Bemidji HS Friday preview: Jacks girls golf team hosts 23rd Invitational
The Bemidji girls golf team will host its 23rd annual invitational 9:30 a.m. today at the Bemidji Town & Country Club.
Among the 18 teams will be Minnewaska which captured the event championship a year ago and capped its season with the Class AA state crown.
Also expected to challenge for the invitational title is Grand Rapids.
"We're looking to break 350 and finish in the top three," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. "Our overall scores may not indicate that we're getting better but parts of our game have improved. Right now we are fighting our comfort zone but I am confident that we will pick up our game and learn how to finish a round with a positive."
Bemidji will enter two teams today and leading the top squad will be Meg Phelps. She will be joined by Selby Sauer, Emily Frosaker, Marissa Loch, Aimee Sandquist and Erin Buckanaga.
On Saturday the Lumberjacks will make a trip to Pokegama in Grand Rapids but only Loch and Buckanaga are expected to represent the varsity at the meet because of Bemidji's prom on Saturday night.
The pair will be joined by junior varsity athletes.
The baseball team will host Alexandria in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. at the BSU diamond.
The Jacks are coming off Tuesday's 11-6 loss to Grand Forks Red River.
"We played well but Red River was a very good team," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson.
"Against Alexandria our job is to pitch well, play good defense behind the pitchers, get guys on base and have better situational hitting. Leaving runners on base is the only area we struggled with Tuesday."
Ryan Stevens and Zach Solheim are expected to start on the mound today.
"When you play a doubleheader you need to play hard in the first game, refocus, and play hard in a second game," Fogelson said. "We don't play many doubleheaders in high school but all summer we play doubleheaders so we are used to them."
Thursday's softball home game against Duluth East was a weather victim and will not be rescheduled.
The Lumberjacks will hope for better weather conditions today when they head to Grand Forks Central.
The next home appearance will be Tuesday against Grand Forks Red River.
The track and field teams will head to Brainerd and will compete against some of their section rivals.
"I'm anxious to see how we will do against those teams," said girls coach Chris Lehman. "We want to use our best lineup. My job is to determine who will run what events and who will be in the relays so we can have our best lineup on the track."
The Lumberjacks saw Thursday's match at Thief River Falls become a weather victim and no make-up date has been set.
Bemidji's next test will be Thursday at the Northwest Quad in Thief River Falls.