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Patrick Reusse is a sports columnist who writes three columns per week. Write to Patrick by e-mailing and including his name in the subject line.

Reusse: All because Jim Beattie answered a boxing ad

Jim Beattie, who recently died at 77, was a 6-foot-9 heavyweight who had one of the most interesting stories you will find among Minnesota's home-state athletes.

Reusse: A ref, a coach and a columnist walk into an arena ...

Patrick Reusse kicked off the college basketball season with a 475-mile round trip through threatening weather with veteran Division I official Eric Curry. Here's how it went.

Reusse: LeClair took on a bear; the result is in dispute

In 1974, Jim LeClair, a young linebacker with the Bengals from St. Paul, was convinced to accept the challenge to take on a wrestling bear.

Reusse: Gophers football is latest target for 'Prove It' sect of fans

Do you need more evidence of Gophers and Vikings progress? Perhaps you're a member of the Prove-It-To-Me sect of Minnesota fans, who came into prominence during the Twins' season.

Reusse: St. Thomas football bids Northfield a 56-7 adieu

St. Olaf's major accomplishment was a touchdown at the end of the third quarter that ended a streak of being outscored 221-0 by the Tommies.

Reusse: The one that got away lives on in memories in Cambridge

The Minnesota prep football playoffs started in 1972. Conference champions were rated by a computer. And 45 years later, 60-year-old men from Cambridge still wonder about the process.

Reusse: Hutchinson football makes long-awaited return trip to state

Hutchinson and Marshall were both 8-0 in the regular season. Hutch was rated No. 1 in the final 4A ratings and Marshall at No. 8.

Reusse: Meet Gophers volleyball's newest leader: CC McGraw

Former Prior Lake star CC McGraw was 13 years old and competed with older players well enough to be offered a scholarship by the Gophers while she was still a ninth-grader.

Reusse: Delany's Rutgers/Big Ten idea was bad then and is worse now

Commissioner Jim Delany recruited Maryland and Rutgers to give the Big Ten an East Coast presence. Maryland brought a tolerable résumé. Rutgers seemed silly then and is a farce now.

Reusse: Faith in players, keen mind carried Wemeier to prep football greatness

George Wemeier, whose Minneapolis Washburn teams went unbeaten for 60 games in the late 1960s and early '70s, died this week.