Sportsline: Schmoker headed to wrestling hall of fame

Bemidji wrestling Coach Ken Schmoker, who will enter the National Wrestling Hall of Fame next month, an honor announced last month, is one of several state coaches nominated for Lifetime Service and Outstanding American Awards by the Minnesota Ch...

Bemidji wrestling Coach Ken Schmoker, who will enter the National Wrestling Hall of Fame next month, an honor announced last month, is one of several state coaches nominated for Lifetime Service and Outstanding American Awards by the Minnesota Chapter of the Hall of Fame committee.

They include Schmoker will earn the Lifetime Service Award.

Others are Phillip Richards of Excelsior, former Temple University standout wrestler and student body President, Jim Beshey of St. Claire, owner-publisher of the wrestling newspaper The Guillotine, a national award winning publication and the Bible of Wrestling in the state and

Neil Ladsten, the Littlefork native who started the mat program at UMD in 1969 and had a top rated collegiate program for 26 years.

He also was a football starter at the school for four years and coached that sport under Jim Malosky for many years.


Others are Howard Leopold, one of Minnesota's finest high school wrestlers in history, selected to the 60 Year Dream Team who was a three time state champ and a NAIA national runner-up at Concordia. He narrowly missed winning four state high school titles.

He produced 15 state place winners in long career at Mound.

Andy McCarty was the long time Park Rapids mat coach and a dean of wrestling officials in Northern Minnesota.

He officiated for 25 years and was head official at the Region 6-7-8 tournaments. He also worked 18 state tournaments.

John Sterner was carved a 38-year career in coaching after a standout college career at SDSU. His last 15 seasons were at Southwest State where he claimed seven league titles over a nine year period and produced 30 All Americans and the school's first national championship in 29 years. Neil Hendrickson later became an NCAA-II national champ.

Trail grooming

The annual Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club's trail grooming will switch its efforts to Three Island State Park next Saturday.

The hours will be from 9-12 with Bruce Slinkman the project supervisor this week.


Oct. 3 will find work on the Buena Vista trails.

This is an annual project of keeping the trails in shape and also earning some volunteer Grant-in-Aid dollars for the club.

The grooming will continue each Saturday through Oct. 24.

Football fan bus

A fan bus is being planned for the Bemidji-Alexandria football game Sept. 26.

The charter bus will leave and return to the high school and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

For reservations, contact Todd Richardson at 444-5379.

Golf meet


The 19th annual NCHS Auxiliary golf meet will be played Friday at the Country Club with the best ball event starting at noon from a shotgun start.

Proceeds go to the North Country Heath Services.

Contact Kari Knutson at 333-5654 or Jane Miller at 333-5569 for further information .

Canoe races

Al Rudquist and Kate Ellis captured the title at the Minnesota Canoe Championships at Bemidji this month.

It was the 17th national championship for Rudquist. He won the two lap, 14 mile race over Devin Arenz and Todd Johnson by seven seconds.

Dave Dahl and Rick Lorenzen won the one lap, 7 mile race by 32 seconds. Ed Arenz and Lee Jarpey were third and Spencer Meaney and Leif Ronnander fourth.

Curling notes

The 2010 Olympic men's and women's curling teams were in action this week at the AMJ Campbell Sports Jenkins Classic in Brockville, Ont.

It marked the first competition for the John Shuster and Deb McCormick rinks and also featured the 2006 Olympic Bronze medalist Pete Fenson and Olympic Trials runner-up Patti Lank.

The two Olympic rinks recently traveled to Switzerland to compete against the Swiss Olympic teams. and other European rinks. Both US teams ended with winning records.

Polls and standings

Apple Valley and Totino Grace pace the AA and A boys soccer poll this week. St. Cloud Cathedral is seventh and Hermantown ninth in A.

In the girls division, Woodbury and Benilde are the state leaders with East Grand Forks receiving votes in single A.

In volleyball, Shakopee, Marshall and Bethlehem Academy are the state leaders in 3A, 2A and A.

Alexandria and Bemidji are 11 and 12 in 3A. Hibbing and Wadena are 7-9 in AA and Baudette, Northern Freeze, and Bertha-Hewitt 4-5-6 in Class A.

Stillwater tops the 2A swim standings with Sartell atop Class A. No other northern teams drew mention.

In cross country, Eden Prairie tops the 2A standings with Moorhead fifth and Alexandria eighth. Lukas Gemar of Moorhead leads the individual ratings.

Perham leads Class A with Pequot Lakes fourth, Staples sixth and St. Cloud Cathedral ninth.

Prior Lake and Perham top the girls standings with Jamie Piepenburg of Alex the 2A individual leader and Maddie McClellan of Perham the Class A top runner.

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