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Sportsline: Hanson breaks UW-Stout hockey scoring record

Bemidji's Derek Hanson recently became the all-time leading men's hockey scorer at Wisconsin-Stout.

He scored a goal and assist in Stout's 7-3 loss to Middle bury College in Northfield, Vt.

It gave him 129 career points surpassing the former mark of 128 registered by Glen LaChapelle from 1970-73.

He passed LaChapelle with an assist on the first goal at Middlebury.

He has since raised his point total to 133 with 57 goals and 76 assists. He is pacing the team in scoring this year with six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

The Blue Devils, who once played BSU on a regular basis, are 6-5-3 overall, 4-4-1 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and 4-1-1 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

They return to the ice Jan, 8 at Augsburg.

Stout is currently in third place in the NCHA and first in the WIAC.

Stephenson signs

Moorhead High cage star Miki Stephenson has signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at NDSU next season.

The 6-2 pivot becomes the third Spuds cager in three years to sign a Division I pact.

Kelsey Jacobson (2008) is pa sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University while Kassie Hooton (2009) is playing her first year at the University of Detroit.

Jacobson is averaging 7.3 points per game and Hooton 4.0.

After only two games this year, Stephenson is averaging 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.

Coach Jim Kapitan termed Stephenson as "a diamond in the rough who should get progressively better each year in college.."

Softball winners

A Bemidji area senior men's softball team competed last weekend in a Twin Cities Tournament and took first place it its division, emerging with a 4-1 record.,

The meet was staged in the Holy Angels Star Dome.

The 65-over team plans on entering another meet in February.

Anyone wishing to join the group should contact manager Art Glidden at 444-6812 or Gary Port at 751-2424.

Schleuder retires

Macalester College volleyball coach Stephanie Schleuder, a Minnesota-Duluth Hall of Fame member, has retired after 12 years with the Scots and 34 years of college coaching.

She compiled 702 victories at BSU (1972)., Alabama (1974-81), Minnesota (1982-94) and Macalester since 1998.

The number is the most in college history.

Schleuder competed in seven sports at UMD from 1968-72 and was inducted into that school's Hall of Fame in 1991

Drop helps Pequot

The drop from 2A to Class A hockey has proven a major help to the northern Lakes Lightning, a combination of Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus, Crosby-Ironton and Aitkin.

Long a doormat against the larger 2A schools, the Lightning has held its own in the lower group.

The withdrawal of Northland Remer from the combo allowed total enrollment to drop under the 2A mark,.

In its first season last year, the Lightning finished 18-5-3 before bowing to St. Cloud Cathedral 3-0 in the tournament opener, the only time it was shut out all y ear.

 This year it stands 2-2 after wins over Walker and Wadena.

The extended football seasons for Crosby and Pequot set back the team's early progress.

Increased numbers in the Squirts and Pee Wee Programs for the combo are brightening the team's future hopes.

Trefz starring

Former Bagley High star Devin Trafz is a leading outside hitter on the North Dakota volleyball team this year, her second on the squad.

This fall she led the team with 368 kills and had 36 aces and 128 digs plus 17 solo blocks and 37 assists.

UND won the Great West regular season and playoff titles this year.

New team sought

The Northwoods Baseball League is adding Wisconsin Rapids to the circuit.

Pending agreement from that city's city council, the league plans to announced the Rapids as its 16th team using the city's Wittwer Field.

It will become the sixth Wisconsin team in the league. Minnesota has six in Alexandria, St. Cloud, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato and Brainerd.

Other teams are located in Iowa, Michigan and Ontario.

Edmond signs

Dexter Edmond, one-time Oak Hills Christian cage star, has signed a professional basketball contract to play for the Woodland Panthers of the Texas Professional Basketball League.

He was the first player selected after two days of tryouts. The League starts play Jan. 8 with Woodland facing Houston.

Polls and standings

Roseau tops the Mariucci Conference hockey standings at 3-0 followed by Moorhead, Bemidji, East Grand Forks, Thief River, Warroad and Crookston.

Crookston and Bemidji pace the Greater Minnesota girls conference with eight points with East Side, Warroad and Roseau showing six, Thief River and Moorhead two and LOW and Detroit Lakes none.

In the state hockey polls, Eden Prairie and St. Thomas lead the boys divisions with Duluth East 12, Roseau 13 and Moorhead 15 in the 2A ranks and Warroad third, Hermantown fourth, Virginia-MIB sixth, Thief River seventh, Alexandria ninth and International Falls 14.

In the girls rankings, Roseville and Warroad are the division leaders.

In 2A, Roseau is seventh and Bemidji 15.

In single-A, Crookston is sixth and EGF seventh.