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Hanna, Lee, Rybak among honorees

Minnesota Duluth’s Scott “Honey Bear” Hanna, Bemidji State’s David Lee and St. Cloud State’s Mike Rybak will be inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame at the 15th annual NSIC Summer Kickoff at 7 p.m. today at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Cloud.

Hanna, a Duluth native and Central High School graduate, had the longest tenure in UMD history after 44 years as a player, coach and staff member. Hanna played football and baseball for the Bulldogs and had a 27-year head baseball coaching career, going 550-357-3 and capturing four NSIC regular-season titles. Hanna also was an assistant football coach for 23 seasons and took over as UMD’s equipment manager in 1978.

Lee is Bemidji’s all-time leading men’s basketball scorer with 2,034 points and was a four-time all-conference selection for the Beavers. Lee later coached the Hayward girls basketball team to seven Heart O’North Conference championships and 10 regional titles. He had a 358-129 record and continues to teach physical education at the school.

Rybak was one of St. Cloud’s top student-athletes, winning four conference wrestling titles from 1965 to 1968 at 191 pounds and was an NAIA national champion in 1967. He also was an all-conference center in football. He had an impressive coaching career that included stints at Itasca Community College, where his 1995 team won the Division III national championship. He continues to coach track at Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, where he finished his 47th year of coaching this spring.

They will be joined by Concordia-St. Paul’s Lisa (Harfield) Borowitz, Minnesota State-Moorhead’s Dale Robley, Northern State’s Jason Landmark, Southwest Minnesota State’s Lillie Brown and Winona State’s John Martin.


Farrell surges to finish sixth

Duluth golfer Derek Farrell had the best second-round total to finish tied for sixth at the 88th Minnesota State Junior Boys Championship on a windy Tuesday at Dacotah Ridge Golf Club in Morton, Minn.

Farrell, who completed his junior year at Duluth Marshall this past spring, shot a 3-over-par 75 to go with his 80 on Monday for an 11-over 155 total.

Freddy Thomas of Lakeville, Minn., coasted to individual medalist honors with an even-par 144, beating Max Redetzke, also of Lakeville, by seven strokes.


Fairchild signs with KHL team

Duluth native Cade Fairchild, a former University of Minnesota defenseman, signed a contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, according to online reports Tuesday.

Fairchild, who played two seasons at Duluth East before spending two years with the United States National Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., made his NHL debut by playing five games with the St. Louis Blues in the 2011-12 season.

Fairchild played two seasons for the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League and split time last season with the Chicago Wolves and the Portland Pirates of the AHL.


NorthShore Marathon adds sponsor

The NorthShore Inline Marathon announced Tuesday that Minnesota Power will sponsor a 10K run that was held in conjunction with the nation’s largest inline marathon for the first time in 2013.

The Minnesota Power Tunnel 10K will be held Sept. 13, the same day as the inline marathon, a roller-ski event and the Wheels Off half-marathon run. The Tunnel 10K takes place on the northbound and southbound lanes of I-35.

The marathon also announced a partnership with the American Red Cross.


Saints named preseason All-Americans

Three St. Scholastica players were named preseason All-Americans by USA College Football, the school announced Tuesday.

Senior center Pete Stanley of Rogers, Minn., led the way by landing on the preseason All-America first team. Stanley has started every game for the Saints the past two seasons.

Blake Cedarleaf, a senior defensive end from Mahtomedi, Minn., was named to the second team. Cedarleaf tallied 7½ sacks and 64 tackles a year ago.

Another senior, kicker Mike Theismann, also was a second-team selection. The St. Cloud product was 16-for-17 on field-goal attempts in his first two seasons before struggling to a 5-of-11 showing in 2013.

St. Scholastica, under first-year coach Kurt Ramler, begins practice Aug. 17.