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This week at Bemidji High School: Hall of Fame event is May 6

The annual Hall of Fame banquet and 2012-13 Bemidji High School sports awards event is Monday at the high school commons and the public is invited to celebrate the success of the Lumberjacks and the contributions of this year’s Hall of fame inductees Jim Lawrence, Dennis Aguiar, Bob Saeger and Rob Aitken.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are $11. They may be purchased at the BHS activities office through May 4.

The night will honor the accomplishments of the BHS teams and its athletes. Earning special recognition Monday will be the senior male and senior female Athletes of the Year. Those recipients will be announced during the dinner.

The Lumberjack Award, which goes to a member of the community who contributes to the BHS sports programs, will also be awarded Monday.

The Most Valuable Player of each Jacks sports program will also be recognized as will the senior letterwinners and the student/athletes who are receiving athletic scholarships.

This year’s group of athletes will also have the opportunity to meet the four new Hall of Fame members and all of the previous 74 inductees who are able to attend the celebration.

The 2013 inductees hail from three different decades.

Lawrence was a BHS standout in football, basketball and baseball. In 1952 he was the starting right end for the state championship football team.

During the 1952-53 season Lawrence was a member of the BHS basketball team that finished third at the state tournament. He also was named to the All-Tournament team at the state competition.

Aguiar was an all-conference halfback in 1962 and was named to the Minneapolis Star and Tribune All-State team as a safety. In track Aguiar was the 400 meter champion of Region 8 in 1963 and 1964. He also set a school record of 50.8 seconds that stood for 45 years.

Saeger graduated in 1965, earned 13 letters and was ranked in the top 3 percent of his class academically.

A three-time football and basketball letterman Saeger was the quarterback and safety of football teams that won 27 straight games from 1962 to 1964. He also was a guard on the basketball team and helped the Jacks advance to the state tournament, finishing fifth in 1964 and third in 1965.

In baseball the pitcher and outfielder won five letters and played on two state tournament teams. He also won two golf letters.

Aitken excelled in three sports at BHS during the late 1980s.

He was a four-year letterwinner in football, a member of the Region 8-2A baseball champions in 1986 and 1987, and a two-year letterman in hockey.

The 1986 baseball team finished second in the state and the 1986 hockey team advanced to the state tournament.

Aitken also was a two-time Minnesota Indian male Student-Athlete of the Year.

This week’s schedule

The steady melt over the weekend was welcomed by the BHS spring sports coaches and players. The Jacks are still struggling to make up for lost time and, hopefully, they can resume a normal schedule by the end of the week.

Over the weekend the softball team played five games in two days, sweeping Monticello on Friday and winning one of three games Saturday in Zumbrota.

Bemidji will take its 3-2 record into Friday’s games at Brainerd. At 1 p.m. the Lumberjacks will face the home team and at 3 p.m. they will tangle with Fergus Falls.

The baseball team is 1-2 following its Friday win over Minneapolis South and Saturday’s losses to Champlin Park and Elk River.

On Friday BHS will resume its schedule with a doubleheader at Fergus Falls.

The Jacks will be without the services of three players and Connor McNallan will be limited to pitching duties. McNallan sprained his non-pitching wrist last weekend while making a tag during the Minneapolis South game and will be limited to pitching duties.

Pitchers Ryan Hirt and James Hendricks both suffered injured elbows on their throwing arms Saturday and both are sidelined pending further medical evaluation.

Also unavailable for the foreseeable future is pitcher Brady Eckman who sustained an injury to his arm over the weekend that required 11 stitches.

The golf teams are still awaiting their season openers. The girls were hoping to finally compete today at a meet in Staples but that competition has been scratched.

Saturday’s meet in Virginia also has been scrapped and next on the schedule is a May 10 meet at Long Prairie.

The boys team also is awaiting its first taste of competition. Friday’s meet at Headwaters in Park Rapids has already been cancelled but coach Seth Knudson is hoping that the Lumberjacks can compete Saturday in Staples.

On Monday BHS is scheduled to host its annual home event at the Bemidji Town and Country Club and a decision on whether or not that meet can be held will come later this week.

The track and field teams are at the Brainerd Invitational today and will be at Detroit Lakes on Thursday.

The boys tennis team was at Detroit Lakes on Monday to face Perham and the home team. BHS hopes to have the courts ready by Thursday so it can host the Northwest Quadrangular.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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