Grandma’s weekend starts out wet; Beardsley says course record could fall; Security increased for marathon; Goucher fifth in 10K; Gwozdecky and Alabama-Huntsville

The Summer Solstice has arrived, yet spring-like weather remains in Northeastern Minnesota. Rain and 50 degrees Friday, the eve of the 37th Grandma’s Marathon, 23rd Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships. A 60 percent chance of rain is predicted for Saturday according to the National Weather Service.

Is Dick Beardsley’s 1981 marathon course record in jeopardy? The News Tribune has some thoughts here.

Security will be increased at Grandma’s Marathon, especially in the finish line area in Canal Park. Mike Creger of the News Tribune has an update here.

Kara Goucher finished fifth in Thursday’s U.S. Track and Field Championships women’s 10,000-meter event in Des Moines, Iowa. Her teammate, Shalane Flanagan, won the race. The Portland Oregonian has all the details here.

Former Denver coach George Gwozdecky is in the mix for the vacant Alabama-Huntsville job according to U.S. College Hockey Online here and UAH Hockey.com here and Mark McCarter of the Huntsville Times has a brief update here.

Grandma’s defending women’s champion returns; Mayor Ness to try half marathon; WCHA women’s tournament to Bemidji; Lamoureux twins sign with Nike

Defending women’s champion Everlyne Lagat of Kenya will wear No. 1 in Saturday’s 37th Grandma’s Marathon and carries the good wishes of her siblings, all nine of them. The News Tribune has her story here.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness, a former Duluth Central basketball player, is entered in Saturday’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. News Tribune writer Jon Nowacki checked in on Ness and his training for a story here.

The WCHA women’s playoff tournament is coming to Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., in 2014. A news release is here.

Two of the top players in WCHA women’s history, twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, candidates for the 2014 U.S. Olympic team, have signed an endorsement contract with Nike following the end of their college careers. Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald has the story of the sisters here.

Goucher to be in town, as spectator; Anchorage hires coach; Crunch season ends

Duluthian Kara Goucher has a busy week, running the 10,000-meter event Thursday at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, and then driving to Duluth to watch Saturday’s Grandma’s Marathon and USA Half Marathon Championships. A News Tribune update is here.

Alaska Anchorage hired Matt Thomas on Tuesday with the hopes of ending 20 straight losing seasons. Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News has stories here and here and here.

And there’s an update on Anchorage’s athletic director search here.

The Syracuse Crunch and J.T. Brown ended their season Tuesday night, losing to Grand Rapids (Mich.) 5-2 in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series in Syracuse, N.Y. Grand Rapids won the series 4-2. The Syracuse Post-Standard has stories here and here.

Yes one final farewell column; Marty Sertich update; Michigan Tech unveils new scoreboard

Yes a third, and final, farewell column by the Rink and Run editor with a look back at 35 years of covering Grandma’s Marathon right here.

Minnesotan Marty Sertich, a former Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner and nephew of former Minnesota Duluth coach Mike Sertich, is featured on the Colorado College web site here.

A new video scoreboard at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena at Michigan Tech was unveiled recently. Stephen Anderson of the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette has an update here.

First-time marathoner prepared for Grandma’s; Syracuse Crunch stays alive in AHL playoffs; McLeod looking forward to WCHA of 2013-14

A first-time marathoner from Duluth (Vinnie Surges) and a runner from Superior entered in his 106th race (Tim Sandor) are featured in the News Tribune leading to Saturday’s 37th Grandma’s Marathon here.

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse Crunch stayed alive in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series with a 5-2 road victory Saturday night against Grand Rapids (Mich.) The series returns to Syracuse, N.Y., on Tuesday. Grand Rapids leads 3-2. A Saturday game story from the Syracuse Post-Standard here.

Commissioner Bruce McLeod is looking forward to the new look WCHA in 2013-14. Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press talked with McLeod for a story here.

Grandma’s Marathon week arrives; Kara and Shalane; Berlo’s NCHC jersey

The 37th Grandma’s Marathon and 23rd Garry Bjorklund, not to the mention the USA Half Marathon Championships, will be run along the North Shore on Saturday, June 22.

