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BEMIDJI - The Bemidji Blue Ox had no troubles in their playoff opener Saturday afternoon. A 13-hit outburst, coupled with strong pitching from Bryan Jameson and Matt Schneider, helped Bemidji cruise to an 11-0, run-shortened victory over the Leech Lake Walleyes at the Bemidji State baseball diamond. The Blue Ox (14-1) will take on either Cass Lake or Nevis in second-round action today at BSU. The Blue Ox has already earned an automatic berth in the regional playoffs but would be given the league's top seed if it can win this afternoon. The Blue Ox struck right away with a run in the first
BEMIDJI - Dan Ninham has been the coach of the Bemidji High School basketball team for all of one month, but he already likes what he sees from the Lumberjack boys team. "It's very exciting," he said Wednesday during a team camp he set up in tandem with BHS girls coach Rick Kehoe. "There's a lot of energy.
BEMIDJI - Mike Boschee needed no introduction. Maybe that's not entirely accurate. Bemidji State did introduce its new men's basketball coach at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. But from the way Boschee spoke - and from the way the crowd reacted - it didn't seem like a brand-new coach meeting the community for the first time. Instead, Boschee seemed comfortable in a room full of strangers, like it was any other postgame press conference. "It's not always easy moving from a great place but we felt like as a family this is going to be a good opportunity for us," Boschee said.
BLOOMINGTON - After losing their Gopher Classic opener Friday night, the Bemidji Legion Post 14 baseball team made up for it in a big way Saturday. Post 14 won a pair of games Saturday morning to improve to 2-1 in pool play. They defeated hosts Bloomington Gold 9-1 in five innings in the first game of the morning then turned around and topped Coon Rapids - and their top prospect pitcher - 3-0 in the very next game. Bemidji improves to 2-1 in the tournament and closes out pool play in the tournament today with a 2:30 p.m. game against Farmington and a 5 p.m. game against DePere, Wis.
BEMIDJI - By now, the Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament is a now a Bemidji State hockey staple. Many former Beaver hockey players, as well as area hockey fans, have been playing in the tournament named for the late BSU goaltender since its inception 15 years ago. It's an event that brings alumni together - even ones who are making their first appearance at the alumni event that supports the hockey program. "This tournament is just a great time for all the eras of the alumni to reconnect," BSU head coach Tom Serratore said. "It's also a great reunion for guys in their own peer group.
BLOOMINGTON - The Bemidji Post 14 Legion baseball team waited nearly an hour and a half to play its first game in the Gopher Classic Friday. Once the rain ended, the day didn't get much better for Post 14. Bemidji dropped the opener of pool play in the 84-team tournament to the Calgary Redbirds 3-2. "We had a shot," head coach Mike Fogelson said. "We pitched well, and played good defense, but their pitcher was good.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State athletic officials didn't have a lot of turnaround time to find the next Beaver basketball coach. Former BSU head coach Matt Bowen announced his departure for Minnesota-Duluth in early May. That put the athletic department in a bind, forcing them to scramble to get the job posted and hire someone before the summer's end. On Wednesday, the search finally ended. BSU announced the hiring of Mike Boschee as the 16th head coach in the history of the BSU men's basketball program. "We're very excited," BSU athletic director Rick Goeb said.
BEMIDJI - A strong offensive performance helped carry the Bemidji Post 14 Legion baseball team in the first game of their doubleheader against Little Falls, but Post 14 couldn't get much of anything going in the second game Tuesday night. Bemidji split the doubleheader with Little Falls at the Bemidji State baseball diamond Tuesday, taking the first game 7-0 but falling in the second 11-2. In the first game, Bemidji (13-5-1) jumped on Little Falls right away, scoring a run in the first inning when Cody Rutledge reached on an error then came around to score on a wild pitch. In the second inn
BEMIDJI - Mike Fogelson wasn't sure if the Bemidji Legion Post 14 baseball team would even be playing Tuesday. And who could blame him? Just Monday night the storm that ravaged the Bemidji area tore down a huge chunk of the outfield wall at the Bemidji State University baseball diamond, where the team plays its home games. But thanks to the Bemidji State baseball staff and grounds crew, the field was geared up to go Tuesday night.
BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State University baseball diamond was the most visible sign that Monday's severe thunderstorm did some significant damage. Winds blew much of the outfield fence down - from center field to right field. The storm also claimed the hitting tunnel and the batting cage down the right-field line, lifting up the cage and throwing it a couple hundred feet onto the softball field. Luckily for Bemidji State head baseball coach Tim Bellew, the damage to the actual playing field was minimal. "That was about it," he said.