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Scott Engelstad has seen the Minnesota hunting seasons come and go during the past 17 years.
If familiarity translates into success, it was only fitting that veteran Bemidji anglers Dave Hanson and Bob Strand captured the championship of Saturday's 10th annual Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic on Lake Bemidji. A few years ago Strand retired from the DNR Fisheries Division and he was the Bemidji Regional Fisheries Supervisor when he decided to trade the company pen for a fishing pole. Hanson practically was raised on Lake Bemidji and he knows the habits and haunts of Bemidji walleyes as well as anyone. "I used to guide on Lake Bemidji 50 years ago," Hanson recalled.
The Bemidji VFW baseball team begins its season Monday at Perham and the home opener will be Thursday against Fergus Falls. The majority of this year's roster features 15-year-old players and the only returning players are Collin Leif and Mason Bellew. "Last year we had many younger kids that we pegged for this year's high school varsity," said VFW coach Brad Johnson. "The group I have now is young and I will have most of them for two years.
Bemidji's 4x800-meter relay team bettered its state qualifying time by more than one second and finished sixth in a very fast field at Saturday's state track and field meet at Hamline. The Lumberjacks were seeded third in the state field by virtue of their Section 8AA winning time of 7:58.50.
The Bemidji track and field athletes failed to qualify for their event finals during Friday's state meet. The Lumberjacks will hope for better results today when Allie Heifort competes in the shot put at 9 a.m. and the boys 4x800 relay team hits the track at 9:13 a.m.
The track and field season at Bemidji High School will end this weekend as the Lumberjacks will send seven athletes to the state meet at Hamline. "The kids have worked hard all year for this opportunity and now I want them to reap the rewards," said BHS boys coach Steve Sneide.
Last week Cass Lake-Bena captured the sub-section baseball title by stopping Fosston 5-1 but Thursday the Greyhounds collected revenge when it mattered as Fosston defeated the Panthers 4-2 in the Section 8A championship game at the Bemidji State University diamond. Thursday's win vaulted Fosston into next week's state tournament while CL-B fell one game shy of a state experience for the second consecutive season. Cass Lake-Bena ended a memorable campaign with a 25-1 record while Fosston will take a 19-5 mark into its state tournament opener. Greyhound pitcher Gavin Ross confused the usually
Prior to Thursday's Section 8A semifinal game between Cass Lake-Bena and Norman County, CL-B coach Kenny Wittner and assistant Brian Michaelson dissected the possible scenarios. When the scouting reports had been analyzed and the relative strengths and weaknesses of both teams had been computed, the coaches made their predictions. "My assistant thought we would win 7-3 and I figured we would sneak out an 8-7 victory," Wittner said. "Nobody even considered a 1-0 game." After Tyler Trosen coaxed a grounder to second for the final out of the game, however, the Panthers did advance to today's
The Bemidji Legion baseball team opened its season Tuesday night with a rain-shortened 4-1 victory at Thief River Falls. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was a weather victim. Tonight the Legion is scheduled to head to Brainerd for a twinbill but Brainerd was involved in the Section 8AAA baseball playoffs Wednesday and how it fared in that game would influence today's schedule. Moorhead and St. Michael-Albertville squared off in Wednesday's elimination game and that winner played Brainerd.
For the past 10 years, the community has helped Kraus-Anderson showcase Lake Bemidji and assist local charities through an annual walleye fishing tournament and weekend of activities. The Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic returns this weekend and, once again, organizers invite everyone to enjoy the festivities and cheer their favorite anglers. "One of the reasons we started the tournament 10 years ago was to showcase the resource we have in Lake Bemidji," said Bob Fitzgerald, the tournament coordinator. "And this has become more than a fishing tournament.