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Everything is set for today's 33rd annual Wells Fargo/Gordy Skaar Memorial golf tournament which will be hosted by the Bemidji Town and Country Club. Each team consists of five golfers who will play a scramble format. The morning session, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will feature 13 teams while another 27 teams will tee off at 12:30 p.m. "This year we have more than 200 golfers registered," said tournament committee member Scott Robbins. "The field is larger than last year and includes many regulars plus some new golfers.
Tuesday's doubleheader sweep of Roseau that didn't end until 10:30 p.m. may have taken a toll on the Bemidji Legion baseball team. Wednesday the Legion played "sluggish baseball", according to coach Mike Fogelson, in a doubleheader loss at Little Falls. The home team took the opener 10-3 and captured the rematch 7-2. "Little Falls is a good team and they got after us late in each game," Fogelson said. "Little Falls hit the ball and we struggled defensively.
A trio of Cass Lake-Bena golfers began their state tournament experiences Wednesday at Pebble Creek in Becker. In the Class A girls division, Ann Aitken shot 43-47-90 and enters today's action tied for 12th in the 87-girl field. Kelsey Ross of Osakis took the individual first-day lead as the junior shot 36-39-75. A distant second at 40-40-80 was Kathryn Kennedy of Providence Academy. In the boys division, Dakotah Brunelle is tied for 26th with a 40-42-82.
Mike Hruza was raised in the woods and on the water and even as a youngster he knew that his perfect profession would involve those environments. "When I was in high school I wrote in my senior yearbook that I wanted to be a game warden," Hruza said. And for 24 years and four days that's what Hruza was. "Many of the new COs (conservation officers) consider it a job but for me it was a lifestyle," Hruza, who retired a few weeks ago, said. "For all these years I was Mike the game warden. But now I'm not.
Meg Phelps shot 42-48-90 Wednesday in the final round of the state Class AAA golf tournament held at Bunker Hills and the Bemidji junior finished her first experience at the state meet with rounds of 89-90-179. "Everything went very well," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. Phelps agreed with her coach's assessment. "I had a good two days," she said.
Tyler Follis belted a 2-run round-tripper in the sixth inning to power the Bemidji Legion team to a 9-7 win over Nisswa in the second game of Monday's doubleheader in Nisswa. The home team took Monday's opener 12-2. Tuesday the Legion stopped Roseau 10-3 in the first game of a scheduled home doubleheader.
Meg Phelps carded a 43-46-89 Tuesday during the first round of the 36-hole girls state Class AAA golf tournament at the par 36-37-73 Bunker Hills Golf Course. "For her first round of the state meet, Meg played well," said Bemidji golf coach Jeff Nelson. "Before the round I thought the best we could hope for was about an 86 so an 89 is a very good score." Phelps, a junior, putted 36 times during her 18 holes. Her round included seven 1-putts but also five 3-putts and a 4-putt. The 89 puts Phelps in a tie for 43rd in the 88-player field.
Mike Brumbaugh of Roseville was the first solo male to cross the finish line at Saturday's Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake. Brumgaugh completed the course, which features canoeing, biking and running, in 5:06.43. A distant second in the solo men's division was Craig Rudd of Plymouth who finished in 5:26.20. In the men's doubles division, the team headed by David Nelson of Medicine Lake was the overall winner in 5:02.47. Al Shuros and his partner of St.
The Bemidji VFW baseball team began its season with a pair of road victories Monday as it swept Perham 9-0 and 10-9. The Vets are scheduled to make their home debut Thursday when they host Fergus Falls in a 4 p.m. doubleheader at BSU. "It was a good opener for us," said VFW coach Brad Johnson about the trip to Perham. "We did some unexpected things including hitting a home run and having Trent Baker throw a 2-hitter." The home run came in the first game when Drew Peterson belted a 3-run shot in the sixth inning.
Meg Phelps begins her initial round at the state Class AAA girls golf tournament 8:15 a.m. today at Bunker Hills. Phelps will return to the course Wednesday for her second 18 holes. The Bemidji junior qualified for today's state meet by placing in the top-five at last week's Section 8AAA competition. Prior to making the trip to Bunker Hills, Phelps admitted that a state meet appearance came as a shock. "I didn't expect this," Phelps said.