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Sportsline: Schmoker night highlights Tuesday's wrestling match

Tuesday's opening wrestling match of the year will be highlighted by the local induction ceremony of Ken Schmoker into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The statewide induction ceremony will be held at Owatonna in April.

Former Jacks wrestlers and coaches are expected to come from as far away as Alaska for the induction honoring a man who guided the Jacks matmen for 19 seasons producing three state champs and dominating the district and region meets.

A social hour is planned for 5;30 in the Commons. The induction will precede the varsity match.

It will also be Parents Night for the team.

Bye bye Barney

A retirement party for Coach Denis "Barney" Bartz will be held Dec. 18 from 6-9 p.m. at the Keg & Cork in Bemidji.

Bartz will officially retire from the Bemidji school district Dec. 22 after three decades of teaching and coaching, much of it at Northern School.

He has coached cross country for 28 seasons swapping the head post with his long-time assistant Ryan Aylesworth in the fall of 2008.

He coached girls track for three decades beginning the team with a single runner, Sue Bonovich, the first year.

He also was boys swim coach for several seasons.

His wife also retires this month from the Cass Lake school district. The pair plans to continue to make their home in Bemidji but travel to spend more time with their children.

Final fall banquets

The Bemidji High football Awards Night banquet will be held tonight at 5 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church Parish Hall on South Highway 71.

Members of the Jacks varsity, B and C Teams will be special guests.

The varsity reached the state meet for the first time since 2000 this fall and ended 6-6, its best record in eight years.

The girls swim banquet will be held next Sunday in the Crying Wolf Room of the Hobson Union on the BSU campus.

Featured guests will be the members of the varsity and JV swim teams who competed this fall, sending three individuals and two relay teams to the state meet and scoring seven points.

This will be the seventh and final fall event of the year.

Hockey switch

Thursday's boys hockey game with Moorhead has been switched from Nymore Gardens to BSU with the JV game starting at 5:15 and the varsity attraction at 7:30.

The change was made in hopes of attracting a better crowd for the key Section 8AA contest.

Girls cage poll

Bemidji is ranked 10 in Class 3A in the initial girls basketball poll. Alexandria is rated seventh.

East Grand Forks is seventh in 2A while Bigfork is fourth, RLCC seventh and Bertha-Hewitt 10 in Class A. No northern schools made the 4A rankings.

Those are compiled weekly by the Minnesota Basketball News which lists Bemidji's Kayla Hirt as among the top five centers in the state. Angela Christianson of Alex is among the top five guards

Others ranked among the top 100 players include centers Mariah Monke of Fergus Falls, Miki Stephenson of Moorhead and Kate Warmack of EGF, and guards Macie Dorow of Duluth East, Chelsea Freydenlund of EGF and Courtney Lynch of Apollo.

State volleyball

The All-State Tournament volleyball team, selected by the High School Volleyball Coaches Association, lists a number of area performers.

In Class A, they include Ashley Feldman of Baudette, Courtney Ysker Of Deer River and Sari Noga of Parkers Prairie. Maggie Lindow of Nevis drew honorable mention

In Class 2A, Courtney Volkman of Wadena, Molly Kreklow of Hibbing and Kelsey Chambers of Jordan were first team picks

Noga and Chambers are daughters of ex-BHS and BSU stars John Noga and Lance Cambers who grew up as next door neighbors on Beltrami Avenue.

Grid stars

A number of Lumberjacks opponents this fall were named to the St. Cloud Area's All Area football team.

On offense, Cole Jenkins, Josh Kremer, Rob Voshell and kicker Cole Karsky were picked along with Eric Loxtekamp of Rocori and Garrett Berg of Tech.

On defense, Tony Schmitz and Sean Tillman of Sartell and Kellen Euerly of Tech were selected.

Voshell was named Player of the Year

Vikings boost

Bemidji's Sam Weaver had nine points and Ryan Telander six as the Itasca CC Vikings won over the St. Cloud Tech Cyclones in its home opener. Walker's Derek Parks led the way with 14.

Benson out

Jon Benson has stepped down as football coach at St. Cloud Apollo after compiling a 9-45 record going 0-9 this year.

The ACGC and Southwest State grad will continue to teach the sixth grade.

The Eagles have struggled on the gridiron since opening in 1970 and have had only five winning years since 1977. They have won the CLC title just once.

Snappy Park

Detroit Lakes' Snappy Park has been expanded from six to nine softball fields with lights added to one of the existing six..

The city of Detroit Lakes aided the project designed for the use of the DL softball leagues.

But Little League baseball will use the three new diamonds during day light hours.

The fields were built in the city owned industrial park.

They are measured for both Little League and fast pitch softball and will be used by the high school varsity and junior varsity teams in the spring.

Cost of the project was $100,000 which includes fencing Agra lime, turf, equipment and lighting.

State polls

Hopkins, Benilde, Plainview and MACCRAY top the four divisions in the weekly boys basketball poll. St Cloud Tech is ninth in 4A, Apollo fifth and Grand Rapids eighth in 3A, Crosby, Staples and Pequot Lakes 3-4-5 in 2A and Sebeka Chisholm and Cass Lake 4-6-7 in A.

In girls basketball, Lakeville North, Benilde, Roosevelt and Barnum top the four divisions.,

Alexandria is seventh and Bemidji ninth in 3A, East Grand Forks seventh in 2A and Bigfork fourth in A.

In boys hockey, Breck and Eden Prairie top the A and AA polls. Warroad, Hermantown, St. Cloud Cathedral and Alexandria 2-4-6-7 and Hibbing, Thief River, Virginia and Duluth Marshall 10-11-13-15.

In AA, Duluth East is eighth and Moorhead 13.

In girls hockey, Warroad and Roseville are the A and AA leaders. Crookston, East Grand and Fergus Falls are 6-7-8 in A and Roseau. Grand Rapids and PHM 12-13-15 in AA.