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Grand Rapids returned to the throne at the 17th annual Lions Invitational Friday night, piling up 194 points to dethrone Bemidji. The defending champs were well in front of International Falls which finished third with 66.5. Warroad, Bagley and Thief River Falls trailed. It was the second title for the Thunderhawks but their first since 1992.
The Bemidji Lumberjacks track team begins its new campaign today at the BSU Lions Invitational with a young and untested squad, one that is looking to make improvement this year in area meets and the sectional. The boys program has struggled for several seasons hit hard by lack of numbers. But the numbers seem to be on the rise this spring as coach John Deden and his staff start with 56 candidates with more expected. The main drawback will be the lack of senior leadership with only five 12th graders on hand of whom only three lettered last year. But the junior class is 18 strong and 24 sop
A young but highly promising Bemidji High girls track team is looking forward to the new season with a banner turnout of close to 65 on hand and more expected. It will open its four-meet indoor season today at BSU, defending its title at the Lions Invitational. The 10-team event will open at 3. The team will have some major holes to fill, however, from a team that won two indoor and two outdoor titles and finished in the top five 11 times, taking fifth at the section and sending three competitors on to the state. Graduation cleaned out nine seniors including the team's top three scorers, B
Bemidji defender Rachael Graves is a member of the Stevens Point women's hockey team that has gained a berth in the NCAA Division III final four. The Pointers ousted Superior 2-0 last weekend in the quarterfinals to return to the Frozen Four for the second time in the last three years. Earlier Stevens Point had won the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular season title and followed by taking the playoff title. The Pointers are 20-3-3 overall and take a record 15 straight win string into the final two rounds. The Pointers faced Plattsburg N.Y.
MOORHEAD - Basketball in New York Mills does not solely belong to Janet Karvonen anymore. The boys finally made it to the big show. The Eagles, getting 32 points and 22 rebounds from center Ryan Peeters, upset fourth-ranked Cass Lake-Bena 87-68 in the Section 6A championship game Friday night at the Concordia Fieldhouse. The win puts New York Mills, 21-5, in the state tournament for the first time. The only other hoop appearances resulted in Karvonen-led three straight girls state titles in the 1970s. "I feel like I won the lottery," said Eagles head coach Bryan Dunrud.
The official welcome home for Bemidji's two Olympic curling teams took place Sunday afternoon, bringing out a crowd of around 700 fans to the high school gymnasium. The day started with a gathering at the waterfront, where the two teams autographed a Paul Bunyan sized curling broom and had their photos taken with Paul, who was decked out in a curling tam and bronze medal, a replica of thee Olympic medal, along with a broom and rock. The two rinks were then transported to the high school in a wagon train. Mayor Richard Lehmann welcomed the crowd and commended the curlers and Bemidji Curling
The University of North Dakota tennis team has a distinct Bemidji flavor this season. The Sioux raised their record to 8-3 overall last week with an 8-1 non-conference win over Minnesota State-Moorhead. They stand 4-1 in the NCC. Bemidji senior Erin Sullivan won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Emily Callison to win at No. 1 doubles. Lindsey Folkert of Bemidji teamed with Shauna Differding to win at No. 2 doubles. Folkert also won at No. 2 singles and Bemidji's Mollie Sullivan at No. 5. Mollie teamed with Erica Nelson of Brainerd to claim the No.
Bemidji's outstanding girls hockey team was honored Tuesday night at its annual Awards Night program. The event drew a large turnout which braved near blizzard conditions to reach the 1st Lutheran Church parish hall. Special guests were the 19 letter winners on the varsity team that went 22-4-3, tying for second on the all-time single season win list. It captured the Greater Minnesota Conference title for the first time in three years and reached the section final before bowing to Moorhead. Coach Matt Menne served as emcee for the night, thanking his players, parents, coaching staff and ne
The Bemidji Nordic ski teams were honored Monday night at then annual Awards Night ceremony at the Hobson Union. Special guests were the boys and girls varsity teams which enjoyed banner years this winter. The boys returned to the state meet for the first time in over a decade.
The defending champion Pete Fenson rink broke into the win column for the first time Sunday at the World Team Trials, beating Todd Birr of Mankato 8-4 and Troy Schroeder 6-5 at the Curling Club. In the women's division Jessica Schultz dropped her opening match 9-4 to Margie Smith of Duluth. The champs were aided when Craig Brown and Craig Disher suffered their first defeats Sunday night. Men's Division In Sunday's morning draw, Brown turned back Greg Eigner 8-2 and Disher beat Ruohonen 8-4.