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Wadena pitcher has a fabulous weekend

Local baseball fans remember Jordan Wohlwend as the losing hurler in the Rosco Invitational contest with Bemidji's Mudcats last month.

But Wohlwend made history last weekend for the Wadena Shockers.

On Friday night, he stole six bases in a single game including a theft of home.

Two days later he topped that mark pitching a perfect game in a 14-0 Shocker victory over the Perham Pirates.

It was the first ever recalled by most Hi 10 League fans.

Softball change

A major rules change is on the way for fast pitch soft ball in the high school ranks.

The National Federation of State High School Associations has announced the extension of the pitching distance in the sport from 40 to 43 feet beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

The move was made to try to inject more offense into the sport which traditionally has been dominated by pitching.

While some view the change as minimal, other coaches view it as a major adjustment for both pitchers and batters.

West Fargo's coach Pat Johnson, whose team captured the first state sanctioned tournament title last spring after 11 straight state club championships, said "it changes the way you pitch a game and the way you approach hitting and defense. Now a lot of pitchers aren't really going to throw it by you."

The change has been hotly debated for a decade. Many colleges and summer programs across the country have already switched to the longer distance with proponents feeling that pitchers will quickly adjust to the difference with no loss of efficiency.

They see it making the game more interesting instead of being mainly a pitcher's duel.,

Another step forward, as yet unproposed, could be extending the base lines to 70 feet

Sports physicals

All Bemidji High and Middle School students who plan on participating in sports activities during the year are required to have a sports physical.

The physicals are good for three years. Those needing physicals this year are advised to schedule them well in advance of the start of practice in August due to the heavy volume of players taking them.

Waiting until August does not guarantee anyone of taking them in time to begin practice.

Fall sports dates

The starting dates for fall practice have been announced by Activities Director Harvey Crable.

All eight Lumberjacks fall teams plus cheerleading will begin August 17.

Included are football, boys ands girls cross country and soccer and girls swimming, tennis and volleyball.

All athletes must have passed a physical and have the form filed at the AD's office.

They must have filed a parent permit/eligibility form required once each school year.

They must have an athletic insurance waiver form on file also required once each school year.

They must have paid the activities fee set at $70 for 9-12 grades.

The fees and forms may also be turned in at the mandatory Parent/Athlete Sportsmanship and Chemical Awareness meeting Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.

All athletes and their parent or guardian are required to attend

The makeup meeting will be held Aug. 17 at 6 a.m. in the Lumberjack Room.

No athlete will be permitted to begin practice or draw equipment unless all forms and fees have been returned to the Activities Office.

The office is open from 7-4:30 Monday through Friday to pick up the needed forms.

For further information call 444-1600-3316.

Legion feed

The Bemidji American Legion baseball team will stage its annual fundraiser tomorrow night when it holds a steak-shrimp dinner at the Legion Club from 5-7 p.m.

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

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

Wind leads champs

Cass Lake's Martin Wind led the Native Hoops basketball team to the championship of the Love of the Game high school tournament at Muskogee, Okla.

The team defeated Cheyenne/Arapaho 69-58 in the title game its seventh win in eight games.

Wind hit 17 points in the title game.

Earlier he won the 3-point shooting contest and was named the meet's Outstanding Offensive Player.

He will next play with Team Minnesota in the US Junior Olympic Nationals at Champaign, Ill. July 26-Aug. 4.

Tech mat coach

Bob Boeck has been appointed as the new St. Cloud Tech wrestling coach.

The Apollo assistant brings 30 years of experience to the Tigers program.

He is no stranger to that school having served as assistant there from 2000-03. He replaces Dave Schorn whose contract was not renewed.

He takes over a team that went 5-4 in the Central Lakes Conference this winter after going 1-26 the previous three seasons.

Boeck has been a head coach at Apollo, Rocori and St. Cloud State and assistant at NDSU,, UMD and Duluth Marshall, Rocori, Tech and Apollo.

He is a Fergus Falls High School graduate who continued his career at Fergus Community College and UMD.

Dragons coach out

Moorhead State is also seeking a new wrestling coach after the unexpected resignation of six-year mentor Keenan Spiess.

 Moorhead posted a 68-43 record with two NSIC titles during his tenure.

He stepped down stating he "didn't want to coach the rest of my life."

He plans to work in house restoration and building.

Legion baseball

Napoleon, Ohio captured the title of the 48-team Gopher Classic with an 8-3 win over Elk River, Ill. In the final.

Grand Rapids went 4-1 at the meet. losing only to pool champion Excelsior. Detroit Lakes was 3-2 in that pool beating Excelsior 8-0.

Alexandria finished 0-5, losing 5-2 to Grand Rapids, 4-2 to DL an d 7-6 to Excelsior.

Bemidji was 1-4 in a separate pool won by Kenosha, Wis.