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Duane Beck, father of Nebish baseball, dies

Duane Beck, who founded the Nebish youth baseball program in the mid-1960s and maintained it for a more than a decade, died Monday at his Texas home.

The Bowbells, N.D. native taught business at Red Lake High School for more than 30 years and resided in Puposky with his wife and five children.

He created the Nebish team and was a charter member of the Northern Lakes Conference (1965-93), a youth league that included most of the towns in the area.

Nebish, Cass Lake, Solway, Blackduck, Red Lake and the founding Bemidji Braves were the mainstays of that circuit.

His sons Randy and Rod were members of his latter teams before Nebish folded, completing their youth play with the Braves and new Bemidji Bucks

His youngest son Joby, died in a hunting accident while in junior high.

Beck was a staunch supporter of youth sports in the area and Bemidji High school sports where all his children attended school.

A number of his players also played varsity baseball at BHS including both of his older sons. All four boys were also hockey players.

Shot clock added

The North Dakota High School Activities Association has approved the use of shot clocks for Class B basketball.

The move drew generally strong support from coaches who figure it will aid in speeding up the game.

The boys will use a 35-second clock and the girls a 30-second clock.

The Class A boys have used the clock since 1996 and the girls since 2001.

The average cost of the shot clock is $2,600, less if it can be attached to an existing scoreboard or more if standing alone.

Also to be added is the cost of hiring a shot clock operator at games.

Mandatory use of the shot clock will begin in the 2012 season.

The board voted down 10-1 a request to move the Class B golf season from spring to fall and tabled a proposal to reduce the number of wrestling weights from 14 to 12.

It approved dropping the qualifying distance in the Class A discus throw from 118 to 115 feet for the state meet.

Minnesota might be well served by establishing minimum times and distances for qualifying for the state.

Road races

Registration for the July 3 Tutto Benne 10k and Cabin Coffeehouse two-mile runs is now open.

Both will take place as part of the annual Jaycees Water Carnival celebration, starting at 9 a.m. by the two establishments at 3rd and Beltrami.

Advance registration is $20 with a rise to $25 on race day.

They may be left at either Tutto Bene or the Cabin Coffeehouse or mailed to Director Dennis Bartz, 157 Riverside Lane SW, Bemidji.

Forms are available on line at Results of the races will also be available on the website.

All proceeds from the races go toward the Bemidji High cross country program.

The awards ceremony will follow the races on the street in front of the restaurants.

The course will be the same as last year. Medals will go to the first 400 runners to cross the finish line.

Age group awards will not be given but will be maintained to determine placings in each age division in the final results.

Race day registration will open at 7:30. Awards will be given the top male and female finisher in each race and plaques to the largest groups of runners registered. Last year a family, work group and sports group won those three prizes.

Water and Gatorade will be available at the 1, 3 and 5-mile posts.

Hopes are to surpass the 400 runner mark this year.

Rocori record

When Rocori High captured the 2A state baseball title it completed a remarkable stretch of earning awards in all three classes of play.

The Spartans qualified for the Class A tournament three times, winning the 1992 state title.

They were 3A qualifiers in 2006 and 2007, winning the consolation title their second trip.

The 780 student school was dropped to 2A in 2008.

Rocori beat Delano 3-0 to take this year's crown on Blaine Athman's five hitter.

Eden Prairie stopped Burnsville 7-5 to complete a 27-0 season in 3A. Eden Valley-Watkins was the 1A winner 7-4 over Sebeka

Brainerd beat Armstrong and Mayo to take the 3A consolation title after a 6-5 loss to Burnsville in the quarterfinals.

Fergus Falls lost its 2A opener to LaCrescent 9-8 but beat Fairmont 1-0 in the consolation semifinals before the fifth place game was cancelled by rain. Cloquet went 0-2.

In Class A, Fosston bowed to Deer River 2-1 and Southland 10-5. Deer River fell to Sebeka 5-4.

Beavers sign two

BSU track coach Craig Hougen has announced the signing of Alex Hedlund of East Grand Forks and LeeAnn Wagner of Crookston to letters of intent to compete for the Beavers women's track team next year.

Wagner is a sprinter, hurdler and triple jumper. Hedlund, a 2009 graduate, spent last season playing hockey for the Minnesota Crunch U19 team.

Grandparents Night

The Bemidji Youth Baseball League has set a Grandparents Night tomorrow and Tuesday night at the Mark Evenson complex.

Players are asked to invite their grandparents to the fields to watch the Junior Division or Intact League games tonight or the Senior Division games Tuesday.

All grandparents attending will receive a free ice cream cone at the concession stand.

Cass Lake softball

The annual Cass Lake July 4 softball tournament will be held again this year with both men's and women's divisions.

The men's meet will be a double elimination event with the champion receiving a $500 prize and trophy, the runner-up a $300 prize and trophy and third place a $200 prize and trophy.

The entry fee is $125.

The women's event will be a round-robin with a playoff with the same prizes. Its entry is $120.

Teams will be accepted on a first-pay basis. Cash or money orders should be sent to Henry Harper, Box 295, Cass Lake 56633.

He may be reached at 308-0865 or 335-2121.

Legion baseball

Eden Prairie continues to front the American Legion poll with 14 first place votes and 140 points.

Burnsville is second with 134 and one with Centennial, Apple Valley and Coon Rapids completing the top five.

They are followed by Excelsior, Forest Lake, the Hamline Purple, Brainerd and No. St. Paul.

Cold Spring is 12 and Grand Rapids 16.

Moorhead also drew votes. Bemidji's Mike Fogelson is one of the 15 voters.

Brainerd took three games from Little Falls, one the completion of an earlier suspension, to retain its first place standing in the North Sub-district standings.

Brainerd is 5-1 with Bemidji 3-2, Nisswa 1-3 and Little Falls 2-5.

Bemidji will play it next league games Tuesday at Nisswa and still faces home-and-home twin bills with Brainerd.

Daugherty golf

The Keg N Cork will host the Ron Daugherty Memorial golf tournament June 30 at Maple Ridge.

The 3-person, 9-hole scramble will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration is $100 per team.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Ron Daugherty Memorial Scholarship for a communication major at BSU.

For more information contact Mitch Rautio at Keg N Cork, 444-7600, or Delores Cloud-Hammitt at 751-1712.

On-site registration will begin at Maple Ridge at 12:30 p.m.