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The Bemidji VFW baseball team began its season with a pair of road victories Monday as it swept Perham 9-0 and 10-9. The Vets are scheduled to make their home debut Thursday when they host Fergus Falls in a 4 p.m. doubleheader at BSU. "It was a good opener for us," said VFW coach Brad Johnson about the trip to Perham. "We did some unexpected things including hitting a home run and having Trent Baker throw a 2-hitter." The home run came in the first game when Drew Peterson belted a 3-run shot in the sixth inning.
Mike Brumbaugh of Roseville was the first solo male to cross the finish line at Saturday's Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake. Brumgaugh completed the course, which features canoeing, biking and running, in 5:06.43. A distant second in the solo men's division was Craig Rudd of Plymouth who finished in 5:26.20. In the men's doubles division, the team headed by David Nelson of Medicine Lake was the overall winner in 5:02.47. Al Shuros and his partner of St.
Behind a pair of event championships courtesy of Analisa Huschle, the Bagley-Fosston girls track and field team captured third place at the state high school Class A meet. The Flyers finished with 44 team points and were only two points shy of second place which was won by Kasson-Mantorville. Luverne won the state with 54 points. Park Rapids tied for 16th with 17 points while Walker-Hackensack-Akeley tied for 50th with five points. Huschle successfully defended her state championships in the long jump and triple jump.
The Bemidji baseball team finished the year 13-9 and, considering the makeup of the team, coach Mike Fogelson was pleased with the season's results. "Of course we wanted to extend the season all the way to the state tournament but I'm very happy with the way the kids played," Fogelson said. "We had mostly younger kids in the lineup and, rightfully so, they received a ton of playing time which helped them develop." The Lumberjacks will lose three seniors who saw extended playing time, Matt Hietala, Josh Kane and Paul Voss.
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Meg Phelps begins her initial round at the state Class AAA girls golf tournament 8:15 a.m. today at Bunker Hills. Phelps will return to the course Wednesday for her second 18 holes. The Bemidji junior qualified for today's state meet by placing in the top-five at last week's Section 8AAA competition. Prior to making the trip to Bunker Hills, Phelps admitted that a state meet appearance came as a shock. "I didn't expect this," Phelps said.
If familiarity translates into success, it was only fitting that veteran Bemidji anglers Dave Hanson and Bob Strand captured the championship of Saturday's 10th annual Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic on Lake Bemidji. A few years ago Strand retired from the DNR Fisheries Division and he was the Bemidji Regional Fisheries Supervisor when he decided to trade the company pen for a fishing pole. Hanson practically was raised on Lake Bemidji and he knows the habits and haunts of Bemidji walleyes as well as anyone. "I used to guide on Lake Bemidji 50 years ago," Hanson recalled.
Bemidji's 4x800-meter relay team bettered its state qualifying time by more than one second and finished sixth in a very fast field at Saturday's state track and field meet at Hamline. The Lumberjacks were seeded third in the state field by virtue of their Section 8AA winning time of 7:58.50.
The Bemidji VFW baseball team begins its season Monday at Perham and the home opener will be Thursday against Fergus Falls. The majority of this year's roster features 15-year-old players and the only returning players are Collin Leif and Mason Bellew. "Last year we had many younger kids that we pegged for this year's high school varsity," said VFW coach Brad Johnson. "The group I have now is young and I will have most of them for two years.
The Bemidji track and field athletes failed to qualify for their event finals during Friday's state meet. The Lumberjacks will hope for better results today when Allie Heifort competes in the shot put at 9 a.m. and the boys 4x800 relay team hits the track at 9:13 a.m.