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BEMIDJI STATE ROUNDUP: NSIC baseball opener moved; outdoor track 11th in coaches' poll

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ST. PAUL — After wintry weather canceled its conference opening series, the location of the Bemidji State baseball team’s March 29-30 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference series at Concordia-St. Paul has been moved for a second time.

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The teams will now take their four-game set to Sioux Falls, S.D., to play on Augustana College’s Ronken Field. Doubleheaders each day are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

The games were originally scheduled to be played on the CU campus, but were moved last week to Minnetonka High School’s Veterans Field, which won’t be ready for the weekend.

Ronken Field has a turf infield, allowing the field to be ready for play earlier than the rest of the region due to a large amount of snowfall this winter.

The games will serve as the NSIC opener for both the Beavers (9-7) and Golden Bears (7-5).

NSIC track honors

BURNSVILLE — The BSU women’s track team was picked to finish 11th out of 16 teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.

League coaches also selected BSU seniors Taylor Sautbine and Ashley Larva as athletes to watch in the poll.

Sautbine, from Cloquet, finished the 2012 outdoor season as BSU’s top competitor in the heptathlon, placing fifth at the NSIC multi-event championships with a personal-best score of 4,214.

Larva, of Floodwood, capped her junior outdoor track and field season placing 11th in the 100-meter hurdles at the NSIC Championships with a time of 14.95 seconds. The sprinter set the BSU 100-meter hurdles record (14.83) last spring and along with Sautbine, Larva was also a member of Bemidji State’s school-record 4x100-meter relay team.

Defending NSIC outdoor champion U-Mary was projected to again take top honors garnering 144 points and 12 of 13 first place votes. Winona State collected the only other first-place vote and totaled 128 points to rank second, followed by Sioux Falls and Minnesota Duluth in third and fourth, respectively.

BSU’s outdoor track season is scheduled to get underway April 6 when the team travels to St. Paul to participate in the Hamline Invitational.

Girls basketball camp

BEMIDJI — The BSU women’s basketball program will host a summer middle and high school girls basketball camp July 21-24 for grades 7-12.

Cost for the camp is $145 for day campers and $215 for overnight campers. The registration fee also includes meals, a T-shirt, prizes and awards. Campers will work on skills and receive individual instruction from the BSU coaching staff and women’s basketball team, while enjoying a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Registration will take place between 3-4 p.m. July 21 and the camp will begin at 4:30 p.m. Camp will begin at 8:30 a.m. daily with day campers excused at 8 p.m. The camp will wrap-up July 24 at 4 p.m.

Registration and informa-tional brochures are availa-ble online at www.bsubeavers.com/camps.

For more information, con-tact Mark Bagaason at 218-755-2324 or mbagaason@bemidjistate.edu.

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