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When the Bemidji baseball team takes the field 10 a.m. today at Midway Stadium in St. Paul the program will be making state tournament history with its 19th appearance, joining New Ulm, Austin and Cretin as the only schools to reach that figure. While excited to be representing the latest BHS team at state, the players are heading to the Twin Cities on a mission. "None of us are satisfied with just being there," said Bemidji first baseman Mason Bellew. "Since the first day of practice in the gym our goal has been to make it to Target Field.
Trey Dale capped his junior golf season Wednesday by finishing 23rd at the state Class 3A tournament with rounds of 77-75-152 at Bunker Hills. "I didn't expect to place this high," Dale said. "Tuesday I wasted some birdie opportunities and Wednesday I had a few bad holes but I did have five birdies and that is a good day for me. It was fun out there and playing at the state meet was a great experience." Max Kelly of Forest Lake is the state champion as the sophomore shot 70-73-143 over the two days.
Trey Dale shot a 5-over-par 77 in his first state tournament round at Bunker Hills and the Bemidji junior enters today's final 18 holes in 36th place among the 88 Class 3-A golfers. In the girls division Meg Phelps finished with a 90 on the par-73 women's layout. The low rounds of the day were the 80s posted by Lexi Bollant of Buffalo and Maxine Carlson of Alexandria. Rain late in the day slowed play and there were girls golfers on the course past 7 p.m. "We got off the course just in time. It's pouring now," said Bemidji girls coach Jeff Nelson at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
When the Bemidji baseball team takes the field 10 a.m. Thursday against Burnsville in the first round of the Class 3-A tournament at Midway Stadium the Lumberjacks will be hoping to continue the one-two punch that carried them through the section playoffs. Offensively BHS scored 51 runs during its six-game run in the Section 8-3A showdowns and averaged 8.5 runs per contest. The pitching and defense, meanwhile, allowed 32 runs in the six games for an average of 5.3.
The players and coaches of Bemidji's VFW baseball team held their initial practice Sunday night. Brad Johnson serves as the head VFW coach and also is the top assistant on the Bemidji High School varsity.
In 2009 the population of St. Peter was 10,946. The community nestled along the banks of the Minnesota River in southern Minnesota also is home to Gustavus Adolphus College, a private liberal arts institution with an enrollment of 2,456 students. About 1,283 people live in Bagley and another 1,468 call Fosston home. Collectively the two communities are about one-fourth the size of St. Peter in terms of population and, if you throw in Gustavus, St. Peter dwarfs the Bagley-Fosston cooperative. Despite the disparity, Bagley-Fosston and St.
No matter what happens this week the spring sports seasons at Bemidji High School have been exciting and very successful. Following deep playoff runs by the tennis and softball teams, the postseason has been punctuated by the bys 4x800 relay unit which captured the state championship Saturday at Hamline. Jake Urban, Isak Sommer, John Buckanaga and Alex Schoneberger all ran the races of their lives and personal-best performances led to a combined time of 7:49.15, a clocking that not only was the best in the state but also a school record. BHS also returned from state with an Academic All-Sta
At 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday many of us are relaxing at the kitchen table, sipping on our second cup of coffee or tea and scanning the newspaper. Saturday morning is a time to relax and decide what the rest of the day will bring. The Bemidji boys 4x800 relay team had a different Saturday agenda, however. For the four Lumberjacks on the relay, relaxation had to be put on hold because they were trying to win a state championship. Jake Urban set the tone with a personal-record split on the first leg and his teammates Isak Sommer, John Buckanaga and Alex Schoneberger followed the example.
The defending state champion Bemidji VFW baseball team begins its season Monday when it hosts Detroit Lakes for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Bemidji will also be home Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader with Thief River Falls and will travel to Grand Rapids Friday and Saturday for a tournament. Because of the success of the high school baseball team, including a state-tournament appearance beginning on Thursday, the VFW has had to wait until today to schedule its first practice. The VFW is coached by Brad Johnson who also serves as the high school assistant coach.
Alex Schoneberger had the second fastest 800 time during Friday's preliminaries at the state track and field meet in Hamline and is in position to challenge for a state championship today. Bemidji's other competitors in Friday's preliminaries, Jenna Truedson and Cole Bardwell, fell short in their bids to qualify for today's finals. Truedson just missed in the girls 800 as she place 10th with a time of 2:17.26.