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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.
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 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.
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.
Alishia Moe will be spending the weekend in Gillette, Wyo.
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.
Tarron Baker exuded only confidence when he took the mound Monday in the championship game of the Minnesota Cal Ripken State Tournament at the Little League fields. His mother, Tara, admitted to a different emotional response. "I'm a nervous wreck," Tara said as she monitored the action from outside the fence near the Bemidji dugout. "There's nothing I can do but stay focused and keep track of the book." Tara handles Bemidji's scorebook and had a ring-side seat for this summer's action.
Shortly before noon Friday Arly Nagle stood at the putting green at the Bemidji Town & Country Club and scanned the action. Under the tent volunteers were registering golfers for the 13th annual tournament named after his brother, Galen. Near the clubhouse hockey alumni were slapping each other on the back and swapping stories of on-ice triumphs. Behind the first tee local media representatives were snapping shots of a scholarship donation ceremony preserving the memory and legacy of George Pelawa. A group of 20-somethings was gazing at the prize table which featured BSU shirts and an asso
A very successful regular season for the Bemidji VFW baseball team will come to a close today when the Vets head to Moorhead for a doubleheader beginning at noon. Moorhead is battling Perham for the second seed in next week's district playoffs while Bemidji has already secured the top spot. The Vets enter today's action 18-0 against district foes and 20-4 overall, all of the losses coming against Legion programs. A sweep today would give Bemidji an unbeaten record against district foes. "It's always a challenge when you play Moorhead," Vets coach Brad Johnson said.
Robin Anderson can remember his first impressions of the John Glas Fieldhouse. "When we were here the weight room was in Oak Hall and we had chicken wire instead of glass around the boards," Anderson, who graduated in 1983, said. "Now the program is moving into the new building where they have suites and televisions. "Somewhere, somehow the guys I played with went wrong. Maybe it's just that we were ahead of our time." Anderson is among the alumni who are eager to watch the Beavers play in the new Bemidji Regional Events Center.