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ST. CLOUD - Bemidji's American Legion Post 14 baseball opener started a little later in the month than usual, and with good reason: Almost all of the players on the team went to the MSHSL state tournament this past weekend. And it took Bemidji little time to get back into a familiar groove: Winning. By a lot of runs. It only took Post 14 five innings to defeat Willmar Post 167 Thursday night in the opening game of the St. Cloud Tournament, topping Post 167 11-1. Bemidji continues tournament play today with a noon game against hosts St. Cloud and a 5 p.m.
BEMIDJI - Bemidji State has narrowed the field of candidates for the head men's basketball coaching position to four, and athletic director Rick Goeb hopes to make a hire as soon as possible. "We've got a great mix," Goeb said. "There's a very strong pool of applicants, and you can see that, I think.
CHASKA - The Blackduck Drakes will have to settle for fourth. Not bad for a team making its first-ever appearance at the state baseball tournament. Although Aaron Nissen pitched the Drakes (23-5) into the MSHSL Class A semifinals with a gritty performance on the mound in a 4-2 win over BOLD on Thursday night, the Drakes' bats went cold in the semifinal and third-place contests Friday afternoon at Chaska Athletic Park. Saint Agnes topped Blackduck 7-0 in the semifinal game while Browerville took third place in the late game, winning 4-0. The Aggies (22-6) advanced to Monday's state title ga
DETROIT - The WCHA doesn't have a tournament location picked out quite yet.
CHASKA - Aaron Nissen gave Blackduck a minor scare in the bottom of the seventh. Despite loading the bases and eventually letting the tying run walk to first base, the Blackduck pitcher survived a gritty final inning and hung on for a 4-2 win over BOLD in the quarterfinal game of the MSHSL Class A quarterfinals at Chaska Athletic Park. It gave the Drakes (23-4) their first win in their first state tournament appearance. BOLD falls to 22-5. Now Blackduck advances to today's 2:30 p.m.
COON RAPIDS - Trey Dale didn't have the best day on Wednesday, but his all-state certificate should mitigate the final golf tournament of his Bemidji High School career. The Lumberjacks senior shot an 80 on day two of the MSHSL Class AAA State Golf Tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, dropping him into a tie for 35th place. "It wasn't his best day," Bemidji head coach Seth Knudson said.
COON RAPIDS - Trey Dale finished tied for 20th after the first day of the MSHSL Class AAA Boys State Golf Tournament, held Tuesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. The Bemidji senior, who finished tied for 23rd place last season with a 152 overall, shot a 77 on the first day, firing a 38 on the east course and 39 on the west course. "There was some good and some bad," Bemidji golf coach Seth Knudson said. "It's not exactly how he wanted to do on the first day, but it wasn't bad either." Knudson said that the highlight of Dale's afternoon was a 60-foot eagle on the No.
College hockey is all set for its scheduled makeover. And it's not just the conferences that are getting a facelift. The postseason will also look totally different in 2013-14 - the first year that both the Big Ten and National Collegiate Hockey Conferences are set to begin play. The NCHC marked its territory Monday when the new league announced a five-year deal with the Target Center in Minneapolis starting in 2014. That's on the heels of the Big Ten's announcement that it would be alternating between St. Paul and Detroit for the near future.
BEMIDJI - For two years, the Bemidji Area Softball Association hasn't had a place to play. Instead of playing in the centrally-located City Park in Bemidji, the league for two years played its games in Cass Lake. But league director David White isn't complaining. His league's temporary displacement was because the park was undergoing a massive facelift. "This is 100 percent better than what we had before," White said.
ST. PAUL - It wasn't quite how the Bemidji High School track and field teams wanted to finish their seasons, but both teams had a decent showing at the MSHSL Class AA state championship meet held at Hamline University. "It was a pretty good day overall," said distance coach Ryan Aylesworth of Bemidji's showing in the meet. "We'll keep working in the offseason to get back down here, but this is valuable experience for the kids down here on a big stage in front of a lot of people.