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The spring sports season at Bemidji High School is in full swing but the cold weather continues to make life miserable for the Lumberjacks.

Monday’s schedule was supposed to feature softball, tennis and golf action but of the four events planned, only the boys and girls golfers braved the frigid conditions.

The girls golf team opened its campaign at Monticello and had to endure a temperature of 37 degrees and a wind chill of 26 when the Jacks headed to the first tee at noon.

The Lumberjacks boys golfers hit their first shots in the early afternoon at Lakeview in Detroit Lakes and the temperature at the start of the meet was 28 degrees.

The boys golfers will hope for better conditions later in the week as they are scheduled to play 18 holes at Cragun’s course on Wednesday and again on Thursday.

The girls are off until next Monday when they head to the Legacy course. On April 25 the girls will stage their annual invitational at the Bemidji Town and Country Club, assuming, of course, that the course is open.

Monday’s winter temperatures forced the boys tennis and softball teams to stay home rather than head west. The tennis team was able to open its season last week as the Jacks defeated Crookston 5-2, Grand Rapids 4-3 and Park Rapids 7-0. On Monday they were scheduled to tangle with Moorhead and Fergus Falls in Moorhead but that triangular was scratched and no reschedule date has been determined.

Today’s home meet against Brainerd also has been scrubbed and Thursday’s meet at East Grand Forks has been switched to an indoor facility and a 9 a.m. start.

The BHS softball team (1-2) also stayed home Monday instead of traveling to Grand Forks Red River for a single game. That game has been rescheduled for April 28.

Today sees BHS heading to Moorhead for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. and Thursday the Lumberjacks will travel to Grand Rapids.

The baseball team is 2-0 after sweeping Moorhead 8-1 in eight innings and 4-0 last week. Ryan Hirt worked seven innings and allowed only two hits to lead the Jacks in the opener and Collin Rutledge tossed a complete-game shutout in the nightcap.

Bemidji was scheduled to make its belated home debut today against Alexandria but the decision to postpone that doubleheader was made early Monday. The two games now will be played April 25 at the BSU diamond.

Those contests were the lone games this week but the Lumberjacks are scheduled to visit Grand Rapids on April 21.

The weather has also impacted the boys and girls track and field teams. After opening the spring with three indoor meets at the BSU Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center, Bemidji made its outdoor debut Friday at Concordia-Moorhead.

Jenna Truedson won the mile with a meet-record time of 5:01.81. She also was a member of Bemidji’s winning 4x400 relay team, teaming with Amy Carey, Megan Serratore and Maea Wall to post a time of 4:06.86.

Wall also was an individual champion as she won the 400 (59.49) and the 200 (26.70).

Claiming championships for the BHS boys team at Moorhead were Sam Carlson in the 800 (1:59.99), the 4x800 relay team of Payton Christofferson, Caleb Appleton, Gunnar Nelson and Carlson (8:16.02) plus the 4x400 team of Carlson, Nelson, Logan Hatfield and Alex Vollen (3:35.92).

The track and field teams were scheduled to host the BSU Relays on Thursday but meet officials decided not to fight the predicted weather and have moved the meet indoors at the rec center. The time has also been moved up to 11 a.m. instead of the original 1 p.m. start.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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