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BEMIDJI -- Area high schools saw some of their first track and field action of the season at the Little Amik meet on Tuesday at Bemidji State’s Gillett Wellness Center. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton won the 20-team boys meet with 101 points and Grand Forks Central topped the 15-team field in the girls meet with 113 points. Among local boys teams, Northome/Kelliher/Blackduck finished ninth with 18 points due in large part to Adnew Stueven.
BEMIDJI -- The Lions’ Invitational heralded the beginning of track and field season for Bemidji High School at the Gillett Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon. The Lumberjack boys took first place while the girls placed third at the meet.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Figure Skating Club has a golden celebration planned for its 50th annual Fantasy on Ice show Saturday at the Sanford Center. The show has become a fixture of the local figure skating scene and is commemorating its 50th performance with a reunion of former skaters for this year’s event at 5 p.m. Saturday. More than 50 alumni from across the country are expected to return for an all-skater reunion during Saturday’s show.
BEMIDJI -- While the weather would have indicated otherwise, this week marks the beginning of the Bemidji State football team’s spring season. The Beavers wrapped up their first spring practice Wednesday at Chet Anderson Stadium.
ST. PAUL—After a successful first half from the field, missed second-half free throws helped contribute to the Red Lake girls basketball team's 69-63 loss to Granada Huntley East Chain-Truman-Martin Luther in a Class A consolation semifinal game Friday afternoon at Concordia University in St. Paul. The Warriors (24-4) owned a 15-point lead early in the second half but the Jaguars (27-5) took advantage of missed foul shots and foul trouble to earn the comeback victory.
MINNEAPOLIS—Despite showing signs of life in the second half, the Red Lake High School girls basketball team's first state tournament game Thursday resulted in a 71-41 defeat to Cromwell-Wright. The No. 3-seeded Cardinals shot the lights out from long distance in the first half to keep the unseeded Warriors at bay in the Class A quarterfinal game played at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS—Red Lake fans from up and down the state of Minnesota assembled at Mariucci Arena on Thursday afternoon to witness Warrior basketball history. For the first time in program history, the Red Lake High School girls basketball team played on the biggest stage in Minnesota—the state tournament. The Warriors fell to Cromwell-Wright, 71-41, in the Class A quarterfinals, but will continue in the consolation bracket with a game at noon today in St. Paul.
RED LAKE -- The Red Lake High School girls basketball team will enter unfamiliar territory this afternoon. The unseeded Warriors (24-2) will make their Class A state tournament debut when they meet No. 3-seeded Cromwell-Wright (25-4) in today’s quarterfinals at 5 p.m. inside Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
RED LAKE -- The last person in Red Lake should turn off the lights since everyone will be inside Mariucci Arena come 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon. That’s where the Red Lake High School girls basketball team will make its first state tournament appearance in program history against Cromwell-Wright.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Cass Lake-Bena did not lead its 8A east sub-section semifinal game with Win-E-Mac until the final two minutes of regulation, but it was better late than never. The No. 3-seeded Patriots forced overtime but the No. 2-seeded Panthers escaped with a 65-63 victory Saturday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. “I think the boys at the end there held their composure and did what we needed to do once we got the lead,” CL-B head coach John Wind said.