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BEMIDJI -- For the second time in as many Section 8-3A playoff games, the Bemidji baseball team fell behind early to St. Cloud Tech in Thursday's winner's bracket semifinals at the BSU diamond. But for the second time the Lumberjacks were able to rally to a victory as Lucas Goins punched a single to right in the bottom of the seventh to plate Collin Rutledge and give BHS a 6-5 win. Thursday's victory advanced Bemidji into Monday's winner's bracket final and a 1 p.m. game in St. Cloud against Brainerd.
BEMIDJI — The 14th annual Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic June 7 on Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving will feature a full field of 100 boats and event official Tracy Pogue isn’t...
SAUK CENTRE -- With nine holes to play Tuesday Morgan Williams knew she was on the bubble in terms of living to play another round this spring. And the Bemidji High School sophomore knew exactly what to do. "It was a stressful day and I was nervous at the start," Williams said of her Section 8-3A tournament final round at Greystone Golf Course. "After shooting 44 on my first nine I had to change my outlook. I didn't think about the last nine holes.
ST. CLOUD -- Bemidji's doubles team of Matt Hokanson and Noah Holter advanced to the final of the Section 8-2A tournament Wednesday but dropped its last two matches, including the battle for True Second, and came up short in its bid for a trip to the state meet. After zipping past Zach House and John Budde of St. Michael, Hokanson and Holter belted Andy Foley and Brady Roden of St. Cloud Tech 6-3, 6-4. The latter victory vaulted the BHS duo into the section final where Hokanson and Holter fell 6-0, 6-0 to the top seed from the South Sub-Section, Riley Bates and Riley Peterson of St.
COLD SPRING -- Jenna Truedson will make another appearance at the state track and field meet as the Bemidji junior placed third in the Section 8-3A meet Wednesday at Rocori but earned her trip by bettering the state standard time. Teammate Maea Wall duplicated the finish in the long jump, placing third but reaching the state standard. For the past few springs three of the top girls distance runners have resided in Section 8-3A and Truedson is among them.
ST. CLOUD -- In an individual sport such as tennis, the final team score does not always accurately display the true competitive nature of a meet. Such was the case Tuesday when Becker blanked Bemidji 7-0 in the Section 8-2A semifinals. "It was really a strange loss because our players and coaching staff walked off the courts feeling like we lost a nailbiter when, in reality, we were shut out," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. Becker swept the four singles matches in straight sets but two of the sets were extended to extra games before being decided.
SAUK CENTRE -- A successful season is often highlighted by a team playing its best at the end of the year and Tuesday at the Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre the Bemidji boys golfers accomplished that feat. As a group the Lumberjacks shot 314, a score that was 16 shots lower than the spring's previous best. Sparking that success was Sam Bruestle's even-par 72 and Matt Gregg's 73.
BEMIDJI -- Sara Titera of Bagley placed 10th during Tuesday's Section 8A tournament at the Bemidji Town and Country Club and the sophomore punched her ticket to the state meet. In the team chase, Kittson County Central claimed the boys title while Badger-Greenbush-Middle River won the girls championship. BGMR shot 359 to take the crown, nipping Fosston by four shots.
BEMIDJI -- Most knowledgeable sports fans agree that the toughest professional championship to win is the Stanley Cup. After a rigorous 82-game regular season, 16 teams qualify for the playoffs but just making it into the postseason is not the goal. Players can take satisfaction in advancing deep into the postseason but unless you win four grueling series and hoist the Cup, the season ended in disappointment. A pair of NHL players with Bemidji ties have completed that journey and earned the right to have their names etched onto the Stanley Cup.
BEMIDJI — Logan Larsen was hired this week to lead the Bemidji High School girls soccer program. Larsen replaces Kelly Schoonover, who retired from the head coaching ranks during the...