Sports Line: Ex-Beaver Johnson joins Utah basketball coaching staff

Former Bemidji State University basketball player and assistant coach Stan Johnson had joined the University of Utah basketball coaching staff. The 29-year-old Johnson is a Taylorsville, Utah, native who spent three seasons at Southern Utah befor...

Former Bemidji State University basketball player and assistant coach Stan Johnson had joined the University of Utah basketball coaching staff.

The 29-year-old Johnson is a Taylorsville, Utah, native who spent three seasons at Southern Utah before transferring to BSU for his senior year.

He began his coaching as an assistant with the Beavers before following his coach to Missouri Baptist in the same post.

He coached at Cal State-Northridge last season.

Johnson replaces assistant coach Marty Wilson who left the Utes to assume the head coaching berth at Pepperdine.


Staples golf meet

The 3rd annual Mike Staples Memorial Golf Tournament will be held May 17 at Longbow starting at 10 a.m.

Proceeds will go to the Mike Staples Memorial Scholarship Fund a scholarship awarded to area high school seniors who are interested in pursuing an education in either law enforcement or natural resources.

Hole sponsorships are available for a whole hole ($300) or a half hole ($150). Persons interested should call Robin Frisco 218-444-4593 or Paul Nordeen at 218-836-2499.

The meet is a four person scramble with the first 36 teams to register accepted. The fee is $65 per player prior to May 5 and $85 after that date. The fee includes green fees, carts, dinner and contests.

Baseball tryouts

Baseball tryouts for the 13-14-15 year old traveling teams have been set back.

The 13's were set to try out today from 1-4 at BSU and tomorrow from 5:30-8. However, the weekend snowfall cancelled those dates with new dates to be announced shortly.


The 14's tryouts are tomorrow from 5:30-7 at the BYL North diamond and Tuesday and Wednesday at the same hours.

The 15-year-old tryouts are May 9 from 5:30-8 and May 11 from 1-4 at the BSU diamond.

The three teams play separate schedules from the Babe Ruth League teams and seek players totally committed to the time and traveling of the three teams.

Those not making the traveling teams will play for the Babe Ruth League teams.

Cage clinic

The North Central Basketball Coaching Clinic will be held May 3 at the Bemidji Middle School and May 4 at Waconia High School.

The former Panthers Hoops Coaching Clinic is again directed by CLB boys basketball coach Dan Ninham.

He can be reached for registration at 2323 Wee Gwaus Drive, Bemidji 56601 or by calling 218-368-6430.


Lee to Fargo

Stellar Roseau goal tender Mike Lee will play Junior A Hockey for the Fargo Force next year.

The only question is how long.

He is debating whether to play the whole season at Fargo or limit his USHL play to before and after the Roseau High season where he will be a senior.

Should he elect to play full time at Fargo, he would transfer to Fargo South for his final year of school.

Lee led the Rams to the state 2A title as a sophomore.

He finished 27-2 last winter with a 1.10 goals against average.

He has already committed to St. Cloud for the 2010 season.

Ness high draft pick

Lee's Roseau teammate Aaron Ness is expected to be a first round draft pick in the NHL draft this year. If so, he would be only the fifth player from Section 8 to be drafted that high.

The others were George Pelawa of Bemidji, T. J. Oshie of Warroad. Moorhead's Brian Lee and Keith Ballard of Baudette.

Ness scored 28 goals and had 44 assists for 72 points last winter and helped Team USA to a bronze medal at the World Under-18 tournament in Russia.

Street Ball show

The "Hustle Up Street Ball Basketball Tour" will stop at BSU Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a one night stand.

The self-styled Generation X Harlem Globetrotters will go against the best street ball players in Minnesota.

The four-year-old organization will spend part of the day visiting schools and youth organizations to speak on the importance of education and avoiding drugs and gangs.

Hall of Fame

Jim Kamman, Allen Goeden and George Graff of Grand Rapids were recently inducted into the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Kamman earned the Minnesota Outstanding American Award. Goeden won the Medal of Courage Award while Graff was awarded a Lifetime Service Award.

Curling Champs

Bemidji's foursome of Kevin, Mark and Paul Fenner and Randy Hovet won the Inaugural Vern Turner Memorial Bonspiel title at Detroit Lakes.

Brainerd Hall

Five new members were named to the Brainerd High Athletic Hall of Fame. They will be formally inducted at the annual banquet April 28.

Among them are ex athletes Wade Haapojoki, Marni Lundbohm George, Sarah Northway Maria and Dale Jensen and administrator Jim Hunt. They range in age from 26 to 65.

Soccer signups

Registration for summer soccer in the 4-8 year old division is now open.

Players may register at

For further information contact Rick Toward at 444-8413

The program will run from June 10-July 17 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. Cost is $50 for new players.

State rankings

State golf rankings list Virginia second in the boys division and Staples-Motley third in the girls.

Individually, Casey Hill and Dan Ridle of Virginia are 3-5 with Gordy Diekman of Alexandria fourth in the boys ranks. Cydney Hasselberg of S-M is eighth in the girls.

In the True Team track rankings, Moorhead is third in 3A, Grand Rapids sixth in 2A and International Falls sixth in A.

In the girls division, Sartell is first, Detroit Lakes sixth and East Grand Forks ninth in 2A and Esko second and LPA eighth in Single A.

Baseball ranks St. Cloud Cathedral first in AA with Cloquet fifth, Park Rapids 11, Thief River 12, Detroit Lakes 14, Hibbing 15 and Esko 16.

In Class A, Red Lake Falls is third, Sebeka fifth, Chisholm sixth and Ely 13.

Softball shows Brainerd seventh in Class AAA with Staples tenth in AA while no northern teams made the top ten in tennis.

Northwoods stars

Named to the Northwoods All-Conference basketball team were Molly Bergmann and Marissa Baune of WHA, Kim Hyatt of Laporte, Greta Hjelseth and Jaci Heath of Nevis, Danielle Jourdain of CLB, Kelly Watne of Clearbrook-Gonvick, Alisha Graupmann of Kelliher-Northome and Taylor Sheley and Naomi Anderson of Pine River-Backus.

Randy Schwegel of Pine River and WHA's Jim Lien shared Coach of the Year honors. Sheley was MVP and Baune Rookie of the Year.

Bardwell Park

Due to a team dropping out at the last minute, Bardwell Park has an opening for the Thursday night co-ed league.

Teams interested should contact John Stebe at 751-7477 or 766-4752

Bardwell Park will hold a men's slow pitch tournament May 17 with a round robin format with a 4-6 game guarantee.

Entry fee is $175. The meet will have a four home run limit with subsequent home runs ruled foul balls.

Trophies go to the top three finishers with a $175 prize for the champion.

Contact Stebe for more information.

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