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Sportsline: Bemidji VFW sendoff set Tuesday at Legion Club

A "Meet and Greet" for the Bemidji VFW baseball team will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Club.

The Vets will return to the state tournament for the first time since 2005 but the 17th time in the team's 30 year history.

It won the state title in 1985 and took the consolation title in 1984 and 1997.

It won the District 9 title last week in a minimum of three games, outscoring its opponents 54-25, the final two wins over Fergus Falls 21-14 and 14-11.

Earlier, it captured the regular season district title with a 16-4 record, wining its final 10 games. Overall, the Vets stand 22-9.

Light snacks will be available at Tuesday's gathering sponsored jointly by the Legion and VFW Clubs.

August baseball

The BYL will hold a three-week instruction baseball program starting Aug. 11 and running on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:45-8 at the BYL complex.

It is designed for players 8-11 at cost of $10 and will include both instruction and games each night.

All players in this year/s BYL programs, both day and night leagues, are encouraged to attend.

The BYL will provide all equipment. The summer insurance coverage will be extended.

Registrations should be mailed to BYL Fall Ball, Box 1533, Bemidji.

Sports physicals

All Bemidji High and Middle School students who plan on participating in sports activities during the year are required to have a sports physical.

The physicals are good for three years. Those needing physicals this year are advised to schedule them well in advance of the start of practice in August due to the heavy volume of players taking them.

Waiting until August does not guarantee anyone of taking them in time to begin practice.

Fall sports dates

The starting dates for fall practice have been announced by Activities Director Harvey Crable.

All eight Lumberjacks fall teams plus cheerleading will begin Aug. 17.

Included are football, boys ands girls cross country and soccer and girls swimming, tennis and volleyball.

All athletes must have passed a physical and have the form filed at the AD's office.

They must have filed a parent permit/eligibility form required once each school year.

They must have an athletic insurance waiver form on file also required once each school year.

They must have paid the activities fee set at $70 for 9-12 grades.

The fees and forms may also be turned in at the mandatory Parent/Athlete Sportsmanship and Chemical Awareness meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 in the auditorium.

All athletes and their parent or guardian are required to attend

The makeup meeting will be held Aug. 17 at 6 a.m. in the Lumberjack Room.

No athlete will be permitted to begin practice or draw equipment unless all forms and fees have been returned to the Activities Office.

The office is open from 7-4:30 Monday through Friday to pick up the needed forms.

For further information call 444-1600, extension 3316.

Final Legion poll

Apple Valley topped the final American Legion baseball poll, getting 10 first-place votes and 127 points.

Hopkins moved up to second with Hamline, Excelsior and Eden Prairie the next three.

The second five includes the Rochester Patriots, St. Paul Park, Grand Rapids, Eagan and Wayzata.

They are trailed by Burnsville, Eastview, New Ulm Gold, Mankato Nationals, Oakdale, Waite Park, Lakeville North, No. St. Paul, the Rochester A's and the Minneapolis Academy Stars.

Booster Club

The Bemidji High Football Booster Club will meet at 6 Monday night in the Lumberjack Room at the high school.

All parents of players and football boosters in general are urged to take part in the Club's activities to raise funds for support of the program at the high school, Middle School and elementary levels.

Soccer practice

Boys soccer tryouts will be held Aug. 17-22 at the high school soccer fields.

They will run from 8-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday.

Teams will be selected following the Friday practice and a team barbecue held to cap the week.

Any parent willing to help stage the barbecue is asked to contact the coaching staff.

On Saturday of that week the annual Varsity-Alumni game will be held at the Middle School field starting at 10 a.m.

Locker rooms, trainers, showers and the weight room will be available for student athlete use. Details of these facilities will be explained at the Aug. 12 parent/player meeting which will follow the mandatory chemical awareness meeting at the auditorium.

Beginning Aug. 24, practice will run from 4-6 Monday through Friday at the high school.

Laporte meeting

Laporte high will hold its annual Parent/Athlete meeting Aug. 13 at 6:30 in the community room at the high school.

This is the mandatory MSHSL meeting with all players and parents or guardians required to attend to be eligible to participate in football or volleyball this fall or in winter or spring sports later.. Athletic eligibility forms and proof of physicals must also be returned at that meeting.. For further information call 224-2288, extension 109

Forney to Atlanta

Thief River Falls Mike Forney will bypass his final two seasons of hockey at North Dakota after signing a professional contract with the Atlanta Thrashers. He signed a multi year pact with the NHL team.

He was a third-round draft pick by Atlanta in the 2006 amateur draft.

After two injury plagued seasons at UND, he spent last winter with the Green Bay Gamblers of the U.S. Junior Hockey League. He led the Gamblers with 26 goals and 34 assists for 60 points in 59 games.

He was signed after attending the Atlanta developmental camp. He will begin his pro career with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, the Thrashers' top farm club.