Sportsline: Sartell football players commit to area colleges

Four members of the Sartell football team that eliminated Bemidji from the first round of the state tournament this fall, have signed college letters of intent.

Four members of the Sartell football team that eliminated Bemidji from the first round of the state tournament this fall, have signed college letters of intent.

Tony Schmitz will head to St. Cloud and Sean Tillman to St John's. Rob Voshell is going to Sioux Falls and Josh Kremer to Mankato.

Schmitz was a tight end, Voshell a wide receiver and Kremer the team's leading rusher. Tillman was a fullback and linebacker.

Carsten Nelson, Brainerd's second leading rusher, will play at Mary. Teammates Aaron Pavek and Mitchell Weideman will go to St. Cloud.

Pierz 6-7. 285 pound tackle with BSU while eight Central Lakes Community College players have signed letters of intent or transferred to four year schools many with NSIC schools.


400th cage win

Veteran Vern Johnson of Grygla-Gatzke won his 400th career basketball victory at the school in a 58-55 win over Northern Freeze.

'He is 400-283 at the school, taking over the head job after three seasons as an assistant coach at Erskine, now a part of Win-E-Mac.

Fish Fry

The Bemidji Junior Curling Club will stage a walleye fish fry Monday at the Eagle Club from 5-7 p.m. The cost is a $10 donation. Tickets can be purchased from any Junior Curling Club member, at the Curling Club or at the door. Meals may also be purchased and donated to residents of the Gold Pine Nursing Home.

Comstock hits 10

Bemidji's Tessa Comstock cleared 10 feet at the recent Concordia College Invitational track meet, the fifth best vault in Cobber history.

Concordia won the meet against five opponents, beating each in a dual matchup.


The sophomore vaulter was voted the Most Valuable Freshman on last year's team.

Middle School mat

Bemidji Middle School wrestlers gained four place winners in the recent Grand Rapids Invitational.

'The small squad took 14th place among 16 teams entered.

Indi Farris finished third, Tyler O'Beirne fourth and Josh Seelye and Nickeem Lawrence seventh.

Sled dog racing

ISDRA musher Phil Swain of Bemidji took ninth place in the Adult Six Dog Speed class at the Three Bear Winter Sled Dog races.

Swain finished the 12 mile course in 41.38. He was second in the in the Adult 3-dog Speed Class with a time of 31.43 over a nine mile route.


The event was hosted by the Wisconsin Trail Blazers Sled Dog Club.

The race was sanctioned by the ISDRA and counts toward the International Championship. Series for Sled Dog racing.

Schneider pitches

Bemidji's Sol Schneider was pressed into service on the mound for the first time with New Mexico Military Institute and responded with three shutout innings, facing only 10 batters in a 6-3 loss to Otero Junior College.

It marked his first collegiate mound appearance. He drew a warm round of praise from his coach for his performance.

He had been held back earlier by an ankle injury.

He struck out two and walked none in his mound stint.

BSU meet


The BSU Phy Ed Sports Club is hosting a Racquetball Tournament Feb. 27 starting at 9 a.m. at the Gillett Fitness Center.

It will have both recreational and competitive divisions.

Cost is $10 for BSU students and $15 for non students before Feb. 19 and $15 and $20 afterward.

Matches will be best of three with a 15 point limit.

New uniforms

The Bagley-Fosston-Clearbrook-Gonvick Youth Hockey Association has purchased 25 new uniforms after receiving a donation from the NHLPA's Goals and Dreams fund.

The fund is designed to allow players to take up the sport who might otherwise be denied the chance due to the cost of equipment

The Players Association fund is now in its second decade.


State polls

Roseville and Warroad lead the girls state hockey polls this week.

Roseau is eighth and Bemidji 12 behind Roseville in 2A. Crookston is fourth, East Grand Forks eighth and Eveleth-Gilbert 12 in Class A.

In the boys division, Minnetonka and Breck are the division leaders.

Duluth East is 11 in AA with Hermantown third, Warroad fourth, Thief River sixth, Virginia seventh, St. Cloud Cathedral ninth, Alexandria 11, Sartell and Hibbing 14 in Class A.

In basketball, Hopkins, St. Paul Johnson, New London-Spicer and MACCRAY lead the four divisions.

St. Cloud Tech has dropped to 10 in 4A. Grand Rapids is fifth in 3A, Crosby fourth and Staples 10 in 2A and Sebeka third, Ada fourth, Park Christian fifth, Cass Lake-Bena eighth and Bertha-Hewitt ninth in A.

In the girls ranks, Lakeville North, DeLaSalle, Sauk Centre and Cedar Mountain lead the four divisions.


Bemidji is third and Alexandria fourth, in 3A, Hawley third in 2A and Northern Freeze fourth, Bertha-Hewitt fifth and Bigfork sixth in A.

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