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BHS girls golfers take second, boys take third

Both Bemidji High School golf teams were in action in tournaments Saturday, and both notched top-five finishes.

Girls take second

The BHS girls took second place at the 19-team Virginia Invitational, shooting 367 at The Quarry, a par-73 course in Biwabik.

The Lumberjacks came in behind first-place Grand Rapids, which took first with 353.

Morgan Miller topped the BHS scorecard with a 43-44-87, taking sixth place overall individually. Grand Rapids' Katie Sheetz was the medalist with 78.

"We did fine, I think," Lumberjacks coach Jeff Nelson said. "We left a lot of shots out there and the girls were somewhat disappointed by that. We had a lot of putts; the greens on the course are huge."

The Jacks had two other top-ten individual finishers in Megan Dondelinger and Katelyn Craft. Dondelinger and Craft both shot 46-47-93 but Dondelinger edged Craft for ninth place in a playoff.

"I think we did OK," Nelson said. "We're young, and we're getting better each time."

The Lumberjacks return to the course May 11 at the Long Prairie Invitational.

Virginia Invitational

At The Quarry, Biwabik

Grand Rapids 353, Bemidji 367, Hibbing 390, Gilbert 390, Cloquet-Esko 394, Hill-Murray 393, Duluth East 400, Irontown 418, Moose Lake-Willow River 433, Mesabi East 430, Foley 446, Crosby Ironton 515, Two Harbors (Inc.), Hankin (Inc.), Duluth Denfield (Inc.), Northeast Range (Inc.), Big Fork (Inc.), Greenway (Inc.), Virginia (Inc.)

Medalist: Sheetz (Grand Rapids) 78

Bemidji results: Miller 43-44-87, Dondelinger 46-47-93, Craft 46-47-93, Williams 50-44-94, Isaacson 50-44-94, Hinners 53-54-104

Boys take third

SAUK CENTRE -- The Lumberjack boys finished in a dead heat for third with St. Cloud Tech at the Sauk Centre Invitational, tying for 324.

Brainerd took first with 307 and Alexandria second with 311.

"Overall they did alright," head boys coach Seth Knudson said. "We had our No. 1 and No. 2 guys out for prom, but a lot of the teams here were in the same boat."

Elliot Leinen paced the Lumberjacks with a score of 75. Nick Brunbell of Alexandria was the medalist, shooting 72.

Leinen was the only Lumberjack to shoot under 80; Ryan Erickson shot 80, Zack Rickers 85 and Bo Borowski 84.

"We did OK, but some of the guys wish they'd have shot better," Knudson said. "Still, we tied for third without our full crew. I'm happy with the effort."

The Lumberjacks host a home meet at the Bemidji Country Club Monday.

Sauk Centre Invitational

At Greystone

Brainerd 307, Alexandria 311, Bemidji 324, St. Cloud Tech 324, Wilmar 327, Buffalo 332, Sartel 333, Sauk Rapids Rice 335, St. Cloud Apollo 346, Moorhead 346, Monticello 351.

Medalist: Nick Brunbell (Alex) 72

Bemidji results: Leinen 75, Rickers 85, Hoffman 97, Ryan Erickson 80, Borowski 84, Starkey DQ (incorrect scorecard)

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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