With the Easter holiday over, area baseball teams return to the diamonds this week to continue regular season play. Most got in one or two games last week aided by fine late spring type weather. Bagley, Cass Lake-Bena and Red Lake won their first Northland Conference tests though many of that league's contests have yet to be reported. Bemidji and Alexandria won their first 8-3A tests while Fergus Falls emerged 1-1. Warroad, Roseau and BGMR were opening round winners in the Far North.
The Bemidji High softball team entered its new season in style Thursday, shading Virginia 2-1 at the high school field. It was a game added late to the schedule after Bemidji was unable to play at the Fergus Falls triangular April 8 due to a music conflict. Bemidji scored single runs in the first and third and made the lead stand up. Virginia had its only run and only two hits in the fourth. Lindsey Gullickson went the route for the win, picking up where she left off in last year's 10-3 season.
The Bemidji High softball team has been one of the most successful spring units for a number of years and should keep up that reputation this spring. After three seasons of going 63-12 in the Becky Rasmussen era, Bemidji maintained a solid front without her last spring finishing 16-9 and reaching the fifth round of the section playoffs before being eliminated by Thief River Falls. Thief River dropped the final to Brainerd and Brainerd was a victim of Willmar in the section series.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks baseball team, one win under its belt, heads south to the Twin Cities today for a three-game road trip. Tonight at 7 p.m., the Jacks face section rival Thief River Falls in the Metrodome. Tomorrow they move to Prior Lake to face Holy Angels at 11 a.m. and Prior Lake at 3 p.m. The home opener is Tuesday with Moorhead with St.
The Bemidji boys track team made it two wins in a row Tuesday, inaugurating its new home track with a triangular victory. The Jacks piled up 88½ points to 50½ for Fergus Falls and 43 for Detroit Lakes. Bemidji used both quantity and quality to take the lead early and widen it down the stretch. Senior Dan Sorby and sophomore Casey Orgon paced the win. Sorby swept the hurdles while Orgon took both weights. Bemidji also won the 4 x 4 with Jake Sorby, Waylon Manske, Derek Smith and Dan Sorby and the 4 x 8 with Manske, Nick Hudson, James Powell and Robbie Jenson. Freshman Nate McGriff paced t
The Bemidji girls track team moved outdoors for the first time Tuesday, launching their first home meet on the new high school track. Detroit Lakes spoiled the occasion, however, edging Bemidji by 3½ points. The Lakers had 77 points to 73½ for Bemidji with Fergus Falls a distant third with 33½. The two leaders went back and forth all day.
The Bemidji High girls golf team has one goal in mind this year, go back to the state golf meet. They open play today at the Monticello Invitational. The girls saw their two year reign as section champions ended abruptly by Moorhead last spring when the Spuds scored a runaway trip through the section meet. Bemidji not only failed to repeat but finished fourth. But four of the six golfers from that team are back led by Alyssa Williamson who was the lone state qualifier in 2005 and finished eighth with a 164. She will be joined by fellow seniors Tara Israelson, Amanda Johnson and Britney Mu
The Bemidji High boys golf team can only go one way this spring...up. They open play today at Wildflower in Detroit Lakes and play at Alexandria Monday. The Jacks, who dominated the section for 20 years, have not won a state trip since 2001. And while they might not this year as well, they hope to make a stronger showing and perhaps be able to challenge the leaders by tournament time. Erik Niskanen is back for his 12th season at the helm following in the footsteps of his father Don who guided the Jacks for many seasons earlier. Bemidji won three tournaments last year at Bemidji, The Prese
The coaching merry go round at Bemidji High school continued today with the naming of a new football coach and the loss of its girls basketball coach. Taking over the reins next fall will be Dwight Jensen who comes to Bemidji from Wausau, Wis.
Things are looking up for the Bemidji Lumberjacks baseball team this spring. The Jacks open play today at 4:30 with a single game at Warroad and head to the Twin Cities to battle Thief River Falls Thursday at the Metrodome and play Holy Angels and Prior Lake at Prior Lake Friday. With a deep mound staff and a wealth of returning talent, the Jacks hope to make a run at the section title that has eluded them since 1991. Despite the long lapse, the Jacks still rank third in the state with 18 state tournament appearances, one behind Austin and New Ulm.