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Two Jacks do well in Oklahoma

BEMIDJI - Two former BHS diamond stars are continuing to do well in community college play in Oklahoma. Lefty Ross Olson is back for his second season, holding down a starting spot on the Western Oklahoma pitching staff. Nate Brown, transferred t...

BEMIDJI - Two former BHS diamond stars are continuing to do well in community college play in Oklahoma.

Lefty Ross Olson is back for his second season, holding down a starting spot on the Western Oklahoma pitching staff.

Nate Brown, transferred to Western this year from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and has earned a starting berth as the right fielder.

Olson is currently rated 16th in the country with a 1.42 ERA as the Pioneers went 21-6 in their first 27 starts, averaging 10 runs a game and showing a .421 team batting average.

In recent games, Olson hurled six innings of three hit ball in a 6-0 win over Ranger, Tex. Brown had a hit in the win.

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He went the shortened route in an 11-1 win over Seminole and won his fifth game in a 6-4 victory over Carl Albert, fanning seven in four innings.

Teammates Sam Anderson and Dan Bauer of the 2006 team are playing at North Dakota.

Summer signups set

Youth baseball and softball summer signups have been set.

Baseball signups for both day and night league play will continue at PIAS today from 12-3, Saturday from 9-3 and next Sunday from 12-3.

The BYL will sponsor play for boys and girls 5-15 with the day leagues having T-Ball (5-6), Pony League (7-8) and Minor League (9-11).

The Night League will have its Junior Division (9-10), Senior Division (11-12) and Prep League (13-15.)

The 13-15 year old league is for players not making the Wolves, Lions or Voyageurs Babe Ruth League teams.

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The BYL will sponsor traveling all-star teams for 10-11-12 year olds while the BBA will sponsor the same teams for 13-14-15 year olds. The three older units will play separate schedules and not take part in league play.

Softball play

The Bemidji Area Girls Softball League will continue its registrations today and next Saturday and Sunday at PIAS with the same hours.

Players may also register at the Middle School April 24 from 4:30-6.

The league will sponsor T-Ball (5-6) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m., 7=8 league play the same days froom10-11:30, 9-10 year old league play Tuesday and Thursday from 10-12 and 11-12 softball the same days starting at 5:30.

The program will run from June 9 to July 24.

Cost is $40 for the three younger leagues and $75 for the 11-12 league if paid by May 20.

After that date the fees rise to $50 and $85.

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Call Amanda Kinander at 759-160-9 or Donna Snobel-Pence at 751-1795 for further information.

Baseball tryouts

Tryouts for the 13 and 15 year old traveling teams have been set.

The 13's will try out April 27 from 1-4 and April 28 from 5:30-8 at the BSU diamond.

The 15's will try out from 5:30-8 May 9 and 1-4 May 10 at the same site.

Times and dates for the 14 year old team will be announced shortly.

The three teams are designed for players committed to the time and travel involved for summer traveling team play and will be expected to make summer traveling team baseball their first priority. Players need to attend both tryout sessions.

Golfers pictured

Four local youth golfers are pictured on the spring issue of Minnesota Golfer magazine.

They are Middle Schoolers Matt Serratore, Quinn Mischke, Sam Starkey and Wyatt Miller. An article on the Bemidji Town & Country Club is featured in the edition.

Thompson dies

Long time Bemidji sports fans were saddened to hear of the recent death of former track and cross country coach Don Thompson.

He died Jan 31 of a massive heart attack at the home of his daughter Jill in Delano.

The 73-year-old Thompson originated the boys cross country program, in 1962 at Bemidji High and coached it for 13 seasons.

He succeeded Don Basche as track coach in the early 1960's and also coached for well over a decade until being succeeded by Ray Farwell in both sports in 1975.

Nevis pair honored

Nevis boys basketball coach Scott Kramer was named Longbow League Coach of the Year and sophomore scoring star Nolan Toft shared Player of the Year honors with Laporte's Taylor Day.

Nevis won the league with a 5-0 mark to 3-3 for Kelliher-Northome with Hill City 1-3, Laporte 1-5 and the Bug School 0-1.

Other all conference players are Hunter Schroeder, Dylan Stenberg and Jon Gunkel of Nevis, Ray Schuh,. Curtis Lundin and Dylan Ungerecht of K-N and Day and Jordan Lemke of Laporte.

National champs

Jacoby Bergeron and Steve Keogh of Thief River won national titles at the USA Folkstyle National Championships at Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Kevin Fynboh took fifth and Travis Peralta sixth. Kyle LeDuc, Mike Dyrdal and Jordan Engen each went 2-2 but did not place.

Early ball games

Despite the miserable weather, several baseball and softball teams got into action this week:

Thief River opened with a 4-0 Far North Conference win over Roseau in Nick Gagne's three hitter. Little Falls shaded Alexandria 5-4 while Brainerd reached 2-0 with a 10-inning 8-7 win over Sauk Rapids.

Thursday, Win-E-Mac beat Norman County 4-0 in the Northwest Diamond Conference and RLCC turned back Warroad 6-1 in the Far North.

Friday Chaska handed Moorhead a 4-1 setback at the Metrodome. Kyle VanDyke went the route for the Spuds allowing seven hits. Moorhead had only five off Shawn Riesgraf.

In softball, Sacred Heart beat Crookston 8-4 while Alexandria blasted Little Falls 13-0, Rocori stopped Fergus Falls 7-6, Crookston beat East Grand Forks 16-0, Roseau won over BGMR 5-2 and RKCC beat Kelliher Northome 13-3.

Stride Into Spring

The annual Earth Day Stride Into Spring 5 and 10k runs will be held Saturday at BSU starting at 9 a.m.

Registration is $20 with donations to the BSU track and field teams also accepted.

Checks should be made payable to BSU track and mailed to Stride Into Spring, BSU Gillett Recreation Fitness Center, PE 227, Bemidji 56601-2699..

The awards ceremony will be at 9:45 following the Women's Sport Foundation Awards.

Golden Gloves

The Leech Lake Gym will stage a 12-15 bout Golden Gloves boxing card Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Facilities Center.

Boxers from Wisconsin, South Dakota, Hinckley, White Earth, Minneapolis, Grand Forks and the Leech Lake Boxing Club will take part.

Prices are $7 for adults and $ 3.50 for senior citizens (60+) and 18-under.

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