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Bemidji defender Rachael Graves is a member of the Stevens Point women's hockey team that has gained a berth in the NCAA Division III final four.

The Pointers ousted Superior 2-0 last weekend in the quarterfinals to return to the Frozen Four for the second time in the last three years.

Earlier Stevens Point had won the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular season title and followed by taking the playoff title. The Pointers are 20-3-3 overall and take a record 15 straight win string into the final two rounds.

The Pointers faced Plattsburg N.Y. in one semifinal while Gustavus-Adolphus went against Middlebury, Vt.

Graves played in all 28 games in her freshman season, a key member of the defensive unit that led the country, allowing just 31 goals in 28 games. She has one goal and one assist.

She was a four year regular for Bemidji High during her prep career, also starring in soccer and softball.

Bradel honored

More honors continue to be accrued by Bemidji goalie Lauren Bradel who was named the second team goalie on the Associated Press Minnesota All-State girls hockey team.

Teammate Sarah Erickson received honorable mention.

Both were honorable mention picks on the earlier Coaches Association All-State team.

Holly Roberts of Warroad and Michelle Maunu of Cloquet were first team selections.

Maunu was named the Duluth area's Player of the Year.

Northern stars were plentiful on the honorable mention list.

Forwards included Brittany Bolstad and Erika Ciminski of I. Falls, Jess Bye of Brainerd, Raisa Carpenter of Apollo, Kaitlyn Dold, Annie Green and Leslie Ringdahl of Tech, Emily Erickson of Grand Rapids, Kyla Fink of Hibbing, Stacy Johnson and Ashley Stenerson of Moorhead, Whitney Olson of PHM, Megan Sjolie of Fergus Falls, Marlee Wheelhouse of Crookston and Abby Williams of Alexandria.

Defenders included Brittany Dunkel of Warroad, and Anne Schleper of Apollo.

Goalies included Brooke Bruggeman of Moorhead, Brittany Krause of Hibbing, Amy Burke and Savannah Osborn of Crookston, Morgan Pieper of Warroad and Paige Thunder of CEC.

Skerik to nationals

Bemidji 145 pounder Greg Skerik will wrestle at the Senior Nationals High School Wrestling Championships this month at Pittsburg, Pa.

Skerik took third place at this year's state meet after a fourth place finish as a junior and ended as Bemidji's all-time leading winner with 216 victories. That elevated him into eighth place on the state's all-time win list, only two victories out of sixth.

Competition will take place from March 23-26 with awards going to the top eight in each weight class.

Anderson places

Thief River sophomore Jeremy Anderson finished second at 157 pounds in the NCAA Division III national meet at Trenton, N.J. He won five straight matches before bowing 11-5 in the title round.

The first year Augsburg wrestler, a Minnesota transfer, ended 44-3.

He entered the meet ranked second in his weight class.

He is a 2003 Thief River graduate, winning the state high school title his senior year when he went t 44-0.

Local lifesaver

The death of Dr. Wilford (Bill) Deweese this week at the age of 91 brought back memories of perhaps his most famous operation.

That came in 1964 to Vikings defensive back Tom Frankhouser who was injured at a practice session at BSU when he suffered a life threatening brain injury during workouts.

Dr. Deweese drilled a hole through his skull to remove pressure and was generally credited with saving the player's life.

Among his many accomplishments during his long practice at Bemidji was the creation of the Mississippi Headwaters Blood Bank.

Grandma's filled

Registration has officially closed for both the 30th annual Grandma's Marathon and 16th annual Garry Bjorkland half marathon at Duluth. Applications are no longer being taken for either race.

Confirmation cards will be sent to all registered participants within 4-6 weeks.

More than 16,000 athletes are expected to run that weekend. Registration for the William A. Irvin 5K will begin at the end of the month.

Baseball starts

Baseball practice at Bemidji High will open tomorrow.

All athletes must have their physicals taken (if needed), and on file, all papers returned and fees paid before they will be permitted to practice.

Mike Fogelson returns to the helm for his second season with Chris Schmitz as his top aide.

Tennis practice will open next Monday, the seventh and final spring unit to begin drills.

Tennis meets

The third of the five Lumberjack indoor tennis tournaments, the men's doubles, will be held this weekend at the CBA Fitness Center.

Entry is $30 per team due by Wednesday. Draws will be made Thursday.

Still to come are the women's singles April 1-2 and women's doubles April 8-9. Entry fees for singles are $25.

Contact meet director Scott Engelstad at 751-3055 for further information.

Mat Hall of Fame

Eight new members will be inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame April 29 at Augsburg College.

Among them are long time high school coaches Clay Nagel of Frazee and Dennis Kaatz of Wadena.

Nagel coached 17 seasons at Frazee before leaving to take over the Concordia College program.

Kaatz led Wadena for 20 seasons before retiring after last season

Others are wrestlers Al DeLeon, Pat Dorn, Mark Krier, Larry Lyden and Pat Marcy and official Ron Ackerman.

Umpires clinic

The Bemidji Umpires Certification Clinic will be held March 30 at city hall starting at 7:30.

Veteran Charlie Johnson will be the instructor. All prospective umpires must attend one of the clinics while veterans are urged to also attend. There is no charge with advance registration not required.

Players, managers and league directors are also invited to participate.

The nearest umpires' school will be at Staples April 22 at the c community center.

Benson honored

Bemidji swimmer Katie Benson, a sophomore at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, has been named to the Iowa Conference winter academic all-conference team.

To qualify, the athlete must have a 3.5 gpa and have attended the school for at least one year.

Three all academic teams are named for the fall, winter and spring sports. Benson is one of 27 sophomores on the team and one of Luther's league-leading 21 members named.

Doubles champs

Tom Downs and Dennis Clemenson of Bemidji, representing the CBS Fitness Center, recently won the Class A racquetball doubles tournament title at Grand Rapids.

Teams from throughout the state competed in the tourney at the YMCA.

Downs and Clemenson defeated Team Ektelon of Minneapolis in the semifinals and Elk River in the finals.

Soccer registration

The Bemidji Youth Soccer Association will offer a recreational season for players 4-11 from April 24-June 1.

Parents may register their players on Monday, Mar. 27 or Wednesday, Mar. 29 from 4-5:30 at the high school activities office entrance.

For further information contact Jack Judkins at 333-3552 or