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Sportsline: BHS baseball team has an ambitious spring schedule

While it is still a month before practice starts, the Bemidji High baseball team is looking forward to the new season.

Many members are taking part in the Sunday workouts at BSU or enrolled in the Beavers winter baseball practice sessions.

The pre season team meeting is set for March 5 with the first practice March 18.

The season will open at home with Brainerd April 3 with Grand Rapids here three days later.

Bemidji will again meet Their River Falls at the Metrodome April 17 and stop at St. Cloud Tech for an evening game on the way home.

Other home games will be with Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Fargo North and South and Duluth East at the Des Sagedahl tournament. Grand Forks Central also may play here.

The JV will also face separate home and home twin bills with Brainerd and a home double bill with Thief River while playing in tournaments at both of those schools.

Mike Fogelson returns to start his fifth season at the helm aided by Brad Johnson, Steve Thompson and Carl Jacobson.

Legion tourney

The field has been set for the St. Cloud American Legion tournament June 18-20 at Dick Putz Field and Faber Field.

Bemidji is in a pool with the St. Cloud Chutes (Cathedral), Waite Park (Apollo) and Coon Rapids. It will open Friday morning with Coon Rapids and face Waite Park that afternoon while ending pool play Saturday morning against the Chutes. The first and third place bracket games will take place Sunday.

Coaches needed

The Bemidji Baseball Association is seeking applications for coaches to guide the 13, 14 and 15 year all-star teams this summer.

All three units play a 40-50 game schedule during the summer ending with state tournaments.

Anyone interested should contact Mike Fogelson at 556-7181.

Football signups

Area gridders are few and far between in those signing letters of intent to area colleges this week.

Travis Greenwaldt and Trace Jahner of Bemidji signed with UND and Minot respectively.

Only three other Minnesota prospects were announced by the Sioux, all from the Twin Cities area.,

Kevin Vaadeland of Park Rapids signed with NDSU while no one from the area signed with Moorhead.

Josh Campion of Fergus Falls, Nick Rengel of Sartell and Phil Norman of Duluth East signed with the Minnesota Gophers, ,Jake Toman of Esko with Concordia of St, .Paul and Nolan Dokken of Cloquet at BSU. Duluth signed Mike Downing of East, Colby Ring of Brainerd and Matt Wicklund of Two Harbors.

Junior Curling

The Lake Region Curling Club of Devils Lake, N.D. will host the Junior National Curling Tournament next week.

The winning teams will represent the U.S. at the World Juniors at Vancouver March 5-15.

Ten men's and ten women's teams from throughout the nation will compete for the two titles.

Both defending champions are back. They are the Chris Plys rink from Duluth which followed the national crown by winning the world championship and the Nina Spatola rink, of McFarland, Wis. which is shooting for its third straight national crown.

It took eighth place at the world meet in 2008.

The Aaron Wald rink of Hibbing will also contend in the men's division. Josh Bahr of Bemidji is on that quartet.

Women's nationals

Four Bemidji curlers will be in action at the women's. national Olympic Trials Feb. 21-28 at Broomfield, Colo.

Two are the Johnson sisters Cassie Potter and Jamie Haskell on the Potter rink. Natalie (Simenson) Nicholson is on the Deb McCormick rink and Sarah Lehman on the Gillian Gervais rink of North Dakota.

Mark Haluptzok of Bemidji is curling on the Tyler George rink which will compete for the men's title.

Birr wins challenge

The Todd Birr rink of Mankato, the defending men's national champion, took out Brazil in three straight games to earn a berth in the 2009 world nationals. It marked the first time a South American team challenged for a berth at the worlds.

Birr won 13-2, 13-2 and 11-5 in the best of five series.,

The U.S. will join Canada as the two American entrants at the world event which also will be at Vancouver.

Middle School cage

Sixth Grade basketball will begin at the Middle School Feb. 17 at 3:30 with practice set for Monday through Thursday each week.

Players should report to the gymnasiums promptly for opening day

They must first have turned in all their paper work to Activities Director Troy Hendricks and paid their athletic fees. No one will be permitted to practice until all forms have been returned.

Rams reach 100

Before this season Roseau had never had any girls hockey player score 100 goals in her career.

Now it has two.

Mary Loken was the first, raising her total to 28 this season to reach106.

Kylie Lane has 23 and has reached 102 for her career. Only recently were the two paired on the same line for the Rams who ended 20-5 with their win over Bemidji Thursday night.

Loken, who will play college hockey at North Dakota, has 225 career points.

Lane, who will go to St. Cloud, has 241.

Other top scorers for the Rams are Amy Olson (30-24--54) and Abby Ness (25-18--43). Roseau has outscored its opponents 130-32.

State polls

Bloomington Jefferson and St. Thomas Academy lead the state boys hockey poll. Duluth East is eighth behind Jefferson in AA while Little Falls is second, Warroad fifth, Hermantown sixth, Thief River eighth, Alexandria ninth, Hibbing 11, Virginia 12, Duluth Marshall 13 and International Falls 14.

Among the girls, Roseville and Breck School are the AA and A leaders.

Grand Rapids is eighth, Duluth ninth, PHM 10, Bemidji 14 and North Wright County 15 in AA

In A, Warroad, Roseau, Crookston and Silver Bay are 3-4-5-6 with East Grand Forks 10 and Fergus Falls 12.

In basketball, Minneapolis South, Totino Grace, Jordan and Barnum top the four girls divisions.

East Grand Forks is second in 2A with and Ada second, RLCC sixth in A,

In the boys ranks, Hopkins, k, Mankato West, St, Bernard's and Granada-Huntley remain the class leaders.

St. Cloud Tech is third in 4A, Apollo third and Grand Rapids fifth in 3A, Pelican Rapids second, and Virginia fifth in 2A and Chisholm third, Park Christian eighth and Sebeka 10 in A.

In gymnastics, Roseville (149.483) and Perham (148.383) op the AA and divisions. St. Cloud Tech is third and Brainerd 10 in AA. Detroit Lakes is seventh in A.

In Nordic skiing, Wayzata and Minneapolis Southwest are the boys and girls leaders. Grand Rapids is fifth, Ely sixth and Duluth East eighth in the boys ranks. East is fourth, Little Falls seventh and Grand Rapids ninth in the girls.