The News Tribune kicks off its race coverage Sunday with two stories: a Father’s Day piece on Scott Pearson of Poplar, Wis., who suffered a heart attack in the 2012 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and lived to tell the tale here and a look back 35 years, to the 1978 Grandma’s Marathon, the first covered by the Rink and Run editor here.

Duluthian Kara Goucher, the 2012 USA Half Marathon women’s winner, is making a stop with training partner Shalane Flanagan in Madison, Wis., this week on the way to the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. A fun Twitter photo of Kara and Shalane is here.

Minnesota Duluth athletic director Josh Berlo shows off a new NCHC jersey in a Twitter photo here.

Syracuse Crunch avoids sweep; Grandma’s Marathon may add 2:05 runner

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch avoided being swept out of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series with a 3-2 win Friday night over Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Grand Rapids leads the series 3-1 and Game 5 is Saturday in Grand Rapids.

The Syracuse Post-Standard has a game story here.

The 37th Grandma’s Marathon is one week from Saturday, on June 22. It’s possible the race could feature an Ethiopian runner with a personal best of 2 hours and 5 minutes. The News Tribune has an update here.

Ice out at Amsoil Aena; PairWise may be tweaked; CC’s Scott Winkler; Constantine returns to Everett

Summer officially begins June 21 and a sure sign is the ice going out at Amsoil Arena. Hockey operations guy Jeff Stark has 35 seconds of video of ice demolition right here.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee is considering some PairWise Rankings changes, talked about last week in Indianapolis. Todd Milewski of U.S. College Hockey Online has an update here.

Former Colorado College center Scott Winkler was found dead at his family home in Norway on Wednesday at age 23. Joe Paisley of the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette has a story here.

International Falls native Kevin Constantine, 54, has returned to coach the Everett (Wash.) Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. He previously coached the team from 2003-2007. He was introduced Thursday and the team has press conference video here and a news release here.

State of Minnesota Hockey Tournament; LeBlanc’s pitch; Referee moves; Syracuse Crunch loses; WCHA media package; Big Ten considers off-site video replay

Do you know about the State of Minnesota Hockey Tournament? It debuts Jan. 24-25 at Xcel Energy Center: Minnesota Duluth vs. Minnesota State-Mankato, and Minnesota vs. St. Cloud State. Tickets through UMD are available here.

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse Crunch are in a deep hole after losing 4-2 Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup final championship series. Grand Rapids leads 3-0. A game story from the Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard is here.

Drew LeBlanc threw out the first pitch before Wednesday’s Minnesota Twins home win over Philadelphia. On Twitter LeBlanc reported:

I’ll be honest, I chickened out and lobbed one in there #nerves #rubberarm but the twins won and the madhouse got to go crazy #greatsuccess

Gopher Puck Live is projecting that WCHA referees Derek Shepherd, Brad Shepherd, Todd Anderson and C.J. Beaurline are heading to the NCHC, with Marco Hunt going to the Big Ten.

Nathan Wells of SB Nation, via Jack Hittinger of the Bemidji Pioneer, is projecting a media package for the WCHA, including video streaming of games in a report here.

Off-site video replay is being discussed by the Big Ten as the league debuts in 2013-14. Reports from Chris Solari of the Lansing (Mich.) Journal here and Wells with SB Nation here.

Stanley Cup connections; NCAA APR report; NCHC commissioner chatter

As the Stanley Cup championship series opens Wednesday, the Minnesota Duluth sports information office reminds fans there are two UMD-connected front office members from Ontario when spent time at UMD in the mid-1980′s: Chicago’s Norm Maciver, the assistant general manager, whose biography is here and Boston’s Wayne Smith, director of amateur scouting, here.

Academic Progress Rates have been released by the NCAA for 2012-13. Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey has the rankings of men’s hockey right here.

Let’s Play Hockey is reporting that Miami of Ohio senior associate athletic director Josh Fenton is being considered to follow Jim Scherr as NCHC commissioner. Fenton oversees hockey at Miami and is on the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee. His biography on the school’s web site is here.

Todd Milewski of the Madison Capital Times takes a look at home attendance figures for Wisconsin athletics here.