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It probably will be chilly when the Bemidji girls golfers and their fellow competitors hit their initial shots at the Bemidji Invitational this morning. The 11-team meet is scheduled for a 9:30 a.m.
Thief River Falls lived up to its No. 5 billing in the Class A boys tennis ranks Thursday as the Prowlers defeated Bemidji 7-0 in Thief River Falls. "We took one on the chin but Thief River Falls is a very good team," said BHS coach Mark Fodness whose team dipped to 4-3. "Thief River knows how to finish a game and that's what they did to us." The Lumberjacks never threatened TRF as the home team won each match in straight sets. The closest Bemidji came were a pair of 6-2, 6-2 losses.
It's a long way from Bemidji to Duluth but Thursday's trip by the Bemidji softball team seemed especially lengthy as the Lumberjacks gave Duluth East five unearned runs which handed the home team a 5-3 victory. "We should have won 2-0 but we gave away too many outs," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen.
Another snowstorm, this one targeting the Nisswa area, limited the Bemidji boys golf team and its competition to nine holes Wednesday during the Brainerd Invitational at The Pines. Originally scheduled for 18 holes the meet was called early when snow covered the greens.
The Bemidji boys tennis team swept the singles and captured two of the three doubles matches on way to a 6-1 victory Tuesday at Detroit Lakes. The Lakers rested their hopes on the doubles matches, hoping to win all three and try to steal a victory or two in singles. But BHS had other ideas. "Detroit Lakes' strength was its doubles teams," said Lumberjacks coach Mark Fodness. "But we played very well at all three doubles matches and in singles we didn't let Detroit Lakes off the hook.
Walks and an untimely error in the first inning opened the gate to a 5-run first inning for Grand Forks Red River and those early runs proved to be more than Bemidji could counter as the Lumberjacks dropped an 8-2 decision Monday at Grand Forks. The Jacks were retired in order in the top of the first but the home team fared much better in its half of the stanza.
Meg Phelps carded rounds of 43-44-87 to lead the Bemidji girls golf team at Monday's Staples Invitational held at Cragun's Legacy Course near Brainerd. "We started out a little rugged which is to be expected because many of our girls had never played this course before," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. "It's a short course but you have to play target golf. Because there are hazards everywhere you have to be accurate with every shot. "And if you are playing it for the first time it can be intimidating. Detroit Lakes took the team crown by shooting 346. St.
This year's Bemidji High School sports banquet will be May 9 at the high school and among the honored guests will be five new members to the school's athletic Hall of Fame who represent a variety of the school's athletic programs. Tickets for the banquet may be purchased at the BHS activities office for $11. The elder statesman of this year's Hall of Fame contingent is Jerry Lee who graduated in 1966. During his time as a Lumberjack Lee earned three football letters, two in wrestling and another in track.
Blackduck and Cass Lake-Bena met Monday in Blackduck and on the line were area bragging rights in Class A baseball. The game was originally scheduled for last Monday but had to be postponed when the area was hit with an April snowstorm. Blackduck did win three games last week to improve to 6-0 while CL-B picked up a pair of victories and owned a 4-1 record heading into the contest. Bagley also is 4-1 heading into the week as the Flyers split their most recent games, falling 5-4 to Cass Lake-Bena but spilling Kelliher-Northome 6-1. Blackduck throttled Pine River-Backus 16-6 in five innings
During the past two seasons the Bagley-Fosston girls track and field team has captured the Class A state title and added a third-place finish. The Flyers have talented athletes throughout the roster but no one will argue about who is the leader. "It's been fun to have Analisa in the program," said Bagley coach Doug Carlson speaking about senior Analisa Huschle. "Along with the recognition she has given to Bagley track and field and our state championship, Analisa has been a big help to the younger kids in the program.