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The field was completed for the 29th annual Prep Bowl this weekend with the staging of the high school semifinals at the Metrodome. The 12 survivors return to the same site Friday and Saturday for the six championship games. Where all six were once played on a single day, as are the semifinals, they have been divided in recent years with four title games Friday and the final two Saturday. It will begin Friday at 10 a.m.
Brainerd, Goodridge-Grygla and Cromwell were the only northern survivors in the opening round of the state high school football playoffs. Almost all of the 48 first-round games were played before Saturday's blizzard which struck southern Minnesota and postponed two of the six Saturday games. Both were replayed last night. Brainerd pulled off a major shocker when the Warriors' defense carried the day in a 13-10 upset of Eden Prairie. Brainerd will face Rosemount 8:15 p.m.
Playoffs are nothing new for the Bemidji High football team though the Jacks have not enjoyed much success in the current state meet since that system began in 1972. When the two class system was inaugurated in 1984, moving the Jacks into Section 7AA, they have reached the final eight only twice, bowing in the opening round in 2000 and last fall. They have also struggled in section meets both in 7AA, 8-4A and 8-5A before dropping back to 7-4A last season. Facing the Duluth area teams once again, they swept three straight section games and repeated with two victories in as many starts this y
The field for the state high school football tournament was completed Saturday with the final three section title games at St. John's and St.
The Bemidji Mudcats moved one step closer to a state tournament berth Friday night, downing Hibbing 10-4 before a good turnout at the BSU diamond. The Cats meet Blaine or the Duluth Xpress today at 1:30 in the winners' bracket final. That pair met in the late Friday game. The two losers open today at 11. The winner of that game will face the loser of the 1:30 contest at 4 for the second berth at the state. That winner then takes on the last unbeaten team at 11 tomorrow for the region title. If a second game is needed, it will follow immediately. Bemidji broke open a tight 4-3 game with
The Bemidji Mudcats open Region 6A playoff action today at 5:30 p.m., hosting the Hibbing Miners at the BSU diamond. The Duluth Xpress and Blaine Fusion play at 8 p.m. to complete the opening day. Tomorrow, tonight's two losers clash at 11 a.m. in a loser-out contest. The two winners will follow at 1:30 p.m. The loser of that game will then battle the winner of the 11 a.m.
The Bemidji VFW is back at the state tournament again this year, the 18th time in its 31-year history that it has reached that level. The Vets begin play at Austin 2 p.m.
The Bemidji Mudcats rebounded from a disastrous opener Wednesday night to defeat the Brainerd Bees in the nightcap and salvage a split of its doubleheader at BSU. Brainerd scored eight runs in the final two frames, only three earned, to take the first game 8-6.
The Bemidji Mudcats wind up their regular home season tonight hosting the Brainerd Bees in a 6 p.m. twin bill at BSU. The two teams met twice earlier at Brainerd with the Bees sweeping those game by identical 6-3 scores. A.J.
Bemidji's Northern Heat continued to dominate its opponents Saturday, reaching the winner's bracket final at the state Cal Ripken 12-year-old tournament. The Heat won its third straight 8-0 over defending state champion Baxter It will take on the East Twins of St. Paul at 11 a.m. today with that winner advancing to the title game Monday at 1. Should a second game be needed it would follow immediately. The St.