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Bemidji's boys tennis team hopes to regain its winning form today when it entertains Detroit Lakes and East Grand Forks in a triangular beginning at 2 p.m. The Jacks are coming off a pair of losses Saturday as they dropped a 6-1 decision to Thief River Falls and fell 5-2 to Monticello. Coach Scott Engelstad used two different lineups Saturday in an attempt to find the best match-ups. Ben Holter was among Saturday's bright spots as he captured a pair of wins at first singles.
Golf is a challenging game under perfect conditions. When you add rain, wind and cold being on the course can be a miserable experience. Friday the Bemidji boys golfers challenged the weather and nine other teams at a tournament hosted by Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo. The round was played in a steady rain and officials mercifully decided to trim Friday's round to nine holes. The tournament is scheduled to resume today with another 18 holes. "I wasn't upset when they said we'd play only nine holes," said Max Hazelton, one of Bemidji's golfers. "It was 33 degrees, rainy and windy.
The 24th annual Bemidji Area Take a Kid Fishing event will be June 9 and organizers are meeting each week to make sure that everything is in place for another successful day. "Take a Kid Fishing is alive and well," said Joe Clayton, who has been instrumental in the event's longevity and success. "Through thick and thin we've persevered and prospered." When a project is centered around a worthy cause, its survival rate is high. But in order for the project to flourish, dedicated volunteers are required. "We still have people from the first day involved in this year's event," Clayton said.
Today's forecast includes a chance of snow but Bemidji baseball coach Mike Fogelson is hoping that the weathermen are wrong. He wants to be able to play today's game at Fergus Falls. 'We want to get back onto the field," Fogelson, whose team has been off since April 27, said. "We had a lighter week scheduled and then we had last Friday's games against Alexandria postponed. We don't want to lose another game because of the weather." BHS owns a 5-3 record and was playing well in its recent starts. "We want to pick up where we left off," he said.
Adam and Ben Holter combined for second place at first doubles and teammates Levi Richert and Craig Lindseth duplicated that finish at second doubles to lead the Bemidji boys tennis team at Thursday's Northwest Quad hosted by Thief River Falls. BHS placed third with eight points. Thief River Falls dominated the action and won with 20 points while Crookston was second with 12.
Dick Beitzel and Willie Stittsworth have been associated with Bemidji State University and its athletic program for decades. Both were professors at the university, Beitzel teaching chemistry from 1957 to 1989 and Stittsworth in the education program from 1967 to 1989.
The Bemidji boys track and field team recorded four individual event championships and also won the 4x400 relay at Tuesday's Brainerd quadrangular. The home team and Sartell shared the team crown with 200 points while Bemidji tallied 182 and Detroit Lakes 80. In the girls division the Lumberjacks collected one individual title, Allie Heifort in the shot put. Sartell captured the team title with 229.5 points and Brainerd was second with 169.17.
Scott Engelstad is hoping for a break in the weather today as his Bemidji boys tennis team is scheduled to head to Thief River Falls for the annual Northwest Quad meet. Joining Bemidji will be the host team, East Grand Forks and Crookston. The Lumberjacks have been off since April 27 when they visited Detroit Lakes. A meet at Thief River Falls on April 29 was a weather victim and Bemidji has been dodging raindrops since then. "We could be rusty," Engelstad said.
During the past eight days the percentages have caught up with the Bemidji softball team. "We had a great April as far as getting in games but the last week of April and so far in May it's been a struggle," said BHS coach Brad Takkunen. "And Tuesday was another example." On April 26 the Lumberjacks blitzed St. Cloud Tech 11-0 in St. Cloud.
A shorthanded Bemidji girls golf team competed at Headwaters Golf Course in Park Rapids Monday and the Lumberjacks finished sixth in a 10-team field. Last Saturday at Grand Rapids BHS also was shorthanded because of prom. The result was an 11th-place finish in the 14-team field. "The school had advanced placement tests Monday so we only had four varsity girls play at Park Rapids," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. "We probably would have finished 25 shots better had we had everybody but we did fine. I'm pleased with the way the kids played.