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Lumberjacks host Fergus Falls today
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The Bemidji softball team begins its 2011 campaign 2 p.m. today when it entertains Fergus Falls.

The Lumberjacks have their sights set on a trip to the state tournament and coach Brad Takkunen believes that reaching the state meet is a realistic goal.

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"Most of our kids were on a team that went deep into the playoffs last year," Takkunen said. "We have that experience and we have skilled players. Hopefully, we can get over the hump this year and make it to the state tournament."

A year ago BHS advanced to the loser's bracket final of the section meet and Bemidji returns 11 girls who were on that team.

"I think we have the talent and, given the right direction, that talent should rise to the top," Takkunen said.

Among the cast are seniors Laura Clark, Mikayla Dahlin, Bri Glynn, Taylor Mclean, Anna Pence and Summer Monsrud.

The returning junior letterwinners include Tami Jo Olson, Janelle Williams and Jineane Williams while the sophomore cast includes Jasmine Yerbich.

"Our lineup is still a work in progress," the coach said. "We have some ideas about where people should play but this game is the first opportunity to see how the players will do.

"I legitimately think that this team has the chance to do something special and (today) we'll have our first chance to monitor that potential."

Today's game is the first of two home contests before the Jacks begin an extensive road trip. Tuesday Bemidji will host Greenway-Coleraine and Friday the Lumberjacks will travel to St. Cloud Tech.

BHS will be on the road the remainder of the month. That streak will finally end May 5 when the Jacks entertain West Fargo for a doubleheader.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji softball team begins its 2011 campaign 2 p.m. today when it entertains Fergus Falls.

The Lumberjacks have their sights set on a trip to the state tournament and coach Brad Takkunen believes that reaching the state meet is a realistic goal.

"Most of our kids were on a team that went deep into the playoffs last year," Takkunen said. "We have that experience and we have skilled players. Hopefully, we can get over the hump this year and make it to the state tournament."

A year ago BHS advanced to the loser's bracket final of the section meet and Bemidji returns 11 girls who were on that team.

"I think we have the talent and, given the right direction, that talent should rise to the top," Takkunen said.

Among the cast are seniors Laura Clark, Mikayla Dahlin, Bri Glynn, Taylor Mclean, Anna Pence and Summer Monsrud.

The returning junior letterwinners include Tami Jo Olson, Janelle Williams and Jineane Williams while the sophomore cast includes Jasmine Yerbich.

"Our lineup is still a work in progress," the coach said. "We have some ideas about where people should play but this game is the first opportunity to see how the players will do.

"I legitimately think that this team has the chance to do something special and (today) we'll have our first chance to monitor that potential."

Today's game is the first of two home contests before the Jacks begin an extensive road trip. Tuesday Bemidji will host Greenway-Coleraine and Friday the Lumberjacks will travel to St. Cloud Tech.

BHS will be on the road the remainder of the month. That streak will finally end May 5 when the Jacks entertain West Fargo for a doubleheader.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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