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Bagley-Fosston finished in second place in the girls and the boys 8A Subsection 29A track and field meets held Thursday in Walker. The Flyers trailed Park Rapids in each division. In the boys meet Kelliher-Northome-Blackduck finished third, Clearbrook-Gonvick seventh and Trek North eighth. Clearbrook-Gonvick was fourth in the girls meet while KNB was fifth and Trek North eighth. Trek North qualified two athletes for the Section 8A meet which will be June 4 in Park Rapids.
Bemidji's hopes for a home game in Monday's first round of the Section 8-3A playoffs were severely wounded Thursday as the Lumberjacks were swept 4-3 and 6-3 at Moorhead. BHS will have one more opportunity to collect section points as it heads to St. Cloud Apollo today for a 1:30 p.m. game.
The Bemidji boys tennis season officially ended Thursday at the Section 8-2A individual tournament in Brainerd. In singles play Alec Hess won his first match as he swept Reno Fussy of Brainerd 6-3, 7-5. Hess was eliminated in the next round, however, when he fell to Jake Anderson of Fergus Falls 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. "Alec had an impressive day," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "He dominated Fussy in the first set and rallied from a 2-5 deficit in the second to win the match. "That put him against Anderson of Fergus Falls who was the top-rated kid in singles.
The Bemidji softball team, fresh off Wednesday's 14-4 pasting of Monticello, will continue its quest for the Section 8-3A championship 11 a.m. Monday when it tangles with Elk River. Monday's other opening playoff game sees top-ranked Brainerd (18-0) facing No. 5 Big Lake (14-7). The Lumberjacks (13-6) own the section's third seed while Elk River (15-6) is rated second. The four remaining teams all won their games on Wednesday and advanced to Monday's double-elimination final four.
Kodi Craft, Trey Dale and Elliot Leinen each carded rounds in the 70s and those performances helped the Bemidji boys golf team finish third at Thursday's Melrose Invitational. The meet was held at Greystone Golf Course near Sauk Centre and the course is also the site of the section tournament which begins Wednesday. "This was our last chance to play the course before sections and, hopefully, we saved our best golf for last," said BHS coach Seth Knudson. "We're right where we need to be to compete at the section meet.
Bemidji ended its home baseball schedule Wednesday with a 4-3 victory over Roseau, needing a run in the bottom of the seventh to put away the Rams. Today the Lumberjacks will travel to Moorhead and Friday they will visit St. Cloud Apollo for a single game starting at 1:30 p.m. BHS is hoping to sweep this week's action as the Jacks want to secure as many points as they can to improve their Section 8-3A seeding position.
The opening game of the playoffs is always nerve racking, especially for the higher-seeded team. When a loss means the end of the softball season it can be difficult for a team perform at peak efficiency, at least during the first few innings. Bemidji was bitten by the playoff bug early in Wednesday's playoff opener at home against Monticello but the offense finally came to life in the second inning. Once the floodgate was open, BHS continued that offensive explosion the rest of the way and the third-seeded Jacks eventually cruised to a 14-4 win over No.
The team portion of the season ended Tuesday for the Bemidji boys tennis team as the sixth-seeded Lumberjacks fell to No. 3 Sartell 6-1 in the opening round of the Section 8-2A tournament. The final score was deceiving, however, as BHS gave the favored Sabres all they could handle. "We lost three of the matches in three sets and Levi Rickert lost only 7-5, 6-4 at first singles," said Bemidji coach Mark Fodness. "We were in just about every match and certainly pushed Sartell hard.
Trey Dale shot 75 to lead the Bemidji boys golf team at Tuesday's triangular held at Greystone Golf Course near Sauk Centre. Joining the Lumberjacks at the meet, which was designed to help the players become more familiar with the course that will host the section tournament, were Moorhead and Fergus Falls. The Spuds won Tuesday's triangular with a 297 while Fergus Falls shot 316 and Bemidji 324. "The kids learned how important it is to hit the fairways and stay out of the fescue," said BHS coach Seth Knudson.
Tyler Follis pitched another complete game and Cody Jenkins and Collin Leif sparked the offense as the Bemidji baseball team coasted to its 10th victory in 16 outings Monday by stopping Detroit Lakes 9-2 in Bemidji. BHS is off today but will conclude its home schedule Wednesday with a doubleheader against Roseau. Thursday finds the Lumberjack ending the regular season with a twinbill at Moorhead. "Tyler pitched another gem," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson.