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Tim Skarperud held off his brother, Matt, to win men's championship medalist honors Tuesday in a rain-delayed Birchmont golf tournament at Bemidji Town & Country Club. Tim, a two-time runnerup in this event, shot an even-par 72 to post a 5-under 137 in two days of qualifying. Matt Skarperud finished second at 141 after firing a 4-under 68. Another Skarperud brother, Chad, also advanced to match play with a 36-hole total of 148.
Brad Anderson of Staples is a veteran of the Vandersluis tournament. And he is fast becoming a fan of the Birchmont. "I'm been coming to the Vandersluis for 15 years and coming to Bemidji is like 'Old Home Week,'" Anderson said.
Alyshia Moe of Bemidji capped her first appearance at the National High School Rodeo with a third-place finish in the barrel racing competition. Moe, a freshman at Bemidji High School, posted the ninth-best time (17.535) in Saturday's final and finished with a three-run cumulative time of 52.601. Rachel Primm of Washoe Valley, Nev. was the overall barrel racing champion with a time of 51.952. NaLynn Cline of Bernalillo, N.M. was second at 52.269. At the start of the national rodeo 178 cowgirls were competing in the event. "It was really fun," Moe said.
If you want to find Trey Dale this summer the first place to search is the Bemidji Town & Country Club. "I'm a member here, I play a lot of golf here and I also work in the pro shop," Dale, who is entering his junior year at Bemidji High School, said. "I like being at the golf course." Monday during his qualifying round of the Birchmont Junior Division Dale transferred his knowledge and love for the BTCC into the division's best score.
Alyshia Moe of Bemidji advanced to Saturday night's final of the barrel racing event at the National High School Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo. Moe and her horse Cheetah earned the top seed in the final after posting qualifying times of 17.371 and 17.695 and a cumulative time of 35.066 Qualifying right behind Moe with a total time of 35.225 was Kyra Stierwalt of Leedy, Okla. Saturday's final included the top-20 qualifiers. Moe did not make it to Saturday's final in the pole bending as she finished 64th after two rounds of qualifying with a total time of 46.272. She posted a time of 20.42 in her
The Bemidji VFW baseball team saw its domination of the district field end Saturday afternoon as the Vets dropped a 10-9 decision to Moorhead in the winner's bracket semifinals of the district tournament in East Grand Forks. The loss forced Bemidji to win three more games if it wants to claim the district title. The first was played Saturday evening against the winner of Saturday late-afternoon contest between East Grand Forks and Perham. If the Vets won that game they will tangle with Moorhead again today at 1 p.m. and, hopefully, again at 3 p.m.
The first step on way to a district championship was successfully taken Friday by the Bemidji VFW baseball team as the Vets overcame first-game jitters to thump Detroit Lakes 14-4 in East Grand Forks. Bemidji owned a tenuous 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth but settled the issue with an 8-run explosion. Friday's victory vaulted the VFW into today's noon winner's bracket semifinal against either Perham or Moorhead. Those teams played later Friday and that winner will tangle with Bemidji. If the Vets win today they will advance to the district title game 1 p.m. Sunday.
Alishia Moe will be spending the weekend in Gillette, Wyo.
The regular season has come to an end and the Bemidji VFW baseball team is now focusing on the double-elimination district tournament. The Vets begin their postseason 10 a.m. today against either fourth-rated Fergus Falls or fifth-ranked Detroit Lakes. Those teams met Thursday and the winner will earn the right to face Bemidji which is the top-seeded team in the field. Thursday's other preliminary matchup saw No. 3 Moorhead tangling with No. 6 East Grand Forks.
The Bemidji VFW capped an unbeaten campaign against district opponents Saturday by hammering Moorhead 15-2 and 10-1 in Moorhead. Saturday's sweep gave the Vets a 20-0 record against district foes and the top seed in the double-elimination district tournament which begins Thursday in East Grand Forks. Bemidji will receive a first-round bye and not play until 10 a.m. Friday. The Vets will draw the winner of Thursday's game between the fourth and fifth seeds. Thursday's other opener matches the No. 3 seed against the No.