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This week at Bemidji High School: Teams trying to work around weather

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI – Enough is enough.

The winter that will never end slapped the Bemidji area once again Sunday and the added snowfall further delayed the start of the spring sports seasons at Bemidji High School.

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“The weather and not being able to compete certainly isn’t enjoyable for anybody,” said BHS activities director Troy Hendricks. “For us, we have pushed everything back as far as we can and our next option will be cancellations.”

To date the only teams that have been able to compete at all have been the girls and boys track and field squads. The Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center on the Bemidji State campus has been a godsend to the area track and field programs as the facility has housed three indoor meets this season and will be the site of another one on Friday.

BSU track and field coach Craig Hougen has been the backbone behind the three meets and Friday he was scheduled to welcome the area teams to the annual Beaver Relays.

That meet originally was scheduled to be held outdoors at the Chet Anderson Stadium. With two feet or of snow more still on the ground, however, the Beaver Relays has been switched to the Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center.

The Lumberjacks will be among more than 20 boys and 20 girls teams expected to compete at the facility.

Also expected to attend are TrekNorth, Bagley-Fosston, Kelliher-Northome-Blackduck and Clearbrook-Gonvick.

Today’s original BHS schedule saw the tennis team visiting Crookston, the softball team hosting Moorhead and the boys golfers traveling to Detroit Lakes. The tennis and golf meets have been cancelled while the softball game has been pushed back to May 11.

Thursday also was scheduled to be a busy day for the Jacks as the tennis, softball, boys golf and girls golf teams were all supposed to be in action.

The golf meets have been scrubbed while the softball game at Grand Rapids has been rescheduled for May 16.

Barring a blizzard that prevents travel, however, the tennis team will compete Thursday as it will belatedly open its campaign at 9 a.m. against the Green Wave at the Grand Forks Indoor Tennis Center.

Friday’s girls and boys golf meets in the Pequot Lakes area also are cancelled while Saturday’s girls meet at Staples has been pushed back to April 30.

The Bemidji softball players and coaches, however, are hoping to make the trip to Monticello and the suburbs over the weekend.

The Lumberjacks are scheduled to play at Monticello 5 p.m. Friday and head to Tartan and Rogers on Saturday for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. action.

If the Twin Cities area can avoid another snowstorm, those games could be played. Also heading south on Saturday with their fingers crossed are the BHS baseball players and coaches. Originally the Lumberjacks were going to face Eagan and Eden Prairie at Grand Rapids but the games have now been moved to the home fields of the suburban schools.

School officials are still trying to determine the details, including who plays who and when the games will start.

Next week’s schedules also are up in the air. On Tuesday the track teams are supposed to be at Brainerd, the tennis team at Detroit Lakes and the softball team at Duluth East. Next Tuesday’s baseball game at Moorhead has already been pushed back to May 21.

“Everybody is holding their breath for dry weather,” Hendricks said. “We have to hope for the sun to come out. In the Bemidji area, we haven’t even started the thawing process and right now we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

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