Pat Miller: This Week at BHS - weather continues to impact schedules
The Bemidji spring sports teams cannot wait for the calendar to turn the page and for May to replace April.
The spring began with the practice and game venues covered with snow and it appears that April will end with showers and no break in the cold.
All of the Lumberjacks programs have seen events canceled or postponed because of the weather and it is likely that the trend will continue this week.
A pair of events were scrubbed on Monday as the girls golf meet at Park Rapids and the softball game at Grand Forks Red River were victims of the rain. Monday's cancellation was the second time that the trip to Red River was called off as that game was originally scheduled for April 14.
Today the softball team is supposed to entertain West Fargo in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. On Friday the Jacks are scheduled to host Brainerd for a single game at 4:30 p.m. Friday's forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-40s but only a 10 percent chance of rain -- playable conditions but hardly welcomed.
BHS is 4-4 after splitting four games over the weekend. On Friday Bemidji stopped Sauk Rapids 7-4 and on Saturday it went 1-2 at a tournament hosted by Rockford, defeating Minneapolis Washburn 10-2 but falling 5-3 to the host team and 3-2 to Robbinsdale Cooper.
The baseball team is 4-2 with all of the games on the road. The Lumberjacks were scheduled to have four of those games at home but doubleheaders against Moorhead and Alexandria had to be switched to road games because of the weather in Bemidji.
The twinbill at Alexandria was played Friday and the teams split. The Jacks claimed the opener 4-2 but dropped the nightcap 4-3 in nine innings.
Weather permitting, Bemidji will finally make its home debut Thursday against Warroad. On Friday the Lumberjacks are scheduled to host Fergus Falls.
The tennis team also is seeing its schedule impacted by the wet and cold spring and last week a meet at Thief River Falls was a victim of the weather.
BHS was able to work in a 6-1 victory at Detroit Lakes and on Thursday it hopes to travel to Crookston where it will square off against East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls and Crookston in the Northwest Quadrangular.
Its next home appearance will be May 6 against Detroit Lakes and East Grand Forks.
The track and field teams hope to compete Thursday at Detroit Lakes and that meet will be the final preparation for the section True Team competition May 8 in Buffalo. Highlighting last week's performances were Jenna Truedson's runner-up finish in the mile at the Hamline Elite Meet and Sam Carlson's third-place finish in the boys 800.
The girls golfers are itching to return to action. During the past week the Jacks were 0-for-3 as Friday's home meet at the Bemidji Town and Country Club, Saturday's meet at Pokegama in Grand Rapids and Monday's action at Headwaters in Park Rapids all were cancelled.
On Saturday they will seek better conditions when they head to the Quarry in Virginia.
The boys team has played only one round this year and that was in a snowstorm in mid-April in Detroit Lakes. On Friday and Saturday the Lumberjacks plan to resume their season at Fergus Falls and on Monday they will host their annual invitational at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.