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Sportsline: Hanson named All-America

Bemidji's Derek Hanson of Wisconsin-Stout was named to the NCAA Division III All America team.

The Blue Devils leading scorer was named to the All American first team while teammate Jack Wolgenmuth was named to the second unit.

Hanson set a new school record for single season assists with 26, one over the old record. Coupled with his 17 goals he ended with 43 points. He also paced the nation in power play goals with 10 including four game-winning goals.

His 51 career goals put him in fourth place in the school record book and his 64 assists moved him into first place on the all-time list while his 115 points. leave him in second place in Stout history, 13 out of first.

HOF tickets on sale

Tickets for the 9th annual Bemidji High Athletic Hall of Fame banquet went on sale Friday.

They will sell for $12 and are available at the high school activities office during school days.

The banquet is scheduled for May 18 at 6 p.m. in the High School Commons.

The social hour will begin at 5:30.

Four former athletes and one coach will be inducted into the Hall this year swelling the ranks to 60.

In addition, the annual Lumberjack Award will be made to a long-time promoter of BHS sports.

The male and female Athlete of the Year will be announced and team captains and senior athletes on all 24 BHS sports teams recognized..

Also to be announced are the recipients of the annual athletic scholarships formerly presented at the high school's awards night.

Track winners

Northern Minnesota had several champions at the Hamline Elite Invitational track meet last weekend.

Moses Heppner of Warroad won the 1600 while Macauley Spandl of Moorhead led the pole vault.

Haylie Zenner of Fergus Falls paced the girls 800 and Jessica Cagle of Grand Rapids led the discus.

Moorhead fees rise

The Moorhead school board approved a move to greatly increase athletic activities fees next year, some as much as triple their current levels.

The athletic department is facing a $250,000 budget reduction this year and hopes to make up much of the total in the new fee structure.

Fees were $50 for high school sports and $30 for middle school sports.

The new three-tier system will charge $180 for hockey and basketball, $150 for football, cross country, soccer, volleyball, gymnastics wrestling, swimming and baseball and $130 for track, tennis and golf.

The new fees figure to raise $140,000 of the deficit. The move takes Moorhead from near the bottom of the fee scale to around the middle.

At the middle school level, all fees would rise to $65.

The remainder of the deficit may be met by cutting seven assistant coaches. Long road trips also are set to be eliminated.

Major loss

Area sports fans said goodbye this week to a pair of longtime Red Lake sports figures with the deaths of Aloysius "Wishy" Thunder at 79 and Duane "Junior" Cobenais at 41.

Thunder was a long time backer of Red Lake High School sports teams and much in evidence at Red Lake town team baseball games through his life.

Cobenais, a 1,000 point basketball scorer in his high school career, was a major figure in the Red Lake summer baseball program for two decades in a losing battle to promote youth baseball on the reservation.

He coached in the Northern Lakes League for many years and continued after the demise of that circuit to coach Red Lake teams in the BYL senior division.

His three sons all became high school athletes.

Both Thunder and Cobenais will be sorely missed.

Northwoods Stars

Champion Pine River gained three berths on the 12 player Northwoods Conference basketball team.

Tigers named were Hannah Lemberg, Katie Wangberg and Tatum Sheley,

Second place Cass Lake-Bena had Danielle Jourdain and Janelle White.

From third place Clearbrook-Gonvick came Karli Watne and Kate Akre while fourth place Blackduck had Molly Exner.

Walker and Nevis tied for fifth with WHA gaining s berth for MacKenzie Piprude and Nevis for Mandy Altman with Kim Hyatt of Laporte and Brandy Becker of Kelliher-Northome rounding out the first team.

Randy Schwegel of Pine River was voted Coach of the Year, Wangberg the MVP, Piprude Rookie of the Year and Jourdain Playmaker and Rebounding champion of the Year.

Cass Lake softball

The annual Leech Lake/Pepsi slow pitch softball classic will be staged May 23-24 at the Veterans Memorial Grounds with an entry fee of $120 for both men's and women's divisions.

Entries should be mailed to Henry Harper at Box 295, Cass Lake or called to 218-335-0865 or 305-0865.

Boxing tournament

The 2009 National Native American boxing tournament will be held at the Grand Casino in Hinckley May 28-30.

It is sponsored by the Casino and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. For further information, contact Harper at Cass Lake.

Lacrosse begins

The newly organized Grand Rapids boys lacrosse team saw its first games last week at Edina and Osseo.

It is hosting an 11-team invitational this weekend at the middle school field.

Lacrosse is the fastest growing new sport in Minnesota but has yet to make any inroads in northern Minnesota.

With veteran coach Dan Ninham available, it may not be too long before a team is organized in Bemidji.

College recruits

Nate Wolters, the outstanding St. Cloud Tech basketball guard, will take his game to SDSU next winter.

Wolters ended his career with 1,762 points.

Tydan Storrusten of Pelican Rapids, a 1,000 point scorer, will go to Northern State next year.

Ada's Nicole Smart, .headed to UND, was named the top player in Class A this year by the Minnesota Basketball News.

She was a first team all state pick as was Ashley Tingelstad of East Grand Forks in Class AA.

Cass Lake's Martin Wind made the second team on the boys Class A team while Storrusten was a first team choice.

Makovsky quits

Charlie Makovsky of East Grand Forks has stepped down as the EGF-Sacred Heart wrestling coach after six seasons.

The first three were as East Side's coach and the last three with the combined team. Fellow coach Jack Knopp stepped down earlier this spring.

Baseball rankings

Pierz was ranked second behind New Ulm and Rocori fourth in the Class AA baseball rankings.

Nashwauk-Keewatin was fourth, Tim Vagle's Remer Eagles fifth, ,Red Lake County 10 and Fosston 17 in the Class A standings. New Ulm Cathedral was first.

No 3A rankings were available.