Moorhead's Shercliffe retires
Veteran coach Terry Shercliffe, a name long associated with the Moorhead High School hockey program, has called it quits.
After 30 years of coaching the Spuds, first as head coach and later as top assistant, Shercliffe stepped down to devote more time to his grade school teaching post and spend more time with his family.
He was hired as the Spuds head hockey coach in 1976 and immediately began planting then seeds of success.
The former Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs head coach helped put the Spuds on the map early in his career by scheduling top competition across the state. He was the first to add Roseau to the schedule.
His biggest contribution may have come at the youth level where he helped build a program that has turned out several Division I players and three NHL performers, Matt Cullen, Jason Blake and Ryan Kraft.
Shercliffe and former coach Terry Cullen formed Moorhead's Blue Line Hockey School to teach fundamentals to youth players.
He also was instrumental in separating the youth hockey program from the city's Park District program, a move he said was pivotal in the growth of the high school program.
Shercliffe stayed on as assistant when Cullen was named head coach in 1986. That pair guided Moorhead to the state five times from 1992-97, reaching the final three times.
He remained on the staff when Dave Morinville took over the program in 1998 and helped take the Spuds to five straight state tournaments from 2001-05.
He will remain active in the youth program.
Bemidji's trip to the state American Legion baseball tournament last summer earned it a top 20 berth in the initial 2007 Legion poll.
Eden Prairie heads the list with all 11 first-place votes and 110 points. Burnsville is a distant second with 64 followed by Apple Valley, Coon Rapids and the Tri City Red.
Moorhead is ranked 10th, Brainerd 14th, Thief River Falls 15th and Bemidji and Alexandria 16th, tied with St. Paul Park and the Tri City Blue.
Mike Fogelson begins his fifth season at the helm this week as the Legion opens Monday, hosting Nisswa in a double header at BSU.
Fosston's Kelly Roysland has received the prestigious University of Minnesota President's Leadership award.
It is given annually to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders from the U. She was one of four from the University's College of Education and Human Development to be given the award.
Roysland played four seasons of basketball for the Gophers, choosing to remain for her senior year when most members of the squad defected. She earned All Big Ten honors and was named the Gophers' MVP. She ended 12th on the Minnesota all-time scoring list with 1,074 points.
She graduated on schedule this year with a degree in sports management.
New Brainerd coach
Duluth Denfeld and UMD graduate Rod Peltoma has been named new Brainerd girls hockey coach, replacing Jim Ernster, who resigned after last season.
Peltoma has coached youth hockey in Duluth and Brainerd for many years while working for a group home company.
His son, Ryan, was a defenseman for the Warriors and is now playing junior hockey.
His daughter, Molly, hopes to play for Brainerd's girls team this winter.
Olson to Jamestown
Bagley High basketball star Shane Olson has signed to play college ball at Jamestown (N.D.) College.
The 6-4 wing scored 16.9 points a game this winter and had 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as Bagley went 28-1.
He is a three-time all-conference player and the league's MVP and an all-state honorable mention pick this year.
At Jamestown he will join Bemidji center Jeff Schaper, who signed with the Jimmies earlier.
Grinaker to nationals
Detroit Lakes' Hanna Grinaker, who dominated the area in cross country and track through her high school career and now runs at the University of Wisconsin, has qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Columbia, Mo.
Grinaker finished fourth with a personal best of 16:24.45 in the 5,000 meter run at the regional meet.
Cooper Wilson and Anders Johnson of Fosston and John Morrison of Win-E-Mac were named to the Northwest Diamond Conference All-Star baseball team.
Wilson and Justin Bjerke of Win-E-Mac were chosen on the Pine to Prairie all-star team.
Junior golf meet
The Pokegama Golf Club's Junior Grand Slam will be held June 13-14.
To register a team call 218-326-3444.
The meet will feature 36 holes of play for two-person teams over the Pokegama and Eagle Ridge courses. It is open to both boys and girls 10-20 with best ball and scramble formats.
Salscheider at Gary
Bemidji's Keith Salscheider, who played this season in Montana in the Continental Basketball League, has joined Gary, Ind., of the USBL for the final games of the year.
He replaced Eddie Barlow, who left the Steelheads to play in Europe.
Salscheider scored 14 points off the bench in his opener, 12 in the final quarter of a 104-91 win. He followed with 16 in a 110-87 win over Dodge City, hitting all of his 3-point attempts.
Spots are filling fast for the Summerfest Softball Tournaments June 30-July 1 at Clearbrook. The men's slow pitch meet is a bracket by record event with all teams guaranteed four games. The entry is $175.
The women's slow pitch meet is also a bracket by record torn eye with teams guaranteed three games. Their entry is $150.
More than $1,500 worth of trophies, travel allowances and other prizes will be awarded.
The first 32 men's teams and 12 women's teams will be accepted. Send check or money order to Clearbrook Sports Boosters, Box 46, Clearbrook MN 56634.
State softball meet
Northern teams had little success in the early rounds of the state softball tournament at Mankato.
In 3A, Section 8's champion Annandale fell to Big Lake 3-0 and Woodbury 5-1.
In 2A, Section 8's Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton lost to Pine City 8-0 and Watertown-Mayer 6-2.
In Class A, Sacred Heart lost to New Life Academy 9-3 and KMS 2-1 while Menahga bowed to New Ulm Cathedral 12-0 and Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 5-1.
Things were not much better in the state tennis meet, where unbeaten Elk River fell to Edina 6-1 in the opening round before coming back to claim consolation honors by beating Duluth East 6-1 and Minnetonka 5-2.
East fell to Rochester Mayo 7-0 it its first match. Mayo went on to spill Edina 4-3 and Mounds View 4-3 to take the state.
Coach of the Elk River team is Bemidji's Randy Klasen who also guides the boys' basketball team each winter.
Klasen was a teammate of Jim Jensen, playing from 4-10 grades on the Lincoln School, Junior High and high school B Teams.
In Class A, Thief River won its first match over Litchfield 5-2 before falling to St. Paul Academy 7-0 and Mounds Park Academy 4-3 to finish fourth.
Section 7A winner Pine City lost to SPA 7-0 and Litchfield 4-3. SPA beat B lake 4-3 for the title.
State golf meet
St. Cloud Apollo's Samantha Sommers won her third straight State girls AA golf title with a 70-77--147. She won by eight strokes over Lizzy Carl of Sibley.
Ashli Helstrom of Hibbing tied for third. Molly Leland of Alexandria was eighth and Maggie Leland of Alex 14.
Alex took second to Burnsville with a 702. Burnsville ended at 689.
Minnetonka took the boys title at 605, six strokes ahead of Forest Lake and 13 in front of Moorhead which finished fourth.
Gordy Deikman of Alex tied for fifth at 146, six strokes off the pace.
Sommers became only the second girl to win the 2A title three straight times. She will play at Minnesota next fall.
Virginia won the Class A boys title at 626 well ahead of Breck which took second at 661. Crookston was third at 666.
Casey Hill of Virginia was medalist at 151 with Roseau's Jim Foss tying for third at 156. Jake Sanders of Crookston and Dustin Fanfulik of East Grand Forks tied for 13th at 161.
Minnewaska repeated as girls champ at 667, finishing 47 strokes ahead of St. Cloud Cathedral. Duluth Marshall was third and Roseau fifth.
Katie Detlefson of Minnehaha Academy won her fourth straight title with a 144. Cidney Hasselberg of Staples-Motley finished ninth.