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Entering Monday's final round of the Vandersluis Men's Championship Chris Curb of Bemidji was tied for third with a 54-hole score of 147. Jim Foss of Roseau led the field at 144 while Johnny Larson of Springfield, Minn. was a shot back at 145. Toby Palmiscno of Bemidji shared Curb's 147 and those four players were grouped in the final pairing. Even though he entered Monday's action two shots off the pace Curb was positioned exactly where he wanted to be. "For me, not being the leader is an advantage," Curb said. "I'd rather be trailing by a shot or two and play catch-up on the final day.
Jake Urban is among the senior leaders of the Bemidji boys cross-country running team but his contributions have been temporarily put on hold while he recovers from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident which occurred about 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Urban was heading north on Hubbard County Road 98. Approaching from the west on County Road 2 (North Plantagenet Road) was a semi tractor-trailer driven by Michael Nepean, 61, of Bagley. "I was at a two-way stop on the detour road and most of the vehicles on that road are there because of the detour," Urban said.
The resilience of young football players was on display during the final minutes of Friday's 28-21 Bemidji victory over Moorhead at Chet Anderson Stadium. With 1:36 remaining in the game the Spuds trailed 28-14 and faced a fourth-and-13 from the BHS 43. Receiver Mason Ness broke into the middle of the field and was spotted by quarterback Jacob Uglem. He also, however, was spotted by Bemidji safety Cody Rutledge. Uglem sent the pass to Ness and Rutledge zeroed in on the interception. Unfortunately, Rutledge was a half a step late.
The Bemidji volleyball team needed five games to dispose of Detroit Lakes Thursday in its home opener. BHS took the match 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-8. "We had the first home game jitters but we hung in there for the win," said Jacks coach Teresa Colligan whose team is 2-0. The Lumberjacks took the first set 25-19 but it wasn't easy.
Each fall fans from Bemidji and Moorhead eagerly anticipate the annual football game between the two rivals. No matter how either team is faring on the won-lost ledger, the Lumberjacks-Spuds contest always features spirited action in front of large crowds. Traditionally both teams have a few games under their belts before they lock horns. This year, however, the contest is the season-opener for both squads and that will create some interesting matchups and adjustments. "I have no idea what to expect," said Bemidji coach Troy Hendricks about tonight's 7 p.m.
Senior wide receiver Ryan Rude will miss at least the first two months of the football season because of a fractured vertebra in his back. "I wasn't hoping for this," Rude said after receiving word of the diagnosis Thursday. Rude has been bothered by a sore back for about a month and limited his activity in the hope that the pain would subside. "I was hoping it would heal on its own so I could play football," Rude said. When the pain did not go away, however, Rude consulted with an orthopedic surgeon from Duluth. "I saw Dr.
The Bemidji volleyball team will make its home debut 7:15 p.m. today when it entertains Detroit Lakes. The Lumberjacks are 1-0 this fall after outlasting Perham 3-2 Friday in Perham. BHS utilized everyone on the roster that night as Jess Yost sprained her ankle three points into the match and her teammates were forced to assume her duties. "That was a good test for us," said Bemidji coach Teresa Colligan.
The three-game homestand to begin the Bemidji boys soccer season ended on a positive note Tuesday as the Lumberjacks dominated Detroit Lakes 4-1. BHS opened the fall with a 2-0 loss to Little Falls and a 2-1 setback at the hands of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. Heading into Tuesday's contest coach Rick Toward challenged his offense to maintain possession and manufacture scoring opportunities. And the offense responded. "Our goal was to possess the ball," Toward said. "Before Tuesday we seemed to panic when we had a chance to keep possession.
At Monday's practice Kayla Hirt was watching her teammates from a riser between the varsity and junior varsity nets. Next to her was Jess Yost, her right foot tightly wrapped and taped. Heading into the season Hirt and Yost were projected to be the offensive leaders of the Bemidji volleyball team. One match into the fall, however, things have changed, at least temporarily. Hirt is sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament, an injury she sustained late in the summer while playing AAU basketball.
Jessica Solberg and Amy Frosaker captured individual singles titles and Olivia Dickinson teamed with Annika Johnson to claim the fourth doubles crown at Monday's Brainerd Invitational. The meet, which featured a round-robin format, attracted Bemidji, Virginia, Brainerd, Blaine and Delano. Solberg won all four of her second singles matches in straight sets.