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Jess Yost tossed a 1-hitter and her offense generated 10 hits as the Bemidji softball team blanked St. Cloud Tech 11-0 Monday in St. Cloud. "We talked about being ready to play from the start of the game," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "Tech gave us some offensive opportunities and we were able to take advantage of some of them.
The Bemidji baseball team will enjoy the home spotlight today as the Lumberjacks entertain Grand Forks Red River in a game scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at the Bemidji State diamond. The time, however, is tentative as the Beavers are playing Jamestown in a doubleheader starting at noon at the same site. The high school game will begin as soon as possible after the college contests. Today's game will represent a homecoming for Mark Varriano who coaches Red River.
Bemidji shot a 328 Saturday at The Preserve and finished the 36-hole Pequot Lakes Invitational in seventh place with rounds of 319-328-647. Friday's round was played at The Pines near Nisswa. Hermantown began Saturday's action in first place after carding a 309 on Friday and it maintained that position Saturday, matching the 309 for a 36-hole total of 618. International Falls finished second at 313-316-629 while St.
Meg Phelps fired rounds of 48-43-91 to lead the Bemidji girls golf team at Saturday's meet held in the rain at The Legacy course. "It rained all day," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. "There was no reprieve. You had to keep your focus in these conditions and persevere but it's tough to do." Alexandria dominated the meet as it won the team event by 23 shots and also owned the two top players.
The Bemidji tennis team fell to 2-4 Friday when it dropped a 5-2 home decision to Brainerd. The Lumberjacks hope to improve upon that record Tuesday when they visit Detroit Lakes. BHS coach Scott Engelstad was hoping that the Jacks could dominate the doubles events Friday but Bemidji managed only one victory in three matches. The win came at third doubles where Justin Byers and Alex Hess outlasted Dylan Wheeler and Reno Fussy 6-0, 2-6, 6-2. The visitors prevailed in the other doubles battles.
Prior to Thursday's home game against Hibbing Bemidji baseball coach Mike Fogelson preached scoring a run in each inning. "If we approach every offensive inning with the idea of scoring one run we begin the inning with a purpose," Fogelson said. "And when you have a purpose you have the potential for a big inning." Bemidji's approach provided huge dividends Thursday as the Lumberjacks pounded 13 hits and dominated the Bluejackets 11-0. BHS scored four runs in the first and settled the issue with seven in the third.
The Bemidji track and field teams performed very well at Thursday's Alexandria meet, according to the coaches. In the girls meet Alexandria won with 316.5, Fergus Falls was second at 312.5, Bemidji finished third with 312 and St. Cloud Tech was fourth with 283. Alex won the boys meet with 429.5 and Tech was second at 283.5. Bemidji placed third with 258.5 and Fergus Falls was fourth with 218.5. "We had many personal records and some very good times," said BHS girls coach Chris Lehman.
Bemidji managed only two hits but they came at a good time as the Lumberjacks softball team scored two insurance runs in the fifth inning to down Grand Rapids Thursday in Bemidji. BHS scored three runs in the first frame without the benefit of a hit and padded a 3-1 lead with the two fifth-inning tallies. Grand Rapids closed to within 5-2 in the upper sixth but the Lumberjacks hung on for their sixth win in eight starts. Bemidji's offense struggled but took full advantage of three consecutive walks to start the home half of the first inning. After loading the bases with the free passes Be
Bemidji finished eighth in a field of 15 during Thursday's boys golf meet hosted by Alexandria. The Lumberjacks shot 323, well behind Fargo South's winning 298. Alexandria Black was second at 300 while St. Cloud Tech finished at 310. Luke Davison of Fargo South was meet medalist, carding a 68. Chris Schultz of Alexandria and Sean Halverson of Brainerd tied for second with 73s. Kevin Larson and Caleb Hanson paced the Lumberjacks with 77s.
All seven Bemidji High School sports teams are in action today and enjoying the home spotlight will be the tennis, baseball and softball squads. The tennis team will entertain East Grand Forks while the baseball team will host Hibbing at BSU and the softball squad will play Grand Rapids. Each of the home events will start at 4:30 p.m. The boys and girls track teams will head to Alexandria as will the boys golfers.