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Ben Holter and Adam Holter went 3-1 in doubles play at the subsection boys tennis individual tournament Thursday and qualified for the section meet which will be Tuesday at St. Cloud Tech. The Holters were seeded second in the sub-section and finished third. In the first round Ben and Adam Holter blitzed Sam Burns and Gabe Steinwand of Moorhead 6-0, 6-0. They came close to duplicating that result in the second round as they ripped Mike Lengenfeld and Austin Stone of Alexandria 6-2, 6-0. In the semifinals they faced Miles and Tyler Bates of St. Cloud Tech and dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision.
The Bemidji baseball team will close its regular season today when the Lumberjacks entertain Moorhead 4:30 p.m. at the BSU diamond. BHS will take a 12-7 record into the contest while the Spuds are 15-4. In their most recent action the Jacks thumped Detroit Lakes 8-1 on Monday while Moorhead blitzed the Lakers 12-1 on Tuesday. The teams met about a month ago in Moorhead and Bemidji posted a 12-9 victory.
The Cass Lake-Bena boys golf team finished second in the 8A South Sub-Section tournament Monday at Longbow and qualified for the Section 8A meet while the girls team was third. Climax-Fisher captured the boys title and will also send its entire team to the Section 8A meet June 1 at the Bemidji Town & Country Club. Representing the South Sub-Section in the girls team event at the section meet will be Fosston and Fertile-Beltrami.
The Bemidji boys tennis team fell one match shy of advancing to the section tournament Tuesday as the Lumberjacks lost to top-seeded Brainerd 4-3 in Brainerd. Earlier Tuesday BHS, which was seeded sixth, stunned No.
The Bemidji track and field teams hosted Moorhead, Grand Rapids and Detroit Lakes on a perfect evening Tuesday and with a handful of events remaining the Spuds were leading Bemidji in the boys division 259-241 while BHS and Moorhead were tied at 232 in the girls competition. Detroit Lakes had 178 in the girls meet and Grand Rapids 170. In the boys competition, Detroit Lakes was third at 178 and Grand Rapids fourth at 173. The meet was still in progress when The Pioneer was sent to the press. In the boys division Eric Calligan was fourth in the shot put with a toss of 37-3.
The Bemidji softball team begins its quest for a state tournament berth 6 p.m. today at home, battling either Monticello or St. Cloud Apollo in a Section 8AAA elimination contest. The Lumberjacks (15-4) received the third seed in the section while Monticello (8-9) was ranked sixth and Apollo (4-13) 11th. Those teams will lock horns at 4 p.m. today in Bemidji and the winner will play the Jacks. For the loser, the season will end. Brainerd and Big Lake also await first-round winners today. Brainerd (17-2) received the section's top seed and will host the winner of No. 8 St.
Bucky Leeper and Chad Benson of Bemidji outlasted a 54-team field to capture Saturday's Bemidji Eagles Gary Newell Memorial walleye fishing tournament. "Considering the economy, having 54 boats is a great turnout," said Dick Jacobson, president of the Eagles Club. "I was very happy with the number of entrants and how everybody pitched in to make the most of the day.
Tyler Follis allowed only one run and helped his own cause by ripping a home run as the Bemidji baseball team blitzed Detroit Lakes 8-1 Monday in Detroit Lakes. The victory gave BHS a 12-7 record heading into its regular-season finale Thursday at home against Moorhead. "Tyler did a nice job and offensively we were able to manufacture a few runs," said Jacks coach Mike Fogelson. Bemidji opened the scoring in the second when Cody Rutledge was hit by a pitch, Tyler Tatro bunted him to second and a pair of wild pitches paved the way to the plate. Bemidji broke the game open with five runs in t
For the second time in three seasons the Cass Lake-Bena baseball team has been crowned the conference champion. Monday in Cass Lake the Panthers edged Blackduck 3-1 in the battle of the North and the South division champions. The victory was CL-B's 21st in as many starts this year. "It was a very good baseball game," said CL-B coach Ken Wittner. "Blackduck brought its 'A' game and so did we." Tyler Trosen earned the pitching victory as he allowed four hits while fanning 13.
The Bemidji track and field teams will host Grand Rapids, Detroit Lakes and Moorhead at 4:15 p.m. today and the coaches are very happy to be competing at home. "We love being at home," said BHS girls coach Chris Lehman. "I've been here six years and it took me four years to arrange for a home meet. It's been hard work getting teams because this is the time that teams are in their conference and section meets but we had an open date and so did the other schools. "This field will have four quality teams," Lehman continued.