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Sportsline: Wind picked for national basketball tournament

Cass Lake's Martin Wind has been chosen to be a member of the Minnesota team in the U. S. Junior National basketball tourney.

That team will compete in the International Sports Festival at the University of Illinois July 27-Aug. 2.

The meet will include athletes from Canada and 37 states in the USA.

Wind was selected after his play in the recent Minnesota State meet at the University of Minnesota in mid-May.

Each team at Champaign will be balanced out equally by position, performance and region to create the best possible team match ups and to ,ensure that each team is as equally competitive as possible.

To ensure that each team member is played equally through the week, the USA Junior Nationals have a mandatory substitution policy .

College coaches are being imported for the week to coach the US teams.

Wind completed his junior season at Cass Lake-Bena high last winter, aiding the Panthers to gain the state tournament .

He also is a key performer on the CLB and Leech Lake American Legion baseball teams.

Summer tennis

The Bemidji Area Tennis Association has begun its new season with more than 200 registered players.

Among its many programs are the women's doubles league Monday nights at the high school directed by Heidi Folkert and Tuesday night doubles league through August under Judy Negard, also at the high school courts.

There is .kids summer tennis under Pete Sullivan at the Middle School courts June 8-July 30, Monday-Thursdsy from 9-11 a.m. and Tennis Under the Lights at the high school Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through July 28. for players 13-19. Cost of this program is $40 for 25 sessions under the direction of Paul Swartwood.

Men's doubles will run Monday nights through Aug. 31 with Larry Schutte as coordinator. Free practice match setups are available through the summer by contacting Swartwood at 835-8122.

There are also men's Friday doubles under Dan Moen, women's doubles against other teams coordinated by Lynn Baird and mixed doubles Thursday at the Middle School under Joan Bradseth.

The BATA also sponsors winter mixed doubles., a spring doubles tournament, a winter champs fun program and the Paul Bunyan Open July 18-19 with men's and women's singles and doubles in six age divisions.

Lumberjack Open

The annual Lumberjack Open tennis meet has been set for Aug. 1-2 using the high school and Middle School courts.

There will be the usual boys and girls singles and doubles in the 12-,U, 14-U, 16-U and 18-U age divisions. Entry fees are $15 for one event and $25 for two with a July 29 deadline.

The age deadline is the age on the day of the tournament. All players are guaranteed two matches. Players are limited to one singles and one doubles division.

Entries may be set to Director Scott Engelstad, 406 Meadow Court NE, Bemidji 56601.

All proceeds go to supporting the Bemidji High tennis program.

WHA saves sports

The WHA school board this week voted to save its soccer and golf programs for next year on a self-supporting basis.

The two sports, which had been cut earlier, were reinstated for the 2010 year at no cost to the district.

Parents and Booster Club for the two sports will raise the necessary funds to keep the programs alive.

The agreement is similar to that with the Leech Lake Hockey Association which underwrites the boys and girls hockey programs at the school. With the sports reinstated, the board took no action to end cooperatives with Cass Lake for soccer and Laporte for golf.

Legion Poll

Eden Prairie continues to front the American Legion baseball poll with eight first place votes and 137 points.

Hopkins and St. Michael are 2-3 with 95 and 73 points, each getting two first place votes. Centennial drew one and is fourth with 66. The Rochester Patriots round out the top five.

The next five are Maple Grove, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan and Stillwater.

They are trailed by Forest Lake, Excelsior, Tri City Red, Lakeville North, No. St. Paul, Eastview, Alexandria, Edina, Owatonna and Coon Rapids.

Others receiving votes include Fergus Falls, the St. Cloud 76'ers, Grand Rapids, Little Falls and Moorhead,

Cass Lake softball

Cass Lake will host a slow pitch softball tournament July 4-5 at the Veterans Memorial Grounds.

The men's double elimination division will carry a trophy and $500 travel expense prize to the champion with a runner-up trophy and $300 travel expense and a third place trophy and $200 travel expense based on a ten team entry.

The entry fee is $135.

The women's round robin division will have trophies for the top two finishers along with travel expenses. The women's entry is also $135.

The entry deadline is July 1. Send entries cash or money orders to Henry Harper, Box 295, Cass Lake 56633 or call 308-0865 or 335-2121.

Apollo coach leaves

Apollo is seeking a new boys hockey coach after the resignation of Kris Dougherty to take over the girls hockey post at his alma mater, Fargo North. He will teach social studies.

He spent the past year as a substitute at St. Cloud, He has guided the Eagles two seasons going 12-15 his first year and 4-20-2 last winter.

Legion play

Nisswa took a major step forward in the North sub-district American Legion league, splitting two games with Little Falls and taking one from Brainerd. It led the second game 5-1 when it was suspended in the fourth by rain. It may be completed later at Brainerd though district regulations prohibit completing suspended games.

It won the nightcap from Little Falls 9-4 after a 5-4 loss in the opener.

Standings now find Little Falls 7-1, Nisswa 4-1., Bemidji 2-4, Brainerd 1-4 and Park Rapids 1-5.