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Sportsline: Israelson named to Hall of Fame

Bemidji's Bill Israelson is one of six individuals who will be inducted into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame this year.

The announcement was made by the Minnesota PGA and Minnesota Golf Association

Israelson is the head PGA professional at The Vintage golf course at Staples and a member of the state PGA for more than 18 years.

He won the Minnesota Open in 1991 and placed in the top 10 seven other times. He also won the state PGA championship in1992-93 and placed in the top ten on eight other occasions.

He also won the state PGA match play championship four times, the MGA amateur championship three times and the Minnesota Golf Association Junior championship twice.

He also hold the Minnesota Golf Champions and PGA Senior championship titles.

On the national scene Izzy -played on the PGA Tour and competed in the PGA championships, US Open, US Senior Open and Asian Tour where he won the Hong Kong Open title once.

The six year Bemidji High School regular, Israelson played his college golf at Lamar University in Texas.

Locally he won the 1979 Birchmont championship.

Brainerd coach

Brainerd is seeking a new girls soccer coach after the resignation of Steve Kimble who has guided the team the past seven seasons.

He is leaving to become coach of the St. Benedict's College soccer team this fall. He will also serve as assistant athletic director at the girls school. Kimble compiled a 98-23-8 record with the Warriors taking two teams to the state and winning four Central Lakes Conference titles. Brainerd has played in the section final the past five years.

The St. John's graduate has a wide background in administration with the Brainerd Youth Soccer program. He has also been pole vault coach for the Brainerd track team the past seven years. He coached at his alma mater, Sartell, before coming to Brainerd.

Larson signs

Bemidji High volleyball and basketball regular Megan Larson will continue her athletic career at Jamestown College.

She plans to major in education and play basketball for the Jimmies.

Jamestown was established in 1883 and is one of the Midwest's top regarded private schools.

Larson was a key member of both the BHS volleyball and basketball teams the past two seasons.

Baseball camps

The BSU summer youth baseball clinics will begin Monday with session 1 going Monday through Thursday this week from 8-10:30 each morning for 10-14 year olds and 10:30-1 for 15-19.

Session 2 will be July 13-16 at the same times.

The clinics are under the direction of BSU Head Coach Tim Bellew. Players will work on fundamentals op hitting, fielding, pitching, base running and team building with some scrimmages planned. Cost of the clinic is $50 per session or $75 for both.

The drills will be conducted at the BSU diamond.

The BSU arm strength and conditioning workouts will hold their second session Monday from 5:30-7 p.m. and continue each Monday night until July 30. Cost is $25 payable to TB  Baseball, Tim Bellew, 933 Bunchberry Lane, Bemidji 56601. Hitting, pitching and fielding lessons are also available for $20 per hour.

BSU mile run

The BSU Beaver Mile will be run today down Beltrami avenue from 15th street to the Union Station.

It will precede the parade.

The general race will leave the starting line at 12:30 and the Elite Division race will begin at 12:45.

Cost is $20 with all runners receiving a T-shirt. Proceeds go to the BSU Track and Field program.

Track fund drive

A fund drive to try to preserve the threatened BSU men's track program has been launched. Ex-Beaver high jumper Brian Glad is heading a drive. Glad is the owner of a sports nutrition company distributing vitamin supplements. The firm has sponsored many Olympic track athletes, marathoners and professional track meets. Glad is seeking to attract interest in raising the funds needed to keep the BSU men's track program alive.

The men's indoor and outdoor teams received a one year reprieve this spring after at one time being threatened with ending after the 2009 season.

But it is contingent on raising funds to help aid the program.

Glad has offered to donate one month's personal profits from the firm to BSU track. He may be contacted at 612-202-9256.

VFW walleye feed

The VFW baseball team will stage its annual fund drive July 15 when it holds a walleye dinner from 4-6;30 at the American Legion Club.

Tickets will sell for $10 for a single fillet or $13 for two.

The meal will also include coleslaw, baked beans, roll and drink.

All proceeds will go to support the VFW program this summer. The players will be the servers for the event.

Make checks payable to VFW Baseball.

Legion poll

Eden Prairie continues to lead the American Legion baseball poll.

It drew eight first place votes and 123 points. Burnsville is second with four first place votes and 119 points with Apple Valley, Centennial and Hopkins the next three.

The second five is the Rochester Patriots, St. Michael, Maple Grove, New Ulm Gold and Excelsior.

The second ten finds the Rochester Redhawks, Tri City Red, Forest Lake, Stillwater,. Hamline, Lakeville North, No. St. Paul, Wayzata, Sauk Rapids and Eagan.

Others receiving votes include the St. Cloud Chutes, Little Falls, Alexandria, Moorhead and Waite Park.