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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.
BEMIDJI -- One run. That's all that separated Blackduck and Red Lake County in this week's Section 8A tournament. Tuesday's game went nine innings, with Blackduck winning 5-4 on a walk-off single from Cody Bergquist. When the Rebels defeated East Grand Forks Sacred Heart in the nightcap Tuesday to stay alive, the teams went at it again Thursday at the Bemidji State University baseball diamond. It gave Bergquist the chance to be the hero once again. The Drakes (22-4) dropped the first game of the afternoon 5-4, failing to capitalize on the double-elimination format that had the Rebels on t
BEMIDJI -- Another pitcher might not have returned after giving up four runs on five hits in the sixth inning. But this was Aaron Nissen, and this was the Section 8-A playoffs. "He's our rock," Blackduck head coach Dwight Kalvig said. "He's the leader of men. I can't say enough about what he's done for this team this year.
BEMIDJI -- Cass Lake-Bena starter Wesley Moe didn't have his best stuff Tuesday night. Neither did Corey Roach, his East Grand Forks Sacred Heart counterpart. That didn't seem to matter for much of the teams' Section 8-A loser's bracket game at Bemidji State.
BEMIDJI - The Blackduck Drakes brought their bats to the Bemidji State baseball diamond Thursday. They came home with their second-straight Sub-Section 8A East title. The Drakes combined to score 23 runs on 19 hits in two games of the sub-section tournament and cruised to a pair of wins against Kelliher-Northome and Cass Lake-Bena. The 12-4 win in the title game against rivals CL-B (12-10) marked Blackduck's second-straight championship.