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I was sitting around the other day and I decided to see how many Grand Rapids coaches I can remember who were at the helm when I first arrived at the Grand Rapids Herald-Review in September 1988.

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I hit the ground running when I took over as the sports editor at the Herald-Review, but at age 62 perhaps I should slow down to a trot.

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HIBBING — I’m not going to mention any names, but on Friday, I got a little irritated on the golf course.

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HIBBING — After nearly 14 years at the job here in Hibbing, it is time for this old codger to move on.

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HIBBING — I know I’m not very bright at times, but I still can’t quite figure out who the MInnesota Timberwolves drafted on Thursday night.

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HIBBING — The Hibbing American Legion baseball team will be playing in the 44th annual Grand Rapids American Legion Baseball Invitational which will be conducted on Friday through Sunday, June 21-23.

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MEDORA, N.D. — If you missed my column on Sunday (and you probably didn’t), my wife and I took the short jaunt out to Medora, N.D., on Thursday, to attend the induction ceremony at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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HIBBING — Congratulations goes out to Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin (G/N-K) sophomore Geno Uhrbom for winning the Triple Crown of high school distance running.

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HIBBING — At the State Class A Tennis Tournament, there were eight teams in the mix — four public schools and four private schools.

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HIBBING — Congratulations goes out to the Hibbing boys tennis team as it split a pair of dual matches at the state tournament on Tuesday.

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HIBBING — Congratulations to all of the area high school seniors who have graduated, and will be moving onto bigger and better things.

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HIBBING — I know I have written about playing outdoor basketball before, but it was such a big thing in my life growing up that I can’t help but let my mind drift back to those years decades ago when spring outdoor basketball would be played on the courts around the town of Coleraine.

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HIBBING — I’ve been watching some national baseball programs over the past week, and it seems the pundits are forgetting about one team in particular — the Minnesota Twins.

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HIBBING — It’s that time of the year where the high school sports scene will quiet down for the summer.

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HIBBING — While I was sitting in the athletics director’s office last Thursday, Megan Potter came out of her office with a rather interesting question.

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HIBBING — Hibbing High School graduate Deion Harris on Monday signed with the Washington Redskins of the National Football League as an undrafted free agent.

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HIBBING — Congratulations to the Hibbing Community College baseball team on clinching their Northern Division title last week.

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HIBBING — As my son Tony and I were golfing in the Early Bird Meet Saturday at the Mesaba Country Club, the topic of sports never came up.

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HIBBING — It was fun to watch young Jude Sundquist hurl a no-hitter against Mt. Iron-Buhl last week in Chisholm.

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HIBBING — I’ve done a lot of things as sports editor of the Hibbing Daily Tribune, but there was something I had never done before — attend a National Football League draft party.

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HIBBING — With the National Football League draft just four days away, the speculation about who the Minnesota Vikings should take has been running rampant.

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HIBBING — There are an awful lot of sports “experts” around this country that should be sitting down for a piece of humble pie, pass the sock, please.

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HIBBING — The Minnesota Wild had the 11th pick in the National Hockey League draft before the lottery was held last Wednesday.

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VIRGINIA — Way back in 2008 Minnesota’s voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution.

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HIBBING — It’s nice to see graduates of area high schools come back and coach here on the Iron Range.

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HIBBING — The Minnesota Wild ended their season Saturday night with a game against Dallas, and for the first time in seven years, Minnesota won’t be in the playoffs.

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HIBBING — In the newspaper business, if you make a mistake and the paper has “been put to bed,” or it has been sent for printing, there is nothing you can do but grin and bear it.

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HIBBING — I don’t necessarily have a bucket list or anything like that, but if I did, I can cross something off of that list.

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HIBBING — Sitting here desperately grasping for something relevant to write about, my mind drifts back to just a couple years ago in 2017, when the Hibbing High School baseball team made that memorable run to the Class AAA state championship game.

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HIBBING — If you want to see some offense this spring, then check out the Hibbing Community College baseball team.

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HIBBING — Congratulations goes out to the Hibbing Community College women’s basketball team for claiming the consolation championship of the national tournament in Bethlehem, Pa., last weekend.

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HIBBING — Congratulations to the Hibbing High School girls basketball team and their sixth-place finish at the State Class 3A Tournament Friday.

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HIBBING — I don’t know where to start with all the postseason success that has been enjoyed by area sports teams this winter.

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HIBBING — This column is an easy one to put together because I want to congratulate the Hibbing High School girls basketball team for winning the Section 7AAA title over Grand Rapids last Thursday.

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HIBBING — First off, congratulations to the Hibbing High School girls basketball team on their victory over Princeton Saturday.

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HIBBING — With the state boys hockey tournament nearly upon us, Minnesota hockey fans are gearing up for another festive occasion.

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HIBBING — In case you missed it, the Hibbing High School Gymnasium was jam packed with Section 7AA wrestlers Friday and Saturday.

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HIBBING — It looks like it will be an exciting time for area basketball fans this postseason.

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HIBBING — In case you haven’t been paying attention, we have two basketball teams in this city that have a combined record of 45-4.

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HIBBING — The Rev. Rodney Tuomi of Hibbing had an interesting dilemma on Tuesday night when the Hibbing High School girls basketball team played host to the Cherry Tigers at the high school gymnasium.

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HIBBING — I was going to write about the frustrations of being a Minnesota sports fan, which I’ve done countless other times, but sometimes, there are things in this life that are more important than whether or not the Wolves, Wild, Twins and Vikings win games.

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HIBBING — Patrick Johnson of East Bethel, Minn., recently sent in some information regarding an old-time Hibbing hockey player that he says helped pave the way for other U.S. hockey players to become professionals.

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HIBBING — Are the Minnesota Twins really in the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes?

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VIRGINIA — Super Bowl XV is the first version of the NFL Championship game I can actually remember watching because it was my first taste of being on the losing end of a bet.

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HIBBING — How many of you feel sorry for the New Orleans Saints?

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HIBBING — I’m probably being a little premature, but the Minnesota Wild should just mail in the 2018-19 season.

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HIBBING — We’re down to four teams for the run to the Super Bowl and I can bet that half of the Minnesotans out there had the Vikings making it this far, including myself.

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HIBBING — I first want to congratulate Oscar Schock for putting a 44-year career as public address announcer for the Hibbing High School wrestling team to rest.

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