As we make the transition from summer to fall, there's some leftover baseball news, a few football updates and some coaching changes in this version of "News & Notes."
New York Mills wins 13-year-old Babe Ruth State Championship
The New York Mills 13-year-old Babe Ruth team capped an impressive season with a state baseball championship last month in Hawley. New York Mills dominated the tournament, going 4-0, with the closest game being an 8-4 win over Roseau. NYM opened the state tournament in impressive fashion with a 14-0 win over Fergus Falls, followed by the 8-4 win over Roseau on Friday and 15-2 victory over Albany. New York Mills won the state title by beating Albany 13-6 in the championship game. New York Mills ended its season with a 29-2 record.
Twins grant benefits Wadena baseball
The Minnesota Twins Community Fund Board of Directors provided Wadena Area Youth Baseball with a $1,000 grant this summer. The grant went toward umpires, baseballs and equipment, according to baseball organizer Kyle Dykhoff.
Region 14C/16C Amateur Baseball
Carlos earned its sixth consecutive trip to the state amateur baseball tournament when the Cougars won the Region 14C title with a 14-4, seven-inning victory over Bertha. Carlos has now appeared in the state tournament 11 times. The Blazers, in just their third season, advanced to state for the first time.
Joe Snaza of Carlos was named the 14C MVP. Snaza hit .750 (12-for-16) with three homeruns, one double, nine RBI and scored 13 runs.
In Region 16C, Brandon-Evansville qualified for "The Show" for the second time and the first since 2002 when the Bluedogs beat Midway18-13. The Snurdbirds advanced to the state tourney for the 15th time.
The Bluedogs' Ryan Hendrickson was chosen as the 16C MVP. Hendrickson batted .471 (8-17) with 14 RBI. Of his eight hits, he had five homeruns and one double.
Coaching Changes Galore
As the new school year begins, a number of athletic teams will have new head coaches.
Shelley Glenz takes over as head volleyball coach at Verndale. She replaces Kelly Youngbauer who had coached the Pirates since 2001. Glenz has JO volleyball coaching experience. Lindy Kaden is the new girls' and boys' cross country coach at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Stephanie Booker is the new head coach for the 2009 season. She replaces Angie Turner, who accepted a position in the New York Mills school district. Booker will be assisted by Heidi Schnettler.
Dirk Schulz is the new Parkers Prairie football coach. He replaces Scott Peterson, who remains with the program as an assistant coach. Schulz is a former head coach at Wadena-Deer Creek. Sara Rojas has been appointed the new girls soccer coach at Brainerd succeeding Steve Kimble, who left the school district to take over the St, Benedictís College soccer post. Rojas has five years experience in the Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association and has been head coach of the Middle School for four years.
Speaking of W-DC
Neil Koehler is the Wolverines' new head girls' tennis coach. Koehler graduated from New York Mills and played college tennis at St. John's University. He graduated from SJU in 2008 with degrees in English and Biology. In addition to coaching tennis, Koehler is currently the Assistant Manager at Snap Fitness in Wadena and a Message Center Representative at Arvig Communication Systems. He is also working on his ISSA personal trainer certifcation.
MSUM hires Nelson as head wrestling coach
Kris Nelson has been named head wrestling coach at Minnesota State Moorhead, athletic director Doug Peters announced last month. Nelson becomes the ninth wrestling coach in the programís 50-year history. He takes over for Keenan Spiess, who recently resigned after six seasons to pursue other interests. Nelson has been an assistant coach at North Dakota State the past nine seasons under coaching legend Bucky Maughan. Nelson also wrestled for Maughan at NDSU from 1995-2000, while the program was in Division II. NDSU has since moved to Division I. Nelson was a three-time Division II All-American for the Bison, winning a national championship at 133 pounds in 2000. That season he was named most outstanding wrestler in Division II.
Another change this fall
Rothsay and Barnesville are officially splitting their athletic programs. The two schools had shared their football, track and golf teams as Agassiz Valley since 1991. Barnesville will continue to play in Section 6A and is a member of the Northern Plains Conference. The Trojans will be coached by Bryan Strand.
The Tigers will compete at the 9-Man level, but because the final decision didn't come until early August, Rothsay will play a nine-game, junior varsity schedule this year and a full varsity schedule in 2010. Andrew Oland will serve as the Tigers' head coach.
Good news-Bad News for local Bison
First the bad news...Kevin Vaadeland, a 6'3", 230-pound freshman tight end from Park Rapids suffered an apparent season-ending ACL tear to his knee during just his fifth practice at NDSU. Vaadeland most likely would have redshirted this season anyway, but "it's disappointing to him nonetheless," said Bison head coach Craig Bohl.
The good news..former Ottertail Central football standout Kyle Belmont of Battle Lake is making his way back. It was about a year ago when Belmont injured his knee in a North Dakota State football non-contact drill. Belmont suffered a bad bone bruise that acted more like a micro fracture. While the that injury may sound minor, it can take months to recover. Belmont was at about 85 percent during spring football. Belmont was fourth on the team in tackles in 2007 with 61 and had two interceptions. Belmont is a fifth-year player who is listed as a junior, but doubts he will be eligible for a hardship year.
Another NDSU note
Andrew Nack of Osakis is also a part of the Bison program this fall. Nack, a freshman, is listed as a 6'2", 245-pound offensive lineman.