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BEMIDJI -- Golf teams from the north and Midwest don't always have the same cache as those from the southern and western states. And with good reason -- they can hit the links year-round in Arizona, Hawaii and California. That's not possible in Minnesota. But the Bemidji State golf team would like to change that perception this week. The Beavers will be participating in the NCAA Division II Central/West Super Regional in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Both Bemidji High School golf teams were in action in tournaments Saturday, and both notched top-five finishes. Girls take second The BHS girls took second place at the 19-team Virginia Invitational, shooting 367 at The Quarry, a par-73 course in Biwabik. The Lumberjacks came in behind first-place Grand Rapids, which took first with 353. Morgan Miller topped the BHS scorecard with a 43-44-87, taking sixth place overall individually. Grand Rapids' Katie Sheetz was the medalist with 78. "We did fine, I think," Lumberjacks coach Jeff Nelson said.
BEMIDJI - Jess Yost certainly took her lumps Friday. The Lumberjacks pitcher was hit with the ball not once but twice in Bemidji's game against Brainerd.
DETROIT LAKES -- A victory in the 4x800 relay was the only win for the Bemidji boys track team Thursday, but head coach Steve Sneide wasn't concerned about his team's actual finish. "We had a lot of personal records for kids today, so they did a nice job," Sneide said following the Lumberjacks' fourth-place finish at the Detroit Lakes Invitational.
BEMIDJI -- Matt Read still plays "Big Buck Hunter" in his spare time. Read's former Bemidji State teammates gleaned this information from the HBO television series "Flyers/Rangers 24/7," which was broadcast in the month leading up to this season's NHL Winter Classic. The game is a favorite among the Beaver hockey players, so when they saw the Philadelphia Flyers rookie playing the hunting video game on the show with his Philly teammates, his BSU mates found it a nice touch. "I think we were all hoping to see him a little more on 24/7," BSU forward Drew Fisher said.
STAPLES -- The Bemidji High School golf team turned in a solid performance Saturday, taking second place out of 14 teams at the Cardinal Invitational held at Vintage at Staples golf course. "Overall they did very well," Lumberjacks head golf coach Seth Knudson said of his team, which shot 313 to place second. Host Staples won the meet with a 303. Trey Dale continued his solid overall play for the Lumberjacks, taking second place overall with a 36-39-75. The Jacks also had two other medalists to compliment Dale.
ST. PAUL -- A nasty backwind didn't stop Jenna Truedson from setting a new Bemidji High School record Friday night. But it just might have cost her first place. Although Truedson ran the 1,600-meter run in a school-record time of 5 minutes, 0.45 seconds at the Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul, Prior Lake's Taylor Scholl beat her by tenths of a second to claim first place. "She was battling the last 200 meters with one girl, but then (Scholl) went around her in the last few yards to beat her," BHS girls track coach Chris Lehman said.
BEMIDJI -- The awards keep rolling in for James Ellisor and Zuzana Tomcikova. After winning All-American and all-conference awards in their respective sports, Ellisor and Tomcikova received Bemidji State University's highest athletic honors Thursday night. Ellisor was named BSU's Male Athlete of the Year and Tomcikova received the Female Athlete of the Year award at BSU's Student-Athlete Appreciation awards banquet at the Sanford Center. Ellisor, the 2011-12 Division II Men's Player of the Year and NSIC Player of the Year, told the large crowd gathered on the floor of the Sanford Center tha
BEMIDJI - As the Bemidji High School softball team learned this weekend, defense matters. After committing eight errors in three games during their road trip to the Twin Cities last weekend, BHS head coach Brad Takkunen knew the Lumberjacks would need to play better in the field down the stretch. In Tuesday's game against Duluth East, Takkunen got his wish.