SPORTSLINE: Roysland hits 1,000 for Gophers

While the 1,000 Point Club has become over crowded at the high school level with expanded schedules and the 3-point field goal, it is still fairly rare in college.

While the 1,000 Point Club has become over crowded at the high school level with expanded schedules and the 3-point field goal, it is still fairly rare in college.

But Fosston's Kelly Roysland added another feather to her Minnesota University career when she reached the four-figure mark with 13 points to aid the Gophers to a 79-69 win over Indiana.

The senior guard, one of only two regulars to remain loyal to the U in last spring's meltdown, missed four games this year with a broken collarbone but is back in action and doing well.

The 1,000th point came only 38 seconds into the game, her first since suffering the injury.

And it came before a busload of Fosston fans who made the trip to the Twin Cities to witness the game. Among them were her parents, Mike and Kim, both cage coaches.


She played only 24 minutes in the game. The four missed games were the only ones she failed to play in her four-year Gopher career.

High school 1,000's

At the high school level, the beat goes on with another four joining the 1,000 Point Club this week while two doubled that total.

They were Janessa Wolff of Park Rapids and Colleen McKay of Barnum who joined Jake Driscoll of DGF who scored his 2,000th point last week.

Entering the 1,000 Point Club were Alex Kuznia of Sacred Heart, Kayla Huether of Brainerd, Kyle Klasen of MCC and Nicole Worcester of Bigfork.

Beetles set to stay

The Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods Collegiate Baseball League have signed a new five-year contract with the City of Alexandria to continue playing in that community.

The contract also includes an option for a similar agreement at the end of the 2011 season.


The Beetles are one of six Minnesota teams in the summer league joining Duluth, Brainerd, St. Cloud, Mankato and Rochester.

They open their season May 31 hosting Thunder Bay and close regular season play Aug. 12 with Mankato.

Ridgewater moves on

Ridgewater captured the Minnesota State Community College wrestling title and finished second in the Region XII meet, qualifying all 10 wrestlers for the nationals.

The top four in each weight class at the state meet advanced to the NJCAA Division III national tournament.

Five Warriors won state titles, among them Bemidji's Brett Mason at 191.

Ridgewater won the state title over Itasca and finished second at the region meet to Iowa Central with Itasca fourth behind Ellsworth of Iowa.

Pacesetter meets


The Region 8 playoffs for the 2007 Pacesetter Minnesota State Youth Basketball Championships will be held at UMC and Mahnomen High School.

Boys' teams in Grades 5-6-7-8-9 will play at Mahnomen with the 9th Grade meet April 14, the 7-8 Grade meets April 21 and the 5-6 Grade meets April 28.

All girls' teams in the five grades will play at UMC April 21.

Each region is limited to 16 teams. More than 800 teams enter the Pacesetter regionals each year.

The eight region champions advance to the state meet in St. Cloud in July.

Bombers tournament

The weekend Bemidji Bombers Invitational will conclude today with boys and girls events in Grades 3-4-5-6-7-8.

Gibbons honored


Abe Gibbons of Minneapolis South has been named Gatorade Minnesota Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

He joins 49 other state champs in competition for the national Player of the Year award.

Gibbons scored 19 goals and had 31 assists as the Tigers were unbeaten during the regular season and top seeded in Section 5AA.

They were upset by Edina at the section meet, however, to finish 16-1-1.

The 6-2 Gibbons was named Mr. Soccer by the State Soccer Coaches Association and was a first team All-State choice by both the Minneapolis Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Along with his teammate and twin brother Aaron, he will attend Wisconsin-Milwaukee to play soccer next fall.

Hengel to St. John's

Another Bemidji High Scholl athlete has announced his college plans.


Andrew Hengel will join the St. John's football and baseball squads next season, playing football for the legendary John Gagliardi.

He was a three sport performer at Bemidji, also starting for the basketball team his final two seasons.

He quarterbacked the grid team and pitches and plays shortstop in baseball.

He joins his favorite grid target, split end Justin Hunt, in the college ranks. Hunt will play for BSU next season.

Others who have signed include wrestlers Kaleb Young (Minnesota) and Joe Andersen (St. Cloud), soccer forward Liz Judkins (Southwest) and girl's hockey forward Courtney Josefson (St. Cloud)

Babe Ruth notes

The annual Babe Ruth Northern State meeting was held this week at Blueberry Pines Country Club a Menahga with Carl Jacobs and Moe Webb representing Bemidji.

Among the dates set was the state intact tournament at Bemidji Aug. 2-5, a 12-team event for the four districts still sponsoring intact play.


The state 13, 14 and 15 year old All-Star tournaments will be held July 26-30. Bemidji will again sponsor teams in those three divisions playing separate schedules from the intact teams.

All-Star camp

Registration had opened for the Ten Star All-Star Summer Basketball camps.

The camps are by invitation only with boys and girls 10-19 eligible to apply. Players from all 50 states and 17 foreign countries attended last year's camp.

The nearest of the 13 camps is Mitchell, S. D.

For information call 704-373-0873 anytime.

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