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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.
The drizzle began about 10 a.m. Tuesday and lingered throughout the rest of the morning and afternoon. By 1 p.m. puddles had formed in front of the mound, between first and second and near third base at the Bemidji State University diamond. Waiting in the dugouts were the Cass Lake-Bena and Norman County high school teams who were scheduled to clash in the opening game of the Section 8A semifinals.
The Cass Lake-Bena baseball team opened the season with a 10-9 victory over Bagley. Following that narrow victory some of the younger Panthers scampered to play in a junior varsity game while the veterans met with head coach Ken Wittner to discuss this spring's goals and how best to achieve them. "We talked for over a half hour and at the end the kids said they wanted to go to the state tournament," Wittner said. "I was glad to hear that but I told them that it would take dedication, hard work and about 25 wins to achieve that goal.
Analisa Huschle of Bagley- Fosston will be heading to the state Class A track meet in four events as she captured the 200, triple jump and long jump and ran a leg on the winning 4x200 relay unit at the 8A track and field meet held Saturday in Crookston. Huschle, who led Bagley-Fosston to the Class A state championship a year ago, captured the 200 in a time of 25.41, won the triple jump with a leap of 38-1, claimed the long jump with a meet record distance of 18-10.5 and helped the Flyers win the 4x20 in 1:46.69. Also advancing to the state meet were Lynsey Bardwell of Bagley-Fosston who was
Fresh off a 13-9 high school season the bulk of the Lumberjacks baseball roster will jump into the Legion season today with a doubleheader at Thief River Falls. Today's twinbill signals the start of a compact regular season which will feature at least 34 games, all of which will be played by July 11. The sub-district tournament is set for July 14-15 and the district event will be held in Sartell on July 21-25. "We practiced on Monday, handed out uniforms and on Tuesday we start the year," said Legion coach Mike Fogelson.
Bemidji's participation at the state track and field meet next weekend in Blaine grew Saturday as Allie Heifort, Alex Shoneberger and the boys 4x800 relay team captured event titles and Ryan Rude finished second at the Section 8AAA meet in Brainerd. Those athletes will head to Blaine along with Selina Gilbertson who captured the girls discus on Wednesday.
At Friday's second round of the 8AAA girls golf meet Bemidji's Meg Phelps had to be at the top of her game just to survive. The junior was in a group that featured the girls who would eventually finish one-two-three in the 36-hole tournament and some golfers would feel intimidated by such a pairing. Phelps, however, viewed it as a stroke of good fortune. "Actually, being in that group helped me play better," Phelps said.
State meet berths will be on the line today when the Bemidji boys and girls track and field teams join their 8AA peers at the second day of the section competition in Brainerd. On Tuesday Selina Gilbertson qualified for the state meet in the girls discus as she captured the section title with a person-best throw of 122-11. Gilbertson will try to qualify for state in a second event today when she competes in the shot put along with teammates Allie Heifort and Callie Johnson. The Lumberjacks girls team had a pair of athletes gain today's finals after doing well in Wednesday's preliminaries.