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The Bemidji baseball team capped a very successful week by sweeping Grand Forks Central 7-6 and 7-0 Saturday in Grand Forks. "We went 4-1 and that is a very good week," said BHS coach Mike Fogelson.
A busy stretch of the season which sees the Bemidji softball team playing six games in three days continued Friday as the Lumberjacks split a home doubleheader with Fargo North. BHS took the opener 10-5 but dropped the second game 8-3. Friday's contests were originally scheduled for last Tuesday in Fargo but rain postponed the games to Friday and team officials decided that Bemidji would be the setting. Thursday night the Jacks outlasted Thief River Falls 9-6 in the mud and the rain and today BHS heads to Cloquet for a six-team tournament. Bemidji will tangle with Ogilvie at 11 a.m.
Bemidji boys tennis coach Scott Engelstad experimented with a different lineup Friday and the revamped alignment paid off as the Lumberjacks posted a 5-2 victory in the second half of their triangular in Fergus Falls. Earlier in the day BHS fell to the host team 6-1. "It was a nice day to play.
The Bemidji baseball team split a home doubleheader with Alexandria Friday, winning the opener 3-2 but dropping the nightcap 6-0. Today finds the Lumberjacks, 7-4, heading to Grand Forks Central for a doubleheader. The games were originally scheduled for Thursday but were postponed until today because of rain. Ryan Stevens earned the pitching victory in Friday's opener as he spaced six hits.
The walleyes should be in a cooperative mood when the season opens tonight at midnight, according to Park Rapids Area DNR Fisheries Supervisor Edie Evarts. "We completed our egg-take a couple of weeks ago and the walleyes should be hungry after spawning," Evarts said. "I've always assumed that walleyes are ready to eat as soon as spawning is over. They spent a great deal of energy to complete the spawning and now they need to replace that energy." This spring the walleye run began very early but was interrupted by inclement weather.
The Bemidji softball team outlasted the elements and Thief River Falls Thursday as the Lumberjacks posted a 9-6 victory in Thief River Falls. "What a brutal day," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "I have to commend the girls for dealing with the conditions. It was raining, wet and cold.
Today's weather forecast calls for a break in the dreary, wet conditions that have enveloped northern Minnesota for much of May. And the Bemidji High School teams hope the forecast is accurate. Thursday's rain cost the BHS baseball team another doubleheader as the weather washed away a scheduled twinbill at Grand Forks Central. In order to be at their best for the post-season the Lumberjacks need some games and today they are scheduled to host Alexandria in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
It has been a confusing spring, even for the shiner minnow. "The water temperature was about 59 degrees at the end of April and now it is in the low 50s," said Donnie Ellis of Cass Lake who makes his living trapping minnows. "The shiners were close to spawning in April but the spawn has been put on hold because of the colder water.
The Bemidji track and field teams head to NDSU today for the 8AAA True Team meet while the softball team will try again to play a game, this time at Thief River Falls, and the baseball squad has a doubleheader scheduled at Grand Forks Central. The track teams have been off since May 4 when they participated in a meet at Brainerd.
Moorhead appears to be among the teams to beat in the section boys golf scene but Bemidji made up some ground Monday at the Bemidji Town & Country Club. The Lumberjacks shot their best round of the spring, 316, and finished second in the 20-team field. BHS trailed only Moorhead which carded a 310. "You always like to win on your home track but Moorhead played very well and it's tough to beat a 70," said Bemidji assistant coach Ron Laituri, referring to Ryan Buckellow of Moorhead who finished with his 2-under-par round. "We would have liked to see a win but we fell just a little short.