-12.
"It would have been a great one to win because of the importance of the game," said Smith. "But now we'll have to start working on next year."
Bemidji all stars
Three members of the Bemidji High girls hockey team have been chosen to play in the 5th Annual Northern Minnesota All-Star game.
The game will be played Tuesday at the Cloquet Recreation Center rink and will include a skills competition from 6:30-7:30 with the All-Star game to begin at 8.
The 34 players chosen represent 15 northern Minnesota girls high school teams and will be coached by Mike Guzzo of Silver Bay and Richard Bartholdi of CEC.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $6 for adults and $4 for seniors. Girls youth hockey players wearing their team jerseys will be admitted free.
Seniors Jess Christofferson and Haley Johnson will play for Bartholdi on the Minnesota Fire
Junior Annie Swartz will skate for Guzzo on Minnesota Ice. Brooke Story and Brianna Goulet of Warroad will be her teammates. Those five are the only players not from Section 7.
1,000 Point Club
Three new members joined the 1,000 Point Club in recent games
Kayla Skersick of Bagley reached that figure in a 68-46 win over Mahnomen.
She joined teammate Jessica Benson who went over that mark earlier this season.
A rarity took place at Fertile where Alyssa Gullekson and Karissa Gullickson topped 1,000 in the same game. Gullekson hit 14 to reach 1,012 and Gullickson added 16 to reach 1,005. They came in a 69-53 victory over Warren.
The Bemidji Fastpitch Softball Association will sponsor three clinics today at the Middle School from 12:15-3:30.
Girls in Grades 2-6 can participate at a cost of $10.
Girls in Grades 7-12 will meet from 2-3:30 to participate in a skills clinic at a cost of $15.,
A clinic for Grades 7-12 pitchers will be offered from 12:15-1:45 at a cost of $15.
All area athletes are welcome. Registration will be at the door.
The clinic is conducted by the Itasca Community College softball staff.
A mandatory Player-Parent baseball meeting for Bemidji High school prospects will be held Thursday at 5:30 at the Bemidji High Commons.
At that time plans for the coming season will be discussed and team regulations explained.
Coach Mike Fogelson will conduct the meeting. Any player unable to attend the Thursday meeting must contact Fogelson at 556-7181.
Fogelson announced one change in the coaching staff with Zach McDermott replacing Carl Jacobs as C Team coach.
Jacobs, who teaches at Cass Lake, will coach in the Panthers program this spring.
Brad Johnson and Steve Thompson will return as varsity assistant and JV coach.
The team opens drills March 16.
The first spring sports to open practice will be the golf, softball and track teams which begin March 9. Tennis opens March 23.
Athletes must have completed all forms and paid their $60 athletic fees prior to beginning drills.
The forms and fees should be turned in to the activities office between 8-4 on any school day.
Anyone needing forms may pick them up at that office.
Fogelson to Fargo
Bemidji lefthander Scott Fogelson will pitch closer to home this summer.
He has left Kalamazoo, Mich. to join the Fargo team of the independent Northern League nine this year.
Prior to that team beginning its pre-season drills, he will continue to aid his brother Mike as pitching instructor for the Lumberjacks program.
The first two BHS winter banquets have been set for this week.
The girls hockey banquet will be held tomorrow night at the Commons starting at 6 p.m. to honor the varsity and JV teams for their efforts this winter.
The boys and girls Nordic Ski banquet is set for Tuesday night at the Crying Wolf Room at the Hobson Memorial Union at 6 honoring the varsity and JV teams.
Unfortunately neither event was cleared through the activities office and will conflict with home basketball games.
The boys host Thief River Falls tomorrow night and the girls start tournament play Tuesday against St. Cloud Tech or Buffalo.
Eden Prairie and St. Thomas Academy continue to lead the state boys hockey polls this week.
In the double-A standings Duluth East is ranked fifth and Elk River 12.
In the Class A division, Little Falls is second, Warroad and Alexandria 5-6, Thief River and Hermantown 8-9 and Virginia, International Falls, Hibbing and Duluth Marshall 11-14.
In the girls division, Roseville and Breck lead the standings with PHM eighth, Grand Rapids and Duluth 11-12 and CEC 14 in AA and Warroad, Roseau, Crookston and Silver Bay 3-6 with Fergus Falls 10 and East Grand Forks 12 in Class A.
In boys basketball, Hopkins, Mankato West, Pelican Rapids and Granada-Huntl.ey are the class leaders.
St. Cloud Tech is third in Class 4A, Apollo third and Grand Rapids eighth in 3A, Virginia fifth and Crosby-Ironton eighth an 2A and Chisholm third and Bertha-Hewitt fifth in A.
In the girls ranks, Minneapolis South, New Prague, Jordan and Barnum lead the four divisions.
No northern team is listed in 4A. Willmar is ninth in 3A, East Grand second in 2A and Ada second, Parkers Prairie seventh, Bigfork ninth and RLCC 10 in A.
In gymnastics, Roseville (150.3) and Perham (148.4) are the division leaders.
St. Cloud Tech is third and Elk River 10 in Class AA. Detroit Lakes is seventh in Class A.
Sled dog racing
Pinewood's Gary McCollom took seventh in the adult 6 dog speed class at the Medford, Wis. Sled Dog races last weekend.
He finished the 11.4 mile course in 37:43
The event was hosted by the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club.