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A steady and strong wind off Lake Bemidji hampered the competitors during Friday's Bemidji girls golf invitational at the Bemidji Town & Country Club but the temperatures were pleasant and no one was complaining. "It was windy but Friday was the best day we have had during for a meet this season," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. "It was nice to be outside on such a nice day." Detroit Lakes topped the field by finishing at 341 on the par 36-36-72 BT&CC layout.
Today's original schedule saw four the Bemidji sports teams in action but predicted rain and wind coaxed event officials to call off the softball team's trip to Detroit Lakes. The Lumberjacks tennis team also was scheduled to participate in today's Moorhead Invitational but a lack of courts resulted in a change of plans and Bemidji will be taking the day off. The abbreviated schedule now finds the boys golfers taking split squads to Greystone near Sauk Centre and to the Staples Invitational. Also on today's agenda is a trip to Pokegama in Grand Rapids for the girls golf team. The top six b
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.