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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.
After 36 holes and two days of golf at Greystone near Sauk Centre Bemidji junior Trey Dale was tied with two competitors for seventh place at the Section 8-3A individual tournament. Three of the top nine, however, were members of Moorhead's team which won the section team title and they were already assured a trip to the state meet. Sharing seventh with Dale were state individual champion Charlie Braniff of St.
Blackduck and Cass Lake-Bena will represent the East Sub-Section 8A in the section's final four tournament Tuesday at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls. Thursday night at Bemidji State University Blackduck exorcised its BSU demons by capturing the East title with a 5-2 victory over CL-B. The win gave the Drakes the East's top seed and they will face the West runner-up 3:30 p.m.
A return trip to the state girls golf meet is within the reach of Bemidji's Meg Phelps as the Lumberjacks senior shot 89 during Thursday's opening round of the Section 8-3A tournament at Long Prairie. Phelps is tied for fifth after Thursday's round and the top five golfers not on the winning team will head to the state meet. St. Cloud Apollo holds the team lead after shooting 364 Thursday. Alexandria finished at 367, St.
Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness shared the Most Valuable Player award for the 2011 Bemidji boys tennis team. The first doubles unit received the award during Thursday's season-ending banquet at the middle school cafeteria. The Lumberjacks advanced to the second round of the section playoffs and, according to coach Mark Fodness, made great strides all season. "Overall, I felt the season was a success," the coach said. "This was a great group of players to work with and we displayed real improvement during the year.
Berths in the state meet will be on the line today when the Bemidji boys and girls track and field teams head to St.
Jenna Truedson captured the 800 with a Bemidji High School record time of 2:14.88 and Bailey Drewes finished third in the event to lead the Bemidji girls track and field team at Wednesday's preliminary round of the Section 8-3A track and field meet in Detroit Lakes. Truedson and Drewes both qualified for Friday's section finals which will be held at St.