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BEMIDJI -- Near-perfect weather greeted golfers for the 93rd edition of the Birchmont Golf Tournament on Monday morning at Bemidji Town & Country Club. Consistently cool temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s greeted golfers for their qualifying rounds first thing Monday morning, and although the wind picked up and made things trickier for those with afternoon tee times, players couldn’t have asked for much better conditions.
BEMIDJI -- Even nine years removed from graduating from Bemidji State, Tyler Scofield always makes time on his calendar for the Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament. The BSU men’s hockey team’s annual golf outing, which always takes place in late July at Bemidji Town and Country Club, attracts hockey alums and fans alike.
BEMIDJI -- For the first time in its 20-year history, the Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament will feature a very special guest: The MacNaughton Cup. The Bemidji State men’s hockey team won the trophy last season, when they went wire-to-wire in first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
BEMIDJI -- After nearly a year of uncertainty, the Bemidji State football program finally found some stability on its sidelines. Brent Bolte was officially announced as BSU’s 16th head football coach on Monday. Bolte coached the entirety of the 2016 football season as the Beavers’ interim coach after former head coach Jeff Tesch was unexpectedly removed from the BSU sidelines two days before the team’s season opener.
MOORHEAD -- The Bemidji Post 14 Junior Legion baseball team beat Moorhead 6-5 in game one but lost 9-8 in game two of their road doubleheader on Friday night. In the opener, Bemidji’s Reid Colley scored a run in the top of the second, but Moorhead answered three runs in the bottom of the second and another in the bottom of the third, making it 4-1.
LAKEVILLE -- The Bemidji American Legion Post 14 baseball team started off the Gopher Classic baseball tournament Friday with a split against two Twin Cities-area teams. The Centaurs fell to Farmington 3-1 in the opener but beat Lakeville North 9-4 in the second game. In game one, Farmington shot out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and one in the second.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Post 14 Junior Legion baseball team got another sweep on Thursday, as the Woodpeckers swept Detroit Lakes at the BSU baseball diamond. The Woodpeckers beat the Lakers 14-4 in game one and 6-2 in game two to improve to 17-5 on the season. In the opener, starting pitcher Jon Melhus ran into some trouble in the top of the first inning. He gave up three runs on two hits and a walk, which gave the Lakers a 3-0 lead.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s hockey team added two more newcomers to the roster for the upcoming 2017-18 season. BSU head coach Jim Scanlan announced both Kara Werth and Abby Ecker will join the incoming freshman class, giving the Beavers nine first-year players. Werth, a defenseman from Moorhead, was originally committed to play at the University of North Dakota before the Fighting Hawks dropped their program earlier this spring.
BEMIDJI—A number of current and future Bemidji State men's hockey players will participate in NHL Prospect Development camps this summer. Both goaltender Michael Bitzer, a rising senior who was an All-American and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's player of the year in 2016-17, and defenseman Zach Whitecloud, who was an All-WCHA selection as a freshman, will head to California to break camp with the Los Angeles Kings. Meanwhile, incoming freshman Brendan Harris gets to stay in his hometown to compete in camp with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
SUNRIVER, Ore.—After a rough first round Sunday at the PGA Professional Championship, Mitchell Mackedanz of Bemidji rebounded with a strong second round Monday and made the cut for the third round. On Sunday Mackedanz, playing at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore., shot a 76, which was four-over-par. During Monday's round on a par-71 course, he improved his game by five strokes and shot a 71—right at par. He bogeyed five times Sunday, as opposed to just three times Monday. And during the second round Mackedanz birdied three times compared to only on on Sunday.