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Kristi Buerkle accomplished her goal of becoming an All-America athlete Saturday as the Bemidji State University senior finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA II national championships in Albuquerque, N.M. During Friday's preliminaries Buerkle finished sixth with a time of 55.76. In Saturday's finals she bettered her time and her placement as she improved to fifth in a time of 55.34. "Kristi's mission was to become an All-American," said BSU coach Craig Hougen.
The campaigns of the Bemidji High School winter sports teams officially ended Saturday as the BHS boys basketball team lost 68-65 to Detroit Lakes in the 8-3A semifinals at St. Cloud State. The Lumberjacks were the second seed in the field while Detroit Lakes was ranked third.
Bagley will battle Thief River Falls 7 p.m. Tuesday in the North Sub-Section 8-2A boys basketball final and that winner will advance to the 8-2A championship game on Friday. The Flyers gained the sub-section final, which most likely will be at Crookston, by defeating East Grand Forks 54-47 Saturday in Bagley. Thief River Falls eliminated Crookston in Saturday's other sub-section semifinal. "We played well," said Bagley coach Chuck Anderson.
The Section 8A and 8-2A boys basketball tournaments have reached their quarterfinal stages and Cass Lake-Bena, Kelliher-Northome and Bagley are among the teams which will continue their state-tournament quests today. The Flyers will host East Grand Forks at 7 p.m. in North Sub-section action and Thief River Falls will entertain Crookston in the other. Bagley advanced to today's round by upending Red Lake 87-67 Thursday.
Kristi Buerkle of the Bemidji State University women's track and field team will try to capture the NCAA II indoor championship in the 400-meter dash today in Albuquerque, N.M. The senior finished sixth among 12 qualifiers in Friday's 400 preliminary heats with a time of 55.76 and she will join eight other competitors in today's championship race. Buerkle also competed in the 200-meter preliminaries Friday but she wasn't perfect with her first step and failed to qualify for today's final, finishing 11th in a time of 25.19. Buerkle entered the national competition seeded 11th in the 200 fiel
Section 8-3A is loaded with quality boys basketball teams and 3:45 p.m. today at St. Cloud State two of them, Bemidji and Detroit Lakes, will lock horns in the section semifinals. BHS ended its regular season 20-5 and Detroit Lakes finished 19-7. The Lumberjacks were seeded second in the section and the Lakers were third. Each club posted a victory in its opening-round playoff game, both harbor aspirations of qualifying for the state tournament and neither is ready to have the winter come to an end. Prior to the Bemidji-Detroit Lakes match-up top-ranked St.
Cass Lake-Bena lived up to its top billing in the East Sub-Section 8A boys basketball tournament Thursday as the Panthers advanced to Saturday's sub-section semifinals with an 87-64 victory over Clearbrook-Gonvick at the BSU gym. In Thursday's late game at BSU Red Lake County stopped Blackduck 67-52. Thursday's quarterfinal results at Bemidji High School found No. 6 Kelliher-Northome upsetting No. 3 Mahnomen 63-60 and No. 2 Fosston downing No. 7 Win-E-Mac 62-46. CL-B (21-6) will face No. 4 RLC 1 p.m. Saturday at Thief River Falls in the sub-section semifinals.
Capturing a national championship this weekend will be the goal of Bemidji State University senior sprinter Kristi Buerkle while sophomore Raphael Gelo will be looking to earn All-America honors by finishing in the top-eight in the pole vault at the NCAA II track and field meet in Albuquerque, N.M. Buerkle will begin her quest for a national crown 5:50 p.m. today (Central Standard Time) when she joins 11 other runners in the 400-meter dash preliminaries. At 7:50 p.m.
The area boys basketball playoffs hit full stride today as Section 8A and Section 8-2A stage their opening rounds. Cass Lake-Bena is the top seed in the 8A East and the Panthers will begin their post-season 6 p.m. today against Clearbrook-Gonvick at Bemidji State University. CL-B fashioned a 20-6 regular-season record while the Bears bring an 8-18 mark into the game. C-G advanced to today's match-up by defeating Lake of the Woods 78-59 Monday in a play-in game. Today's 7:45 p.m. contest at BSU sees No. 5 Blackduck (13-11) against No.
The Aaron Wald rink continued to struggle Tuesday at the World Junior Curling Championships in Perth, Scotland as the United States representative lost 8-4 to Scotland. Tuesday's setback dropped USA to 1-5 in the round-robin and if Wald hopes to make the playoffs it will have to win its final three games and home that at least three of the seven teams ahead of it stumble. Sweden enters today's two rounds of play with a 5-1 record.