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A steady rain did not dampen the spirits of the Bemidji boys golfers who hosted their annual invitational Monday at the Bemidji Town & Country Club. "It has to rain long and hard to stop a golf meet," said BHS coach Seth Knudson. The 19 complete teams were greeted by a steady rain when the meet began at 9 a.m. and the precipitation continued until about noon. The rain, however, stopped for the final few hours of the competition and the golfers could finish their rounds in more comfortable conditions. "My only concern during the morning was a thunderstorm," Knudson said.
When Jerry Lee was in eighth grade he was in great shape and outweighed his friend and classmate Billy Dunlap by more than 30 pounds. Dunlap, however, was out for wrestling. "Billy was a 98-pound weakling," Lee said. "One day we rolled out the old red picnic tablecloth in his basement and went at it. And Billy kicked me. That is why I got into wrestling." A few years after that encounter Lee was celebrating the school's first individual state wrestling championship as the senior captured the 154-pound title.
Bailey Drewes was named Bemidji High School's girls Athlete of the Year and Ryan Rude earned the honor in the boys division. Both awards were bestowed Monday during the Hall of Fame and athletic banquet at the high school. Drewes is a three-sport athlete as she runs cross country in the fall, skis in the winter and is a distance runner on the girls track and field team. Rude participated in football and basketball during his senior year.
The Blackduck baseball team enters this week ranked No. 1 in the state Class A poll as the Drakes own a 13-1 record following last week's split against Nevis. Blackduck resumed its schedule Monday against Lake of the Woods and Thursday it will face Cass Lake-Bena at Bemidji State University. The week will conclude Friday at home against Red Lake. After nipping Kelliher-Northome 7-6 last Monday behind the four-hit performances of Trey Volk and Cody Bergquist, Blackduck split with Nevis on Thursday. The Tigers, who entered the day 9-0 and ranked No. 15 in the state poll, took the opener 6-5.
The Bemidji softball team scored seven runs in the second inning Saturday and cruised to an 11-5 home victory over Grand Forks Central. The Lumberjacks collected seven hits, including Jineane Williams' 2-run triple in the second and Summer Monsrud's 3-run inside-the-park home run in the third. Taylor McLean went the distance on the mound to earn the victory. The senior limited the Knights to eight hits while fanning five and walking three. Saturday's contest was Bemidji's first at home since April 12.
The Bemidji boys golf team will make its only home appearance of the spring Monday when the Lumberjacks stage their 21-team invitational at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
The Bemidji baseball team defeated Fergus Falls 11-5 Friday night and followed that outcome with a 3-2 loss to Brainerd. Originally, Friday's schedule was to feature only Bemidji against Fergus Falls but Brainerd and the Lumberjacks were both looking for games to replace early-season weather victims. When Brainerd was willing to make the trip north, the game was added to the docket. In the opener Bemidji's bats were alive as the Jacks ripped 12 hits. Mason Bellew provided three of them as he blasted a pair of doubles and a single.
In the first meeting of the spring between two of the favored teams in Section 8AAA, Brainerd downed the Bemidji softball team 5-0 Friday in Brainerd. The Lumberjacks threatened on three occasions but were unable to produce the big hit when needed. In the first inning Summer Monsrud reached when a third strike was missed by the catcher. A passed ball advanced Monsrud to second and the senior gained third on a fly ball.
Allie Heifort won the discus and the shot put and Rachel Becker captured the triple jump Thursday at the Detroit Lakes Invitational track and field meet. Those efforts helped Bemidji finish third with 110 points. Moorhead took the meet title with 144 and Detroit Lakes was second with 113. Trailing the leaders were Fergus Falls with 91, Park Rapids with 69.5 and Pequot Lakes with 30.5. Becker claimed the triple jump with a leap of 34-4.5 while Heifort took the shot put with a throw of 36-7 and the discus with a 114-1 effort. Bemidji's other win Thursday came in the 4x800 relay as the Lumbe
Bemidji captured three relays, Andy Berube claimed the 2-mile, Alex Schoneberger won the 800 and the Lumberjacks track and field team captured second place at Thursday's Detroit Lakes Invitational. Moorhead took team honors with 142.5 and BHS was a close second at 132.5.