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The Bemidji softball team begins its quest for a state tournament berth 6 p.m. today at home, battling either Monticello or St. Cloud Apollo in a Section 8AAA elimination contest. The Lumberjacks (15-4) received the third seed in the section while Monticello (8-9) was ranked sixth and Apollo (4-13) 11th. Those teams will lock horns at 4 p.m. today in Bemidji and the winner will play the Jacks. For the loser, the season will end. Brainerd and Big Lake also await first-round winners today. Brainerd (17-2) received the section's top seed and will host the winner of No. 8 St.
The Bemidji track and field teams hosted Moorhead, Grand Rapids and Detroit Lakes on a perfect evening Tuesday and with a handful of events remaining the Spuds were leading Bemidji in the boys division 259-241 while BHS and Moorhead were tied at 232 in the girls competition. Detroit Lakes had 178 in the girls meet and Grand Rapids 170. In the boys competition, Detroit Lakes was third at 178 and Grand Rapids fourth at 173. The meet was still in progress when The Pioneer was sent to the press. In the boys division Eric Calligan was fourth in the shot put with a toss of 37-3.
The Cass Lake-Bena boys golf team finished second in the 8A South Sub-Section tournament Monday at Longbow and qualified for the Section 8A meet while the girls team was third. Climax-Fisher captured the boys title and will also send its entire team to the Section 8A meet June 1 at the Bemidji Town & Country Club. Representing the South Sub-Section in the girls team event at the section meet will be Fosston and Fertile-Beltrami.
Bucky Leeper and Chad Benson of Bemidji outlasted a 54-team field to capture Saturday's Bemidji Eagles Gary Newell Memorial walleye fishing tournament. "Considering the economy, having 54 boats is a great turnout," said Dick Jacobson, president of the Eagles Club. "I was very happy with the number of entrants and how everybody pitched in to make the most of the day.
The postseason will begin today in Brainerd for the Bemidji boys tennis team while the softball squad has learned the pairings for the 8AAA tournament which begins Wednesday. If the weather does not allow play outdoors, the tennis tournament will be moved to the indoor courts in Sartell. The Lumberjacks tennis squad received the sixth seed in the sub-section tournament and will open against third-seeded Fergus Falls at 9 a.m. today. Other first-round pairings match No. 2 Brainerd against No. 7 Alexandria and fourth-seeded Moorhead against fifth-ranked Apollo. St.
The Bemidji track and field teams will host Grand Rapids, Detroit Lakes and Moorhead at 4:15 p.m. today and the coaches are very happy to be competing at home. "We love being at home," said BHS girls coach Chris Lehman. "I've been here six years and it took me four years to arrange for a home meet. It's been hard work getting teams because this is the time that teams are in their conference and section meets but we had an open date and so did the other schools. "This field will have four quality teams," Lehman continued.
Tyler Follis allowed only one run and helped his own cause by ripping a home run as the Bemidji baseball team blitzed Detroit Lakes 8-1 Monday in Detroit Lakes. The victory gave BHS a 12-7 record heading into its regular-season finale Thursday at home against Moorhead. "Tyler did a nice job and offensively we were able to manufacture a few runs," said Jacks coach Mike Fogelson. Bemidji opened the scoring in the second when Cody Rutledge was hit by a pitch, Tyler Tatro bunted him to second and a pair of wild pitches paved the way to the plate. Bemidji broke the game open with five runs in t
For the second time in three seasons the Cass Lake-Bena baseball team has been crowned the conference champion. Monday in Cass Lake the Panthers edged Blackduck 3-1 in the battle of the North and the South division champions. The victory was CL-B's 21st in as many starts this year. "It was a very good baseball game," said CL-B coach Ken Wittner. "Blackduck brought its 'A' game and so did we." Tyler Trosen earned the pitching victory as he allowed four hits while fanning 13.
The Bemidji baseball team finished 1-2 this weekend at the Des Sagedahl Wooden Bat Tournament. Friday's action saw BHS down Grand Forks Red River 4-2 but Saturday afternoon the Lumberjacks were nipped 2-1 by Duluth East. In Saturday night's finale the Jacks dropped a 3-1 decision to Fargo North. Duluth East went 3-0 to take the tournament title while Fargo North finished 2-1 and Red River 0-3. In the loss to Duluth East the visitors scored the winning run in the sixth on a single by Neal Walsh and Brady Olson's double.
Jess Yost provided a perfect ending to Bemidji's softball regular season Saturday as the freshman pitcher tossed a perfect game at Grand Forks Central. Behind Yost's performance the Lumberjacks blistered Central 15-0 in five innings in the first game of a doubleheader. BHS completed the sweep by rallying for a 6-5 win in the nightcap. "There wasn't much excitement to the perfect game," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "We played good defense and Jess kept throwing strikes.