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Weather delays make for busy Wednesday of prep sports

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BEMIDJI — The rain and cold has forced Bemidji High School officials to alter some schedules and what was going to be a relatively quiet Wednesday will now feature three BHS events.

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Topping that list is the first two rounds of the Section 8-3A softball tournament. The Lumberjacks earned the top seed in the field and will own the home field advantage as long as they are in the chase.

The first step toward a section title will be taken at 1 p.m. today when the Lumberjacks battle either St. Cloud Tech or St. Cloud Apollo in the quarterfianls. Those two teams will square off at 11 a.m. today at the Bemidji High School diamond and the winner will face the Jacks.

The tournament will become a double-elimination affair when it reaches the quarterfinal round so, win or lose, Bemidji will return to the high school field on Memorial Day for its next action. If the Jacks win today they will advance to Monday’s winner’s bracket semifinal but a loss would drop them into the elimination round.

The section tournament continues May 29 and May 30. If a second championship game is needed it will be played on May 31.

The Lumberjacks baseball team had its Monday doubleheader against Detroit Lakes cancelled because of the rain and Tuesday they were supposed to play a twinbill at Moorhead.

Those games also became weather victims when the rain continued for a second day. Instead of cancelling, however, school officials postponed the doubleheader to today and switched the site to Concordia-Moorhead. The first game is set for a 2 p.m. start.

On Thursday Bemidji will end its regular season with a single game at Brainerd. The postseason will begin on Memorial Day and the Lumberjacks, most likely, will be on the road.

The BHS track and field teams were originally scheduled to host their quadrangular on Tuesday but the meet has been pushed back to 1:30 p.m. today.

Joining the Jacks will be TrekNorth, Grand Rapids, Moorhead and Thief River Falls.

The meet will be Bemidji’s final action prior to the section meet which begins May 29 at Detroit Lakes.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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