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ALEXANDRIA — Although the Bemidji High School boys track and field team has had plenty of success at the state meet in its history, it had been a long time since the Lumberjacks last won a section title — 1989, to be exact. On Saturday afternoon, the Lumberjacks ended their 27-year drought with a first-place finish in the Section 8AA meet at Alexandria High School. The BHS boys won the 16-team meet with 97.5 points — 10 points ahead of second-place Moorhead — and will send four individuals and two relay teams to next week’s state meet in St. Paul.
BEMIDJI — After their third game in as many days, the Blackduck high school baseball team couldn’t keep its hot offense going. The Drakes, who had scored 18 runs in Wednesday’s win over Fosston and 11 in Tuesday’s game against Win-E-Mac, didn’t have the same results on Thursday against Red Lake County Central. The Rebels held the Drakes offense at bay and put up some big numbers of their own en route to a 19-3, six-inning victory in their Section 8A semifinal game on Thursday at Bemidji State.
SAUK CENTRE — Three Bemidji High School golfers will represent the Lumberjacks at the Class AAA state tournament later this month. Morgan Williams, Abbie Kelm and Matthew Gregg each qualified for the state tournament following two days of qualification in the Section 8-3A tournament, held Wednesday and Thursday at Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre. Williams, a senior, was the co-champion in the girls’ tournament. She shot a low score of 162, tying with Bridget Amundson to earn the distinction of medalist for the tournament. She shot a 79 on the second day of competition.
BEMIDJI — Despite conditions that were hardly ideal for baseball — a wet field, howling wind and, occasionally, an in-your-face drop of rain — offense was not at a premium during the Sub-Section 8A East baseball game between Northome/Kelliher and Win-E-Mac on Wednesday afternoon at Bemidji State. With both teams desperate to stay alive in this losers’ bracket elimination game, each team was able to put some big innings on the scoreboard.
BEMIDJI — In the end, the extra trip to Bemidji and back was worth it for the Fosston baseball team. The top-seeded Greyhounds had been scheduled to take on fourth-seeded Kelliher/Northome at 9 a.m. Tuesday in their Sub-Section 8A East opener. But the weather had other plans for both teams at BSU. Instead of the early start, the game was delayed until nearly 3 p.m. — enough time for both teams to return home and come back rather than wait it out as the BSU grounds crew made sure the field was in shape following rain Sunday night and Monday morning.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State women’s hockey team just narrowly missed making its first-ever NCAA tournament last season. They won a program-record 22 games in the process. On Tuesday, the Beavers’ path to a potential tournament berth became a little more clear. BSU, in conjunction with the rest of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, released its entire 34-game schedule for 2016-17.
BEMIDJI — Two days after taking Buffalo to extra innings in their Section 8-4A playoff opener, the Bemidji High School softball team couldn’t extend its season any longer against St. Cloud Tech. The Lumberjacks committed one too many errors and couldn’t solve St. Cloud Tech pitcher Amber Orcutt, as Tech beat BHS 5-3. “Their pitcher threw slow enough where we had a hard time making the adjustments,” BHS head coach Brad Takkunen said. “And then when we did make the adjustments, we were hitting weak ground balls and pop-ups.”
BRAINERD — The Bemidji High School boys golf team overcame a lengthy lightning delay followed by constant rain for a fourth-place finish Wednesday afternoon at the Brainerd Invitational. “There were 19 teams here, there were a lot of city schools in that group, and Bemidji finished fourth,” BHS head coach Seth Knudson said. “So it was a good round for us.”
BEMIDJI — Brady Johnson made his single hit count on Tuesday night. The Bemidji High School outfielder’s two-out, bases-loaded double gave the Lumberjacks the 15-5, five-inning walk-off win in game two of their doubleheader against Detroit Lakes. “It was my first hit of the day, so that was nice,” Johnson said. “The bats really got it going. Everyone was pumped up and we were able to keep the pressure on.”
BEMIDJI — What was threatening weather Monday morning turned into a beautiful day by the afternoon. And that meant that the Bemidji High School track and field team could go ahead and hold their annual Bemidji Invitational meet, held at the high school, under near-perfect conditions. The warm weather proved to be a good thing for both the boys and the girls squads, as the BHS boys took first place and the BHS girls earned second in the final run-up to next week’s Section 8AA meet.