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BHS Monday preview: Jacks host 57th Invite Monday

The Bemidji High boys golf team draws the spotlight Monday when it hosts its 57th annual Invitational at the Country Club.

Tee time is 9:09.

The girls head back to the Upper Range to play in the second Virginia Invitational at The Wilderness.

And the softball team goes west to Grand Forks to battle Red River.

The Bemidji Invitational is one of the oldest, if not the oldest golf tournament in the area.

Created by Mike Legather in1953, it has run every year since except for 1982 when a day-long deluge washed out the affair.

Coach Eric Niskanen has 19 full teams on hand battling for the title won by Moorhead last year with a 310. Bemidji finished fifth at 327 behind Detroit Lakes, International Falls and East Grand Forks.

Others back are Grand Rapids, Roseau, Staples-Motley, Pequot Lakes, Crookston, Thief River, Fosston Warroad, Baudette, WHA, Blackduck, Warren and the Bemidji B Team.

Back from previous years is Fergus Falls.

With Alexandria and Brainerd not on hand, Bemidji stands a good chance of a high finish on its home course.

Fergus and Moorhead appear to be the teams to beat.

But Bemidji's chances of matching last year's 327 are not strong with its lowest score this year 335 at The Pines in the early going.

It had 238 at Greystone and The Pines in its last two outings.

Niskanen will return to a more regular lineup than the sextet that played the Park Rapids Scramble last week.

Juniors Kevin Larson, Joe Welle and Rylee Curb sophs Kaleb Hanson and Max Hazelton and freshman Jake Hoffman will form the A team.

The B unit will find Trey Dale, Jordan Manick, Mike Burns, Kasey Kavanagh, Derek Buckanaga and Randy Hilliard.

Competing unattached will be Bo Borowski, Eric Lauderbaugh, Garrett Janiksela and Jay Venne-Burba.

Another six will play at the Detroit Lakes JV Invitational Tuesday at Wildflower.

Girls meet

The girls will be continuing their year-long battle to drop their scores into the low 80's.

Their season low was a 347 at The Preserve in their second meet of the year, a figure they have not equaled since.

Three of the four low scorers have been in the 80's with the fourth hitting a 91. But their scores have not as yet been consistent, something Coach Jeff Nelson is seeking.

Emily Frosaker will be back on the course after missing the Quarry meet due to a school conflict.

Megan Phelps, Kelsey Bretschneider and Shelby Sauer will join her as the top four with a Erin Buckanaga and Marissa Loch the two kickers.

Bemidji favored

The softball team should be favored at Red River, a team it beat10-0 here last year behind Chelsea Yost.

The team is coming off its most impressive win of the year, a 4-0 decision over unbeaten Brainerd here Friday on a Yost one hitter.

Erika Weimann (0-0) will get today's start with Yost and Paige Jensen booked against Thief River Falls tomorrow in a hone double header.

Bemidji beat Brainerd despite being held to four hits by Nikki Anderson, breaking a string of six straight starts in which they had 10 or more safeties.

The B Team, which lost for the first time to Brainerd 6-3, will also take a 10-1record into play Monday.