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Bemidji captured three relays, Andy Berube claimed the 2-mile, Alex Schoneberger won the 800 and the Lumberjacks track and field team captured second place at Thursday's Detroit Lakes Invitational. Moorhead took team honors with 142.5 and BHS was a close second at 132.5.
Tyler Follis allowed only one run in 4.1 innings of relief and the bats pounded 15 hits as the Bemidji baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 13-6 victory at Warroad. BHS trailed 5-4 when Follis relieved starting pitcher Cody Rutledge and the senior limited Warroad to only one run the rest of the way. The Lumberjacks offense, meanwhile, took control with three runs in the fifth and iced the win with five in the seventh. "We needed to stabilize our pitching and Cody and Tyler did that," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson.
Analisa Huschle of Bagley-Fosston continued her ascent through the high school track and field ranks Saturday as the senior won two individual events at the prestigious Hamline Elite meet and placed third in another. Huschle also ran a leg on Bagley-Fosston's 4x200 meter relay unit which finished fourth with a time of 1:46.51. In the 200 Huschle set the pace as she hit the tape in 25.37.
Walleyes swimming in nine of Minnesota's top-10 walleye lakes displayed levels of perfluorooctain sulfonate (PFOS) that were either very low or undetectable, according to a report released by Minnesota Department of Health (MDDH) officials. The low levels suggest that the lakes, which include Leech, Cass, Upper Red and Winnie, have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals (PFCs), according to the officials. The other lakes on the walleye top-10 list that were tested for PFOS were Lake of the Woods, Rainy, Vermillion, Mille Lacs, Kabetogama and Lake Pepin.
Another busy week is in store for the Bemidji sports teams but fans will have to wait until Friday to enjoy a home game. The schedule began Monday with the girls softball team at Grand Forks Red River and the girls golfers at Park Rapids. The track and baseball teams are on the road today while the tennis, track and baseball squads compete away from home on Thursday. Friday finds the baseball team hosting Fergus Falls at 4:30 p.m.
The Bemidji boys golf team and six of its section peers battled strong winds Saturday at Greystone Golf Course near Sauk Centre while the Lumberjacks girls made the trip to Grand Rapids only to have their meet called off while the van was a few miles from Pokegama Golf Course. "We made it to Coleraine when the Grand Rapids coach called and told us the course was unplayable," said BHS girls coach Jeff Nelson. "It had rained hard the entire trip so we weren't surprised. The soil at Pokegama is heavy and can't take water like we can at the Bemidji Town & Country Club.
Bemidji's 4x800 relay team of Jake Urban, Isak Sommer, John Buckanaga and Alex Schoneberger captured the championship at Friday's Hamline Elite meet. The quartet completed the race in 8:01 and posted a 4-second victory over runner-up Buffalo. "The guys ran a solid race," said BHS distance coach Ryan Aylesworth. "For this point in the season it was a very good run.
Today's original schedule saw four the Bemidji sports teams in action but predicted rain and wind coaxed event officials to call off the softball team's trip to Detroit Lakes. The Lumberjacks tennis team also was scheduled to participate in today's Moorhead Invitational but a lack of courts resulted in a change of plans and Bemidji will be taking the day off. The abbreviated schedule now finds the boys golfers taking split squads to Greystone near Sauk Centre and to the Staples Invitational. Also on today's agenda is a trip to Pokegama in Grand Rapids for the girls golf team. The top six b
A steady and strong wind off Lake Bemidji hampered the competitors during Friday's Bemidji girls golf invitational at the Bemidji Town & Country Club but the temperatures were pleasant and no one was complaining. "It was windy but Friday was the best day we have had during for a meet this season," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. "It was nice to be outside on such a nice day." Detroit Lakes topped the field by finishing at 341 on the par 36-36-72 BT&CC layout.
Alexandria scored early and often Friday and swept the Bemidji baseball team 15-12 and 10-9 in Alexandria. BHS (3-4) staged dramatic comebacks in each game, scoring eight consecutive runs in the opener and rallying with three in the seventh inning of the nightcap. But each rally fell just short. The Cardinals opened their afternoon with five runs in the first inning of the opener and they continued that trend in the rematch, bolting to a 4-1 lead after the first inning and expanding the cushion to 7-2 after two stanzas. Dalton Leuschke was the main thorn in Bemidji's side as the senior had