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The high school Class 3-A state tournament will officially begin 10 a.m. Thursday at Midway Stadium when Bemidji will take on Burnsville. The Lumberjacks were the seventh seed in Section 8-3A and battled through the loser's bracket to win their final three games and capture the title. Burnsville had an easier time as the top-seeded Blaze swept the Section 3 field and capped their road to the championship with a 10-0 victory over No.
After playing baseball for many years Cole Bardwell was looking for a different challenge during the spring season. "I always wanted to try track so I switched sports this year," Bardwell said. Despite running track for only one year Bardwell has made his mark and today the senior will be at Hamline representing Bemidji at the state meet in the 400. Bardwell is one of six Lumberjacks who qualified for the state competition.
On Saturday morning more than 170 of the area's best walleye anglers will head for their favorite hot spots on Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving as part of the Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic field. The fishermen will be looking for three walleyes in the 19-inch range and two more that stretch the tape well past the 20-inch mark. The team of anglers that is most successful and brings in the heaviest five fish will be rewarded with $12,500.
Bemidji's Legion baseball team was supposed to host Thief River Falls tonight in its season opener. That game, and most likely a few others, will have to be postponed, however, as the high school team is still enjoying its campaign. Wednesday night in St. Cloud the seventh-seeded Lumberjacks climaxed an unlikely run through the Section 8-3A playoffs by downing No. 3 Alexandria 4-1 in the championship game. In addition to claiming the section crown BHS earned a berth in the Class 3-A state tournament and a date with Section 3 champion Burnsville 10 a.m. on June 16 at Midway Stadium in St.
The Bemidji baseball team is one game away from the state tournament and 7 p.m. today the Lumberjacks will return to St.
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.
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
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.