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With the snow finally gone, at least temporarily, the Bemidji High School spring programs are taking advantage of the conditions and this week the teams will be busy trying to cram their schedules into the tight spring window.

Among them are the baseball, softball and girls golf teams which will be making their home debuts this week.

The girls golfers began their week Monday with a meet at Brainerd and on Friday they will head to the Bemidji Town and Country Club for their annual home invitational. The Lumberjacks also will head to Pokegama in Grand Rapids to conclude their week.

Prior to Monday's action the girls had only nine holes under their belts as they were able to play half a round last week at a meet in Monticello. That competition was scheduled for 18 holes but was shortened to nine because of miserably cold and wet conditions.

Monday's meet at Brainerd was the first time the Jacks were able to complete an 18-hole round all spring.

The boys golf team was able to finish last Monday's round at Detroit Lakes but the 18-hole ordeal was more a test of survival than competitive golf. Snow, frigid temperatures and wet grounds hampered the golfers but, despite the adverse conditions, Matt Gregg shot 74, Chris Washington 80, Nick Leitner 82 and Jack Johnson 83. Sam Bruestle finished at 86 and Isaac Bleser at 95.

The Jacks are off this week and will return to duty May 2 at Fergus Falls.

The baseball team played a doubleheader Monday at Grand Rapids and will make its initial home appearance Friday with a twinbill against Alexandria. Those games were originally scheduled for last Tuesday but were rescheduled because of the cold.

BHS took a 2-0 record into Monday's action at Grand Rapids as the Jacks opened the year April 10 with an 8-1 and 4-0 sweep at Moorhead.

The softball team has had to rearrange its early schedule and today the Lumberjacks will be hoping for a decent day as they plan to finally begin their home season against Duluth East.

Bemidji is 1-2 and has lost last week's games at Red River, Moorhead and Grand Rapids because of the weather.

The Red River contest has been rescheduled for April 28 while the Moorhead game will now be played May 8.

Bemidji's busy week will continue Friday with a game at Sauk Rapids and on Saturday the Lumberjacks will participate in a tournament hosted by Rocori.

The tennis team is 4-0 and will try to maintain its unbeaten status today when it heads to Detroit Lakes and Thursday when it visits Thief River Falls.

Bemidji's record includes 4-3 wins over Grand Rapids and East Grand Forks, a 5-2 victory over Crookston and a 7-0 triumph at the expense of Park Rapids.

The track and field teams have been indoors for much of the spring and are ready to permanently head outdoors. They will have that opportunity this week as today finds BHS at the Thief River Falls Invitational and on Friday some of the athletes will head to the prestigious Hamline Relays in St. Paul.

That meet is open to the top nine ranked Minnesota high school athletes in each event plus the top nine relays. Last year at the Hamline Elite meet Jenna Truedson won the mile and the boys 4x800 relay team edged Perham for the title. A month later at the state high school meet Truedson duplicated that victory while the 4x800 relay team was second in the Class 2A meet to Eden Prairie.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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