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Senior Ryan Rude and junior Carey Woods shared the Most Valuable Player award for the 2010-11 Bemidji boys basketball team. The honor, as voted on by the players, was announced at this week's season-ending dinner. Woods was Bemidji's top offensive weapon as he led the Jacks in scoring (25.8 points per game) was second in steals, second in rebounds and third in assists.
Despite dealing with limited outdoor practice sessions because of the extended winter the Bemidji boys tennis team opened its season with solid performances as the Lumberjacks blanked Perham 7-0 Thursday in Perham. "It was a good start to the year," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "We haven't had much time on the courts this year and Perham has had less time.
Pitching and defense always dictate how a baseball team will fare, and Thursday afternoon in the season opener at the Bemidji State University diamond the Bemidji High School team excelled at both phases. Zach Solheim allowed only one hit through six innings and Ryan Stevens pitched a perfect seventh to spearhead a 3-0 victory over defending section champion Brainerd.
For many sports enthusiasts spring officially will arrive today when the Bemidji High School baseball team will tangle with Brainerd at the Bemidji State University diamond. The Beavers practiced at the site Tuesday and BHS coach Mike Fogelson took a tour of the diamond Wednesday morning. Although the grounds were a bit soggy because of the escaping frost, Fogelson was pleased with what he saw and determined that baseball season had finally arrived. "Both teams are going to be excited to be outside. The fans are going to be excited to be outside.
The Bemidji High School track and field teams capped their indoor campaigns Tuesday by capturing the titles at the Little Amik II meet at the Bemidji State University Rec Center. The Lumberjacks took the girls crown with 98.5 points while Bagley-Fosston finished second with 77. In the boys division BHS edged Pillager 85-81. The meet attracted 29 boys and 29 girls teams. Bemidji claimed three events in the girls division and the Jacks set the tone by winning the 4x800 relay race. The tandem of Bailey Drewes, Jenna Truedson, Kim Truedson and Dani Gronhovd set a fieldhouse record by completi
After a few weeks of relative inactivity the spring sports scene at Bemidji High School will be revived this week, weather permitting. Prior to this week only the boys and girls track and field teams have seen any action as both participated in the Lions and Paul Bunyan invitationals in late March. Both teams will return to the Bemidji State University Rec Center today for the annual Little Amik II meet.
The Pete Fenson rink will begin its quest for a world championship Saturday when the team joins 11 other rinks at the World Curling Championships in Regina, Sask. The rink includes Fenson of Bemidji, Shawn Rojeski of Chisholm, Joe Polo of Duluth and Ryan Brunt of Bemidji. Veteran curler Scott Baird of Bemidji is the alternate. Fenson will open his tournament in Saturday afternoon's draw against Denmark.
When area DNR officials invite the public to an informational meeting, predicting the potential crowd is impossible. Last week at the Pike Bay Town Hall, Bemidji DNR Fisheries personnel hosted a public meeting designed to discuss the walleyes on the Cass Lake Chain and more than 30 people attended. "I was very pleased with the turnout," said Bemidji Area DNR Fisheries Supervisor Gary Barnard.
The initial competition of the season always provides a base and judging by Saturday's results at the Lions Invitational at the BSU Rec Center, the Bemidji boys track and field team should have a successful spring. BHS dominated Saturday's meet, finishing with 222.5 points. Ottertail Central was a distant second with 112 and Hibbing claimed third with 91. Trailing the pack were Warroad (52.5), Fertile-Beltrami (47), Virginia (26), Trek North (13) and Deer River (10). "We saw many times that were close to personal records," said Lumberjacks coach Steve Sneide.
After seven years on the bench Bemidji girls hockey coach Matt Menne decided to resign from the position Friday. "The school district administration has been very supportive of me and my coaching staff over the years," Menne said.