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SportsLine: Injuries, transfers hurting Bemidji High teams

Bemidji High School has been hit hard this fall by a series of injuries and transfers to key performers, many of them multisport stars.

While injuries are a part of all sports, the number to strike Bemidji teams this fall is unusually high.

Tops among them is the knee injury to Kayla Hirt, who will miss her senior year in both volleyball and basketball in hopes of regaining top health to begin her University of Minnesota career next winter.

The tennis team was struck a body blow when sisters Kenzie and Taylor Kane moved to Grand Rapids, where they are starting and winning at No. 2 and 4 singles.

They were figured to join the Solberg sisters, Cortne and Jess, to give Bemidji a potent singles foursome this year with all but Cortne Solberg back for coming years as well.

The loss of Hirt and the Kanes will also cripple the girls basketball team. Hirt is the all-time leading Bemidji High school scorer and Kenzie Kane was a key reserve last year who figured to join the starting five this season.

The cross country squad was hit with the loss of Jake Urban in an auto accident. He was back, however, after missing only one meet.

The football team has also been riddled with the loss of starters Ryan Rude, Cole Bardwell, Ryan Stevens and Zach Solheim.

Rude, the team's top offensive threat at split end, is out for the year with a back ailment.

Bardwell, another key receiver, went down with a broken collarbone in a pre-season scrimmage.

Nose guard Solheim and tight end Stevens were hurt since the season opened.

That pair forms the heart of the Jacks' baseball pitching staff, holding down the top two berths on a promising team. They should be ready for action by spring.

Bemidji has seldom had key players transfer. On the other hand, with some significant exceptions, it has had a low number of key players transfer in. The most notable have come in girls sports such as hockey and volleyball.

Save for one soccer star and two or three swimmers, the boys have had few additions.

Warroad Sioux?

A fourth member of the Warroad High girls hockey team has given a verbal commitment to play college hockey at North Dakota.

Sophomore Kayla Gardner joins teammates seniors Shelby Amslee-Benzie and Layla Marvin and sophomore Lisa Marvin.

Like the Marvins, Gardner has strong family attachments to North Dakota and its hockey program.

Gardner scored 66 points for Warroad's state championship team last winter as a freshman with 22 goals and 44 assists.

She centered the line that had Layla Marvin as a wing.

In addition to the four Sioux, Warroad will send senior Karley Sylvester to Wisconsin next winter for her college career.

Fogy wins again

Bemidji lefthander Scott Fogelson, who won the opening game of the semifinal Northern League playoff series for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, repeated in the championship series against Kansas City.

Fogelson worked the first six frames, leaving with a 7-5 lead. The Redhawks went on to win 8-7 despite being outhit 9-8. Three relievers finished the game. Fargo-Moorhead went on to win its second straight league title.

Fargo hockey

The Fargo boys hockey merger is now final, but larger than when first begun.

Originally Fargo Shanley planned to drop the sport for lack of players. Then it tried to join Fargo South for a co-op, alleviating the Bruins' shortage of players as well.

The merger has been approved by the North Dakota High School Activities Association. But it also includes Fargo Oak Grove and Moorhead's Park Christian in the mix.

It will enable South to field full varsity and JV squads which it would have been unable to do without the additions from Shanley.

South lost a large number of its players to the newly opened Davies High which will field its own team this winter while its students await the completion of their new building in south Fargo. They attend classes at South this year.

The new merger will last for at least the next three winters.

Shanley made 11 state tournament appearances from 1976 to 1989 before its numbers declined, forcing a merger with Wahpeton and West Fargo before dropping the sport. It resumed play in 2002.

Fall baseball

The BSU fall baseball leagues stage their next-to-final week of games this week starting with Wooden Bat League games Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30 and the Metal Bat League Sunday at 2.

The circuits are for boys 14-18 from Bemidji and surrounding towns with games at the BSU diamond.

Instruction sessions from program director Tim Bellew and his BSU staff and players precede the games.

The program staged its annual Fall Festival Saturday, headlined by the Beaver-Alumni game.

State polls

Northern teams are few and far between in the weekly football poll save for nine-man ball.

Bemidji's Friday foe Brainerd is 10th in Class 5A.

Another Bemidji opponent, Sartell, is sixth in 4A while Pequot Lakes is the lone 3A team rated, listed third.

DGF is eighth in 2A with Fosston second, Mahnomen fifth and Red Lake County 10th in A.

The nine-man ranks are led by Stephen/Argyle's state champs with Goodridge sixth, Underwood eighth, Cherry ninth and Kittson County Central 10th.

Other state leaders are Eden Prairie, Totino Grace, New London-Spicer, Waterville-Elysian and Minneota.

The state cross country poll finds Moorhead listed eighth in the 2A boys standings while Perham is first and Esko sixth in 1A.

Lukas Gemar of Moorhead is sixth among 2A boys and Byron Schuldt of Nevis 11th in 1A,

Moorhead is 11 in the girls' 2A standings with Perham fourth, Esko sixth and Park Rapids seventh in 1A. Jamie Piepenburg of Alexandria is second among 2A girls and Haylie Zenner of Fergus Falls 11th. Victoria Alexander is of Lake of the Woods is fifth in 1A.

In boys soccer, only Proctor is ranked, listed ninth 1A. Duluth East is eighth in the girls 2A standings and East Grand Forks ninth in 1A.

Volleyball finds Wadena third and Hibbing ninth in 2A and Nevis and Win-E-Mac 7-10 in 1A.