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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
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.
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.
During the regular season the Bemidji boys basketball team split a pair of games against Detroit Lakes, each team winning on the road. Saturday at 3:45 p.m. at St. Cloud State the Lumberjacks and Lakers will lock horns once again, this time in the semifinals of the Section 8-3A tournament. Saturday's winner will advance to the section title game while the loser will see its season come to a close. Tuesday BHS, which is seeded second, earned its way to Saturday's semifinal by downing seventh-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen 70-53 in Bemidji while No. 3 Detroit Lakes defeated 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.
Clearbrook-Gonvick is the lone area girls basketball team still alive in the post-season while the boys teams are just beginning their playoff journeys. The C-G girls squad has reached the semifinals of Section 8A and the Bears, who were seeded third in the East Sub-Section, will face top-seeded Red Lake County Central at 6 p.m. today at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. Today's other 8A game pits Northern Freeze, which was ranked No. 1 in the West Sub-Section, against No. 2 Stephen-Argyle.
A few months ago nine Bemidji High School athletic teams met for their first practice sessions. What followed was a hectic winter season which included long road trips, event cancellations because of adverse weather, individual and team disappointments and unexpected successes. Over the weekend the school was represented at state competition by the wrestlers and swimmers who followed in the footsteps of the Nordic ski program which sent three athletes to the state meet. Last Wednesday the boys hockey team fell short in its bid to advance to the state tournament when it lost 2-0 to Moorhead
After opening the World Junior Curling Championshps with an 8-3 victory over the Czech Republic the Aaron Wald rink, which is representing the United States, has dropped four consecutive matches. Wald, of Chisholm, and teammates Josh Bahr of Bemidji, Jared Zezel of Hibbing and John Muller of Hibbing, are on a negative streak that includes a 9-3 loss to Norway Saturday, a 10-1 defeat at the hands of Sweden on Sunday and Monday losses to Canada (9-2) and Switzerland (7-4). Today the Wald rink will try to return to its winning ways against Scotland.