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BEMIDJI -- Recently graduated Bemidji High School tennis player Claudia Bellew signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play for BSU. As a senior, Bellew played primarily in singles but at the collegiate level she will probably add doubles to her schedule. "At college you play both singles and doubles in a meet," Bellew said. "I was primarily a singles player in high school but I have played doubles and I actually love playing doubles." Mark Fodness was Bellew's high school coach and he also is in charge of the BSU program.
BEMIDJI -- A gusty wind that swirled seemingly in every direction affected play Monday night when the Bemidji Legion baseball team hosted Nisswa and in the opening game of the doubleheader the visitors took advantage of the breezy conditions to post a 7-4 victory. There was a second game scheduled, but the two teams agreed to call it quits after just four innings of play -- not making it an official game, -- due to incoming weather, according to Bemidji's coach Nate Blumhagen. The strong wind turned a Nisswa fly ball in the third inning of the first game into a 2-run double and the breeze h
BEMIDJI — Bemidji’s 16U Black Ice volleyball team, which includes Lumberjack athletes Emily Falldorf, Lauren Rickers, Katie Buckanaga and Brylee Colligan, heads to Minneapolis Monday for first-round action of the...
BEMIDJI -- It took Bemidji four innings to solve the riddle of Alexandria right-handed pitcher Danny Kuhn but the Legion baseball team's bats eventually came to life. Ryan Hirt's walk to open the home fifth sparked Bemidji to four runs in its final two at-bats and that late surge gave the Legion a 4-1 victory in the opening game of Wednesday's doubleheader at the BSU diamond. In the nightcap Hirt stepped onto the mound and allowed only two runs and one hit over four innings.
BEMIDJI — A ruling by the Minnesota State High School League officials about a decade ago opened the door for high school varsity teams to practice and schedule limited games...
GRAND RAPIDS -- The shorthanded Bemidji Legion baseball team finished 0-4 over the weekend at the Grand Rapids Invitational. The tournament attracted many of the top teams in the state and Bemidji faced four of the state powers on Friday and Saturday. "I think many of the teams in this field will challenge for the championships in their district tournaments," said Bemidji coach Nate Blumhagen.
BEMIDJI -- Ryan Sander allowed only three hits in seven innings of pitching and spearheaded the offense with two doubles and two singles as the Bemidji Blue Ox stopped Cass Lake 9-1 late Wednesday at the BSU diamond. The visitors used a walk and double to score in the first inning but Sander shut the door on the Reds the rest of the way.
BEMIDJI -- Briana Rueter is the new head girls gymnastics coach at Bemidji High School and the recent Bemidji State University graduate is excited to begin her new duties. "I am inheriting a team with very passionate gymnasts who are excited to learn. They are driven and I am excited to have the opportunity to push them to their limits," Rueter said. "I have had coaches who have helped me set goals and helped me attain those goals. I enjoy winning but I'm more about setting goals and that is what I want to do with the girls.
BEMIDJI —The 37th annual Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament will be June 20 at the Bemidji Town and Country Club and spots remain for both the morning and afternoon sessions...
COON RAPIDS -- Morgan Williams of the Bemidji girls golf team opened her state girls Class 3A golf tournament shooting 44-38-82 Tuesday at Bunker Hills (36-37-73) and sits in a tie for 24th heading into Wednesday's second round. The sophomore struggled off the tee on the front 9 but kept the damage to a minimum with an effective short game. On the back side she had all aspects of her game working well and finished that nine holes with a birdie, two bogeys and six pars. Williams will begin her final round around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.