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BEMIDJI — The essence and simplicity of baseball was on display Tuesday morning at the Bemidji Youth Baseball complex. On an open field near Bemidji Middle School, five young boys...
MOORHEAD -- Troy Hendricks remembers former Minnesota State Moorhead football coach Ross Fortier as a man of few words. Hendricks, a former Bemidji Lumberjack, is the current activities director and head football coach at his high school alma mater and he played for Fortier at MSU Moorhead from 1983 through 1986. "Ross was great to play for. So much of what I learned I can attribute to him as my No. 1 mentor," Hendricks said. "Ross was a father figure but he never got very personal with his players.
RIO DE JANEIRO — When former Bemidji resident and BHS soccer goalie Andy Iverson learned that the 2014 World Cup was going to be hosted by Brazil, the 24-year-old envisioned...
BEMIDJI -- Recently graduated Bemidji High School tennis player Claudia Bellew signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play for BSU. As a senior, Bellew played primarily in singles but at the collegiate level she will probably add doubles to her schedule. "At college you play both singles and doubles in a meet," Bellew said. "I was primarily a singles player in high school but I have played doubles and I actually love playing doubles." Mark Fodness was Bellew's high school coach and he also is in charge of the BSU program.
BEMIDJI -- A gusty wind that swirled seemingly in every direction affected play Monday night when the Bemidji Legion baseball team hosted Nisswa and in the opening game of the doubleheader the visitors took advantage of the breezy conditions to post a 7-4 victory. There was a second game scheduled, but the two teams agreed to call it quits after just four innings of play -- not making it an official game, -- due to incoming weather, according to Bemidji's coach Nate Blumhagen. The strong wind turned a Nisswa fly ball in the third inning of the first game into a 2-run double and the breeze h
BEMIDJI — Bemidji’s 16U Black Ice volleyball team, which includes Lumberjack athletes Emily Falldorf, Lauren Rickers, Katie Buckanaga and Brylee Colligan, heads to Minneapolis Monday for first-round action of the...
BEMIDJI -- It took Bemidji four innings to solve the riddle of Alexandria right-handed pitcher Danny Kuhn but the Legion baseball team's bats eventually came to life. Ryan Hirt's walk to open the home fifth sparked Bemidji to four runs in its final two at-bats and that late surge gave the Legion a 4-1 victory in the opening game of Wednesday's doubleheader at the BSU diamond. In the nightcap Hirt stepped onto the mound and allowed only two runs and one hit over four innings.
BEMIDJI — A ruling by the Minnesota State High School League officials about a decade ago opened the door for high school varsity teams to practice and schedule limited games...
GRAND RAPIDS -- The shorthanded Bemidji Legion baseball team finished 0-4 over the weekend at the Grand Rapids Invitational. The tournament attracted many of the top teams in the state and Bemidji faced four of the state powers on Friday and Saturday. "I think many of the teams in this field will challenge for the championships in their district tournaments," said Bemidji coach Nate Blumhagen.
BEMIDJI -- Ryan Sander allowed only three hits in seven innings of pitching and spearheaded the offense with two doubles and two singles as the Bemidji Blue Ox stopped Cass Lake 9-1 late Wednesday at the BSU diamond. The visitors used a walk and double to score in the first inning but Sander shut the door on the Reds the rest of the way.