A "Meet and Greet" for the Bemidji VFW baseball team will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Club. The Vets will return to the state tournament for the first time since 2005 but the 17th time in the team's 30 year history. It won the state title in 1985 and took the consolation title in 1984 and 1997. It won the District 9 title last week in a minimum of three games, outscoring its opponents 54-25, the final two wins over Fergus Falls 21-14 and 14-11. Earlier, it captured the regular season district title with a 16-4 record, wining its final 10 games.
Bemidji's Bill Israelson is one of six individuals who will be inducted into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame this year. The announcement was made by the Minnesota PGA and Minnesota Golf Association Israelson is the head PGA professional at The Vintage golf course at Staples and a member of the state PGA for more than 18 years. He won the Minnesota Open in 1991 and placed in the top 10 seven other times.
Louie Deere, Kennedy's legendary player, coach and athletic director, died un expectedly last Sunday while cutting the grass at his home at the age of 70. A workout fanatic, according to his son Rich, Deere suffered a fatal heart attack while mowing the yard. Deere was the point guard on the outstanding Kennedy High basketball teams in the mid 1950's that fell to Bemidji three straight years, twice in the final, in the Region 8 tournament during the Ray Cronk era. He was the floor general on a team that featured a 6-6 front line which included the Langen brothers, sons of State Representati
Cass Lake's Martin Wind has been chosen to be a member of the Minnesota team in the U. S. Junior National basketball tourney. That team will compete in the International Sports Festival at the University of Illinois July 27-Aug.
Bemidji's best known marathon runner, JoAnn Fallis recently ran the 20th annual Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon at LasCruces, N.M. The marathon is run in conjunction with the annual Death March Memorial gathering of survivors of that event during World War II. She accompanied her 83-year-old father Dick Clemens, a W-II veteran, to the gathering. The non-competitive marathon is run to honor the Death March survivors who were taken prisoner in the Philippines by the invading Japanese. The marathon was run in two divisions, the civilian category and the heavy division where runners wore
Baseball coaches in North Dakota are generally in favor of retaining wooden bats for their sport in years to come. The three-year experiment of switching from metal to wood ended this spring, the only state to exclusively use wooden bats in the country. The cost factor, which was once the main reason for the switch, is now reversed to the point where metal bats are four times more expensive than wooden models. Coaches interviewed stated that while the metal bats provided far more scoring, the switch to wood restored good pitching. Red River's Mark Varriano, a Bemidji native, said the use o
The Bemidji High girls golf team advanced to the final 18 holes at the Section 8-2A golf meet at Long Prairie Monday , finishing within 16 strokes of the leaders after the opening round. The boys did not make the top six at its meet at Greystone though Jake Hoffman will be back on the course today in the individual competition. The girls meet advances only the top four teams under normal conditions with the exception that any team within 16 strokes of the leader also will move on . Apollo won with a 382, averaging over 95 strokes per player. Alexandria was next at 383 with Tech 386 and
It was deja vu for the Bemidji Lumberjacks baseball team Monday at the North Sub-Section tournament. Last year Bemidji was blanked by Moorhead and Brainerd to go to the sidelines. This year it managed one run, losing to Moorhead 2-1 and Brainerd 1-0. Alexandria dropped Brainerd 5-1 in the opening game and faced Moorhead in the second round. That pair and Brainerd will return for Wednesday's second day with the last unbeaten team getting the bye while the two 1-1 teams square off in the opener.
The fine Bemidji High softball season came to a sudden end Monday as the Lumberjacks fell to Elk River 8-4 and St. Cloud Apollo 4-3 in the section finals at Sauk Rapids. Elk River beat the Eagles 9-1 in the opening game of the day and will face them again Thursday in the championship game with Apollo needing two wins to take the title. It was a disappointing day for Bemidji which went into the day with high hopes. But is was not to be. Elk River dominated the opener rallying from a brief one run deficit in the third to score four times and go on to pull away at the end.
Brainerd High boys basketball coach Matt Urbane has resigned after eight seasons at the helm. In his tenure he compiled a 82-124 record including a 7-19 finish this winter. He came to Brainerd from International Falls where his Broncos went 52-25 in his three seasons and reached the state meet for the first time. He cited family health reasons as his reason for stepping down.