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PARK RAPIDS -- The Bemidji boys golf team shot a little worse than they did Friday but it didn't stop them from finishing fourth out of ten teams at the East-West Classic Saturday, hosted by Detroit Lakes. The Lumberjacks scored 311 Friday and 315 on Saturday for a total of 626. "We were a couple strokes worse today, but we were still pretty consistent," Bemidji head coach Seth Knudson said. Detroit Lakes (293-311-604) and West Fargo (300-304-604) tied for first but the Lakers got the nod over the Packers because the tiebreaker went to the best fifth golfer. Moorhead finished third above B
BEMIDJI -- Doug Pace had wanted some adventure in his life. "I'd always wanted to do something big," the North Bay, Ontario, native said. Kayaking the Mississippi River solo certainly qualifies. Especially considering he's legally blind. Pace, who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in 2000, isn't totally blind. He has 5 degrees of central vision -- something he describes as the equivalent of a light beam on a flashlight. He started his ambitious journey Friday at Diamond Point Park in Bemidji.
PARK RAPIDS -- Three Bemidji golfers shot in the 70s to help the Lumberjacks claim fourth place after day one of the East West Classic hosted by Detroit Lakes. The Lumberjacks shot 311 at the Headwater Golf Club, 10 behind third-place Moorhead at 301. Detroit Lakes was on top after the first day with 293 and West Fargo second at 300. "That's our best score of the year," BHS head coach Seth Knudson said.
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Bemidji softball team didn't light up the scoreboard Thursday, but got the right hits at the right times to earn a 4-1 win over Grand Rapids. "We started slow, but we were able to put some pressure on in the fourth inning," BHS head coach Brad Takkunen said.
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Bemidji tennis team played some close matches Thursday but ultimately couldn't make up the ground against Grand Rapids, losing to the host team 5-2. The Lumberjacks, who were missing three players from their normal rotation, had lost to the Thunderhawks earlier in the year and had hoped to get them back in their last meet of the regular season. Instead, the Thunderhawks proved too tough, as they swept all four singles matches. The Lumberjacks did, however, win two of three doubles matches to avoid the sweep. "I'm pretty pleased with our performance overall," head coach
CASS LAKE -- Don't let their calm demeanor on the driving range fool you. Dakotah Brunelle and Cody Wind take their golf seriously. The Cass Lake-Bena duo has been ranked in the state's top 10 in Class A for nearly the entire season. And although both Brunelle and Wind -- tied for third in the state as of May 12 -- are hesitant to talk too much about themselves, their CL-B coaches say the two are all business when it is time to compete. "We're more determined than probably all the other teams," assistant coach Levi Brown said. "That's the reason why they're better.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji tennis team beat Moorhead but lost to No. 5 ranked Thief River Falls in a triangular meet here Tuesday afternoon. The Lumberjacks edged Moorhead 4-3 and fell to Thief River Falls 5-2. "The win against Moorhead was a nice one," head coach Mark Fodness said. "We beat them 4-3 earlier this year, so it was nice to do it again before sections." The Lumberjacks and the Spuds played a few hard-fought matches in the meet. The No. 1 and No.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji tennis team avenged an earlier loss to Crookston with a 5-2 win against the Pirates Monday afternoon. "We lost to them 5-2 earlier this season," Lumberjacks head coach Mark Fodness said. "To lose like that and come back and win tonight... I'm just very impressed with our mental toughness." The Lumberjacks swept doubles play 3-0, and split the singles matches 2-2. In a few instances, the Lumberjacks had to battle back from big deficits to win. In No. 4 singles play, Noah Holter lost his first set to Bobby Tiedmann 3-6.
BUFFALO -- The Bemidji softball team grinded out another win. Just two days after getting a no-hit, 17-strikeout performance from pitcher Jess Yost and gutting out a 4-0 victory, the Lumberjacks gutted out another one, traveling to Buffalo and coming back with a 3-2 win. "We made a few mistakes today, but we picked it up as a team and got some good run support," Bemidji head coach Brad Takkunen said. The Lumberjacks (10-6) jumped on the Bison right away, manufacturing a run in the first inning.
STAPLES -- The Bemidji girls golf team finished fifth out of 14 teams at the Staples Cardinal Invitational, held Saturday at the Vintage at Staples golf course. The Lumberjacks shot 354, taking fifth behind Detroit Lakes, which finished first at 318. Pequot Lakes took second with 336, Grand Rapids was third at 339 and host Staples Motley finished fourth at 352. Bemidji was led by Katelin Craft, who shot 42-43-85.