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  • 'A lot of history being made': Red Lake boys follow girls in trip to Class A state basketball tournament

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Mar 23, 2017

    RED LAKE-The line to buy shirts at N8tive De$ignz swelled at about 10 a.m. Wednesday "This is by far our busiest day," said Mia Long, the student manager for Red Lake High School's student-run T-shirt business. "It's been pretty crazy here." The storefront-a couple of cafeteria tables with 15 different shirt designs in Red Lake colors-is set up right in front of the Red Lake gym. On Wednesday, that was the site of the send off for the Warrior boys basketball team as they began their trek to the...

  • Warriors going to Winter Park: Red Lake football gets donation from ESPN, will appear on Vikings' 'Monday Night Football' game

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Sep 30, 2016

    RED LAKE -- There will be some definite local flavor when the Minnesota Vikings host the New York Giants in the first-ever Monday Night Football game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Red Lake High School football team has been invited to the Vikings' Winter Park practice facility in Eden Prairie this week, where they will participate in a special "chalk talk" session with Monday Night Football ESPN commentator Jon Gruden as well as Vikings staff. The Warriors will also receive a $2,000 donation from th...

  • BOYS BASKETBALL: Red Lake beats Laporte 87-45

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Feb 27, 2015

    BEMIDJI - Red Lake's quest to repeat as Section 8A champions and return to the Minnesota Class A tournament encountered an early hiccup against eighth-seeded Laporte. The Wildcats tried to frustrate the Warriors in the first half of Thursday's tournament game at Bemidji State, coming back each and every time Red Lake looked like they would pull away. The Warriors led just 33-21 at halftime. "They worked hard and they didn't turn over the ball in the first half," Red Lake head coach Roger White...

  • AREA BOYS BASKETBALL: Red Lake, Cass Lake-Bena sit atop Section 8A

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Feb 24, 2015

    As expected, Red Lake and Cass Lake-Bena took the top two seeds in the Sub-Section 8A East boys basketball tournament, which begins this week. Red Lake (19-5) is the defending Section 8A champion and is looking to return to the state basketball tournament for the second straight season. As the top seed the Warriors have an opening-round bye and on Thursday will play the winner of today’s 7 p.m. play-in game against No. 8 Laporte (9-16) and No. 9 Lake of the Woods (4-19). The Warriors will play the winner at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bemidji State. C...

  • Bagley flies to title: Flyers' offense comes up big to win Sub-Section 8A East championship

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|May 30, 2014

    BEMIDJI - Darris Dahl can't remember the last time the Bagley baseball team won a playoff game. He supposed it had been even longer than that since the Flyers had won a sub-section title. The former streak ended had Tuesday with a 12-2 win over Cass Lake Bena in the first round of the Sub-Section 8A East playoffs. "It's a good question," Dahl said Thursday, his back wet from the Gatorade shower he had just received. "I've been part of the Bagley baseball program for 10 years and we hadn't won a...

  • Native Olympic hero: Boucha book details highs, lows of Ojibwe NHL, Olympic star

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Dec 19, 2013

    BEMIDJI - Henry Boucha stands on the ice, starting off at another player somewhere off-camera. His trademark headband matches the color of the dark red Detroit Red Wings jersey and his unkempt moustache/sideburns combination ooze cool. This photograph - from a 1970s era NHL magazine - was one of many Boucha had displayed Wednesday during his book signing at Cool Threads in downtown Bemidji. Boucha was in town to promote his new autobiography, "Henry Boucha, Ojibwa: Native American Olympian." If...

  • FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Kelliher-Northome cruises to first-round victory

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 24, 2013

    NORTHOME — Using 22 first-quarter points, the top-seeded Kelliher-Northome football team cruised to a 32-0 win over Northeast Range in their nine-man Section 7 tournament opener Tuesday night. “It wasn’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life, but it was a good win for us,” K-N head coach Derrick Gross said of his team’s performance. The Mustangs, who improved to 9-0 with the win, hardly threw a pass in the first half, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter and another in the second quarter. The team led 30-0 at halftime. ...

  • Cass Lake-Bena falls to Mahnomen; Blackduck upsets Red Lake

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Mar 8, 2013

    BEMIDJI – The final score line might not reflect it, but Cass Lake-Bena put together a stellar defensive effort against Mahnomen in Thursday night’s Sub-Section 8A East quarterfinal game at Bemidji High School. The Panthers just didn’t have the offense to compliment it. Seventh-seeded CL-B forced 41 Mahnomen turnovers – 19 in the first half and 21 in the second half – but the Panthers’ inability to make easy shots proved their demise in an 81-69 loss against the second-seeded Indians. “I...

