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Hueschle named Track Athlete of the Year

Bagley sophomore Analisa Hueschle has been honored by being named the Gatorade Minnesota Girls Track Athlete of the Year.

She is the first ever selected from Bagley.

She becomes a finalist for the Gatorade national Athlete of the Year. The award is made not only for athletic but academic excellence and character traits.

Hueschle led the Flyers to the state Class A title this spring breaking state records in the 200, triple jump and long jump. She scored 36 of Bagley's title winning 47 points.

She holds a 3.89 gpa and is an active member of her church community.

The name Riewer has been synonymous with winning baseball for 50 years in the area dating back to Jerry Riewer's days at Bagley High and BSU.

He went on to coach base all and cross country at Staples High for more than three decades.

One of his top products was his son John, an outstanding basketball star as well as a baseball standout.

Now 44, John went on to coach at Dassel-Cokato for two decades before returning to his home town to take over the baseball coaching post in 2006 while teaching at Pine River.

John holds the state amateur baseball record of playing in 29 consecutive state tournaments either with Dassel or by being drafted by another team in the region.

That figure matches the 29 yeas he has played amateur ball.

His son Jordan is one of the area's top basketball prospects in addition to starring on the diamond.

His son-in-law Derek Owen in a 10-year player and former manager of the Brainerd Braves.

He was successful in recruiting his father-in-law to join the Braves this summer, bringing Jordan along with him to present a potent triumvirate on the Victory League team.

Jordan, playing his first season of amateur ball, has seen limited playing time due to conflicts with AAU basketball commitments.

The Braves carried a 6-5 record into the holiday weekend.

John Riewer pitches, plays first base and serves as a designated hitter on the team.

After a long, successful career as Grand Rapids volleyball coach, Beth Joki stepped down after last season to follow the careers of her two daughters at UND and NDSU.

The Rapids has announced the appointment of former Hill City football and girls basketball coach Bryan Fideldy as her successor.

Fideldy was a junior high volleyball coach and eight year head coach at Sibley before moving to Hill City. He has been working with Joki during the summer volleyball program to familiarize himself with his new players. His first goal is to take the Thunderhawks to the state tournament next fall.

The Bemidji VFW baseball team will stage its annual fund raiser Wednesday when it holds a walleye feed at the American Legion Club from 4:630.

Players will servers as waiters for the event.

Cost is $10 for one fillet or $13 for two. All proceeds will go toward underwriting the finances of this year's VFW team.

Make checks payable to VFW Baseball. They will be available at the door.

The American Legion baseball team holds its annual steak/shrimp fundraiser July 20 from 5-7 at the Legion Club.

Tickets will sell for $12 and will be available at the door as well.

Legion players will be the servers with all proceeds going to support the Legion baseball program this summer.

Applications are now open for the Bemidji Junior Open tennis tournament Aug. 1-2.

Competition will be in singles an doubles in four age divisions for boys and girls, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under and18-under.

Players are limited to two events, one singles and one doubles.

Play will take place on both the high school and Middle School courts.

The entry fees are $15 for one event and $25 for two. The entry deadline is July 29.

Last year's event drew a record 161 entrants from as far away as Virginia Beach, Va.

All Bemidji High School tennis players are expected to take part in the meet.

Entries may be sent to Director Scott Engelstad, 406 Meadow Court NE, Bemidji 56601. Checks should be made payable to Scott Engelstad.

All proceeds go to the Bemidji High boys and girls tennis programs.

The 7th annual Don Fairchild Memorial Scholarship golf tournament will be held Aug. 31 at the Long Bow Golf Course at Walker.

Registration will take place at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon.

Four man teams will be participating in a Texas Scramble with no handicaps. The registration includes a subway lunch golf cart, green fees and grilled steak dinner.

Several sponsorship opportunities are available at $180 each.

The Fairchild Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up to support young adults previously in residence at the Northwest Minnesota Juvenile Training Center wishing to pursue post-secondary education.

Fairchild was a teacher at the center from 1981-2001.

Last year the meet raised $11,000 for the fund with that amount of scholarships awarded to youth the past year.

The two year old Walker Area Community Center in financial difficulties.

Despite hosting numerous events, the Center lost money in its first year of operation and cleared only $11,600 in its second, far less than needed to pay off the debt on the building.

The annual payments on the mortgage are estimated at $100,000.

A number of unexpected increased costs during construction took their toll on the project.

The Center is operating short staffed and has hired a consultant to devise ways to increase revenues.

A new fund raising campaign is planned and a local sales tax discussed to provide additional funding.

Like other such buildings in the area, it suffers from lack of a large population base plus competition from four nearby Casino's with far greater funding available to draw top attractions.

Bemidji brothers Bob and Andy Brink combined to win their first Tianna Two-Man Best Ball golf championship last week taking a playoff from John Larson and Cameron White after both ended with a seven under par 101.

The Brinks, now Twin Cities residents, birdied the final five holes of regulation play to earn the playoff.

Jon and Joe Sauer took third at 102.

The father-son combinations of Bruce and Russ Simenson of Bemidji and Bill and Zach Israelson of Staples tied for eighth place at 104.

The meet drew 73 teams in total.

Eden Prairie maintained its lead in the weekly American Legion baseball poll but saw its margin shrink to one point over perennial state power Apple Valley.

The leaders drew seven first place votes and 124 points to five first place votes and 123 points for the runner up.

Burnsville is a close third with three first place votes and120 points.

Centennial and Hopkins round out the top five.

The second five are the Rochester Patriots, Hamline Purple, New Ulm Gold, Rochester Redhawks and St. Michael.

The second ten find Excelsior, No. St. Paul. ,Maple Grove, Anoka, Lakeville North, Stillwater, Oakdale, Eastview, Forest Lake and the Tri City Red.

Others drawing votes were Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud Chutes, Little Falls and Grand Rapids.