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  • Holdingford (Minn.) is losing a football coach, but will be keeping his two sons, according to

    Mark Messman, who coached the Holdingford football team for the past 21 years and has served as its elementary school principal, is the new superintendent at arch-rival Eden Valley-Watkins (Eden Valley, Minn.). However, his two sons have elected to play out their careers at their current school.

    Mitch Messman is a sophomore quarterback who also wrestles and plays baseball. Matt Messman is a freshman linebacker who also wrestles and runs track.

    That means Mark Messman will be making a 45-minute commute to his new job until his sons graduate.

    Holdingford Athletic Director Jason Bruns said kiddingly that he can't wait to charge Mark Messman $6 at each home football game. He also wondered which side of the field his former coach and friend would sit on.

    * One of the nation's premier wrestling coaches, Jim Jackson, retired this week after compiling a spectacular 619-26-3 record with two national and 14 state team championships at powerhouse Apple Valley (Minn.). Fifty-six of his wrestlers also won individual state titles. 

    The 55-year-old coach said he wants to spend more time with his family, particularly watching his sixth-grade daughter play tennis. He told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "It was the tough decision, but it was the right decision. It was a great run, but it's time to be a full-time father."

    With a strong returning nucleus, the vacant coaching position is sure to draw many top candidates prior to the May 25 deadline.

    * Former Indiana Mr. Basketball and McDonald's All-American Roger Harden has been named head boys basketball coach at Williamstown (Ky.), according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The 48-year-old Harden, who was a standout point guard at the University of Kentucky and set a single-season record for assists, said "I'm just thrilled about being back in the game and being back in the gym every day. In my heart, I've always wanted to coach."

    His work is cut out for him, because Williamstown has not had a winning record since the 2004-05 season. He plans to begin a weight training program under his son, Joe. 

    * Liverpool (N.Y.) softball coach Nick Spataro won his 400th game in a big way as Syracuse West won by a lopsided 28-0 margin. His reward? The game ball and a giant cookie.