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The Bemidji baseball team is one game away from the state tournament and 7 p.m. today the Lumberjacks will return to St.
Blackduck and Cass Lake-Bena both saw their seasons come to an end Tuesday as they lost in the semifinals of the Section 8A baseball tournament in Thief River Falls. Blackduck, which was the top seed from the East Subsection, was eliminated 12-2 by Norman County, the second seed of the West. CL-B, which was the East runner-up, dropped a 13-1 decision to Red Lake County, the West's top seed. The Drakes spotted Norman County a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning and Norman County expanded the cushion to 10-0 two at-bats later. Blackduck (19-5) scored single runs in the third and fourth f
Seniors Bailey Drewes and Alex Schoneberger were among the award winners at the Bemidji track and field team banquets held Monday and Tuesday. Drewes, who competes in the distance races for the girls team, was named the Most Valuable Player and the Distance Runner of the Year.
Bemidji will be represented at the state boys and girls track and golf meets and today the baseball team will continue a journey that the Lumberjacks hope will lead to a state appearance as well. At the Class 2-A track and field meet Friday in Detroit Lakes the boys 4x800 relay team of Jake Urban, Isak Sommer, John Buckanaga and Alex Schoneberger dominated the field and breezed to the championship. Schoneberger also won the 800 to gain a state-meet spot and joining him at Hamline this weekend will be Cole Bardwell who was second in the 400 with a time of 51.37. In the girls division BHS wil
Rick Olhava grabbed the reins of Blackduck's baseball program four years ago and when he stepped onto the diamond for the first time he had a vision. "I wanted our program to develop to the point where we played like Cass Lake-Bena does," Olhava said. "I wanted us to have that consistency. I wanted us to go into a game ahead by three runs instead of behind by three runs in terms of attitude." Patience and attention to detail have guided the Drakes the past few seasons and the extra effort put forth by the coaches and the players have paid dividends.
The Bemidji baseball team will play Sauk Rapids 4 p.m. Tuesday in the loser's bracket final of the Section 8-3A tournament. The winner will face Alexandria at 7 p.m. in the championship series. If Alexandria loses, a rematch will be played 7 p.m. Wednesday. All of the 8-3A tournament games are being played at the St. Cloud MAC baseball complex. BHS was relegated to the loser's bracket after dropping a 7-3 decision to Alexandria late Saturday.
The Bemidji baseball team battled Alexandria Saturday night in the winner's bracket final of the Section 8-3A tournament in St. Cloud. The Lumberjacks trailed Alexandria 5-2 after three innings when the Pioneer went to press. If BHS rallied to down the Cardinals they would vault into the section title series and a 7 p.m. game in St. Cloud against the survivor of Tuesday's 4 p.m. loser's bracket final. If the Jacks lost to Alexandria, however, they would play either Brainerd or Sauk Rapids 4 p.m.
Bemidji's 4x800 relay team of Jake Urban, Isak Sommer, John Buckanaga and Alex Schoneberger dominated the field at the Section 8-2A track meet Friday at St. Cloud Apollo and the quartet will be making a trip to next weekend's state meet at Hamline. Also representing the boys team at state will be Schoneberger in the 800 and Cole Bardwell in the 400. BHS will also have one representative in the girls meet as Jenna Truedson edged teammate Bailey Drewes to finish second in the 800. The top relay teams and the top two finshers in the individual races qualified for state.
The semifinalists of the Section 8-3A tournament in St. Cloud and the Section 8A baseball playoffs have been determined and today one of the large-class teams will be eliminated. Bemidji, which entered the 8-3A tournament as the seventh seed, faces No. 1 Brainerd at 5 p.m. today while third-ranked Alexandria meets No. 5 Sauk Rapids at the same time. The 5 p.m. winners will tangle at 7:30 p.m. and that victor will advance to the championship series. Also at 7:30 p.m. today is a game matching the 5 p.m. losers and the 7:30 p.m. loser will be eliminated. Today's survivors will return to St.
Consistency is a quality every golfer wants to possess and it is obvious that Meg Phelps has that tool in her arsenal. The Bemidji senior shot 44-45-89 Thursday in the first round of the Section 8-3A tournament at Long Prairie and was in fifth place heading into the final 18 holes. Phelps was happy with that score and her position and was hoping to duplicate that performance on Friday. "In the second round I wanted to play the same or maybe improve a little," Phelps said.