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Bemidji HS Saturday preview: Swimmers host True Team meet

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Bemidji High sports teams face another busy day today with three competing in major tournaments.

The fourth, the boys soccer team, is host to Moorhead in its final regular season game, trying to wipe out the memory of its worst performance of the season, an 8-0 setback at Moorhead.

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The swim team hosts the True Team Section meet starting with diving at 9:30 with the swim final beginning in the early afternoon.

The cross country and volleyball teams play in the Alexandria Invitationals, both facing major opposition .

The soccer team is 10-3-2, one of its better teams in recent years. The ten wins is twice as many as it registered in 2008.

Only three teams have scored more than three goals on the Jacks this year

But those three, Moorhead, Brainerd and Hibbing, accounted for 18 goals in those games the Jacks would like to forget.

They would like to end the year on an up note by holding Moorhead within reach if not pulling an upset.

The Spuds are 9-5-2, several of the losses coming against Twin Cities teams.

Their last loss was 2-1 to St. Cloud Tech, however, a team Bemidji beat by the same score.

Post season play begins Tuesday with the Jacks likely to be seeded in the middle of the pack.

The JV carries a 9-3-3 record to its finale.

Swim meet

The swimmers have never done well at the True Team meet where depth is as much a necessity as blue chip swimmers.

Bemidji has normally put its top performers among the top finishers but scored poorly with its second, third and fourth entrants.

This year it has better balance than in past years and could move up some but is not likely to challenge the top teams.

State power Maple Grove won last year's event for the second straight year, well ahead of Brainerd with Elk River, St. Cloud Tech and Buffalo all preceding Bemidji which finished ahead of Alexandria.

Bemidji is 4-2-1 in duals but has finished no higher than third in an major meet.

Seek improvement

The cross country teams will be looking to move up at Alexandria where the boys ended eighth in a 22-team field and the girls were 22 among 25 in 2008.

Both could move up rapidly, especially the girls, who have become highly competitive in area meets with their top six.

The boys have been running in a pack for the most part but lack the top leaders in Erik Truedson and Zac Oelrich they had last year.

Tough field

The volleyball team faces another strong field at Alex where they went 1-3 last year.

The win came over Wadena with losses to Alex, Wayzata and Perham, the Perham match in three sets.

Bemidji is grouped with Minnetonka, Renville County West and Rocori in its pool.

The other has Alex, Moorhead, Wadena and No. St. Paul.

Bemidji dropped to 17-3 Thursday losing a 3-1 match at Moorhead. Its also lost corner hitter Abby Hendricks who rolled an ankle in the second set. She will not play today. Her teammates will be expected to pick up the slack.

The B and C Teams will host their Invitationals today.

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