Sports Forum: Running legend to make showing at Beardsley race

The Dick Beardsley Half Marathon and 5K in Detroit Lakes, Minn., has attracted another running legend. Joan Benoit Samuelson - considered the best-ever U.S. female marathon runner - will make a guest appearance at the Sept. 11 race.

The Dick Beardsley Half Marathon and 5K in Detroit Lakes, Minn., has attracted another running legend. Joan Benoit Samuelson - considered the best-ever U.S. female marathon runner - will make a guest appearance at the Sept. 11 race.

She won the first Olympic marathon for women in 1984. Her time of 2:24.52 was faster than 13 of the 20 previous men's winners.

She's also a two-time Boston Marathon winner. Her record of 2:21.21 at the Chicago Marathon in 1985 held for 18 years until it was topped last year.

Still going strong, she qualified for this year's Olympic Trials with a 2:42.28 at Chicago.

Beardsley, a world elite runner himself, has attracted other notable runners like Bill Rodgers and Alberto Salazar.


- Forum staff reports

NFL helps Hansen camp

The Fargo Park District has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the National Football League to be used toward the Phil Hansen Sportsmanship Kamp for Kids.

The Kamp for Kids will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. July 12 at the Fargo South High School football complex.

"The NFL grant will allow us to put on a quality event, free of charge to the kids in the region,

and promote the sport of football, which has done so much for me," said Hansen, an Oakes, N.D., native who played football at North Dakota State University and in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills.

The Kamp for Kids will feature sportsmanship talks from Hansen and various high school and college coaches, as well as practice drill demonstration stations.

For more information on the Kamp for Kids, contact Clay Whittlesey with the Fargo Park District at (701) 241-1306.


- Forum staff reports

Valley City grad inducted

When Dianne Moser was growing up in Baker, Mont., in the late 1960s, girls couldn't play organized basketball.

But for the past 30 years, her name has been synonymous with the sport in Sheridan County and throughout Wyoming.

"She's truly a pioneer in women's high school athletics in Wyoming," said Sandy Michelena, who coached and worked with Moser at Tongue River High School for 20 years. "She's a great coach and a great person."

Others tend to agree.

A month ago, Moser was elected to the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame. She will be inducted at a ceremony June 23 in Las Vegas in conjunction with the national coaches clinic.

"It's an honor, but I'm a little surprised," said Moser, the Lady Eagles coach since 1975. "A lot of times you're not inducted until you retire."


Though Montana didn't have organized basketball for female athletes when Moser was in high school, her athletic ability paved the way for a successful collegiate career in basketball and volleyball at Valley City (N.D.) State.

As a forward with the Vikings, Moser helped Valley City advance to regional tournaments in 1972 and 1973.

She was an assistant coach for one season after she graduated, then her husband, Larry, saw a coaching position had opened in Dayton, Wyo.

"My husband knew the area and had vacationed here, and said it was beautiful country and that I needed to apply," she said.

The Mosers have been at Tongue River ever since. Larry Moser coaches the Eagles boys basketball team.

Moser has led the Lady Eagles to state championships in 1995, 1997 and 1998. She also coached track, volleyball and was the athletics director at Tongue River.

- Associated Press

Prices increase slightly


North Dakota State season ticket prices rose slightly for the school's first Division I-AA football season.

Season tickets increased $5 from last season to $80 for sideline and $60 for end zone for six home games. Individual game tickets went up $2 to $16, although some seats are priced at $12. Youth tickets are available for $4.

The Bison didn't fill their entire schedule until last month, but that won't affect the school's ticket campaign, says Troy Goergen, assistant athletic director for marketing.

"We're actually going to be starting earlier," he said.

NDSU is offering two package deals. The family pack includes four general admission tickets (maximum of two adults) for all six games for $100. The "Big Three" package is for sideline seats to three Division I-AA home foes - Valparaiso, Southern Utah and Northwest State (La.) - for $45.

- Jeff Kolpack

Dardis, Tech team place

Pat Dardis of West Fargo was a member of the South Dakota Tech team that placed 74th out of 140 teams at the annual Mini-Indy competition in Pontiac, Mich.


The competition tests the team's ability to design, fabricate and race an Indy-style race car. Dardis is majoring in industrial engineering at Tech, an engineering and science university in Rapid City, S.D.

The Tech team scored perfect marks in the manufacturing part of the competition and placed 20th in the skid-pad event.

- Forum staff reports

Inside information

A North Dakota State football jersey worn by Shania Twain during her concert last Saturday at the Fargodome sold for $1,130 in an auction to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank. The winner, Bonnie Waldorf of Fargo, got front row tickets to the show and a photo with Twain. ... Mayville State (N.D.) third baseman BrentWandler was an honorable mention NAIA All-American baseball selection this spring. He hit .427 in 47 games for the Comets including 12 home runs. ... Brandon Bertram, a Fargo South High School graduate, placed 20th at the NAIA marathon nationals held recently in Louisville, Ky. A sophomore at Black Hills State of Spearfish, S.D., Bertram recorded a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes, 59 seconds. ... Scott Miller of WDAY radio in Fargo and Steve Imming of WNAX radio in Yankton, S.D., were named recipients of the North Central Conference Ed Kolpack Media Award for their contributions in covering the league. Miller is in his ninth year with WDAY. He also spent four years as the radio basketball voice for the University of North Dakota ... Tim Bergland, a former NHL player, has resigned as head coach of the Fergus Falls, Minn., boys hockey team after two seasons. ... NDSU track athletes Andy Aakre (3.80 GPA, civil engineering) and Marc Steckler (4.0, mechanical engineering) were named to the District VII College Division all-academic team. ... The Cal Davis football team, which until this year did not offer athletic scholarships, will be more aggressive in recruiting, head coach Bob Biggs told the California Aggie newspaper. "The (D-I) change allows you to go after the prominent athlete," Biggs said. "You don't have to forecast potential. We'll have depth, and if someone goes down with an innury, we'll know that the next to step into their position will be quality as well."

- Forum staff reports

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