  • Blackduck moves to section semis

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 24, 2012

    For the first time in a long time, the Blackduck football team is moving on. After snapping a 30-game losing streak earlier this season, the Drakes are moving on to the second round of the playoffs. Blackduck (6-3) beat Mesabi East 38-0 Tuesday night in Section 7A first-round playoff action. Their reward? A date with Cook County. The Vikings (7-1) scored a huge win over Cass Lake-Bena (1-8), topping the Panthers 70-6 in their first round game in Grand Marais. The Drakes will travel to Grand Marais at 2 p.m. Saturday for their section semifinal...

  • State golf: BHS’s Dale 33rd in Class AAA; Cass Lake’s Brunelle takes third in Class A

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 14, 2012

    COON RAPIDS – Trey Dale didn’t have the best day on Wednesday, but his all-state certificate should mitigate the final golf tournament of his Bemidji High School career. The Lumberjacks senior shot an 80 on day two of the MSHSL Class AAA State Golf Tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, dropping him into a tie for 35th place. “It wasn’t his best day,” Bemidji head coach Seth Knudson said. “But he finished it strong despite some mishaps.” Dale shot 38-39-79 on Tuesday but struggled on the second day of the tournament wi...

  • Area golfers have mixed results at state tournament

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 13, 2012

    COON RAPIDS – Trey Dale finished tied for 20th after the first day of the MSHSL Class AAA Boys State Golf Tournament, held Tuesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. The Bemidji senior, who finished tied for 23rd place last season with a 152 overall, shot a 77 on the first day, firing a 38 on the east course and 39 on the west course. “There was some good and some bad,” Bemidji golf coach Seth Knudson said. “It’s not exactly how he wanted to do on the first day, but it wasn’t bad either.” Knudson said that the highlight of Dale’s aft...

  • Blackduck rallies for another walk-off win; takes Section 8A title for first trip to state

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 8, 2012

    BEMIDJI — One run. That’s all that separated Blackduck and Red Lake County in this week’s Section 8A tournament. Tuesday’s game went nine innings, with Blackduck winning 5-4 on a walk-off single from Cody Bergquist. When the Rebels defeated East Grand Forks Sacred Heart in the nightcap Tuesday to stay alive, the teams went at it again Thursday at the Bemidji State University baseball diamond. It gave Bergquist the chance to be the hero once again. The Drakes (22-4) dropped the first game of...

  • Bats go cold for Panthers in elimination game

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 6, 2012

    BEMIDJI — Cass Lake-Bena starter Wesley Moe didn’t have his best stuff Tuesday night. Neither did Corey Roach, his East Grand Forks Sacred Heart counterpart. That didn’t seem to matter for much of the teams’ Section 8-A loser’s bracket game at Bemidji State. Both offenses went cold for the better part of six innings, and it wasn’t until the seventh that Sacred Heart, already up 3-1, slammed the door shut on CL-B. The Eagles scored six runs on six hits and an error to turn what was once a clos...

  • Dramatic Drakes: Blackduck moves to title game with extra-inning win

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 6, 2012

    BEMIDJI — Another pitcher might not have returned after giving up four runs on five hits in the sixth inning. But this was Aaron Nissen, and this was the Section 8-A playoffs. “He’s our rock,” Blackduck head coach Dwight Kalvig said. “He’s the leader of men. I can’t say enough about what he’s done for this team this year. We really count on Aaron to set the tone and he did that today.” Although Nissen committed an error and allowed Red Lake County to take the 5-2 lead in their Section 8-A semif...

  • Drakes roll to title: Blackduck brings bats in pair of victories, wins sub-section

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 1, 2012

    BEMIDJI – The Blackduck Drakes brought their bats to the Bemidji State baseball diamond Thursday. They came home with their second-straight Sub-Section 8A East title. The Drakes combined to score 23 runs on 19 hits in two games of the sub-section tournament and cruised to a pair of wins against Kelliher-Northome and Cass Lake-Bena. The 12-4 win in the title game against rivals CL-B (12-10) marked Blackduck’s second-straight championship. But the Drakes (20-3) don’t want to stop there. “It f...

  • Cass Lake cruises past Red Lake, Blackduck pounds Laporte

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|May 30, 2012

    CASS LAKE – Things didn’t start out so well for Caleb Fisher and Cass Lake Bena Tuesday. The senior hurler kicked off the game with a four-pitch walk to Red Lake leadoff William Chaboyea. Later in the inning, an error and another walk loaded the bases for the Warriors with only one out. Fisher, though, regrouped and responded. He struck out the next two hitters to get himself out of the jam, the proceeded to strike out eight more hitters over the course of the next four innings. His work on the...

  • Brunelle, Wind do what is necessary to return to state meet

    Jack Hittinger, Bemidji Pioneer|May 17, 2012

    CASS LAKE — Don’t let their calm demeanor on the driving range fool you. Dakotah Brunelle and Cody Wind take their golf seriously. The Cass Lake-Bena duo has been ranked in the state’s top 10 in Class A for nearly the entire season. And although both Brunelle and Wind — tied for third in the state as of May 12 — are hesitant to talk too much about themselves, their CL-B coaches say the two are all business when it is time to compete. “We’re more determined than probably all the other teams,...