Sports Line: Haskell rink leaves Monday for international tournament

The Jamie and Nate Haskell rink will leave Monday for Finland to compete in a new world tournament. The pair will represent the U.S. at the World two-man mixed doubles tournament at Zierumaki, the site of the Finnish Olympic Training Center. The ...

The Jamie and Nate Haskell rink will leave Monday for Finland to compete in a new world tournament.

The pair will represent the U.S. at the World two-man mixed doubles tournament at Zierumaki, the site of the Finnish Olympic Training Center.

The meet was formed to add another curling venue for possible inclusion in the next Winter Olympics.

The Haskells won the national championship this winter.

A fund raiser for the trip will be held tonight from 6-12 at Slim's Bar & Grill.


The two man tournament is curled with six rocks through eight ends.

The first rock in each end is placed in position by the referee with the two curlers throwing the final five, one throwing the first and fifth and the other stones 2-3-4.

There will be 27 nations represented divided into three nine-team pools.

The three pool winners advance to the final four while the runners-up will compete for the fourth spot.

Liz Johnson, Jamie's mother and a veteran of national and international curling, will be the coach of the pair.

Jamie Haskell recently completed competition at the U.S. National Tournament at Hibbing curling third on her sister Cassie Potter's rink.

The world meet can be followed on the web site .

Winter banquets


Three more BHS winter sports banquets have been set.

Tuesday the girls hockey banquet will be held at the 1st Lutheran Church parish hall at 6 honoring the team that reached the section final before being sidelined by Elk River.

The gymnastics banquet is set for the Country Club March 9 at 4 p.m. to honor this winter's gym team that posted another winning campaign with perhaps its youngest squad in history.

The wrestling banquet will be held March 18 at the Calvary Lutheran Church parish hall at 6:30 to honor the varsity and JV wrestlers who competed this year.

Still to be announced are the boys cage, girls cage, swimming and boys hockey banquets.

Sponsors are asked to clear dates with the activities office to assure that no two will be held on the same night.

First big payday

Kane Hanson of Detroit Lakes, the 2006 Birchmont champion, dropped a 35-foot chip shot for a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Gateway Tour's Desert Winter Tour's Series event at Glendale, Arz.


He earned $20,670 for his first Gateway Tour victory.

He finished regulation distance at 11 under par for the 54-hole route.

The win lifted Hanson to fifth on the Gateway money list with $26,144.

His winning hole was a strange one with his second shot finding a bunker and his third sailing over the green. But his chip turned the tide.

His win came a week after 2001-2 Birchmont champ Dave Schultz of Fargo earned his first big paycheck on the Nationwide Tour with a fifth place finish at the New Zealand Championships,

BASA meeting

The Bemidji Area Softball Association (BASA) will hold its initial meeting of the year March 11 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Bemidji City Hall.

Teams wishing to play in the men's or women's leagues this summer should have a representative at the meeting at which time important information regarding the summer season will be discussed.


Spring Sports

The seven Bemidji High School spring sports will begin practice sessions this month.

Boys and girls golf, softball and boys and girls track will start March 10. Baseball drills begin Mach17 and tennis March 24.

Before any athlete can begin practice they must have on file at the activities office a physical exam file required each three years, a parental eligibility form required once each year, an athletic insurance waiver required once each year and paid the activities fee of $60 for all 9-12 grade students.

Coach Mike Fogelson has set his annual Parent-Athlete meeting for March 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons for all players and their parent or guardian in grades 9-12.

Anyone unable to attend should contact Fogelson at 556-7181.

Jacobson sets mark

Moorhead senior Kelsey Jacobson canned five treys in the Spuds final 68-60 tournament loss to St. Cloud Tech to end her high school career with 361, breaking the old record of 359 set by Elgin Millville's Kali Olstad in 2006.


She also broke the boys record of 349 held by Bigfork's Ryan Giehler.

Jacobson ended with 20 points in the game.

Two more hit 2,000

Another pair of cagers reached the 2,000 point mark, now becoming more meaningful than the long-time 1,000 point mark in place for 50 years.

Sophomore Sari Noga, daughter of Bemidji's John Noga, topped that figure and also claimed her 1,000th rebound in a 7441 Parkers Prairie win over Hillcrest Academy.

She became the 64th player in Minnesota girls basketball to top 2,000.

Needing one to reach the 2,000 mark, she hit a five foot jump shot for the opening basket and went on to score 23 points.

She began her varsity career as a seventh grader playing for her father's team.


She recently set a state record with 13 treys in a game in which she scored 53 points.

Also reaching the 2,000 figure was Nicole Smart of Ada who crossed the line in a win over Bagley. Earlier this season Kamille Wahlin of Crookston and Gretta Hjelseth of Nevis joined the club.

Laporte's Taylor Day reached, 1,000 in the Wildcats 83-40 loss to Cass Lake-Bena.

Skerik goes 2-2

Bemidji's Greg Skerik went 2-2 at the Community College National Wrestling Tournament at Rochester.

The 149 pound sophomore missed last year's tournament with an injury. He holds the all-time Bemidji High career win record at 216.

Forbert dies

Prominent Duluth gridder and coach Dick Forbert died this week at the age of 72.

The 1963 Duluth Central graduate wont on to star at UMD, serving as captain his senior year and chosen the team's Outstanding Senior.

He coached Morgan Park for 12 seasons and Central for three having unbeaten years at Morgan Park in 1963, 69 and 70.

He retired from teaching in 1993 and was named to the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

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