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Sportsline: Bison Sports Arena will have new look

The Bison Sports Arena in Fargo, home of the NDSU basketball teams, will have a new look shortly.

Once the showpiece of the North Central Conference, the 40-year-old arena has become a drafty old building recently.

It will now get a $32 million makeover funded by a $10 million grant from Sanford Health.

Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, a former Concordia College basketball star, announced the grant.

It will also have a new name, the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Classic battle

Volleyball fans who attended Thursday's meeting between Grand Rapids and Bemidji witnessed a classic battle, perhaps one of the finest in the long Bemidji history. Bemidji won in five games.

Grand Rapids arrived with an 11-1 record, losing only a 3-2 setback at Duluth East. Bemidji was 7-7 but growing stronger with each outing.

The match featured a continual string of lengthy volleys with the ball crossing the net 6-8 times on many occasions before a point was registered. Rapids also featured a power attack testing the staunch Bemidji receiving back court.

St. Cloud cuts

The latest proposed cuts for the St. Cloud State athletic program to reduce a $552,000 deficit include men's swimming, tennis and golf and women's skiing in addition to the football program.

No final decision has yet been made with the school hoping to save some of its programs by increasing student activities fees. That move will come up for a student vote in November.

New Apollo coach

St. Cloud Apollo underwent a boys' soccer coaching change last week when Robert Hoekstra stepped out as head coach to take care of personal issues in his family.

He was succeeded by his assistant Mendel Midy who was on the sidelines during the Eagles game at Bemidji last weekend.

He inherited a small squad that was 0-5 in the CLC and 0-8 overall but won two games under his guidance before falling to the Jacks 3-1.

Midy is a graduate of Abraham Clark High School in North Central New Jersey where he was a four-year starter and second team all-state performer his senior year and came to St. Cloud after coaching soccer in Georgia for seven seasons.

Hoekstra, a middle school teacher, took over the team last year and guided the Eagles to a 4-12-3 record.

Walker Marathon

Once again, John Ofstedal of Walker became the oldest runner to win the Walker Marathon, repeating as title winner from 2009.

His title was his fifth in the 28-year history of the event.

The 47-year-old runner finished the 26-mile course in 2:547.36, nearly three minutes ahead of his nearest pursuer, Jim Ramacier of White Bear Lake, also 47.

April Cole of Hammond, Wis., became the second straight woman to take the title for the first time. She ended third in the overall finish.

Second in the women's division was Kelly Ramacier of White Bear, Jim's wife.

Bemidji native Kenny Miller of Park Rapids won his 10th straight 1-km title in 34:30, 90 seconds faster than his time in 2009. Margaret Helm of Saginaw won the women's title.

Half marathon winners were Jeff Pokorny of Alexandria and Andrea Nelson of Bemidji.

JO volleyball meet

A mandatory Parent-Athlete meeting for all girls wishing to play in the Junior Olympic volleyball program this year will take place Monday at 6 p.m. in the Lumberjack Room at Bemidji High.

JO volleyball is available to all girls in grades 5-11 who reside in the Bemidji school district.

Bemidji High JV coach Heather Anderson will again direct the JO program.

Twin field setback

The Cass Lake Panthers football team continues to struggle. Last week it experienced a first-time setback, bowing to Lake Park-Audubon 38-0 in a game that started in LPA but ended at Hawley.

The game was shifted to Hawley after a power failure shut down the home field with LPA leading 21-0 after one period.

The bus ride did little for the Panthers who dropped to 38-0 at halftime and failed to pick up in the final two periods of play.

Ski trail cleanup

The final ski trail cleanup of the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club will take place Saturday at the Montebello Trails at Bemidji. Work will take place from 9 a.m. to noon with volunteers asked to contact Bob Montebello at 444-8668 or Mark Walters at 751-8235 if weather is a concern or to check on the meeting location.

Hockey camp

The BSU women's hockey team will stage a pre-season girls' clinic at the BREC Oct. 25-27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The clinic staff will be headed by head coach Steve Sertich and assistants Heather Farrell, Shane Veenker and Cassie Hanson plus members of the Lady Beavers team.

Cost of the three-day event is $50 with checks made payable to BSU Women's Hockey.

The cost will also include tickets to the BSU-St. Cloud series Oct. 29-30 at the BREC.

The clinic is open to the first 30 to register with half price to the first four goalies by Oct. 11.

The clinic will focus on skill development, competition, conditioning and small area games.

Mail registrations to BSU Women's Hockey Office, BSU, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, No 29, in care of Cassie Hanson.

State polls

Wayzata, Jackson County and Minneota lead the weekly volleyball poll.

No northern teams are listed in 3A. Rocori is 10th in 2A with Nevis sixth and Win-E-Mac 10th in Class A.

In girls soccer, Duluth East is fourth in 2A and East Grand Forks in A.

In boys soccer, Duluth East and Sartell are both 10th in AA and A.

Cross country rankings list Moorhead eighth in AA and St. Cloud Cathedral and Perham 1-2 in Class A in the boys ranks.

Cathedral is second in the Class A girls.

Individually, Lukas Gemar of Moorhead is fourth among 2A boys and Byron Schuldt of Nevis 10th in Class A.

Jamie Piepenburg of Alexandria is second among 2A girls and Victoria Alexander of Baudette fifth in Class A.

Tennis rankings find Virginia third and Roseau eighth.

As in cross country, no northern teams are ranked in 2A.

In football, Brainerd, which defeated Bemidji last week, is ninth in 5A. Alexandria and Sartell, two other Jacks foes, are 9-10 in 4A with Pequot Lakes and Virginia 8-10 in 3A, Barnesville, Mahnomen and Fosston 2-4-7 in A and Stephen/Argyle, Goodridge-Grygla, McGregor and Underwood 1-6-7-8 in Nine Man.

State leaders are Eden Prairie, St. Thomas, Albany, Waterville and Minneota from 5A to A.