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Sportsline: Cortes retires at Duluth East

Veteran Coach Bill Cortes has called it quits at Duluth East at the age of 70.

The one-time KDAL sports anchor has been at East since 1988. He helped organize and fund the building of the Ordean Middle School baseball diamond at a time when Wade Stadium was the only usable field in the city.

Cortes has served as an East assistant in football and baseball for 21 years, ,the last nine as a volunteer.

Cortes came to Duluth after his graduation from Minnesota and spent 14 years in radio and TV before working for the Seaway Authority .

He later got his teaching degree at UMD and began a long teaching career.

He was East's baseball coach from 1988-95 and returned to aid John Rudolph in 2000.

Cortes and Marsh Nelson were the kingpins of Duluth sports TV for his 15 years in the business.

He plans on moving to Wilmington, Del. in the near future.

Greenway merger

The Greenway and Nashwauk-Keewatin school boards have approved the merger of the two schools for football and boys and girls track next year.

The two boards said they hoped the three sports would be the start to the merger of many more in the coming years.

Greenway currently combines with Grand Rapids in girls hockey and tennis. Their boys combine with N-K in wrestling.

Both districts are facing severe financial problems with the sports mergers one way to save money.

The two districts have been working on the merger for several months.

Savings from the merger are expected to reach $20,000 this year.

Tech coach leaves

St, Cloud Tech's Randy Jordan, who guided the Tigers to two of their finest boys basketball seasons in school history, announced his resignation to go to Stillwater High School

Jordan came to Tech after coaching at Presentation College at Aberdeen, S.D.

He will continue to teach math and take over the Stillwater boys basketball program.

The Ponies went 16-12 last year but won 12 of their last 15 games and return the top eight players in 2010.

Tech finished third at the state the past two years when Jordan compiled a 30-4 record.

The Tigers fell to state champs Minnetonka and Hopkins in the semifinals at the past two state meets.

Jordan will receive a considerable pay raise at Stillwater.

Lumberjack camp

A Bemidji Lumberjacks wrestling camp will be held this weekend at the high school mat room featuring Gopher wrestling legends Roger Kish and C.P. Schlatter, both All -Americans and national qualifiers during their college careers.

Wrestling will take place from 9-3 Thursday and Friday and 9-12 Saturday.

Registration will open Thursday at 7:30 with lunch served Thursday and Friday at 11.

Cost is $100 with checks payable to the Bemidji Wrestling Club. They include two lunches and a T-shirt.

The clinic is open to wrestlers entering grades 7-12 and limited to the first 130 participants. Mail registrations to Darrell Johnson, 812 Briar Lane NE, Bemidji 56601.

Mat camp

 Bemidji will be the site of a Northern Minnesota Champ Camp June 22-23 at the high school mat room.

Sessions I will be for wrestlers in Grades 4-7 with a $45 fee wrestling from 8-11 each day.

Session II is for matmen in Grades K-3 with a $30 fee. Wrestling will be from 1-3 each day.

The fees include a camp T-Shirt.

Shane Holm, former Grand Rapids High and Itasca CC mat coach will head the staff which will include Minnesota University wrestlers Kaleb Young and Dustin Schlatter. Young is a BHS graduate. Additional area coaches and Gopher wrestlers will also assist.

Registrations should be sent to Northern Elite Wrestling, 716 Bemidji avenue No., 56601.

Call director Rance Bahr at 444-9281 for further information.

Summer wrestling

Bahr will also direct a summer wrestling program on Monday nights from June 22-Aug. 17 at the high school mat room. There will be no wrestling July 6.

Wrestling will be from 6-7 p.m. The program is free with no registration required.

Instructors will include ex-Lumberjacks Brandon Bahr, Joe Andersen and Steve Masterson, all now wrestling in college.

Grid camps moved

The youth football clinics set for this week have been postponed by incoming football coach Troy Hendricks and will be run in late August and early September prior to the start of practice.

One was for K-6 graders and the other for 7-9 graders, both previously set for Mon-Thurs. this week.

Hendricks reported a good turnout at his two Friday meetings with prospective gridders with close to 50 turning out at the 8th grade session and more than 70 at the 9-11 grade meeting.

Summer track

Summer track programs for boys and girls in grades 7-12 will be run Tuesdays this summer starting Tuesday from 6-7:30 at the high school track.

Cost of the eight week session is $25 with high school coaches making up the staff.

The fee will include participation in a July 17 track meet at Detroit Lakes.

Scholarships are available upon request

For further information, contact girls track Coach Chris Lehman at 368-2108 or 444-8320 at work.

J.O. Volleyball

The Bemidji 14-U White volleyball team recently won first place in the Silver Division at the Wadena Invitational.

Members of the team included McKenzie Degelder, Kelsey Karns, Whitney Walker-O'Beirne, Anne Muller, Anna Fogerty, Nicole Lyren, Clare Niner, Cydney Huewe, Emily Klimek, Nicole Pierce and Bailey Windecker. Jen Johnson was the coach.

Legion rankings

Eden Prairie tops the pre-season American Legion baseball rankings, just released.

Hopkins, Maple Grove, Burnsville and the Rochester Patriots complete the top five.

They are followed by Centennial, Tri City Red, Lakeville North, Apple Valley and Prior Lake.

The second ten finds Eagan, No. St. Paul, Coon Rapids, Excelsior, Forest Lake, Alexandria, Wayzata, Eastview, Rochester A's and Andover.

Grand Rapids, St. Cloud 76'ers, Sartell and Moorhead also drew votes.

Matt Urbanek, who resigned as Brainerd boys basketball coach following last season, will take over the reins at Jordan.

Jordan finished 21-8 last season and has an enrollment of 426. approximately one-third the size of Brainerd.

It has become well known for its girls cage teams in recent years spearheaded by Brittany Chambers, daughter of BHS Hall of Famer Lance Chambers, former cage coach and now Middle School principal at the community.