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SPORTS: Jacks try to squeeze events into shrinking time frame

The snow has finally departed and the spring sports programs at Bemidji High School are making up for lost time by cramming whatever competitions they can into the remaining few weeks that are available.

The boys and girls track teams are taking the week off but the other five teams will participate in a total of 19 events this week.

The seemingly non-stop action began Monday when the baseball team headed to Alexandria for a doubleheader.

Monday’s games represented the start of a very busy week for the Lumberjacks (4-5) as they host Brainerd 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and entertain Duluth East, Roseau and Maple Grove Friday and Saturday for the annual Des Sagedahl Wooden Bat tournament.

Roseau and Duluth East will open the tourney at 4 p.m. Friday and Bemidji will tangle with Maple Grove at 6:30 p.m.

Friday’s schedule will conclude with Bemidji taking on Duluth East at 9 p.m.

On Saturday Maple Grove will square off against Roseau at 10 a.m. and face Duluth East at 12:30 p.m.

The tournament’s finale will be at 3 p.m. when BHS meets Roseau.

The junior varsity will also host Blackduck, Duluth East and Roseau Friday and Saturday. Those games will be played at the Sagedahl and North Prep fields.

The JV schedule sees Bemidji facing Blackduck at 4 p.m. Friday, Duluth East at noon on Saturday and Roseau at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Lumberjacks have been off since Thursday when they outlasted Thief River Falls 13-3 and 14-8 in a pair of marathon road contests.

The softball team is riding a six-game winning streak that began last Wednesday against Nashwauk in Coleraine. The run also includes victories over Hibbing, Duluth East, Buffalo, Thief River Falls and Detroit Lakes.

BHS (11-3) will try to extend the streak today when it hosts Moorhead in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. On Thursday the Jacks will entertain Grand Rapids in another 4 p.m. twinbill and Saturday they will welcome Cloquet for a single game beginning at 1 p.m.

The tennis team also is using a shoehorn to complete its schedule. This week’s slate begins today when Bemidji will host Moorhead at 2 p.m. and Thief River Falls at 5 p.m. On Thursday BHS (9-2) will head to Grand Rapids hoping to avenge one of the team’s losses.

The golf teams were the final Bemidji programs to get underway this spring. The girls squad has played in three tournaments and is coming off Saturday’s fourth-place finish at a meet in Staples.

BHS had its full roster Saturday and fashioned a team score of 367. Today the Lumberjacks will try to duplicate or better than performance at a meet held at Blueberry Pines. On Friday they will stage the annual Bemidji Invitational. That meet was originally scheduled for April 26 but was pushed back until Friday.

Saturday finds Bemidji travelling to Whitetail Run near Wadena.

The boys team has competed only twice this spring. In its opener a week ago at Coleraine BHS shot 333. Friday at the Lumberjacks Invitational at the Bemidji Town and Country Club the Jacks shot 328.

On Friday Bemidji will head to a meet at Longbow and Saturday the Jacks will travel to Headwaters Country Club near Park Rapids.

MIAC honors Hoffman

Former Bemidji High School tennis player Jamie Hoffman was given the MIAC Sportsmanship Award for her play at St. Benedict’s College.

MIAC officials bestow the honor on one representative of each conference tennis program. The award is given to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship throughout the season.

Hoffman, who graduated from BHS in 2010, served as St. Benedict’s team captain this spring. She handled the majority of the first singles duties for the Blazers and posted a 6-8 record. Her first doubles record was 10-6.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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