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The Deb McCormick Olympic curling rink recovered from an 0-2 start to finish second at the Grasshopper Women's Masters meet at Zurich, Switzerland. The rink which includes Bemidji's Natalie Nicholson, won five straight matches to advance to the championship final where it fell to the German Olympic team 7-6 in an extra end. It was the second straight runnerup finish in Switzerland for McCormick. The John Shuster men's Olympic team took part this week at the Grey Power World Cup in Ontario featuring many of the top Canadian and world teams. Both units will curl in the Olympic Winter Festiva
The future of St. Cloud Tech's ancient Clark Field is under consideration by the school board. The venerable gridiron was a WPA project, built in1942, It is part of a study by the district's faculties study committee with Tech High School, built in 1917 also in need of replacement. Like BSU's Chet Anderson Stadium, the plumbing no longer functions at Clark, the bleachers are decaying and the locker rooms are far too small.
Bemidji paid its last respects this weekend to another veteran coach Ray Kavanagh. The 75-year old grid coach died at his home after a long battle with cancer. The 1956 Moorhead State grad and football lineman began coaching at Benson and later moved to Roseau where he guided the Rams for many years before coming to Bemidji in the early 1970s to become an assistant under Red Wilson. When Wilson retired following the 1972 season after guiding Bemidji for 34 seasons, Kavanagh was named his successor and remained at the helm through 1986 ending with a 94-41 record. Twelve of his 14 teams ende
The amazing winning string of the Grand Forks Red River tennis team reached 130 this week when the Roughriders captured the North Dakota East Region championship with a 4-1 win over Fargo South. Red River (10-0) has won 11 straight North Dakota state titles. It reached the final with 5-0 wins over West Fargo and Grand Forks Central. Hill to Hall of Fame Hib Hill of Robbinsdale is one of five new coaches set for induction into the Minnesota State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame Nov. 1 at St.
Bemidji wrestling Coach Ken Schmoker, who will enter the National Wrestling Hall of Fame next month, an honor announced last month, is one of several state coaches nominated for Lifetime Service and Outstanding American Awards by the Minnesota Chapter of the Hall of Fame committee. They include Schmoker will earn the Lifetime Service Award. Others are Phillip Richards of Excelsior, former Temple University standout wrestler and student body President, Jim Beshey of St.
The Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club will begin its annual trail grooming Sept. 19 and continue each Saturday for the next six weeks. Each trail has a specific clean-up day with a leader. Those able to help on those dates should contact the trail steward to report as a volunteer. This is one of the year-round ways of keeping the ski trails in shape and also earning volunteer Grant-in-Aid dollars for the Club. This year there will be a fall newsletter sent out by the club with membership information.
Jeff Kringen of Spring Hill fired a second round 67 to take top honors at the Minnesota PGA golf championship at The Pines. Kringen won by four strokes over Don Berry of Edinburgh. Bemidji native Bill Israelson of Staples, who was in fifth place after the first day with a 73, faded to an 80 on the final 18 to drop to 31. Bemidji tournament The19th annual NCHS Auxiliary golf tournament and dinner will be played Sept. 25 at the Bemidji Country Club. The 18-hole Best Ball meet will begin at noon from a shotgun start.
The Iron Range sports programs are continuing to face threats of consolidation or closure as populations in those communities continue to decline. Nashwauk-Keewatin, a grid power in Class 7A in recent seasons, has ended its football program and will send its 18 players to Coleraine to combine with the Raiders. Coleraine is facing its own problems and has combined with Grand Rapids in several sports and Nashwauk for wrestling. Nashwauk won the 7A grid title for three straight years as recently as 2005. AlBrook, Cotton, Cook, Orr and Tower-Soudan are all threatened with the end of their foot
Minnetonka scored a rare sweep of the state 13-14-15 Babe Ruth baseball tournaments. The Skippers won four straight games in the 13-year-old meet at East Grand Forks, edging Bemidji 3-2 in the second round and blasting the East Twins 22-1 in the title game.
A "Meet and Greet" for the Bemidji VFW baseball team will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Club. The Vets will return to the state tournament for the first time since 2005 but the 17th time in the team's 30 year history. It won the state title in 1985 and took the consolation title in 1984 and 1997. It won the District 9 title last week in a minimum of three games, outscoring its opponents 54-25, the final two wins over Fergus Falls 21-14 and 14-11. Earlier, it captured the regular season district title with a 16-4 record, wining its final 10 games.