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qqednesday, June 5, 2013 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota- Pale 7 Roseau Rams close BHS baseball season in playoffs By Coach Darris Dahl The Bagley Flyer baseball season came to an end this last Thursday in the Section 8AA playoffs. The Flyers held tough throughout the contest, but the Roseau team was able to escape a late inning attempt at a comeback and advanced to the next round by defeating Bagley 6-2. The first round game of the 8AA North Section was moved to the field of the Warroad Warriors because of weather conditions. The Flyers visited the Roseau Rams for their opening playoff game on a chilly and damp evening. The original start was put back to 7:30 p.m. from its original 5 p.m. planned start because of the need to use the Warroad field. The Warriors and the Mahnomen/Waubun team played their originally planned playoff game at their scheduled time of 5 p.m. so the Flyers and Rams had to wait for their chance to take the field. The Flyers came out in the first inning attacking the ball, but two hard line drives at the infielders and a well hit ball to left field that was held up by the wind, failed to bring in senior Jesse Dukek from second base after his infield hit. The Rams went to work in their half of the first, driving one run across. In the second they added two more runs to make the score 3-0 after the first two frames. Senior Zach Thoma then struck out two of the three batters he faced in the third, but the Bagley bats, although willing, were unable to find any openings in the Roseau defense. Roseau collected three runs in the fourth to make the score 6-0. Senior Jesse Dukek replaced Thoma in the fifth and held the Rams scoreless throughout the rest of the night, but the early push by the Rams proved too much to overcome. The Flyers did mount a comeback attempt in the sixth inning when they were able to push two runs across, but with two outs and the bases loaded, the last out was recorded to muffle any chance of overcoming the lead. Bagley stranded 10 men in the game. Roseau held the Flyers to five hits in the game. The first came in the first inning when Jesse Dukek was able to beat out the throw on an infield hit and advance to second on the throwing error. Bagley's second hit was recorded by Kyler LaVine in the fifth inning, but he remained stranded along with fellow senior Riley Knutson, who had drawn one of his three walks of the night. The other three singles were collected by junior outfielder Jacob Skansberg, who was able to reach safely in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Zach Thoma made his fifth starting appearance for the Flyers this year. Zach pitched four innings, faced 22 batters, gave up six runs off four hits, of which only three were earned, struck out four, walked four and hit two Ram batsmen for the loss. Jesse Dukek came in to pitch the final two innings. He faced eight batters, allowed two hits and struck out two in his Flyer finale. The coaches would like to deeply thank the players this season for their dedication and hard work. The team had a very good year, posting a 13-5 record overall, going undefeated in their conference and capturing the Northland Conference Championship. Good luck to all of our seniors as they move forward, our hopes and blessings go with you. We, as a team would like to also thank our amazing parents and fans who have been so supportive and attentive over the season. You make the difference! Individually, I would like to extend my thanks to JV Coach Greg Thoma. It is difficult to find the caliber of expertise and experience that Coach Thoma brings to the program overall. He goes to great lengths to see to it that everyone on the team gets the attention and instruction they need to be successful for the year. He is an invaluable asset to our accomplishmeats and is deserving of all the recognition that could possibly be lauded upon him. Thanks, Greg! Remember that American Legion baseball season is just around the comer, and whether you are a player or a fan, you can catch some summer baseball by playing in or attending one of our games this coming season. Two area veterans, Roger Reese of Wilton and John Chevalier of Shevlin, reunited after 50 years By Darlene Sawyer Author Dianna Rayboum wrote, "Fate is by far the greatest mystery of all." Fate is credited for the reunion of two area veterans, Roger Reese of Wilton and John Chevalier of Shevlin, after 50 years. They were brought together one mornmg this past January through the efforts of Larry Shelquist of Clearbrook. U.S. Army veteran Larry Shelquist is an active member of the Clearwater County Historical Society at Shevlin. His friend, Clearwater County Commissioner John Chevalier of Shevlin, is also a member of the Clearwater County Historical Society. Larry said, "Recently, I was editor of Bemidji's VFW newsletter, to which Roger Reese contributes. Roger started talking about John Chevalier. He said that they had both enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at Fargo, N.D. in 1959 and had become acquainted at Fargo. Roger had not seen or heard from John in over 50 years." Here is the rest of the story: Roger Reese was born and raised in Crookston. After graduation from high school, he wandered around for a few months while trying to decide what to do with his life. