To foreshadow the greatest run in Bemidji High School girls golf history, coach Jeff Nelson only needed three words. “We’ll be back.”
After placing fourth at the 2003 state tournament, the longtime BHS head coach told the Pioneer that his youthful team, which didn’t graduate any seniors, would return the following season with more experience and more talent.
The Lumberjacks raced to the Class AA state championship in 2004, defying all odds for a Bemidji team that hardly escaped the section field, let alone won state. But -- somehow, someway -- the stars aligned just right for BHS to dance with destiny.
This is the latest installment in a series titled Lumberjack Flashback, highlighting some of the greatest spring sports teams, athletes and moments in Bemidji High School history.