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Sportsline: Detroit Lakes' hockey leader leaving for juniors

Tanner Lane, Minnesota's hockey scoring leader last winter, had abandoned ship at Detroit Lakes to play for the Fargo Force of the USHL this year.

Lane has already committed to Nebraska-Omaha to play his college hockey under Dean Blais. UNO joins the WCHA next season with BSU. He was also recruited by the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL.

He chose the Force as a developmental step prior to entering college hockey. It followed his strong showing at the Force's tryout camp last week.

He becomes the first Laker player ever to leave the program early.

At Fargo, he will live with his uncle Lincoln McArthur and will take classes online though still planning to graduate at DL next spring.

Kinnunen honored

Veteran Bill Kinnunen of Grand Rapids was honored at the state tournament with his selection as Legion Coach of the Year.

Kinnunen has coached the team for 11 years succeeding the legendary Bob Streetar, his high school coach. .He also guides the Rapids high school team.

He guided the Rapids to last year's Legion tournament and bowed to Duluth Lakeview in this year's district final.

His 11 year record is 214-134-1 including 23-10 this summer.

Streetar previously won the honor in 2000.

Johnnies' football

St. John's Prep has dropped its football program, this fall for lack of players.

Activities Director Bryan Backes says he hopes to be able to co-op with some nearby school; to find an opportunity for the 14 players who signed up to compete.

The school previously dropped varsity football in 1995 and 96 for the same reason.

The Johnnies played with 24 players last year but had eight graduate, one transfer and three studying abroad this year. He figured a minimum of 24 was needed to continue the sport.

Shanley hockey

Fargo Shanley is also facing suspending its boy's hockey season this winter for lack of players.

A June survey revealed only 17 players, including freshmen, interested in playing the sport this winter.

Later information disclosed the number may be well under that figure.

Fargo South pulled out of a proposed co-op with Shanley in favor of pairing with Wahpeton this year

Shanley does not sponsor girls' hockey.

Parent meetings

The annual Parent-Athlete meeting for fall sports will be held tomorrow night at 6.

The usual general meeting in the auditorium has been cancelled this year. Instead athletes will divide into their individual sports, meeting with their coaches.

Directions to the meeting rooms will be posted in the gymnasium lobby.

Only tennis will not meet tomorrow with new head Coach Mark Fodness having scheduled his team meeting for a different date.

Teams involved tomorrow are football, volleyball, cross country, soccer and swimming.

All players are required to attend the meeting accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Anyone needing a physical, required each three years, must have taken and passed it and filed the papers in the activities office.

Eligibility forms must also have been completed and the activities fees paid. Fall practice will start Aug. 16.

Boys' soccer

Boys' soccer will hold its first week of workouts from 8-11:30 Monday through Thursday and 8-12 Friday.

The teams will be selected after the Friday workout with a barbecue to follow.

The annual varsity-Alumni game will be played Saturday, Aug 21 at 10 at the Middle School field.

A girls-Alumni scrimmage will start at 12:15 with a tailgate party from 11-1 served by the parents of the current varsity and JV players.

Beginning Aug. 23 boys practice will be from 4-6 at the high school.

The season will open Aug. 27 with back to back home games with Little Falls and Hillcrest Academy the first two days and another with Detroit Lakes Aug. 31. Rick Toward is back as head coach.

Fall baseball

The BYL fall baseball program will begin this week and run Aug. 10-12-17-19 at the Mark Evenson complex from 5:45-8 p.m.

It is open to all BYL players from 8-14 at a cost of $20. It will be run by the staff and managers of the BYL with basic fundamentals taught at each session followed by games.

Contact Moe Webb at 444-9322 for further information.

Mail registrations to BYLB Fall Ball, Box 1533, Bemidji 56619.

BSU League play

The 4th annual BSU Baseball metal bat league will begin Aug. 22 for players 14-18 and will run on Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 3.

Cost of the six week program is $70.

A wooden bat league will begin on Tuesday and Thursday nights Aug. 31 and run through Sept. 28 with an added Saturday date Sept. 18.

That will be the Fall Showcase with a newcomer's game at 11. wooden bat league game at 1:30, Beavers-Alumni game at 4 and metal bat league windup at 6:30.

Cost of the wood bat league is also $70 with players taking part in both leagues for only $100.

Babe Ruth meets

Baxter defeated Waite Park 4-3 in the title game of the Babe Ruth 14-year-old state tournament at Moorhead.

Waite Park forced an extra game with a 3-2 win in the first final.

Baxter had edged Waite Park 3-2 in the winners' bracket final a day earlier.

Bemidji fell to Moorhead 7-6 and Minnetonka 12-2 in its two games. Moorhead ended 3-2, Thief River Falls 2-2 and East Grand Forks 0-2 in the eight-team event.

Waite Park won the Babe Ruth 15-year-old state title 7-5 over Minnetonka at Cold Spring.

Thief River, coached by Mudcats' hurler Tyler Norland, beat Moorhead 8-7 but fell to Minnetonka 7-3 and the East Twins 13-3.

Moorhead went 1-2 and Warroad 0-2.

No ND class cuts

The NDHSAA decided not to reduce the number of weight classes for Class B wresting next winter, leaving the number at 14, standard throughout the nation.

Proponent said it would aid small schools to avoid forfeits for lack of numbers.

Opponents said it would widen the weight classes too much.

The proposal would have begun the 12-class system on an experimental basis for one year.

The request is expected to be renewed next spring.

The classes proposed were 105, 112, 119, 126, 132, 138, 145, 155, 167, 185, 215 and 285, similar to what they once were before the addition of the two new divisions a number of years ago.