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The boys golfers will play in a 36-hole tournament this weekend hosted by Detroit Lakes. Today's round will be played at Longbow and Saturday the venue switches to Wildflower near Detroit Lakes. "Two-day tournaments are becoming more and more prevalent because they only count as one meet against your schedule," said BHS coach Eric Niskanen. "Detroit Lakes officials decided to have the first round at Longbow because that is the site of their section meet." The Lumberjacks have been off since finishing third in an 11-team meet held May 12 at Crosby.
Today's schedule features battles between Bemidji and Grand Rapids as the boys tennis team hosts the Thunderhawks while the softball squad heads to Grand Rapids. Both contests are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday the BHS teams will be very busy.
Wednesday afternoon the Cass Lake-Bena baseball team improved to 19-0 with a convincing 16-0 home victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. The Panthers will try to complete their unbeaten regular season Friday when they host Laporte at 4:30 p.m. "It's been a very fun year," said CL-B head coach Ken Wittner. "I didn't think we'd start the year with five victories on the road like we did and I didn't think we'd be unbeaten at this stage of the season.
Monday night the Bemidji High School Hall of Fame fraternity grew to 65 members as Jim Grimm, Ray Kavanagh, Joe Motzko, Jim Toninato and John Warford were inducted. The induction ceremony was part of a festive evening which included the announcement of this year's high school athletes of the year, each sport's most valuable athletes, the senior letter winners and the scholarship winners. The Hall of Fame was created in 2001 and during the first three years officials inducted 30 past Lumberjack coaches and athletes.
Corey Huber and Abby Hendricks are both three-sport athletes and Monday night the seniors were honored as Bemidji High School's 2009-10 Athletes of the Year. Huber was a captain of the boys cross-country running team and also played football in the fall. He also was a three-time participant at the state wrestling meet and this spring he is a member of the track and field team. Hendricks was among the girls basketball team's best defensive players and also was a key component on the volleyball team.
Cass Lake-Bena seniors Danielle Jourdain, Martin Wind and Mike Hanson recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at area universities. Hanson and Jourdain plan to attend Bemidji State University while Wind is headed for Bismarck State. "We've never had three athletes at Cass Lake-Bena sign letters in the same year," said CL-B activities director Mike Hanson. "We've had many good athletes attend Cass Lake-Bena but to have three sign letters in one year is pretty cool.
The Bemidji baseball team split a home doubleheader with Warroad Tuesday, taking the first game 9-4 but dropping the nightcap by the same score. The opener was deadlocked 4-4 until BHS erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The visitors, despite trailing by five runs in their last at-bat, made things interesting by loading the bases in the top of the seventh. The Jacks, however, escaped unscathed as pitcher Tyler Follis coaxed a comebacker for the final out. Warroad struck first as Matt Myrick belted a solo home run down the left field line with one out in the opening stanza.
Bemidji finished second at Saturday's Cloquet softball tournament, falling to Chaska 8-2 in the championship game. In pool play BHS defeated Ogilvie 8-2 and Chanhassan 4-1. But the Jacks, who were playing their fifth game in less than 24 hours, could not overcome Chaska. The championship contest was scoreless until the fifth inning when Chaska scored six runs after two were out. Bemidji almost escaped unscathed as the Lumberjacks thought they had nailed a runner at the plate for what would have been the third out of the inning.
The Bemidji baseball team capped a very successful week by sweeping Grand Forks Central 7-6 and 7-0 Saturday in Grand Forks. "We went 4-1 and that is a very good week," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson.
A busy stretch of the season which sees the Bemidji softball team playing six games in three days continued Friday as the Lumberjacks split a home doubleheader with Fargo North. BHS took the opener 10-5 but dropped the second game 8-3. Friday's contests were originally scheduled for last Tuesday in Fargo but rain postponed the games to Friday and team officials decided that Bemidji would be the setting. Thursday night the Jacks outlasted Thief River Falls 9-6 in the mud and the rain and today BHS heads to Cloquet for a six-team tournament. Bemidji will tangle with Ogilvie at 11 a.m.