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Sportsline: Future of St. Cloud gridiron uncertain

The future of St. Cloud Tech's ancient Clark Field is under consideration by the school board.

The venerable gridiron was a WPA project, built in1942,

It is part of a study by the district's faculties study committee with Tech High School, built in 1917 also in need of replacement.

Like BSU's Chet Anderson Stadium, the plumbing no longer functions at Clark, the bleachers are decaying and the locker rooms are far too small. End zone streets are cordoned off during games to protect cars from being struck by extra point kicks.

The seating extends almost to the sidelines protected by foam rubber padding to keep players from being injured.

Estimated costs of upgrading the field run in the $3 million range.

Plans are being considered to build a new high school south of the present downtown facility which would have ample room for a new football stadium.

Should Clark be closed, the Tigers would likely move their home games to St. Cloud State.

Riders win again

Grand Forks Red River captured its 12th straight North Dakota boys high school tennis title with a convincing 5-0 win over Fargo South in the title match. It extended the Roughriders' string of unbeaten matches to 134 dating back to 2000.

The Riders took the East Region title from South 4-1 a week earlier.

It won all five matches in the state final in straight sets.

Truedson a Gopher

Bemidji's Erik Truedson is continuing his cross country career this fall with the Minnesota Gophers.

He finished 23rd in a field of 230 runners in the maroon division of the Roy Griak Invitational over an 8-kilometer route.

In the Twin Cities 5k race, Truedson was sixth out of 1,989 runners in 15:50.

Truedson was a five-year runner fo r Bemidji High. His sisters Kim and Jenna are starters on the BHS girls varsity this year.

BHL signups

The Bemidji Hockey League is seeking to expand from four to six teams this winter.

Both men and women skaters, age 23 or older, are eligible to play in the amateur league. Players at all talent levels are welcome.

Players may pick up application forms and register at Corner Bar, Slim's and Play It Again Sports.

For further information call John Mackenroth at 444-4775 or 270-0151 or use the team's Web site at

Trail grooming

The weekly cross country trail grooming project will take place next Saturday at the Montebello Trails between the city arena and Middle School.

Bob Montebello will be the trail steward for the day.

He may be reached at 444-8668.

Work will begin at 9 a.m. for three hours of brush removal and clearing to enable the trails to be groomed for the winter ski season.

It is done annually by the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club both to keep the trails operable and earn state Grant-in-Aid funds for club projects.

The final project will be Oct. 24 at the Bemidji High School trail.

8A tennis opens

The Minnesota Section 8A high school girls tennis tournament will open Monday at the Grand Forks Tennis Center.

First-round pairings match No. 2 Crookston against No. 7 Perham at 8, No. 3 East Grand Forks against No. 6 New York Mills at 9:30, No.. 4 Thief River Falls against No. 5 Park Rapids at 11 while top seeded Roseau battles No. 8 Wadena at 12:30.

The semifinals and final will follow.

Wadena is the only new addition to the section swelling the ranks to eight. Roseau is defending champion, topping Crookston 5-2 in last year's final.

The 8AA team event will be played Tuesday at the same site.

State polls

Wayzata, Mankato East, Glencoe, Caledonia New Ulm Cathedral and Kittson County Central are the football division leaders.

No northern teams made the 5A rankings. Sartell is fifth in 4A with Staples sixth and Pequot Lakes 10th in 3A.

Hawley is second and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton sixth in 2A with Fosston second and Barnesville seventh in A.

In nine-man, Ada is fourth, Stephen/Argyle fifth, Mountain Iron-Buhl eighth, Cherry ninth and Goodridge/Grygla 10th.

In volleyball, Shakopee, Jackson County West and Bethlehem Academy are the three division leaders.

Bemidji is 12th, Moorhead 15th and Alexandria 19th in 3A, Hibbing ninth in 2A while Deer River is fifth, Baudette sixth and Northern Freeze seventh in single A.

Apple Valley and Totino Grace top the boys soccer rankings. St. Cloud Cathedral is fourth and Duluth Marshall ninth in Class A.

In girls soccer, Woodbury and Benilde are the division toppers with East Grand Forks ninth in Class A.

Edina and Mounds Park Academy lead the state tennis standings Hibbing is ninth in AA. Staples is third and Roseau 10 in Class A.

The cross country rankings find Eden Prairie and Perham the 2A and A leaders in both the boys and girls divisions.

Moorhead is sixth and Alexandria 12th in 2A and St. Cloud Cathedral fifth in A in the boys division.

Moorhead is 10th in 2A and St. Cloud Cathedral fourth and Park Rapids fifth in Class A.

Jamie Piepenburg of Alexandra Maddie McClellan of Perham still top the girls individual standings.

In swimming, Stillwater and Sartell are the state AA and A division leaders. Fergus Falls is ninth in Class A.