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The Bemidji Lumberjacks baseball team saved the best for last. The Jacks defeated Grand Rapids, the state's top rated team, 3-2 Monday at the Rapids' Legion field. It ended their regular season at 12-5 and cemented the No.
The Fargo North Bruins ended Bemidji's hopes of a Des Sagedahl title Saturday afternoon, handing the Jacks a 2-0 eight inning setback in the third round of the wooden bat attraction. Coupled with Fargo South's 1-0 win over Duluth East, it left Bemidji tied with the two Fargo schools at 2-1. Duluth East finished 0-3. It marked the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1999 that three teams ended tied for first.
The Bemidji High girls golf team finished second in its final regular season start, while the boys team finished in the same position in meets Saturday in Wadena. The Bemidji High girls golf team tied Staples-Motley for first at the Wadena Invitational Saturday but lost on the score of its fifth player. Both teams ended at 340 but Staples' fifth player posted a 94 and Bemidji's a 103. Detroit Lakes was three strokes back in third, missing its ace Christine Herzog. Crosby, Wadena and Pequot Lakes rounded out the small six-team field. Medalist honors went to Cydney Hasselberg of S-M with a
Bemidji's Lumberjacks emerged from the second round of the Sagedahl Wooden Bat tournament Saturday as the only unbeaten. Bemidji tromped Duluth East 8-1 after Fargo South had upended Fargo North 6-3 in the opener. The results left the Jacks 2-0, North and South 1-1 and East 0-2. The travesty of errors continued in the windy, cool day. Where Friday's two games saw 17 misplays, there were 21 in the second round with sloppy play more prevalent than good offense. J. R. Parker pitched a gem for the Jacks, setting down East on five hits while fanning seven and walking none.
Bill Peterson, a St. Paul playground coaching legend, came out of retirement this year to guide St. Paul Central to its first city title since 1928. Central took the title with a 17-0 victory over Harding in its last league game. He began his coaching career at Oxbow Playground where he developed such major league stars as Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor. Bemidji baseball fans remember him as the Coach of the Attucks-Brooks American Legion which stopped Bemidji in the 1974 championship game at the state tournament.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks and Fargo North Spartans won opening round games Friday night at the 8th Annual Des Sagedahl Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament. Four games will be played today with Fargo North meeting Fargo South at 10 a.m. Bemidji facing Duluth East at noon, South facing East at 2 p.m.
The Bemidji High track teams ring down the curtain on their regular seasons today, competing in the Grand Rapids Old River meet. It will be the final tune up for the 8AA North meet May 20 at Alexandria. Both are hoping for high finishes once again.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks baseball team opens play tonight at the eighth annual Des Sagedahl wooden bat tournament. The tourney honors the memory of long-time Jacks baseball coach Des Sagedahl who guided the Jacks from 1974-93 posting 254 wins and leading five teams to the state tournament. Bemidji will open tonight at 6 p.m. against Fargo South after Fargo North and Duluth East square off at 4 p.m. Play resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. with South meeting North. Bemidji and East square off at noon with South meeting East at 2 p.m.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks baseball team warmed up for the Des Sagedahl Invitational this weekend stopping Crookston 10-3 Monday afternoon at Jim Karn Field in Crookston. If lifted the Jacks to 9-4 on the year and dropped the Pirates to 5-10. Bemidji pounded out 13 hits off five Pirates hurlers and benefited from six walks and four errors. J. R. Parker and Sam Anderson combined on a four hitter with Parker going the first five to get his first win.
International Falls swept both the boys and girls titles at the Section 8A True Team track meet at BSU. The Broncos took the girls title with 694 points to 664 for Crookston.