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Sportsline: Fosston's Bagaason completes fine basketball career at UND

Kayla Bagaason, the onetime Fosston High star cager, recently completed her outstanding career at North Dakota University, topping the 1,000 point mark and serving as team captain this winter.

She was named Player of the Year in the Great West Conference which UND won this winter and finished second in the playoffs.

Bagaason, daughter of long-time Clearbrook-Gonvick cage coach Mark Bagaason, a one- time BSU star, also starred in volleyball at Fosston during that school's glory days in the early century.

Bagaason averaged 14.2 points this winter, made 158 field goals, 80 treys and posted a 39.6 three point field goal percentage, all team firsts.

She reached double figures 25 times including six 20-point games. She also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists and shot 81.1 percent from the free throw line.

She became the 28th UND player to top 1,000 points and ranks 21 on the all time scoring list with 1,107 career points.

Goldberg honored

Bemidji's Pete Goldberg was honored by Macalester College as its Junior Male Athlete of the Year at the Scots annual Awards banquet.

A three-year starter in the offensive line, Goldberg enjoyed his best season at left tackle this fall selected as Macalester's Offensive Co-Most Valuable Player who aided the Scots to average 136 yards per game rushing and 178 yards passing.

He graded out as the top offensive lineman for all 10 games and led the team with just under 50 pancake blocks.

Section 8A shrinks

Northwestern Minnesota continues to shrink athletically.

The former District 32 once fielded 17 teams into the 1960's before consolidation began taking effect.

Now Goodridge and Grygla-Gatzke are set to co-op in boys' basketball, one of two sports in which they still compete separately.

The move comes after Goodridge had just 13 players in Grades 8-12 this winter, the least in Section 8A.

Its enrollment of 44 students is the smallest in the section. Goodridge-Grygla's 65 is third smallest. Combined they will still be 15th.

The pair has been combined for all but boys' basketball and track in recent years.

The old District 32, which comprises the major part of 8A, once fielded teams at Humboldt-St. Vincent, Lake Bronson and Lancaster which became Kittson County North.

Hallock and Kennedy combined into Kittson County Central.

Then those two units combined into a single program.

Karlstad, Newfolden and Strandquist were once separate, now competing as Northern Freeze,

Badger, Greenbush and Middle River are now joined as BGMR. Williams combined with Baudette as LOW.

Only the larger Warroad and Roseau remain single units leaving the former district with just six athletic programs.

Hall of Fame tix

Tickets for the May 17 Bemidji Hall of Fame banquet are on sale for $12 at the athletic office at the high school.

Five new members, one coach and four players, will be added to the Hall that night, swelling the ranks to 65.

Also to be honored are the male and female athletes of the year and the Lumberjack Award winner.

BYL signups

Signups for BYL day league baseball will close May 15 at Play It Again Sports in the Wal-Mart Mall.

Cost of the program will remain $ 40 until May 18 when it will rise to $60.

The day leagues, which were taken over by the BYL when the Bemidji City Recreation program was ended in recent years, provide T-Ball in 5 and 6 year old leagues, Pony League play for 7-8 year olds in two leagues and minor league ball for 9-11 year olds in a single circuit.

The program will start June 7.

Further information on the program may be obtained from the BYL website

Legion, VFW play

Tryouts for American Legion and VFW baseball will be held May 23 at 12:30 at the BSU diamond with Intact League tryouts to follow at 3:30.

Mike Fogelson will return as Legion coach and Brad Johnson will again handle the VFW.

Both will face a 25-40 game schedule this summer.

All players born after Jan. 1 1991 are eligible for Legion play.

Players who are 16 or younger June 1 are eligible for the VFW.

The Intact League will be for players 13 through 15 as usual but will include players who played the past three summers on the three all-star teams for those ages that will not compete separately this year due to lack of pull tab funding.

There will be limited all star play at all three levels with teams selected from the Intact League players similar to the BYL 10-11-12 year old all-star play.

Coaches step down

Veteran Warroad girls cage coach Dick Merriman has resigned after 30 seasons at the helm.

He coached the girls for all but one season when he guided the Warroad boys. His youngest daughter will graduate this spring.

St. Cloud Apollo is seeking a new girls' cage coach after the resignation of Mike Myers-Schleif after five seasons.

The coach is expecting his first child in October which is the cause of his stepping down.

He leaves with a 55-78 record including 36-54 in the CLC

Apollo was 9-18 and 4-14 this winter.

Numbers kill RLCC

Low numbers in the RLCC softball program have forced the co-op to drop to a JV team this year.

Only four girls in Grades 9-12 reported for play this spring.

Coach Jim Baron looks for the team to return to a varsity status in 2011 or 2012 with more players coming up from the junior high levels.

Home run barrage

Warroad sluggers banged out seven home runs as the Warriors demolished Crookston 20-2 and 21-11 in a double header last week. Matt Myrick had one in each game.

Softball change

A long overdue change in softball rules will take effect in Minnesota next spring when the state will conform to a national Federation of High School Associations rule increasing the pitching distance from 40 to 43 feet.

The move is taken to lessen the dominance of pitching in the sport and contribute to injecting more offense.

Players of the Year

Guards Mike Johnson and Eric Stark have been named Co-MVP of the Grand Rapids boys' basketball team this winter.

They were earlier named to share the same honor as Iron Range Players of the Year.

They guided the Hawks to a school record 29-3 mark and the state 3A title game, beating the second and third seeded teams to reach the final where they pushed top seeded St. Paul Johnson to the limit before bowing 59-55.

Johnson will play college ball at the University of Mary in the NSIC.

Stark will walk on at Minnesota next fall, following in the footsteps of former Hawk Dusty Rychart who went on to stardom with the Gophers and is still playing professionally in Australia.