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Geographically, Bemidji and Worthington are about as distant as two Minnesota communities can be. Worthington is nestled in the southwestern corner of the state while Bemidji is the showpiece of north-central Minnesota. Saturday morning at the state VFW baseball tournament in Austin another chasm between the communities was exposed as Bemidji dismantled Worthington in the winner's bracket final 16-0. Saturday's victory advanced the Vets to today's championship series. The first game is set for 11 a.m. and Bemidji would capture the state crown with a victory.
The Bemidji VFW baseball team continued it success at the state tournament Friday as the Vets advanced to today's winner's bracket final with a 7-4 victory over St. Paul RanView. Bemidji will meet Worthington at 1 p.m. today and that winner will be in the driver's seat for the state crown. The loser will move into the loser's bracket final and would have to claw its way back into the tournament championship series. Already in the loser's bracket are Red Wing and New Ulm which met Friday night in an elimination game, and Austin and RanView.
Matching outfits were on display at the Bemidji Town & Country Club Friday when more than 80 women participated in the 27th annual First National Bank/BSU Women's Athletics Golf Classic. The fivesome heading up No. 13 fairway modeled blue tops and white shorts. On the No. 14 green the style was white tops and blue shorts. The women ready to take their tee shots on No.
A 10-day layoff did not adversely affect the Bemidji VFW offense during the first round of the state tournament Thursday in Austin. The Vets turned six first-inning hits into as many runs and continued that torrid pace the rest of the way. When the dust settled Bemidji outgunned Forest Lake 17-10 and advanced to today's second round in the double-elimination tournament and a match-up against either St. Paul RanView or Proctor. Those teams met Thursday evening and the winner will face Bemidji at 2 p.m. today. "We hammered the ball," said VFW coach Brad Johnson.
Bemidji's MGA Junior girls golf team finished seventh at the state meet held Monday and Tuesday at Braemar Golf Course in Edina. Representing the Bemidji Town & Country Club, the squad carded rounds of 183-174-357. University-Les Bolstad Golf Course dominated the field once again, winning its sixth consecutive girls title. The team finished 153-155-308 and enjoyed a 36-shot advantage over runner-up Minnesota Valley of Bloomington which shot 179-167-346. Shelby Sauer paced Bemidji with rounds of 92-86-178. Individually she finished 18th.
It's been 10 days since the Bemidji VFW baseball team took a pair of games from Moorhead to capture the district championship. And the coaches and players can't wait to return to the diamond. "We're sick of practicing. We're ready to play some baseball," Coach Brad Johnson said. The Vets will get that chance 2 p.m. Thursday when they tangle with Forest Lake in the first round of the state tournament in Austin. The Bemidji contingent headed south this morning and the first order of business will be the state tournament banquet 4:30 p.m. today.
The Bemidji Town & Country Club will host the 27th annual First National Bank BSU Women's Athletics fundraising golf tournament Friday and more than 80 women were registered as of Tuesday. "But there is still time to join us," said Sue Engel, one of the volunteer tournament committee members. The event features a 5-person scramble tournament and the day's activities include 18 holes of golf with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., rolls and coffee at 7:30 a.m., lunch, complimentary food and beverages on the course, drawings, games and an awards ceremony. This summer marks the 12th year that First
The Bemidji VFW baseball team will open its state tournament schedule 2 p.m. Thursday against Forest Lake. The double-elimination tournament is being hosted by Austin and Bemidji will play its first game at Seltz Field. Also in the field are New Ulm, Alexandria, Worthington, Red Wing, St. Cloud, St. Paul Ranview and Proctor. If the Vets win their opener they will return to Seltz Field 2 p.m. Friday for the winners' bracket semifinals. A loss would move Bemidji into the losers' bracket and a 7:30 p.m.
In 1961 Jim Trapp played in his first Birchmont and four years later he entered his second. This week he made it back for his third Birchmont appearance. "It's been 45 years since I've been here," Trapp, of Tuscon, Ariz. said. "Murray Williamson is a friend of mine and he talked me into entering. I'm happy that he did." Saturday afternoon Trapp capped his 2010 Birchmont by capturing the Super Senior title with a 1-up victory over defending champion Bryant Barnes of Shawnee Mission, Kan. The golfers were deadlocked heading into No.
Scott Anderson lives in Dawson, Minn., but he is no stranger to the Bemidji Town & Country Club. "I worked at Potlatch but then I had to look for another job and I found one in Dawson," the boiler engineer said. "Before I moved I was a member of the Bemidji Town & Country Club for five or six years. We still have a house in Bemidji." Saturday in the Senior Championship match against Eric Niskanen, Anderson performed as if he never left. The two golfers staged a classic battle that didn't end until Niskanen missed a bogey putt on No.