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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.
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
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.
Year-round training for high school athletes has become the rule rather than the exception and the athletes at Bemidji High School have been eager to join that movement. "We live in a day and age that doesn't allow the kids to have a summer," said Bryan Stoffel who is coordinating the Lumberjack Summer Strength and Conditioning Program. "If athletes want to keep up with the competition they have to participate in this type of program." Judging by the number of students who joined the program, the Bemidji athletes are not taking a back seat to their competition. "Last year we had 170 kids i
The Bemidji VFW all but wrapped up the top seed in the district playoffs Wednesday when it dismantled East Grand Forks 17-1 and 10-1 at East Grand Forks. The Vets were scheduled to meet Fergus Falls in a doubleheader today, but Fergus was forced to forfeit the game after it could not field enough players for the game. That moved the Vets to a 20-4 overall record and a 18-0 mark against district foes.
The season came to an abrupt end for the Bemidji Legion baseball team Tuesday as it dropped both sub-district starts in Brainerd. After losing a heart-breaker to Nisswa 2-1 in the afternoon the Legion fell 10-9 to Brainerd in Tuesday's late elimination game. Brainerd, which entered the four-team tournament as the top seed, had lost to No. 4 Little Falls 6-3 in Tuesday's other first-round contest. Nisswa, ranked second, scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to nip No.
As the puck dropped and squirted into the corner to start the 1986 state high school hockey tournament's first-round game between Bemidji and Hibbing, George Pelawa and the Bluejacket defenseman raced to gain control. The Hibbing player was the first to reach the puck and Pelawa, instead of trying to stick-handle it away, lowered his shoulder and delivered the blow. To no one's surprise the defenseman flew into the air and crashed to the ice.
If the Bemidji Legion baseball team is to qualify for the district tournament it will have to do so by going through the loser's bracket. Tuesday in the opening-round of sub-district play at Brainerd the Legion lost 2-1 to Nisswa. The setback bounced Bemidji into the loser's bracket and Tuesday's late elimination contest against the loser of Tuesday afternoon's game between Brainerd and Little Falls. The loser of that game was eliminated while the winner survived and will play at 3 p.m.
A busy week of baseball began on a positive note Tuesday as the VFW swept a home doubleheader against Detroit Lakes. The Vets dominated the opener and cruised to an 8-1 victory. The nightcap was even more one-sided as a 10-run second inning carried Bemidji to an 11-3 triumph. Trent Baker was given the pitching nod in the first game and he responded with a workmanlike performance that produced 11 strikeouts in five innings.
With the regular season concluded the Bemidji Legion baseball team turns its attention to the double-elimination sub-district meet which begins today in Brainerd. Bemidji was given the third seed in the four-team sub-section and will tangle with No. 2 Nisswa at noon. Today's 4:30 p.m. game matches top-rated Brainerd against No. 4 Little Falls. The first-round survivors advance to the winner's bracket semifinal which will be played at noon on Wednesday. That winner will earn a trip to next week's district meet and be awarded the sub-district's No.