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This year's Bemidji High School sports banquet will be May 9 at the high school and among the honored guests will be five new members to the school's athletic Hall of Fame who represent a variety of the school's athletic programs. Tickets for the banquet may be purchased at the BHS activities office for $11. The elder statesman of this year's Hall of Fame contingent is Jerry Lee who graduated in 1966. During his time as a Lumberjack Lee earned three football letters, two in wrestling and another in track.
During the past two seasons the Bagley-Fosston girls track and field team has captured the Class A state title and added a third-place finish. The Flyers have talented athletes throughout the roster but no one will argue about who is the leader. "It's been fun to have Analisa in the program," said Bagley coach Doug Carlson speaking about senior Analisa Huschle. "Along with the recognition she has given to Bagley track and field and our state championship, Analisa has been a big help to the younger kids in the program.
Tyler Follis ripped four hits and Collin Leif three to power the Bemidji baseball team to a 7-5 victory Thursday at Hibbing. Pitcher Zach Solheim was the beneficiary of a 13-hit attach led by Follis and Leif as Solheim earned the victory with four innings of work. Trent Baker tossed the final three frames for the save. "It was good to be back on the diamond," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson whose team has been off since a 15-6 home loss to Grand Rapids on April 12. "It felt like this was our first time outside but it didn't take long for us to get in the swing of things." After spotting the
The Bemidji girls golf team finished sixth Thursday at the 14-team Brainerd Invitational which concluded Thursday with 18 holes at The Preserve Golf Course near Brainerd. The meet opened with 18 holes at The Pines on Wednesday. After carding a round of 392 at The Pines the Lumberjacks shaved 35 shots off that score Thursday when they finished at 357. "We always play better at The Preserve," said Bemidji coach Jeff Nelson.
The Bemidji girls track and field team placed second at Thursday's Alexandria Quadrangular. The host team won the meet with 382 points while Bemidji tallied 324. Trailing the leaders were St. Cloud Tech with 266 and Fergus Falls with 254. "It was rainy, windy and cold but the kids competed very well," said Jacks coach Chris Lehman.
Hanna Olson had three singles and four RBI to lead the Bemidji girls softball team to an 11-2 win Thursday at Grand Rapids. The Lumberjacks improved to 4-1 and will be off until next Thursday when they invade Duluth East. Bemidji opened Thursday's scoring with a run in the first inning as Summer Monsrud bunted for a base hit and raced to third on an error.
Trey Dale followed Tuesday's 85 at The Pines Golf Course near Pequot Lakes with a 76 Wednesday at The Prairie near Brainerd.
Duke Thorson has always owned a competitive spirit. That approach led to success as a Bemidji Lumberjack tennis player, success in the business world as the owner of SealMaster and success on the NASCAR Truck Series through ThorSport Racing, which formed in 1996 and is the elder statesman in the NASCAR Truck Series. Considering that Thorson had his upbringing in Bemidji, becoming the inspiration for a fleet of NASCAR trucks appears to be a stretch.
Bemidji High School seniors Kevin Nelson and Dylan Hoven signed athletic letters of intent Tuesday at the high school. Nelson will play football at Moorhead State while Hoven will swim for St. Cloud State. "I wanted to move away from Bemidji and Moorhead is a large area but not too large," Nelson said of his decision to join the Dragons. "Moorhead has a new coaching staff and the staff is doing many good things.
The Bemidji boys golf team carded a round of 346 and finished in ninth place after Tuesday's opening round of the Pequot Lakes Invitational. Tuesday's action was played at The Pines Golf Course and the Lumberjacks will join 16 other teams today at The Preserve for the final 18 holes. Today also finds the girls team starting its two-day event in the Pequot Lakes area, weather permitting, as the Jacks play at The Pines today and at The Preserve on Thursday. Today's weather forecast includes a chance of snow flurries in the early morning but the temperature is supposed to improve by afternoon.