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BEMIDJI - One poor inning cost the Bemidji Blue Ox its season. The Ada Athletics rallied from a late 1-0 lead to defeat the Blue Ox 3-1 Saturday afternoon at the Bemidji State baseball diamond. The loss eliminates the Blue Ox from the Region 10C tournament. After Blue Ox starting pitcher Ryan Sander got the first two outs of the inning in the bottom of the sixth, the next three hitters - Dillan Lunoil, Yuri Johnson and Evan Massman - singled.
BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State football team doesn't need much motivation this season. But if anyone needed confirmation, the sounds of Skrillex engulfing the newly-renovated Beaver locker room Friday was a pretty good sign: The Beavers are excited to get back onto the field. "There's a lot of excitement, a lot of anticipation toward the new season," Bemidji State linebacker Buckley Wright said. "We've got a good group of guys back.
BEMIDJI - Following a rough 6-21 season in 2011, the Bemidji State volleyball team might have its work cut out for it in 2012. At least, that's what the NSIC coaches think. The Beavers were ranked No. 13 in the 2012 preseason poll, released Thursday. BSU finished 12th in the 14-team conference last season with an NSIC record of 3-17. And now that the conference has two more teams, coaches expect the Beavers to finish similarly this season. To the surprise of absolutely no one, defending Division-II national champions Concordia-St.
BEMIDJI - It's no sign of disrespect. It just means there are no gimmies in the NSIC. The conference released its preseason football coaches' poll Monday, and Bemidji State's position is exactly where most expected them: Sixth. It's high enough to give the Beavers some respect following an 8-3 campaign last season. But it also acknowledges the teams that still rule the roost in the NSIC - Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State. Coaches ranked those teams Nos.
Good news, everyone! The Deadliners - the Pioneer's own Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival team - isn't "that team that capsized at the starting line on YouTube" anymore! OK, it's true that many of us were not actually in the boat that year, including yours truly (the sports reporter who had never, before Saturday, even seen a dragon boat). And I realize by simply saying it, I remind people of that watershed moment in Dragon Boat history, thus perpetuating the legend. But no matter. Because in this year's festival, we also became legends.
BEMIDJI - It won't take Bemidji State's new women's tennis coach any time at all to get integrated into the community. It's because he's always been here. The BSU athletic department announced Wednesday that it had hired longtime Bemidji High School tennis coach and Bemidji Middle School teach Mark Fodness as the new head of the Beaver tennis program.
BEMIDJI - Josh Bergrud kept hanging around. After letting Johnny Larson go 2 up after six holes at the 88th annual Birchmont Men's Championship final at the Bemidji Town & Country Club Saturday, Bergrud knew he had to kick his game into gear. "I got two down, then I knew he was going to start making putts," Bergrud said. "I played with him almost every day so I knew he was good at putting. I knew I was going to have to start making birdies, and I kinda got going there on 9 and 10." The Grand Forks native won four straight holes - Nos.
THIEF RIVER FALLS - A walk-off single by Collin Rutledge powered the Bemidji VFW to an extra-innings 3-2 win in the opening game of the district tournament here. "It was a good baseball game," VFW head coach Dan Bennett said. "Both teams pitched very well." The game was tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth when Thomas Revering was hit by a pitch.
BEMIDJI - The pageantry of the 2012 London Olympics are an ocean away, but a group of Bemidji athletes has already had a little taste of the Games before they kick off today. Bemidji High School swimmers Steph Frye, Lexie Hendricks and Libby McRae ventured to Omaha, Neb., last month with assistant coach Kristen McRae. There, they got a firsthand look at the top American swimmers at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. "It was really cool," BHS senior Frey said of the experience. "The atmosphere down there was just crazy.