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Local Sports Briefs - March 29

3-on- tourney

The 19th annual Northwestern 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held April 6-7 at Northwestern High School in Maple.

On April 6 there will be separate boys and girls categories for Grades 3-4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. On April 7, boys/girls grade 9, 10 and 11-12 and Men's A, Men's B and Men's 30 & over.

A dunk contest will be held on Sunday afternoon. Entry fee is $40 per team and is due by April 2.

Forms can be obtained on the web at www.ifan.tv, in Superior at the YMCA or Globe News and in Ashland at Sports Stuff.

For more information call Mike, 715-364-2606, or email Mike at wgranlund@centurytel.net.

UMD on the radio

Red Rock Radio and the UMD have signed a two-year extension to their radio rights contract. The extension takes Red Rock's exclusive rights for Bulldog football and men's hockey through the 2014-15 season.

UMD football will continue to air on KQDS-AM (The Fan 1490) while men's hockey is on KZIO-FM (94X).

"Keeping the UMD football and hockey teams here is a big win for our stations," said Red Rock Radio Sports Director Bruce Ciskie, who is the voice of UMD men's hockey. "It's great to know that we'll continue to broadcast Bulldog games to all our listeners throughout northeast Minnesota."

Red Rock Radio has held the broadcast rights for UMD football and men's hockey since the 2009-10 season.

Spring practice begins

Approximately 77 participants will convene at James S. Malosky Stadium Monday for the opening of the University of Minnesota Duluth's spring football drills.

First-year head coach Curt Wiese, who spent the past five seasons as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator, welcomes back 53 lettermen (including seven starters on offense and nine on defense) from last fall, when UMD posted a 10-2 overall record, captured its fifth consecutive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division title and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the fifth time in as many years.

The Bulldogs will practice on 15 occasions over three weeks, culminating with the 39th annual Maroon-White Spring Game at 5:30 p.m. on April 26.

Local players listed on UMD's roster include former Superior Spartans' Chris Blake, defensive back, and Joe Reichert, wide receiver; and former Northwestern Tigers' Ryan Miesbauer, tight end. Blake and Reichert will be seniors and Miesbauer will be a junior.

BULLDOG BITS: UMD will also scrimmage at 9 a.m. on April 13 and hold the UMD Coaches Clinc at 9 a.m. on April 20.

Spring practice schedule

April 1 - 3:30 p.m.

April 3 - 3:30 p.m.

April 5 - 5:45 a.m.

April 7 - 6:00 p.m.

April 8 - 3:30 p.m.

April 10 - 3:30 p.m.

April 12 - 5:45 a.m.

April 13 - 9:00 a.m. (scrimmage)

April 15 - 3:30 p.m.

April 17 - 3:30 p.m.

April 19 - 5:45 a.m.

April 20 - 2:00 p.m. (preceded by the UMD Coaches Clinic at 9:00 a.m.)

April 22 - 3:30 p.m.

April 24 - 3:30 p.m.

April 26 - 5:30 p.m. (39th annual Maroon-White Spring Game)

Fitger's 5K is full

The field for the 2013 Fitger's 5K Run & Walk has reached its capacity and registration is now closed.

Registration was limited to the first 1,900 entrants, an increase of 100 from last year. The 3.1-mile race is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m.

Registered participants will be mailed confirmation postcards and can pick up their race packets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 19 at Fitger's, or on race day from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Irvin 5K update

Registration for the 20th annual William A. Irvin 5K has reached 1,200 participants.

The race entry process will remain open until the 1,900-runner limit is reached.

To register for the June 21 race, runners should log onto GrandmasMarathon.com. The entry fee is $30. For more information go to GrandmasMarathon.com or call 218-727-0947.

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