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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.
BEMIDJI - Following a stellar performance in the circle Thursday afternoon, Bemidji pitcher Jess Yost didn't think she'd given the fans in attendance at the BHS softball diamond much to cheer for. "That probably wasn't very fun for the crowd, since they didn't see too much action," the Lumberjacks junior said following Bemidji's 4-0 win against Grand Forks Red River. Either Yost was just being humble, or she underestimated her own pitching abilities. Whatever it was, Yost didn't need to brag.
SAUK RAPIDS -- Bemidji athletes didn't win any events Thursday afternoon, finishing no better than third, and the Lumberjacks placed sixth overall with 602.5 points at the True Team 8-3A meet at Sauk Rapids. "We had a lot of good performers," Bemidji head coach Steve Sneide said. "The kids stepped up. But we realized we've got a lot of work to do as a team down the road." Buffalo won the meet with 880.5 points while Moorhead came in second with 866.5. St.
BEMIDJI - After having nearly a week off, the Bemidji baseball team showed no signs of rust in Wednesday's game against Hibbing. In fact, the Lumberjacks continued to do what they've been doing all year -- pitch well and tee off on opposing pitchers. The end result was an 8-0 victory at the BSU diamond, improving the Lumberjacks' record to 12-1 and continuing their 10-game winning streak. "It was a pretty straightforward game," Bemidji head coach Mike Fogelson said.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji tennis team found a way to play one of its two scheduled dual meets Tuesday afternoon.
Both Bemidji High School golf teams were in action in tournaments Saturday, and both notched top-five finishes. Girls take second The BHS girls took second place at the 19-team Virginia Invitational, shooting 367 at The Quarry, a par-73 course in Biwabik. The Lumberjacks came in behind first-place Grand Rapids, which took first with 353. Morgan Miller topped the BHS scorecard with a 43-44-87, taking sixth place overall individually. Grand Rapids' Katie Sheetz was the medalist with 78. "We did fine, I think," Lumberjacks coach Jeff Nelson said.