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BEMIDJI — On Tuesday, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced it was shaking up its playoff structure in a major way, getting rid of the historic Final Five and moving the tournament entirely to home rinks immediately for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Now, fans have an even better idea of how the new season will look. All 10 of the league’s teams, including Bemidji State, announced their complete schedules for the upcoming year. The BSU men will open up their 36-game schedule Oct. 7-8 at the Sanford Center with a WCHA series against Bowling Green.
BEMIDJI — The Final Five is no more. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association officially pulled the plug on its fabled postseason tournament Tuesday when it announced that the league’s playoffs would move entirely on campus for the foreseeable future. WCHA commissioner Bill Robertson said during a conference call Tuesday that all 10 of the league’s schools unanimously voted in favor of campus sites.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji High School softball team seems to have solved the early-season woes that caused it to lose six of its first eight games. Thanks to some timely hitting and another solid game in the pitching circle from Heather Olson, the Lumberjacks topped International Falls 7-3 on Monday afternoon at BHS. It’s the fifth straight victory for BHS and puts the Jacks at 8-7 — meaning they’re above .500 for the first time this season.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji High School boys tennis team opened its week of home matches with a dual meet loss against Brainerd on Monday afternoon. The Lumberjacks lost to the Warriors 6-1. “Brainerd did a nice job today of closing out the close games and the matches,” BHS head coach Mark Fodness said. “I thought we were competitive in several of our losses, especially at first and second doubles and at third singles, but every time we gained a little momentum Brainerd had an answer.” The lone BHS win was at No. 2 singles, where Noah Holter beat Patrick Meyer 6-4, 6-5.
BEMIDJI — Depth down the lineup helped the Bemidji High School boys golf team win its own Bemidji Invitational tournament Monday afternoon at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. “It wasn’t our lowest round of the year but we played well enough to win our home tournament, so it was a good day,” BHS head coach Seth Knudson said. The Lumberjacks shot a score of 317, edging both Staples-Motley and Detroit Lakes by a single stroke to take the victory. And it was the Lumberjacks’ No. 5 and No. 6 golfers — Steve Johanns and Jaret Lalli — who led the way.
BEMIDJI — A pair of one-run losses — including an extra-inning thriller — proved to be the way the Bemidji State baseball season ended. The Beavers lost both games of their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State on Wednesday, falling 8-7 in 11 innings in the opener before losing 9-8 in the nightcap.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Bemidji State softball team’s milestone season came to an end. The Beavers lost both of their games in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball tournament on Friday afternoon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers, who set a program record with 33 wins this season, were making their first appearance in the NSIC tournament since 2008. And although they won both games on Thursday — including an upset of No. 2 seeded Minnesota Duluth — No. 8 seeded BSU wasn’t able to stay alive to today.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Bemidji State softball team’s landmark season doesn’t want to end. In their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament appearance since 2008, the No. 8 seeded Beavers won both of their games on Thursday to move into today’s winners’ bracket rounds during tournament action in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers won their play-in game against No. 9 Northern State 6-3, then turned around hours later and upset No. 2 seeded Minnesota Duluth in their first two games of the double-elimination tournament.
BEMIDJI — Once again, spring showers have messed with the local high school sports schedule. Showers on Monday caused the postponement of multiple events in the area. Bemidji High School’s baseball doubleheader with Grand Rapids, originally scheduled to be played Monday at 4:30 p.m. will now be played today at 12:30 p.m. in Grand Rapids. Also moved to a new date was the BHS girls golf team’s invitational tournament at Park Rapids. The Lumberjacks girls golfers will now compete at the Park Rapids Invitational next Monday, May 2, at Headwaters Golf Course.
BRAINERD — The Bemidji High School golf team had three finish in the top 10 as the Lumberjacks took second out of 15 teams at the Staples-Motley Cardinal Invitational at the Dutch Legacy Golf Course in Brainerd. The Lumberjacks shot 358 as a team, second only to Elk River’s 343 and ahead of third place Alexandria’s 367. Leading the way for BHS was Taylor Offerdahl with a score of 39-48—87, she finished in sixth place overall. Also with top-10 finishes for BHS were Alexis Konecne (42-47) and Morgan Williams (45-44), who both shot 89 to tie for eighth.