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The second half of the VFW baseball season begins today when Bemidji entertains Moorhead in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. Today's games represent the start of a busy two weeks as the Vets will play 14 games in 11 days. Another doubleheader with Moorhead, a makeup of an earlier postponement, also is likely to be scheduled during this time frame. The VFW is 9-3 and 8-0 among teams in its district.
In 1992, at the age of 60, Don Niskanen retired from Bemidji High School where he taught industrial arts and coached, among other programs, the middle school golf teams. An avid and accomplished golfer, Niskanen was ready to enjoy retirement and was anxious to continue testing himself at the Bemidji Town & Country Club. Although he didn't know it upon his retirement, Niskanen was destined to spend more hours at the golf course than anyone could imagine. "Dave Lehmann was the men's golf coach and he became ill," Niskanen said.
Qualified umpires are always in need, especially in northern Minnesota where distances can limit the options of a coach looking for someone to call a game. "When I moved to Bemidji six years ago there were three guys umpiring together: Kevin McCarthy, Pete Larson and Marshall Graham," said Brian Schultz. "There were other guys working on their own trying to line up games.
The long-awaited break for the Bemidji Legion baseball team has finally arrived. During the past 11 days Bemidji has played 18 games, a streak that ended Thursday when the Legion entertained Brainerd in a doubleheader. The Legion will have an opportunity to rest and enjoy the Fourth of July holiday as Bemidji is off until Tuesday when it heads to Roseau.
After 10 games on the road the Bemidji VFW baseball team opened its home season in style Wednesday as the Vets swept East Grand Forks 7-2 and 12-2 at the Bemidji State University diamond. The victories gave Bemidji a 9-3 record heading into a holiday break. The VFW will return to action July 7 when it entertains Moorhead. The next day Bemidji will host Perham. The Vets were in charge of both games from the early stages. In the opener Bemidji scored a run in the first and added three in the third.
It would have been understandable had the Bemidji Legion baseball team been weary Wednesday night when it hosted Thief River Falls. Wednesday's contest, which was switched to a single nine-inning game from its original doubleheader status, represented Bemidji's 16th game within the past 10 days. Those figures will increase today as the Legion hosts Brainerd in a twinbill at the BSU diamond beginning at 5 p.m. "Considering how much we have played lately, I was very glad to see us score 15 runs on 12 hits and to have our pitcher do so well," Legion coach Mike Fogelson said. The offensive out
The lakes in the Bemidji area are on a rotating basis in terms of population assessment studies by DNR officials. The more popular fishing lakes are monitored about every five years while other lakes are checked on 10-year cycles. Among the latter is Midge Lake and this week Bemidji Area DNR Fisheries officials working gill nets and trap nets spent three days on the lake located just east of Bemidji along Highway 2. The gill nets are set in deeper water and are designed to monitor the larger predator species such as walleyes and northern pike. The trap nets are placed in shallow water, usu
A nine-game road trip which included five games in St. Cloud, two in Perham and two more in Nisswa, ends today when the Bemidji Legion hosts Thief River Falls. Today's action was originally scheduled as a double-header beginning at 5 p.m. but, because of the Legion's recent hectic schedule which includes Thursday's home twinbill against Brainerd, today's game is likely to be switched to one 9-inning contest. The game time is still expected to be 5 p.m. In Tuesday's late action the Legion was at Nisswa.
Despite seeing his team lose three of four games at last weekend's tournament in Grand Forks, VFW coach Brad Johnson considered the weekend a success. Friday the Vets fell 9-7 to Winnipeg and 6-5 to Beulah, N.D. After having Saturday off Bemidji played two more games on Sunday, dropping a rematch to Beulah 9-6 and defeating Mandan 3-1. Both Sunday games were five innings because event organizers wanted to conserve time. "Our goal never was to win this tournament," Johnson said. "Our objective was to improve by playing better teams.
Bemidji's Legion baseball team split its first four games at this weekend's tournament in St. Cloud and will play for the consolation crown 11:30 a.m. today against either Willmar or Rochester. Those teams were battling in Saturday's late game and the winner will take on Bemidji. Willmar was one of Bemidji's victims in pool play as the Legion blitzed Willmar 15-3 Friday night. Earlier Friday the Legion lost to Spring Lake Park 5-2. Saturday saw Bemidji lose an 8-inning, 10-9 decision to Cold Spring to complete pool play.