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Bemidji HS baseball, golf teams hope to dodge Friday's forecast

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Today's forecast includes a chance of snow but Bemidji baseball coach Mike Fogelson is hoping that the weathermen are wrong. He wants to be able to play today's game at Fergus Falls.

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'We want to get back onto the field," Fogelson, whose team has been off since April 27, said. "We had a lighter week scheduled and then we had last Friday's games against Alexandria postponed. We don't want to lose another game because of the weather."

BHS owns a 5-3 record and was playing well in its recent starts.

"We want to pick up where we left off," he said. "We've been practicing hard all week and hitting off live pitching so we've made the best use of our time.

"But Fergus Falls e-mailed me Thursday and said that the prospects of playing today are not promising," Fogelson continued.

Next week sees the Jacks visiting Roseau on Tuesday and hosting Alexandria in a doubleheader on Friday.

Boys golf

Golf coach Eric Niskanen also will keep an eye on the sky this weekend as the Lumberjacks are scheduled to participate in the Fargo North Invitational today and Saturday.

The meet is usually held at Edgewood but, because of damage caused by spring flooding, the event has shifted to Rose Creek.

BHS will play in the 2:50 p.m. pairing today along with Crookston, West Fargo and Moorhead. At 1 p.m. Detroit Lakes, Fargo South, Fergus Falls and Shanley will tee off and the 1:55 bracket joins Fargo North, Grand Forks Central, Red River and Perham.

Saturday's schedule sees today's higher scoring teams teeing off at 7:30 a.m. and the squads which fared best today will hit the tee box at 10 a.m.

"We've played in some tough conditions in this meet in the past so we shouldn't expect great conditions this weekend," Niskanen said. "It looks like we'll find out if we are good mudders and how much we like the cold.

"We have played and practiced through rain drops in the past and we've played in the cold. The biggest factor will be the wind. And the wind likes to blow in Fargo."

Seniors Joe Welle, Kevin Larson and Rylee Curb will represent the Jacks along with juniors Max Hazelton and Jordan Manick plus freshman Elliot Leinan.

Trey Dale will not make the trip because of special testing at school and Leinan qualified for his spot.

Monday sees the jacks hosting their annual invitational at the Bemidji Town & Country Club.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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