Sportsline: Skjerven appointed new Prowler coach

Former Thief River Falls High School and Bemidji State University baseball pitcher Courtney Skjerven has been named to head the Prowlers baseball program this year.

Former Thief River Falls High School and Bemidji State University baseball pitcher Courtney Skjerven has been named to head the Prowlers baseball program this year.

He succeeds Shane Zutz. another former Beaver, who stepped down after last season after being appointed Middle School principal.

Skjerven has taught Middle School for the past eight years in his home town,. He has also coached the American Legion team the past six

In another move, Thief River has named Brett Johnson as softball coach succeeding Barry Dowers who stepped down to become head baseball coach at Northland Community College this spring.

Indoor soccer


Bemidji Youth Soccer will start its indoor season today at the Bemidji High School gymnasium.

The program will be run on Sunday afternoons through the end of April. The cost is included in the coat of registration for the regular 2010 summer season.

Sessions are set from 1-2 for U-10 and U-11, 2-3 for U-12 to U-15 and 3-4 for U-16 to U-19.

Each session will consist of 10 minutes of dynamic warm-ups followed by 10 minutes of warm-up drills and a 40 minute game with a halftime break.

The program is open to players of all skill levels.

Riewer sets record

Staples-Motley's Jordan Riewer added another chapter to his long career when he set a new Cardinals career scoring mark at 1,764, 15 more than Eric Kelley who has held the record since 1997.

It came during a 17 point performance in a 73-52 victory over Minneapolis Washburn.


Riewer is the grandson of former Bagley High and BSU cager Jerry Riewer, the long-time baseball and cross country coach at Staples.

Carlin hits 1,000

Garrett Carlin of Fosston became the second Greyhound to reach the 1,000-point mark this year, hitting 12 points in a 59-52 loss to NCW.

It improved his career total to 1,002. He joins Steve Lyseng who earlier reached the four figure mark this winter.

Carlin is a 6-6 center.

Another K-N 1,000

Ann Poxleitner of Kelliher-Northome became the school's third player to reach the 1,000-point mark this year.

It came in a loss to Cass Lake-Bena.


Poxleitner, who needed 113 points this season to reach the four figure mark, is averaging 9.2 points per game.

Earlier this year, Charlie Schuh and Alex Gehlert of the Mustangs boys team topped 1,000 points. They are the third and fourth Mustangs to hit that figure in Coach Bob Steuven's five years at the helm.

Sled dog racing

Bemidji ISDRA musher Phil Swain took ninth in the Adult 6-Dog Speed class last Sunday at the Medford Wis., sled dog races.

He finished the 12, mile course in 37:49.

Swain was second in the Adult 3-Dog Speed class, finishing the 8.4 mile course in 27:47.

The event was hosted by the Wisconsin  Trailblazers Sled Dog Club. It is sanctioned by the ISDRA and counts toward the International Championship Series.

Good reading


Twins fans will welcome the new 192 page volume Minnesota Twins, the complete illustrated history, written by Minneapolis Star Tribune sports writers Dennis Brackin and Pat Reusse.

In picture and story, ,the book recounts the Twins long history, now celebrating its 50th season of play this summer.

It is published by MVP Books and sells for $30 per copy.

State polls

Minnetonka and Breck top the weekly boys hockey poll. Duluth East is 12th in 2A while Hermantown is third, Warroad fourth, Virginia-MIB sixth, Thief River seventh, Alexandria ninth, Sartell 13th and Hibbing 14th in single A.

In the girls hockey poll, Roseville and Warroad are the group leaders.

Roseau is eighth and Bemidji 12th in 2A.

East Grand Forks is sixth, Crookston eighth, Eveleth-Gilbert 11th and Alexandria 15th in Class A.


In basketball, Lakeville North, DeLaSalle, Sauk Centre and Cedar Mountain are the girls division leaders.

Bemidji is third, Alexandria fourth and Willmar 10th in 3A Hawley is third, in 2A and Northern Freeze fourth in Class A,

On the boys side, Hopkins, St. Paul Johnson, New London-Spicer and MACCRAY lead the four classes. Grand Rapids is fifth and Rocori seventh in 3A, Crosby third and Staples 10th in 2A and Sebeka third, Ada fourth, Park Christian fifth and Cass Lake-Bena seventh in single A

Mariucci hockey

Roseau holds a the Mariucci Conference hockey lead at 8-2 to 8-3 for Warroad as the season nears an end.

Moorhead is third at 5-2 with Thief River 4-5-1, East Grand Forks 3-6-1, Bemidji 2-6 and Crookston 1-7.

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