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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.
The break between the winter and spring sports seasons at Bemidji High School ends today as the BHS track and field teams head to the Bemidji State University Rec Center for the annual Lions Invitational. The field-event action begins at 1 p.m. with the girls high jump, girls shot, boys pole vault and boys long jump. On the track starting at 1 p.m.
The Bemidji High School wrestling team capped its state-tournament campaign Thursday when the Lumberjacks held their annual season-ending banquet at the high school. A year ago BHS compiled a 6-18 record and coach Rance Bahr challenged this season's athletes to double that victory total. His wrestlers took those words to heart and by early February the Lumberjacks had accomplished that goal. They continued to add to the victory total the rest of February and by the time the campaign ended at the state tournament in March Bemidji had fashioned a 21-11 dual record. "The 21 wins in a season i
The First National Bank Lumberjack Bonspiel celebrates its 15th birthday Friday and Saturday and during the previous 14 years it has raised more than $210,000 for the Bemidji school district's high school and middle school programs. Bemidji area residents are always looking for a reason to grab their brooms and slide a few rocks and the Lumberjack Bonspiel offers the perfect opportunity. "In January we announced that teams were being accepted and by the middle of February the 48 spots were filled," said Jan Reierson who is one of the event organizers. "We even have another 10 teams on the w
No one can pinpoint the hit that sent John Forseth to the hospital during the recent Section 8-2A championship hockey game against Moorhead. The best guess is that the injury occurred early in the first period when the Bemidji High School junior collided with a Spud player at center ice. "I have no memory of the hit but I watched the game tape and on the second shift I hit the Moorhead kid at center ice," John said. "I didn't think anything of it at the time and I played most of the rest of the period." "We don't think John made any contact with his head," said his mother, Terri.