Bemidji High School will experience its fullest single day of the winter season today with all nine teams seeing action.
Five will be in tournaments throughout the state.
The other four are the hockey and basketball teams.The hockey teams are both home with their games shifted from Nymore Gardens to the John Glas Fieldhouse due to equipment failure with the Nymore ice making system.
The girls will open the day at BSU at 11 facing the St. Cloud Icebreakers.
The boys will follow at 6 against St. Cloud Cathedral after the BSU-Mankato women's game at 3:07.
The boys JV game will remain at Nymore starting at 3:45.
The girls basketball team heads to Willmar for a key meeting with the unbeaten Cardinals at 3.
The boys are at Moorhead at 2:30 for the first of their two meetings this winter.
The girls hockey team will be facing one of its top opponents of the year in the Icebreakers, bolstered this year by the addition of St. Cloud Tech players when the Tigers program folded for lack of participation.
The team is leading the CLC at 6-0 and is 10-3 overall, losing to Wright County, Hopkins and East Grand Forks.
Bemidji holds wins over Wright County 4-3 and East Side 3-0. Both have beaten Fergus Falls and River Lakes, Bemidji by wider margins.
It is currently ranked 13th in the state.
Last year Bemidji beat the Icebreakers 4-1 and edged Tech 3-2. Together, they figure to be a stronger target.
Maria Thompson should be in goal today. Bemidji has shown good scoring balance from its top two lines of late plus getting 25 points from the defense.
Bemidji is 10-3 opening the new year.
First time foe
The boys will be facing Cathedral for the first time. The Crusaders are usually a top challenger in 8A. They are 7-3 in the early going this year and rated sixth In the state Class A poll.
Bemidji takes an 8-5 mark into play, winning its last three starts including Thursday's 4-0 decision at Crookston. They have met no common opponents.
Miah Graves will be back in the net tonight.
Jesse Nemgar and Rylee Curb, now leading separate lines, remain the scoring leaders but the third line has also become productive and the defense remains strong giving up only 24 goals in its 13 games. Five have been shutouts and three others one-goal games.
The JV will seek its 13th win in 14 starts after also blanking Crookston 4-0.
The girls basketball team faces another top test at Willmar where the Cardinals are 9-0 and ranked fourth in the state 3A ratings.
Bemidji is sixth at 8-1 after belting Detroit Lakes 74-32 Thursday. The pair have yet to meet a common foe.
Freshman Jess Yost had her finest night in that game with 19 points while Kayla Hirt added 16. Neither played the final 12 minutes as the starters said sayonara early with a 40-point lead.
Kelsey Heisler, Abby Hendricks, Erika Weimann and Megan Huseby will join Hirt in the starting cast.
The B Team is 3-5 and the freshmen 4-3.
Bemidji won last year's meeting here 71-50 with Hirt netting 28.
Arch rivals meet
The boys face the arch rival Spuds in what is always a fierce battle.
Last year, the two teams split, Bemidji winning 64-58 in the first game and Moorhead 63-53 in the second.
The Jacks are 5-3 after a win at Crookston that snapped a three-game skid.
Moorhead is 2-4 with one loss by one point and another by three and always dangerous on its home court.
Like the girls they have met no common opponents.
The Spuds will be without their long-time coach Chuck Gulsvig who retired after 27 seasons to enter private business.
Bemidji will hope to run and gun and hold their own off the boards against the taller home team.
Carey Woods and Ryan Rude continue to pace the offense with Grant Richardson, Dan Frost and Czar Woods completing the starting cast.
The B Team takes a 5-3 mark to its game with the freshmen 0-5.
Both usually find themselves matched up a notch against the Spuds, meeting the JV and sophomores, especially at home since the Spuds do not travel with a freshman team.