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The Bemidji softball team scored 11 runs in its first at-bat and needed every one of them as the Lumberjacks hung on for a 14-11 home victory Tuesday over Coleraine-Greenway. "Our goal is to be a little better each day and today I don't think we did that," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen whose team improved to 2-0. The key hit in the decisive first inning was a 3-run triple by Anna Pence.
Another outstanding performance by the pitching staff and an offense that couldn't be stopped in the first inning combined to give the Bemidji baseball team a resounding 16-0 victory Monday at Thief River Falls. The Lumberjacks pounded nine hits and scored 14 runs in the top of the first to make things easy for starting pitcher Ryan Stevens, who worked the first two innings.
Dalton Petersen and Grant Johnson of Bemidji will be in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A busy week for the Bemidji High School spring sports teams began Monday when the baseball squad invaded Thief River Falls. Only the varsity made the trip because only one diamond in Thief River Falls was available. The Lumberjacks will have all three of their baseball teams in action today as the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen entertain Grand Rapids at 4:30 p.m. The varsity will play on the BSU diamond. Following today's game the varsity will be off until Saturday when it heads south to play Sartell at noon and Sauk Rapids at 2:30 p.m. BHS enters the week 1-0 after Zach Solheim and
The Bemidji High School softball team used solid pitching by Taylor McLean and an 11-hit attack to dump Fergus Falls 9-3 Saturday in the season opener at the BHS diamond. McLean yielded a run in the top of the first but her offensive teammates exploded for five runs in their half of the stanza to take control. The visitors drew within 5-2 with a solo run in the third but the Lumberjacks regained the momentum down the stretch. "Overall, I was very pleased with our play," said Bemidji coach Brad Takkunen. "Our focus was to compete and that is what we did.
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.
The Bemidji softball team begins its 2011 campaign 2 p.m. today when it entertains Fergus Falls. The Lumberjacks have their sights set on a trip to the state tournament and coach Brad Takkunen believes that reaching the state meet is a realistic goal. "Most of our kids were on a team that went deep into the playoffs last year," Takkunen said. "We have that experience and we have skilled players.
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.
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.
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.