The fall sports programs at Bemidji High School hit high gear in September and the month’s action begins today when the volleyball team hosts Thief River Falls, the girls soccer squad entertains East Grand Forks and the boys soccer team visits Grand Rapids.
The tennis team has the home court advantage Wednesday when East Grand Forks heads east while the boys soccer and volleyball teams are home Thursday and the girls soccer squad travels to Crookston.
Friday’s schedule sees the cross country teams hosting an invitational at Greenwood Golf Course and the football team heading to Duluth Denfeld.
On Saturday the swimmers stage an invitational and the boys and girls soccer teams host St. Cloud Cathedral.
The new-look Lumberjacks had their first test Friday at Moorhead and were one holding penalty away from stopping the defending Section 8-5A champions on their home field.
A 17-yard touchdown pass from James Hendricks to Jaylen Ingalls with 4.5 seconds to play was negated because of an offensive holding penalty called on the BHS line – the only offensive holding penalty whistled on either team during the game.
On the final play Hendricks was sacked and the Spuds hung on for a 34-30 victory.
Hendricks completed six of his 11 passes for 97 yards. His favorite receiver was Ingalls who caught four of the passes for 74 yards. Alex Fenson grabbed the other two.
Brady Schmidt paced the ground game with 99 yards on eight carries. Tanner Boes had 49 yards on 12 runs while Hendricks gained 40 yards on seven rushes.
Collectively Bemidji’s runners gained 192 yards on 37 runs.
Moorhead collected 107 yards through the air and 274 yards on the ground.
Denfeld opened Friday with a 47-0 loss at Monticello.
The Lumberjacks will open their home season Sept. 14 against Duluth East.
Busy home schedules
The boys soccer team took full advantage of its three-game homestand to begin the year, stopping Little Falls 5-1 and Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and Detroit Lakes by 2-1 scores.
Today the Jacks will have their first road test as they battle Grand Rapids at 7 p.m.
Isak Sommer scored both goals against Detroit Lakes while Joel Johannsen and Asa Erickson had the assists.
Alex Schussman has a team-high four goals and an assist for five points. Isaac Erickson has two goals and three assists.
The girls are 3-1, the lone loss a 3-0 decision at Park of Cottage Grove.
The wins have come at the expense of Little Falls (5-0), WHA (10-0) and Detroit Lakes (2-1).
Today’s opponent, East Grand Forks, is 3-0-1. It owns wins over St. John’s Prep (6-4), St. Cloud Apollo (4-3) and WHA (16-1) and a 3-3 tie against Fergus Falls.
The volleyball team will take a 2-0 record into today’s 7:15 p.m. contest against Thief River Falls. The Prowlers also are 2-0 with 3-0 wins over Little Falls and Roseau on their resume.
The Lumberjacks opened with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-19 win at Perham and last week belted Detroit Lakes 25-20, 25-12, 25-19.
The tennis squad is 1-0 in dual action and also was first in the season-opening Pine City Invitational and second of five teams at last week’s tournament in Brainerd.
BHS was originally scheduled to have the week off but when EGF couldn’t make it to last week’s meet the Green Wave and Bemidji rescheduled the appearance for 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.
The cross country teams have been off since Aug. 27 when the boys took first and the girls fourth at the Shocky Strand Invitational in Moorhead.
Friday’s home meet, which starts at 4 p.m., will be the first of three competitions hosted by Greenwood Golf Course this fall. Bemidji’s second home meet will be the regular-season finale on Oct. 16 and nine days later the Lumberjacks will host the Section 8-2A meet.
The swim team will begin Saturday’s home invitational at noon. Among the teams expected to compete are Detroit Lakes, Mesabi East, Warroad, Moorhead, Willmar, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Grand Forks Red River, Grand Forks Central and Roseau.
The Jacks are coming off last week’s 95-90 dual meet win at Brainerd. BHS needed to finish first and third in the final 400 free relay race to claim the win and did exactly that.
Earlier this fall Bemidji was second of seven teams at the Willmar Invitational.