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North Central Lacrosse group plans clinics in Bemidji

BEMIDJI -- The North Central Lacrosse intermediate to advanced 19-U boys fall skills camp and coaching clinic will be held in Bemidji on Oct. 5-6. The event will include six daily 50-minute field sessions.

Among the coaches expected to attend are:

Gewas Schindler, general manager of the Iroquois Nationals and former player at Loyola;

Brett Bucktooth, Iroquois Nationals player, former All American and national champion at Syracuse University, and current player with the Vancouver Stealth;

Norbert Fontaine, Ojibway Nationals head coach from Manitoba and 2014 North American Indigenous Games manager;

Corbyn Tao, Minnesota player;

Kevin Reed, Minnesota state champion coach and player;

Aron Lipkin, former player at Drexel and Whittier.

Camp participants who register prior to Aug. 15 will receive an early-bird discount. There is a limit of 25 campers and all participants must be members of U.S. Lacrosse.

The North Central Lacrosse and Minnesota Ojibwe Lacrosse programs are recently formed associations based in Bemidji and designed to promote regional youth lacrosse program development.

The goals of the programs include fielding a team to compete in the 2014 Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association spring league and in the 2014 Minnesota Ojibwe lacrosse spring and summer leagues.

People interested in becoming coaches, officials, community directors and youth players, and who live in Ojibwe reservation communities, are encouraged to contact Dan Ninham at (218) 368-6430 or email at

Coaches leadership training and youth skills sessions will be held on reservation communities including the powwow grounds in Ball Club (Aug. 12) and at the Red Lake lacrosse field (Aug. 18).

A 4-on-4 tournament is scheduled for Oct. 5 at Bemidji State University.

For details on the programs and fees for the various camps contact Ninham.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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