COLUMN: Dahlman takes over scoring lead

Braham's Isaiah Dahlman capped off his meteoric high school career by passing Joel McDonald of Chisholm to assume the role as Minnesota's all-time scoring leader.

Braham's Isaiah Dahlman capped off his meteoric high school career by passing Joel McDonald of Chisholm to assume the role as Minnesota's all-time scoring leader.

McDonald, now boys basketball coach at Hibbing, ended his career in 1991 with 3,292 points.

Dahlman passed that mark by one at the 6-2A meet and is adding to it at the state.

The record fell with a 41-point performance in the section final, an 81-54 win over Holdingford.

He reached 3,349 after the semifinal win over Pelican Rapids Friday night.


Also still active is Cory Johnson of Duluth East who has passed Foley's Norm Grow into fourth place at 2,913.

Dan Fischer of Bagley is ninth at 2,470 and Rick Rickert of Duluth East 13 at 2,358.

Stride Into Spring

The annual Stride Into Spring Earth Day 5k and 10k road races will be staged April 22 starting and ending at the Gillett Recreation Center parking lot at BSU.

The awards ceremony will take place at 10:30 following the Women's Sports Foundation Awards.

The first 100 registrants will be guaranteed T-Shirts.

The entry fee is $20 payable to BSU track. Mail entries to Stride Into Spring, BSU, Gillett Recreation Center, PE 227, Bemidji 56601-2699.

Coaches honored


Grand Rapids' Bruce LaRoque and Steve Anderson have been named Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association.

The Thunderhawks reached the state meet for the first time since 1991 reaching the title game before falling to Cretin 7-0.

In seven years at the helm LaRoque has compiled a record of 96-76-12.

The pair will coach the combined 7AA-7A hockey team during the Great 8 Hockey Tournament.

The state awards followed their election as 7AA Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year.

Tennis meet

The third of the Lumberjack Indoor Tennis tournaments, the women's singles, will be staged April 1-2 at the CBS Fitness Center.

The entry is $25 with the deadline Wednesday. Pairings will be made Thursday.


Profits go toward support of the BHS tennis program.

Make checks payable to Scott Engelstad.

The women's doubles April 8-9 will wind up the series. The men's doubles tourney was played this weekend.

Tennis starts

The Bemidji High tennis team will begin drills tomorrow, the seventh and final spring sports team to open drills.

All candidates must have their papers filed, fees paid and physicals (if needed) taken and on file with the activities office.

The team opens its season April 11 at Crookston. Scott Engelstad will begin his 13th season at the helm.

Soccer signups


Registration for the recreational soccer season for players 4-11 will take place tomorrow and Wednesday from 4-6:30 at the High School activities office entrance. The league will run from April 24-June 1.

Contact Jack Judkins at 333-3552 for further information.

Softball meetings

The Bemidji Area Softball Association has called meetings for April 6 and 20, both starting at 7 p. m. at city hall.

Teams planning to play this summer must have a representative in attendance. Fees for the summer must be paid by the April 20 meeting.

Fees this year will be $635 for men's leagues and $515 for women's.

The BASA plans to split the two women's leagues this summer into Divisions I and II. The two played together last summer though dividing for the playoffs.

The men will again operate Division I, II and III circuits


Umpires clinic

The annual umpires Clinic for softball umps will be held Thursday at city hall starting at 7:30.

Veteran Charlie Johnson will serve as instructor. The next area clinic will be May 30 at Fosston. Prospective umpires must attend one of the clinics. Advance registration is not required.

Umpires may register with ASA-USA Softball when they attend

The umpires' program contracts approximately 1,500 officials each year with the average pay $20 per hour. The clinic lasts approximately 75 minutes.

Dahlman honored

Braham basketball star Isaiah Dahlman has been selected as the Gatorade boys basketball player of the year for Minnesota.

