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BHS boys second at Staples, girls fourth in Grand Rapids

STAPLES -- The Bemidji High School golf team turned in a solid performance Saturday, taking second place out of 14 teams at the Cardinal Invitational held at Vintage at Staples golf course.

"Overall they did very well," Lumberjacks head golf coach Seth Knudson said of his team, which shot 313 to place second. Host Staples won the meet with a 303.

Trey Dale continued his solid overall play for the Lumberjacks, taking second place overall with a 36-39-75.

The Jacks also had two other medalists to compliment Dale. Kodi Craft shot 34-45-79 and Zach Rickers went 38-41-79.

Staples' Nick Forsberg was the overall individual leader with 36-36-72. The Cardinals had a total of four medalists to the Lumberjacks' three.

"I'm pretty happy with them today," Knudson said. "Of course, they have room to go lower. They all would have told you that. They could have shaved some strokes off, but they're pretty happy with that score."

Rounding out Bemidji's scores were Elliot Leinen with 42-41-83, Sam Starkey with 41-40-81 and Sam Brustle with 37-43-80. Leinen also won the long drive competition in the meet.

The Jacks are back in action Friday at the Headwaters Invitational in Park Rapids. They'll also compete next Saturday in a pre-sectional invitational tournament in Alexandria.

Cardinal Invitational

Vintage at Staples

Staples 303, Bemidji 313, Perham 319, Providence 329, St. Cloud Cathedral 337, Shattuck St. Mary's 337, Albany 348, Crosby Ironton 352, Park Rapids 358, Nevis 368, Princeton 369, Park Christian 370, Barnesville 386, Wadena Deer Creek 411.

Medalist: Forsberg (Staples).

Bemidji results: Dale 36-29-75, Leinen 42-41-83, Craft 34-45-79, Rickers 38-41-79, Starkey 41-40-81, Bruestle 37-43-80.

Girls fourth in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS -- The Lumberjack girls team shot a 351 to take fourth place at the Grand Rapids Invitational Saturday.

Morgan Miller had a 43-44-86 and Morgan Williams shot a 41-45-86 to lead the Jacks.

Detroit Lakes won the invitational with a 319. The Lakers also had the top two golfers, with Kate Smith shooting 78 and Natalie Ross clocking in with a 78.

Grand Rapids shot a 331 to take second and Alexandria shot 347.

The Jacks are back in action Monday morning at the Park Rapids Invitational.

Detroit Lakes Invitational

Detroit Lakes 319, Grand Rapids 331, Alexandria 347, Bemidji 351, Moorhead 370, International Falls 378, Hermantown 378, Duluth East 380, Hibbing 398, Cloquet 409, Crosby Ironton 514, Virginia incomplete, Greenway incomplete, Duluth Denfield incomplete.

Medalist: Smith (DL).

Bemidji results: Craft 47-43-90, Miller 42-44-86, Williams 41-45-86, Dondelinger 46-49-95, Isaacson 46-48-89, Hanson 48-35-101.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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