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Sportsline: Kangas retires at Perham

Veteran Perham High football coach Howie Kangas has called it quits after 18 seasons. He will continue to teach at Perham.

He leaves with 119 victories, the most by any grid coach in Perham High history, and played for the section championship the past five years. The Yellowjackets have had 11 straight winning seasons.

His teams reached the state semifinals in 1997 and 2007.

Kangas was a master of changing his coaching philosophy to suit the talents of his players.

The likeable Kangas is a well known figure at Bemidji where he has officiated boys and girls basketball games for many years.

Jacks open drills

The seventh and eighth Bemidji High winter sports teams launch their pre-season practice tomorrow when the boys cage team and wrestling squad open drills.

Jeff Brown returns to begin his eighth year heading the boys cagers with former girls head coach Tim Mayclin joining him this winter succeeding Jim Walker who retired.

He will face a major rebuilding season with only three letter winners back from last year with the graduates including three players who have moved into junior college cage play.

The cagers start two-a-day drills Monday at 6:15 am., and will continue for the first three days. Early signups show 66 candidates, the highest in many years, which will be reduced by 20 or more before the three teams are selected.

The wrestlers will start under a new head Coach, former Lumberjacks wrestler and assistant coach Rance Bahr. Bahr becomes the sixth former Jacks matman to take charge of the program. He succeeds the fifth, Rob Whelan, who stepped down following his third season last winter.

Yet to start drills is the swim team which opens next Monday.

College signees

Grand Rapids High School star Mike Johnson has signed an early letter of intent to play his college basketball at the University of Mary in the NSIC.

The senior guard will be trying to lead the Thunderhawks to their third straight state tournament berth this winter.

Brainerd's multi sport athlete Kyle Crocker has signed a Division I letter of intent to play baseball for Minnesota University in 2011.

Crocker is one of the top stars on the Brainerd football team that played in the state semifinals this weekend.

His signing fulfilled a childhood dream of playing baseball for the Gophers.

Crocker hit .451 last spring with three home runs and 15 RBI. He also went 8-2 on the mound with a 2.04 ERA and 37 strikeouts and just six walks in 48 innings.

The Gophers project him as a second baseman or outfielder.

Riewer signs pact

Staples-Motley cage star Jordan Riewer has signed to play his college ball at Jamestown College.

Riewer, who will start his fourth season at Staples., is one of four stators returning along with two key reserves to make the Cardinals the pre-season favorite for the 8-2A title. He scored 569 points last year, averaging 19.6 per game.

He also hopes to play baseball for the NAIA school.

He is the grandson of onetime BSU star and long-time Staples baseball and cross country coach Jerry Riewer.

Nevis volleyball star Maggie Lindow will enroll at Southwest State next fall for her college career.

She led the Tigers to their first ever state tournament this fall where they won the consolation title. She earned All State honors as both a junior and senior and topped the 1,000 kills mark this season.

Roughriders win

The Grand Forks Red River Roughriders, a team that fell to Bemidji,. 3-2 this winter, captured the North Dakota East region volleyball title 3-1 over Fargo South. Red River was the top seed and South the No. 3 seed in the tournament.

Curling notes

Bemidji's 2006 Olympic medalist Pete Fenson rink won the Duluth Cashspiel curling title with a 4-3 win over 2008 fellow Olympic medalist Craig Brown of Madison, Wis,

Curling with Fenson were Shawn Rojeski of Chisholm and Bemidji's Joe Polo with 2008 world junior champion Anders Brorson of Duluth as lead.

Golden Gloves

The Leech Lake Boxing Club will stage a Golden Gloves card Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Cass Lake High School gymnasium.

There will be 14 bouts with boxers from Duluth, Wisconsin, Red Lake, White Bear Lake, White Earth , St. Cloud and the Leech Lake Boxing Club.

Leech Lake boxers will include J.R. Robinson, Michael Reyes, Dana Canty, Nathan Seelye Jr., Damian Thompson, Autumn Harper, Charles and Roman Oothoudt and super heavyweight Nolan Coyle who will make his debut.

Admission is $7 for adults with youth 18 and younger and seniors 62 and older $4.

Doors will open at 6:30.

Coborn honored

Mike Coborn, who scored all three goals in St. Cloud Cathedral's 3-0 semifinal win over Bemidji this season, has been named the St. Cloud Area's boys soccer Player of the Year.

The Russian orphan was adopted and came to this country in 2000 and began playing in the fifth grade with high school level teammates.

He began his Cathedral career as an eighth grader and played five seasons, going to the state meet four times.. He scored 28 points as a freshman and followed with seasons of 40, 39 and 36. He is being pursued by several Division I colleges and is also considering nearby St. John's.

X-Country stars

Three runners well familiar to Bemidji runners have been named to the St. Cloud all-area team,

Heidi Peterson of Sartell was chosen Runner of the Year and joined by teammate Hannah Kellerman and Manon Gammon -Deering of Little Falls

Grid leaders

Final Northern Plains Conference football stats list Mike Dexter of Blackduck the top passer with Cole Young of Bagley fifth and Gabe Grimley of Walker ninth.

Justin Bailey and Kris Skersick of Bagley were fourth and seventh in rushing with Todd Kallroos, Alex Lossing and Lucas Krabbenhoft of Blackduck, Begley's Skersick and Nick Neeland and Brandon Zimmer of Walker among the top receivers.

In the small school division, Fosston's Mark Goss was the scoring leader with 106 points with teammates Steve Lyseng and Jake Juve among the top ten.

Chad Wittner of CLB was third in passing and Goss and Andrew Juve of Fosston third and fifth in rushing. Tyler Trosen and Brett Fredrickson of CLB were fourth and sixth in receiving.

Spuds coach quits

Tom Dooher, who took over the Moorhead cross country program in 1998, stepped down following the state meet completing his12th season at the helm.

When he began, he said it would take 10-12 years to build the program and hit the nail on the head as both boys and girls teams went to the state this year.

In his tenure, either the boys or girls team has qualified for the state each year with both qualifying the same year five times. Lisa Dyer won the state girls title in 2000 and Lukas Gemar claimed the boys crown last year.

He plans to coach girls track this spring but plans to step out of that program at the season's end.

Davies hiring

The newly constructed Fargo Davies high school is seeking its first coaching staff, hoping to fill next fall's program by the end of December.

Principal Jeff Schatz said the school will hire the new staff in phases.

Davies previously hired "lead coaches": in every sport to oversee the early direction of the programs but will play its first varsity schedule next year while still housed at Fargo South. The lead coaches will have the opportunity to apply for the head coaching berths.

The new school will open its doors in the fall of 2011.