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BEMIDJI -- Five Bemidji High School trap shooters have qualified as a squad as well as individually to compete at the 2018 USA High School Clay Target League National Championship, which will be held Friday-Sunday, July 13-15, in Mason, Mich. The shooters, who are Ian Ekstrom, Nic Geiger, Kiah Martinson, Trevor Voss, and Cruise Smith, will arrive at the Michigan Trapshooting Homegrounds for practice shooting today before they compete as a squad at 9 a.m. Friday in the first flight of the day.
BEMIDJI -- The largest American Legion baseball tournament is scheduled for this weekend, and the Bemidji Centaurs have been waiting for it. The Gopher Classic is made up of 96 teams, including 16 six-team pools that play at 16 different sites in the Twin Cities. Each team plays all five other teams in its pool, with the top team emerging to a 16-team single elimination tournament starting Monday.
ALEXANDRIA -- The Bemidji junior legion baseball team used late-inning heroics to steal the first game of a doubleheader 5-3 against Alexandria Black at Knute Nelson Ballpark on Wednesday, but Alex came back with an eight-run third inning in the nightcap to force a split with a 9-7 win. In game one, Alexandria scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead, but the Woodpeckers came back with two in the sixth and two in the seventh to edge out their opponent.
BEMIDJI -- The swimming duo of Shawn Kiefer and Parker Bruns took home eight top-five finishes from the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle last week, with Kiefer taking a gold and three silver medals and Bruns earning a silver, a bronze and two fifth place finishes. “All the excitement was outstanding,” said Jodi Sandmeyer, the swimmers’ longtime coach. “They were enjoying every minute of that. Shawn had a fabulous swim in the pool and Parker improved his times, so they both did a great thing there.”
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji American Legion baseball team made it a ballgame and forced extra innings after falling behind 5-0 to Moorhead on Tuesday, but ultimately the Blues still took the contest 8-6 and went on to win game two 12-2 in five innings to secure the sweep at the Bemidji State Baseball Field.
WARROAD -- One start on the mound with a win and double-digit strikeouts wasn’t enough for Nolan Coyle on Saturday. Instead, he led the Bemidji Blue Ox amateur baseball team to two wins over the Warroad Muskies at Tony Stukel Field, pitching five innings and striking out 10 batters in each game for the sweep. In addition, the offense lit off some belated fireworks following the Fourth of July, blasting five home runs to help them to their 12-1 and 14-3 wins.
BEMIDJI -- After the East Grand Forks junior legion baseball team took a 2-1 lead with a two-run third inning, the Bemidji Woodpeckers answered in a hurry, scoring one in the third and four in the fourth on the way to a 7-4 game one win to start Friday’s doubleheader at the BSU Baseball Field.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Junior Legion baseball team doesn’t like to lose. After taking a 6-5 loss to Moorhead in game one of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon, the Woodpeckers returned to take a lopsided 11-1, five-inning win to earn the series split on the day at the BSU Baseball Field.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Blue Ox amateur baseball team rallied for four runs in the fifth inning Monday night, leading them to a 7-2 win over Team MaxBat at the BSU Baseball Field. Team MaxBat, a traveling team made up mostly of junior college players, managed just one run off of Bemidji starting pitcher Terry Hadden, who struck out six batters through the game’s first six innings.
PERHAM -- While the Centaurs were racking up the wins in St. Cloud, Bemidji’s junior legion team was doing the same thing in in Perham, defeating Moorhead Orange 11-2 and Detroit Lakes 14-10 on Saturday before taking the championship 7-6 over New York Mills on Sunday.