Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.
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It would be ideal if everyone who took to the water in a boat or an ice shack was looking for the same experience. Unfortunately, that isn't the case and, because of that wide range of wants and expectations, a change might be brewing in how Minnesota DNR Fisheries officials manage the state's northern pike lakes. Currently there are 115 Minnesota lakes that are governed by special northern pike regulations. In the Bemidji area the most common special regulation on the 13 lakes which stray from the statewide limit is a protected 24 to 36-inch slot.
Zach Solheim pitched a complete-game 2-hitter and the offense was able to scratch out three runs as the Bemidji baseball team extended its winning streak to two games with a 3-0 victory Thursday at Sartell. The Lumberjacks won't have much time to savor the victory, however, as today sees them entertaining Fergus Falls at 4 p.m. and Brainerd following the first game. The contest with Brainerd was added to the schedule Wednesday when both teams were looking for ways to make up lost games.
Austin Korczak and Noah Holter placed second in singles action and Bemidji earned a runner-up finish by Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness at first doubles Thursday at the Northwest Quad hosted by East Grand Forks. Those results helped the Lumberjacks capture second place in the team standings. To no one's surprise Thief River Falls did not drop an individual match and coasted to the team title with 21 points. BHS finished with 10 while Crookston had seven and EGF three. "Our goal was to compete in every match and we accomplished that goal," said Bemidji coach Mark Fodness.
Tyler Follis allowed only one run in 4.1 innings of relief and the bats pounded 15 hits as the Bemidji baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 13-6 victory at Warroad. BHS trailed 5-4 when Follis relieved starting pitcher Cody Rutledge and the senior limited Warroad to only one run the rest of the way. The Lumberjacks offense, meanwhile, took control with three runs in the fifth and iced the win with five in the seventh. "We needed to stabilize our pitching and Cody and Tyler did that," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson.
Analisa Huschle of Bagley-Fosston continued her ascent through the high school track and field ranks Saturday as the senior won two individual events at the prestigious Hamline Elite meet and placed third in another. Huschle also ran a leg on Bagley-Fosston's 4x200 meter relay unit which finished fourth with a time of 1:46.51. In the 200 Huschle set the pace as she hit the tape in 25.37.
Walleyes swimming in nine of Minnesota's top-10 walleye lakes displayed levels of perfluorooctain sulfonate (PFOS) that were either very low or undetectable, according to a report released by Minnesota Department of Health (MDDH) officials. The low levels suggest that the lakes, which include Leech, Cass, Upper Red and Winnie, have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals (PFCs), according to the officials. The other lakes on the walleye top-10 list that were tested for PFOS were Lake of the Woods, Rainy, Vermillion, Mille Lacs, Kabetogama and Lake Pepin.
Another busy week is in store for the Bemidji sports teams but fans will have to wait until Friday to enjoy a home game. The schedule began Monday with the girls softball team at Grand Forks Red River and the girls golfers at Park Rapids. The track and baseball teams are on the road today while the tennis, track and baseball squads compete away from home on Thursday. Friday finds the baseball team hosting Fergus Falls at 4:30 p.m.
The Bemidji boys golf team and six of its section peers battled strong winds Saturday at Greystone Golf Course near Sauk Centre while the Lumberjacks girls made the trip to Grand Rapids only to have their meet called off while the van was a few miles from Pokegama Golf Course. "We made it to Coleraine when the Grand Rapids coach called and told us the course was unplayable," said BHS girls coach Jeff Nelson. "It had rained hard the entire trip so we weren't surprised. The soil at Pokegama is heavy and can't take water like we can at the Bemidji Town & Country Club.
Bemidji's 4x800 relay team of Jake Urban, Isak Sommer, John Buckanaga and Alex Schoneberger captured the championship at Friday's Hamline Elite meet. The quartet completed the race in 8:01 and posted a 4-second victory over runner-up Buffalo. "The guys ran a solid race," said BHS distance coach Ryan Aylesworth. "For this point in the season it was a very good run.
Alexandria scored early and often Friday and swept the Bemidji baseball team 15-12 and 10-9 in Alexandria. BHS (3-4) staged dramatic comebacks in each game, scoring eight consecutive runs in the opener and rallying with three in the seventh inning of the nightcap. But each rally fell just short. The Cardinals opened their afternoon with five runs in the first inning of the opener and they continued that trend in the rematch, bolting to a 4-1 lead after the first inning and expanding the cushion to 7-2 after two stanzas. Dalton Leuschke was the main thorn in Bemidji's side as the senior had