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Nordquist steps down as Broncos football coach

International Falls High School football coach Stuart Nordquist has stepped down after 34 seasons at the helm.

Nordquist, 65, is leaving the position because of an injured back he hurt last season.

He has been with the Broncos since 1974, except for a two year break in 2000-2001, and is eighth in career wins among Minnesota football coaches with 175.

He is a member of the Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The school has posted the position and will take applications through Tuesday. It begins practice tomorrow with drills to be handled by members of last year's grid staff.

History maker

Amy Anderson, the Oxbow, N.D. teenager who won the 2008 Birchmont women's title, made history at the Pine to Palm at Detroit Lakes this week when she became the first female player in the meet's long history to ever qualify for the men's championship.

The PTP does not have a women's division.

Anderson, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur title this summer, fired rounds of 71-73---144 to tie for 25th in the 64 player field.

She won her first two matches, stopping Peter Krier 2-1 and Wade Walters 3-1 to reach Saturday's round of 16. She faced two matches that day and two more today should she reach the final.

Resorters golf

Jim Lehman Jr. of Plymouth became the second of three brothers to capture the Resorters Golf title at Alexandria when he defeated Will Harris of Alexandria 5-4 in the title match.

The oldest of the three brothers, he joined his more noted brother Tom who took the 1980 crown over Bemidji's Bill Israelson 3-2 in the final.

In 1979, Tom Lehman won the Vandersluis Memorial title at Bemidji. He has been a standout pro for the past three decades.

Youngest brother Mike made it to the final twice in 1990 and1996 but failed to win.

Maggie Leland of Alex won her second women's title. The upcoming Alexandria High School senior took her first crown in 2007.

Stefan Freeman of St. Cloud took the Executive crown and Jon Empanger of Chaska the Senior championship.

Courage North golf

Golfers are invited to register for the 18th annual Courage North Open golf tournament. It will be held at the Bemidji Town & Country Club Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Registration will open at 10:30 a.m. with the shotgun scramble teeing off at 12:30. Handicaps will be assigned by the BTCC professionals.

The entry fee of $100 includes both green fees and a buffet dinner.

Money raised from this tournament benefits area children and adults with physical disabilities and impairments who attend Courage North, a camp located on Lake George. This camping program, operated by the non-profit Courage Center, provides rehabilitation, enrichment, living skills and educational opportunities for those attending.

Further information or registration forms are available at Dondelinger's (751-1220), the BTCC (751-9215) or the Paul Bunyan Broadcasting studios at 5th and Beltrami.

Fall sports dates

The start of BHS fall sports practice for eight teams begins tomorrow.

The football, girls swimming, volleyball and tennis and boys and girls soccer and cross country teams will all start training.

All players must have proof of a physical on file at the activities office plus the parent permit/eligibility form and insurance waiver and paid their activities fee set at $70 for grades 9-12.

No athlete will be permitted to practice or receive equipment until all forms and fees have been returned.

Physicals are required each three years. The forms are required once each school year.

Any athlete who failed to attend last Wednesday's mandatory Parent/Athlete meeting on chemical awareness at the auditorium must attend the makeup session tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. in the Lumberjack room. Failure to do so will preclude any athlete from competing this fall.

Boys soccer opens

Boys soccer tryouts will be held at the high school practice field this week from 8-11;30 Monday through Thursday and 8-12 Friday.

Teams will be selected following the Friday drills. and a team barbecue held to cap the week.

The Varsity-Alumni game is set for Saturday morning at 10 at the Middle School field.

Beginning Aug. 24, practice will take place from 4 -6.

MS sports dates

Opening dates for Middle School fall practices have been announced by Athletic Director Troy Hendricks.

The Player/Parent meeting and equipment checkout for 7-8 grade football will be held Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Middle School gymnasium with a grid camp to be held at the BHS practice field Aug. 25-.27 from 2:30-4:00 .

All candidates must have paid their $50 activities fee, returned their eligibility forms to the MS office and taken their physical needed every three years.

Cost of the Clinic is $10 which includes a T-shirt. Checks should be made payable to the Football Booster Club and sent to Bemidji Youth (7-8) Football Camp, Bemidji High School, 3300 Gillett Drive NW.

Sixth grade football information will be provided to students the first week of school.

Tennis will begin Aug. 24 and run from 10-11 a.m. the first week, then shift to 3:30-5:00.

The 7-8 grade volleyball drills will begin Aug. 31 at 3:35 p.m.

Sixth grade volleyball will start Oct .26 after school.

Girls swim practice opens Sept. 9 after school with the first week's drills held at the high school pool.

Boys and girls cross country opens Sept. 9 after school.

Boys and girls soccer will hold a Player/Parent meeting Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. in the MS cafeteria to announce plans for the fall season. Fall sports photos will be taken Sept. 18.

Jacks fan buses

The Bemidji High School Football Boosters Club is sponsoring fan buses to all away games this fall. These will be chartered motor coaches filled on a first come first served basis departing and returning to BHS.

The first trip will be to Willmar Sept. 4 for the season opener, It will depart at 2:45 an costs $20 for adults and $16 for students. The reservation deadline is Aug. 31.

Buses area also being planned for Alexandria, Fergus Falls and Moorhead.To reserve seats, contact Todd Richardson at 444-5379.

New Hawks coach

Long time Grand Rapids boys soccer assistant Emmet Stemwedel has taken over the reins of the Thunderhawks girls soccer team.

The first year head coach has been involved in the sport for 19 seasons at various levels. He became boys assistant six years ago when he first moved to the community .

Apollo changes

St. Cloud Apollo has filled two coaching positions and hopes to fill a third shortly.

Pete Matanich has taken over the boys hockey program and Robert Hoekstra is the new boys soccer coach.

Matanich, a 1997 Apollo graduate, succeeds Kris Dougherty who left to become varsity girls hockey coach at Fargo North. Matanich has been boys assistant hockey coach for nine seasons at St. Cloud Tech.

Hoekstra, a computer science teacher at Big Lake Middle School replaces Alexander Martinez who retired.

Tech has hired Neil Andrushak as its boys hockey coach.

Apollo is still seeking a new boys swimming coach.