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Bagley's Malm inducted into track coaches hall of fame

Former teacher and Bagley High School coach Carl Malm was inducted into the Minnesota Track Coaches Hall of Fame on Jan. 27. During his career Malm has coached track, football, basketball and cross country. He began his career in 1960 in Californ...

Former teacher and Bagley High School coach Carl Malm was inducted into the Minnesota Track Coaches Hall of Fame on Jan. 27.

During his career Malm has coached track, football, basketball and cross country. He began his career in 1960 in California but eventually moved to Bagley, where he coached for 30 years.

While at Bagley, Malm was instrumental in building the school's first track in 1966 and that facility is still used today.

During his tenure at Bagley, Malm coached his teams to 11 boys and girls Pine to Prairie Conference championships, 15 Northwood Six Conference girls championships, four boys and three girls district/sub-section titles and two entries in the state girls True Team meets.

He also coached 68 Flyers to the state meet and nine of them returned as place winners.

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Malm was named the district Coach of the Year six times and section Coach of the Year on four occasions.

Another retired Bagley track and field coach, Doug Carlson, recently received an award for being named the 2011 Section 8A girls Coach of the Year.

Last spring Bagley tied for the state girls track and field championship.

Boys basketball

On Friday, Trey Volk of Blackduck became the latest area athlete to join the 1,000-point club when he nailed a 3-pointer against Badger-Greenbush-Middle River.

Volk is only a sophomore so he has a chance to reach 2,000 points before he graduates.

Despite Volk's accomplishment, Blackduck did not win the game as BGMR downed the Drakes 70-54. Blackduck also dropped a 66-55 decision to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Thursday.

This week sees Blackduck (10-8) entertaining Pine River-Backus on Friday.

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Cass Lake-Bena took a 13-3 record into Monday's home game against Nevis. CL-B lost its only game last week when it fell 74-55 at Crosby-Ironton.

"The Rangers got their revenge against us," said Panthers coach Brian Michaelson, who referred to a 67-58 Cass Lake-Bena win over C-I during the Christmas holiday break.

"Right from the tip the Rangers took the lead and held it the entire game. Once again we struggled to get the ball to our big guys and that has been our strength most of the year."

Jake Ellis finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Caleb Fisher had 12 points and Dakotah Brunelle 10 points and a team-high seven assists.

CL-B also visits Clearbrook-Gonvick Thursday and hosts Laporte Friday.

Kelliher-Northome (9-7) posted a pair of victories last week, tripping Littlefork-Big Falls 80-75 and edging Pine River 75-73. The Mustangs hosted Lake of the Woods Monday and visit Red Lake Thursday.

Laporte dropped to 1-10 after losing to Nevis 76-20. Red Lake also lost to Nevis 80-65. The Warriors (12-8) welcome K-N Thursday and head to Fond du Lac Friday.

Bagley (11-6) was a double winner last week, nipping Fosston 10-6 and blasting Climax-Fisher 11-6. The Flyers entertained Win-E-Mac Monday and travel to Norman County West Thursday and Crookston Friday.

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Girls basketball

Kelliher-Northome dipped to 10-8 on the season after losing to Lake of the Woods 69-58 and to Pine River 55-38.

"I thought the Mustangs played a great game against Pine River," said K-N coach Justin Lundin. "The team made a point to focus on better defense and that is what we did. It was a true defensive battle from both sides throughout the game."

The Mustangs trailed 28-18 at intermission. They drew within three points in the second stanza but Pine River dominated the final few minutes and eventually won by 17.

"Pine River is the toughest team we will see during the season and we did an outstanding job of holding our ground and keeping the score close," Lundin said.

Katey Lutz had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Kelly Heck scored 11 points, Carrie Carrigan eight and Shelene Head seven.

Lutz had 24 and Heck 22 in the loss to Lake of the Woods.

"Our downfall was free throws," Lundin said. "We are a 62 percent shooting team but in this game we shot a season-low 36 percent (11 of 30) and it's tough to win when you can't hit the free throws."

K-N traveled to Littlefork-BF Monday and hosts Clearbrook-Gonvick Friday.

Blackduck (3-14) fell 60-39 to Littlefork-BF and 56-35 to WHA last week. The Drakes are at Pine River on Thursday.

Cass Lake-Bena (5-14) lost 75-51 to Red Lake County Central but hoped to resume its winning ways Monday at Crosby-Ironton. This week also finds the Panthers at Clearbrook-Gonvick Thursday and hosting Laporte Friday.

Laporte (1-15) also hosts Red Lake Tuesday. Red Lake (5-9) defeated Bug O Nay Ge Shig 80-6 last week and will close its week by playing at Fond du Lac on Friday.

Bagley (9-11) went 2-1 last week, trimming Fosston 43-39, dumping Climax-Fisher 59-24 and losing 66-45 to Crookston. The Flyers travel to Norman County West Thursday and welcome Pine River on Friday.

Hockey

Bagley-Fosston will end its regular season this week, heading to Walker on Thursday to take on Park Rapids-WHA and hosting Detroit Lakes Friday.

The Flyers (8-13) split a pair of games last week, defeating Wadena 3-1 and losing 5-1 to Wahpeton.

Aaron Leintz had two goals in the win and Cole Gubrud one. Brenton Bergh and Leintz had assists.

Bagley-Fosston yielded four power play goals in the second period in the loss to Wahpeton. Sean Lavine scored the lone Flyers goal.

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It was another perfect Sunday with clear skies and comfortable temperatures on Garfield Lake. Thirty-three racers and crews filled the pits, and the oval track was surrounded by hundreds of fans.
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