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The Detroit Lakes VFW opened the new season, rallying for five unanswered runs to overcome a 4-0 deficit and shade Bemidji 5-4 in eight innings. It was a disappointing loss for Bemidji which seemingly was on its way to an impressive win. It scored three in the first and one in the third and was rolling behind righthander Simon Anderson. But the visitors took advantage of some loose defense to run home four in the fourth to tie and register the winning run against two Bemidji relievers in the eighth. The second game was rained out. The Vets are idle until next Monday when they host Thief
Bemidji's Jason Fairchild completed his four-year UND baseball career among the leaders in many departments. He started and played in 187 consecutive games, ending fourth in at bats (586) and hits (194), fifth in runs (142), seventh in doubles (33), second in triples (9) and third in home runs (32). He was also fourth in RBI (150), fifth in total bases (341) and finished with a .331 career batting average. He was named All-Conference this spring for the second straight year and to the commissioner's honor roll for maintaining a 3.40 GPA. A team captain the past two years he won the Unsung
The Bemidji High girls track team was honored Thursday night at its annual Awards Night ceremony at the St.
The Bemidji High track teams head back to Alexandria today, seeking state berths at the Section 8AA meet. Both finished fifth last week at the sub section and advanced a limited number of entrants for the section. Sartell's boys and Moorhead's girls are the defending section champs. Neither won a sub section title this year with Brainerd sweeping the north crowns while Sauk Rapids' boys and St.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks' baseball season came crashing down around their heads Tuesday as the Brainerd Warriors handed Bemidji an 18-4 lacing in the third round of the 8-3A North playoffs at the BSU Stadium. The decision advanced the Warriors to a fourth round date Thursday against Moorhead or Alexandria with that winner to take on Thief River Falls or Little Falls immediately following for the second berth in the title game Saturday. LF and TRF met in the winners bracket final Tuesday at Thief River. If Alexandria is involved, the Thursday games will be played at Alex.
The area is losing another top quality coach with the resignation of Bill Rutledge as Red Lake boys basketball coach. He announced his resignation at the Warriors basketball banquet to devote more time to his growing family. The Starbuck high and Minnesota-Morris graduate began coaching at Red Lake in 1991 producing two unbeaten B Teams his first two years. The string reached 46 straight games before the first loss in the 1993 season. He also served as varsity assistant to Jack Desjarlait during the Red Lake glory decade from 1996-2003 when it won eight straight district titles.
Bemidji's two golf teams head south tomorrow to begin action in the Section 8AA tournaments. The girls will play at Thumper Pond at Ottertail while the boys head to Sauk Centre to play Greystone. Both are now 36 hole tests, a switch made in 2004, though the field will be cut after the first day's play both by teams and individually. Of the 14 teams in the section, the low six advance to the second day. The low 12 individuals who are not members of the remaining six teams also advance to Day 2. The girls meet is rated a toss-up with Detroit Lakes, Alexandria, Bemidji and St.
The merry go round took another turn in the Bemidji High coaching staff today when Rob Strand announced his resignation as wrestling coach and Rick Kehoe was announced to succeed Tim Mayclin as girls basketball mentor. Kehoe becomes the 10th new head coach appointed by activities director Harvey Crable in his three years at the helm. Troy Hendricks named 15 in his five seasons as AD and Jim Mergens 17 in his four years directing the program, a total of 42 new head coaches in a program of 24 varsity teams. Strand's replacement will be No.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks moved into the second round of the 8-3A North baseball tournament Thursday, scoring an extra inning 2-1 victory over Detroit Lakes. The game matched the first and eighth seeded teams, but one would never know it from viewing the contest. Bemidji yielded a run in the first, matched it with one in the second and finally prevailed in the last of the eighth on Joe Andersen's bases loaded single. Ross Olson was at his finest, fanning 15 and walking one to raise his record to 5-1. It was ironic since Olson was not scheduled to work until today. But graduation ceremonies
The Bemidji Lumberjacks baseball team opens post season play today, hosting Detroit Lakes at 5:30 p.m. at the BSU Stadium. The game was set back an hour at the Lakers' request with students taking final exams at that school today. Bemidji drew the No. 1 seed for the double elimination event. Other openers today send No. 7 Fergus Falls to No. 2 Alexandria, No. 6 Little Falls to No. 3 Brainerd and No. 5 Moorhead to No.