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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.
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.
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 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.
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 split a home doubleheader with Alexandria Friday, winning the opener 3-2 but dropping the nightcap 6-0. Today finds the Lumberjacks, 7-4, heading to Grand Forks Central for a doubleheader. The games were originally scheduled for Thursday but were postponed until today because of rain. Ryan Stevens earned the pitching victory in Friday's opener as he spaced six hits.
Bemidji boys tennis coach Scott Engelstad experimented with a different lineup Friday and the revamped alignment paid off as the Lumberjacks posted a 5-2 victory in the second half of their triangular in Fergus Falls. Earlier in the day BHS fell to the host team 6-1. "It was a nice day to play.
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.
Today's weather forecast calls for a break in the dreary, wet conditions that have enveloped northern Minnesota for much of May. And the Bemidji High School teams hope the forecast is accurate. Thursday's rain cost the BHS baseball team another doubleheader as the weather washed away a scheduled twinbill at Grand Forks Central. In order to be at their best for the post-season the Lumberjacks need some games and today they are scheduled to host Alexandria in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
The Bemidji softball team outlasted the elements and Thief River Falls Thursday as the Lumberjacks posted a 9-6 victory in Thief River Falls. "What a brutal day," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "I have to commend the girls for dealing with the conditions. It was raining, wet and cold.