Sports Forum: Valley City grad Boschee inks deal with Greek team

Jeff Boschee, the Valley City, N.D., High School graduate who played basketball at the University of Kansas, has signed a one-year, $80,000 contract with Panellinios, a team in the European Basketball's Greek A1 League.

Jeff Boschee, the Valley City, N.D., High School graduate who played basketball at the University of Kansas, has signed a one-year, $80,000 contract with Panellinios, a team in the European Basketball's Greek A1 League.

"There are a lot of perks," Boschee said, referring to a chance to earn an additional $20,000 in incentives.

If Boschee hits 40 percent of his 3-point field goals, he can earn an extra $5,000. If he makes 82 percent of his free throws, he can earn another $5,000.

Boschee made 338 of 843 3-pointers while playing at Kansas from 2000 to 2003, a 40.1 percent clip.

Boschee is currently playing for the Kansas Cagerz of the United States Basketball League where he earns $425 per week. With five games remaining for the 16-9 Cagerz who are based in Salina, Kan., Boschee is averaging 13.5 points and leads the team in steals and assists.


Boschee will report to Athens in August for training camp. League play lasts from September through May, but with only 30 games.

"To me, that translates into a lot of freakin' practice," joked Boschee. "Obviously, I'm a little nervous because I don't know what to expect. Basketball is basketball."

- Jason King, Kansas City Star

Jimmies name coach

Jeff Trumbauer, a former assistant at North Dakota State and Minnesota State Moorhead, has been named the new head men's basketball coach at Jamestown College.

Trumbauer takes over the Jimmie basketball program after serving as an assistant coach to Tom Billeter at Augustana (S.D.) in the North Central Conference last season.

A news conference to introduce Trumbauer to the media and community is set for 2 p.m. today at the Reiland Fine Arts Center's Kenneth A. Meier Lobby and Gallery.

The Jamestown College post is Trumbauer's first head coaching position. Before joining the Augustana coaching staff, the Battle Lake, Minn., native had served as an assistant coach at Dartmouth (N.H.), MSU Moorhead and as a graduate assistant at Northern State University (S.D.).


He takes over a Jamestown College men's basketball program that has been a perennial Dakota Athletic Conference power. Brad Huse, who resigned to take an assistant coaching job at NCAA Division I Montana, led the Jimmies to four NAIA Division II national tournament appearances, including the last three seasons. Jamestown College was the No. 1-ranked team in NAIA Division II all last season and won its third consecutive DAC-10 title.

"I am excited about the opportunity to take over the tradition-rich program at Jamestown College and to be a staff member of an outstanding academic institution," Trumbauer said. "I have had the opportunity to work for some of the area's best coaches in Tom Billeter (Augustana), Mike Olson (MSUM) and Bob Olson (Northern State).

"These experiences have prepared me to take on the task of maintaining a championship program."

- Scott Throlson, Jamestown Sun

Mary names Pintar

The University of Mary has appointed assistant men's basketball coach Juno Pintar as interim head coach, athletic director Al Bortke says.

Pintar, a Fargo North High School and North Dakota State graduate, will fill the position next season, while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement for Jim Feeney.

Feeney resigned earlier this month after nearly a decade with the team to take a position with a pharmaceutical company and spend more time with his family.


Pintar has been involved with the Bismarck university's athletic program for a decade. He also is head coach of the school's men's and women's golf teams.

- Associated Press

Sundell named All-American again

Fargo South High School graduate Steve Sundell finished his collegiate career at Columbia University (N.Y.) by placing eighth in the 5,000-meter run at last weekend's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas.

Sundell posted a time of 14:23.97 and earned his second All-American honor.

Sundell won the NCAA Eastern Region 5,000 the previous week and was undefeated in the Ivy League during his junior and senior years in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.

Sundell, an All-American in cross country last fall, set nearly every distance record at Columbia and was named the school's athlete of the year.

- Forum staff reports


Pennsylvania honors Maughan

Another year, another hall of fame for North Dakota State head wrestling coach Bucky Maughan. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame last weekend in Pittsburgh.

Maughan, who grew up near Pittsburgh, was one of 18 to be honored in front of a banquet ceremony of about 600 people.

Maughan was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame last summer.

- Jeff Kolpack

Inside information

NDSU didn't go far to find an assistant volleyball coach. The Bison hired former University of Minnesota player Lisa Axel. A defensive specialist, she helped the Gophers to the 2002 Big Ten championship. She spent last year coaching at her alma mater of Buffalo High (Minn.). ... Barbara Ungermannova, a standout thrower from Crookston, Minn., signed a women's track and field letter of intent with NDSU. The native of the Czech Republic had the best shot put and second-best discus throws in Minnesota Class 1A this spring. ... Former Bison men's basketball standout Denver TenBroek did not make the roster of the USBL's Cedar Rapids River Raiders. TenBroek said he's going to give the CBA a try this fall with either the Sioux Falls Skyforce or the Dakota Wizards. TenBroek is in Fargo for the summer and is working on organizing hourly workout sessions for kids in groups of three to five. ... University of North Dakota assistant men's basketball coach Randall Herbst was going to accept an assistant position with Wisconsin-Green Bay until UND countered with a raise and a promotion, according to a Green Bay newspaper report. Herbst was named UND's associate head coach May 19.

- Forum staff reports

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