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 4, 1959. Roger said, "I met John Chevalier for the first time at Fargo's Recruiting Station where he also was enlisting. We traveled by bus together to our basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. After basic training, we both attended the Air Force Technical School at Amarillo, Texas. Our specialty training was administrative, so both of us were in the same classes. Both of us came home on leave and then left together by car (John, I, and another friend) to San Francisco. The Air Force assigned and transported us to two different assignments; I went to Naha, Okinawa and John went to Kadena, Okinawa. We continued our friendship with phone calls and visits for the two years we were on assignment. Some of my duties at Naha included motor pool John Chevalier. administration such as typing, writing letters, maintaining letter and publication files." "After our two-year stint," continued Roger, "I returned home and that's when we lost touch because I was assigned to different air bases in the U.S. I continued my career in the Air Force that lasted for 35 years. During that time, I earned a degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where I was stationed. That led me to a career in OSI (Office of Special Investigation). I became a special agent investigator employed by the Air Force to handle all crimes occurring in the service such as suicides, rapes, robberies, homicides, etc. In 1976, my specialty was as a certified polygraph examiner which I did for over 20 years. I'm a believer in polygraph tests as an investigative tool. I got to travel throughout the world. I retired from the Air Force in 1982, but continued on with Civil Service performing the same jobs." During his military career, he met his wife Joan (whose career was nursing) and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently. They are parents to one son and two daughters. He added, "I credit my wife Joan for being a military wife because she provided stability for our family, as I was gone a lot. She retired in 2002 and we now live near Bemidji. I remain active in the Bemidji VFW, and that's where I met Larry Shelquist." John Chevalier of Shevlin was born in Bagley, attended his first three grades in the Trail School where he knew Glen Aaknus, John Erickson, and Gary Moy. He graduated in 1958 from Bagley High School, and worked as a ranch hand in Beach, N.D., for a few months after graduation. John said, "A bunch of us from this area went out there to work. I decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force in November 1959 at Fargo. That's where I met Roger Reese for the first time and we became friends. While stationed in Kadena, Okinawa, I decided to extend my service, so I was in the military for four years." At Kadena, John worked in air freight and hold baggage, where his duties were to hold and ship baggage for those rotating back to the U.S., and handled air freight for the Air Force to and from different places. "I had good duty," he said. John added, "I came back to Shevlin after my discharge and went back out to Beach to work for one year. After that, I worked on constructions crews and was a part of custom combine crews that went south. I also did pipeline work and sailed on the Great Lakes as part of a crew. From 1970-1972 I worked on the Great Lakes boats for two more years until I contracted tuberculosis. After that, I went to work at the Country Inn in Shevlin. Wayne and Jim Wilde asked me if I'd do their 1976 payroll until they could hire a bookkeeper. In February 2003, I retired from MasTec, after working for Wilde Construction and MasTec for 27 years." In 2007 John was elected as a Clearwater County Commissioner and also represents the County Board on the Lake Agassiz Library Board. He's also treasurer of the Lake Itasea Region Pioneer Farmers. John met his wife-to-be, Betty (Klingbeil), through friends in 1971. In 1972 they married and they continue to reside on their farm near Shevlin. He has enjoyed fairly good health until recently when he was diagnosed with painful shingles. He remains active in the Clearwater County Historical Society and the Pioneer Farmers. He is happy for the chance to reunite with his old military friend Roger Reese. He added, "Our first reunion meeting was great. In the near future, I'm going to get a hold of Roger and go out to supper and renew our friendship. Thanks to Larry Shelquist. Fate is a strange thing." Gov. Orville Freeman gives John Chevalier his diploma from Bagley High School. John Chevalier and Roger Reese reunited at a diner. John Chevalier wearing his dog tags from his service in the Air Force. Roger Reese in 1959. Roger Reese today, 2013 Custom-made DECALS Now at the Farmers Independent This is the graduating class of 1960 of the Air Force Technical School in Amarillo, Texas. Pictured in the front row (from left kneeling): Chevalier, Eucker, Vizzina, Ansalinger, Banks, Mcintyre; standing (from left): Reese, Slobednick, Almen, Smith, Schabb, Reitzel, McGruder, Garuto.