BHS Thursday sports preview: Jacks host Northwest Quad
The Bemidji Lumberjacks tennis team hosts the Northwest Quadrangular today, seeking to regain the title for the first time since 2003.
Meanwhile the softball team plays at Moorhead today and returns home tomorrow to entertain Brainerd.
The girls golf team heads to the Range to play The Quarry at Giants Ridge in the Virginia Invitational. It will return to the same area May 4 to play The Wilderness.
The net team rules the favorite today after winning dual matches from Thief River and Crookston 5-2 and East Grand Forks 6-1.
It takes a 7-1 mark into play, the only setback to Brainerd.
Coach Scott Engelstad will return to his normal lineup- today which will find Sam Weaver (5-2), Ben Holter (7-0), Ryan Rude (7-1) and Levi Rickert (5-1) in the four singles berths.
In doubles, Aaron Johnson and Steve Bucher (5-3) are at No. 1, Adam Holter and Wes Rogers (3-0) at N.. 2 and Kyle Fodness and Justin Byers (1-1) at No. 3.
Saturday Bemidji hosts Thief River and Monticello in a triangular beginning with the Prowlers at 9:30 with the Monticello match at 12:30. The TRF-Monticello match opens at 11.
The softball team faces a key game tomorrow against the Warriors who were unbeaten at last report at 8-0.
Bemidji figures to repeat its earlier win over Moorhead which fell here 11-1 and has struggled in recent seasons.
Paige Jensen (4-0), who won the game here, is the likely starter again today with Chelsea Yost (5-1) going against Brainerd.
Brainerd beat Yost 2-0 in regular season play last spring but Bemidji retaliated with a 6-5 win in the playoff opener.
The Bemidji attack continues to be a strong suit, reaching double figures in the hit column in its last six games.
Megan Gullickson will handle the receiving with Jensen, Emily Larson, Meg Claypool and Brittany Thompson around the infield and Kaia Sele, Haley Johnson and Amber Teal in the outfield along with Tara Ripplinger, Erika Weimann or Chelsea Johnson., Weimann may play first when Jensen pitches.
Depth continues to be an added asset for Brad Takkunen's team which loses little or nothing when he goes to the bench.
The varsity is now 9-1. The B Team brings a spotless 10-0 mark its games reaching double figures in its last five starts and six of its first 10. It has now tallied 115 runs., an average of 11.5 per game.
Under the rotating mound assignments, Taylor McLean (3-0) and Jess Yost (4-0) are the likely mound starters.
The girls golf team makes its first trip to the Upper Range to play the two resort courses.
They will be trying for match to match improvement, the immediate goal to get under 360 and put the four counters in the 80's.
That has yet to happen this year with three breaking 90 at The Preserve where Bemidji shot its season best 347.
It had 364 at Park Rapids in its last start to finish fifth in a 15-team field That followed back to back thirds at Bemidji and Sugarbrooke.
Kelsey Bretschneider, Shelby Sauer, Emily Frosaker and Megan Phelps will be the top four.
Erin Buckanaga and Marissa Loch will be the final two starters.