The 6-6 swingman, who will enroll at Michigan State next fall, averaged 33.4 points per game, six rebounds and contributed 107 assists and 68 steals to his team this year.


The four-time all-conference pick has been named Minnesota's player of the year twice.

Dahlman carries a 3.79 GPA. He is the grandson of former Minnesota basketball coach John Kendal.

Jenna Smith of Bloomington Kennedy was the Gatorade girls' player of the year.

She averaged 21 points per game with 10.2 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots.

The 6-3 center is headed to Illinois next season.

Winter banquets

Five more winter sports banquets have been set.

They begin tonight at the Country Club at 6:00 with the gymnastics banquet honoring a team that went 7-2 in dual meets and moved up to fifth at the section.

Tomorrow the girls' basketball Awards Night will be held at the Commons starting at 6:15 with the A, B and C Teams special guests.

The varsity went 15-10 this season with a largely rebuilt team that will graduate only one starter.

Tuesday the boys' basketball team will be honored at the 1st Lutheran Church Parish Hall at 6:00 honoring the varsity, B, and C Teams that competed this winter.

On April 4, the wrestling banquet will be held AT 6:00 at the Commons honoring the varsity, B Team and Middle School and BWC wrestlers who competed this winter

April 6 will be the boys hockey banquet at 6:30 at the St. Philip's Parish Hall with the varsity and B Teams guests of honor.

Still to be announced are the swim and girls' basketball fetes.

Sponsors are asked to coordinate dates through the activities office to prevent any two from being held on the same night.

Fish fry

The BHS girls golf team will hold a fish fry at the Moose Club Tuesday from 5-7 p. m. as a fund raiser for the golf program this spring. Tickets are available at the door for $9.

NASA registration

Registration for the NASA spring long course swim season will be held tomorrow and April 4 from 5:30-6:30 at the high school pool.

The season will run from April 10-June 2 with seniors practicing from 4:30-6:30 Monday through Friday, Age Group swimmers from 4:30-6:30 Monday through Friday or Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Newbies from 4:30-5:30 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Fees are $190 for seniors and the age group five day programs, $115 for the age group three day week and $50 for newbies.

There are family discounts of 10% for the second swimmer and 20% for the third.

There is also a $50 USS fee or $5 for families qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

The seniors program is for swimmers with strong motivational and swim skills with those under 14 requiring a coach's approval before signing up for this level. College swimmers are welcome.

The age group program is designed for swimmers 13 and younger focusing on perfecting all four strokes through extensive drill training.

The newbies are 8-under first time novice swimmers who will receive an introduction to all four strokes and competition. Scott Leindecker, Amanda Sherwood and Meghan Wulf make up the coaching staff.

Six NASA swim meets are scheduled concluding with the state meet Aug. 3. Those on May 23 and July 12 will be at Bemidji.

Cage tourney

The 6th annual Pride of the Northeast High School Senior all-star games will be played at the Mesabi Range Community College in Virginia Monday.

Players will come from 45 schools in northeastern Minnesota chosen from ballots submitted by those teams' coaches.

Ten players are chosen for each of two boys and two girls teams.

The girls game will begin at 6 and the boys at 7:30.

The boys White team includes Nate Daniels and Brad Hoff of Bemidji and Anthony Robinson and Kevin Muller of Cass Lake-Bena who will join players from Hermantown, Eveleth-Gilbert, Cloquet, East Central and Cotton.

Littlefork's Andrea Millerberndt, Laura Rothstein and Sam Trembath of Grand Rapids and Dianne Lister and Emma Jaynes of Hibbing will play on the girls White team.

Golden Gloves

The Region IV Golden Gloves tournament will be held April 1 at the Wadena armory starting at 7:30.

Towns included are Wadena, Fergus Falls, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Willmar, St. Cloud, Moorhead and Duluth.

Seven Class A title bouts are listed in addition to Novice and junior bouts.

The Class A winners advance to the state meet Apr. 14-15 at Hinckley.

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