Bemidji HS Thursday preview: Girls soccer team home to face Grand Rapids
Another full day of action is on tap for Bemidji High sports teams with five of the seven varsities listed.
The girls soccer team takes the home spotlight, hosting Grand Rapids at 5 at the Middle School field.
The boys soccer team heads to Crookston trying to start an new win streak.
The volleyball team faces another major test at Red River while the cross country teams run at the Lucky Lindy Invitational at Little Falls.
And the tennis team is at Fergus Falls, replaying a rained out triangular with Moorhead as the third team.
The girls soccer team is looking to climb back over the .500 mark and move upward in the Lakes to Prairie Conference race.
They edged Hibbing 2-1 in their last start in a game not as close as the final score.
It ended a string o three straight shutouts that came after a 3-1 start.
Now 4-4, Bemidji is 2-0-1 in league play, its only loss to Crookston.
The Rapids has also had trouble scoring, hitting only twice after a 5-0 opening win over weak Eveleth-Gilbert, falling to Duluth Central 2-1 and Hermantown 6-1.
Bemidji won 2-1 last year on goals by Sarah Eaton and Bronwyn Boyd with Nicole Ramos getting 12 stops.
Bemidji shows a scoring balance with Erin Booth and Andrea Hanson showing six points and Caitlin Blotske and Boyd five. Ramos, as always, has been solid in the goal.
The B Team is 1-5-1, managing only one goal in its past five starts.
The boys need a win at Crookston to stay in contention both in the conference and Section 8A race.
DL took charge of both races Tuesday with its 3-2 win, out shooting Bemidji 27-15 and 9-4 in shots on goal.
Rylee Curb had both Bemidji tallies on breakaways to up his goals to 10 and his point total to 11. Max Hazelton had an assist, his fourth, to reach nine points on the year.
Kevin Larson will tend goal, backing a solid defense.
The B Team will be seeking another win, taking a 3-0-2 mark to its DL game as yet unreported.
The spikers will be out to repeat last year's 3-0 win over Red River here but can expect a tougher fight on the Grand Forks court.
Bemidji won a key match at DGF Tuesday, coming from behind 2-1 to pull out the final two sets, taking the deciding set 15-9.
It lifted the team to 8-2.
Tonight's match will end a long road siege for Bemidji which returns home to host Moorhead in a critical match Tuesday night.
Bemidji will use its size and depth with Kayla Hirt and Jess Yost as middle hitters, Kelsey Heisler and Abby Hendricks at the corners, Brooke Homer setting and Courtney Homer, Erika Weimann and Megan Wannebo in backcourt. Nicole McDonald and Allie Heifort provide further depth.
The JV will be out to rebound from its first loss, taking a 4-1 mark into play. The B Team stands 5-0.
Out to win
The tennis team is looking to snap back from its 4-3 upset loss to East Grand Forks Tuesday at Detroit Lakes.
It blanked the Lakers to go 2-1 in duals.
It played shorthanded Tuesday with Cortne Solberg missing due to illness and Kenzie Kane hampered by a wrist injury and playing doubles.
Coach Scott Engelstad hopes to have his regular lineup on the courts today.
That would find Jamie Hoffman, Cortne Solberg and Kenzie and Taylor Lane in singles.
Jess Solberg and Mackenzie Shultz would be at No. 1 doubles and Emma Nielsen and Haley Pollock at No. 2 with Katie Ditmanson, Anna Lintelmann and Amy Frosaker alternating at No. 3.
It could change depending on health issues. Kenzie Kane may stay in doubles to allow more time for her wrist to mend.
The netsters head to Hibbing Saturday for the Bluejackets Invitational.
Off to the Lindy
The cross country teams will face a stiff assignment at Little Falls where they run into many of the state and area's better teams at the Lucky Lindy.
Alexandria and Hopkins claimed the boys and girls titles last fall.
The boys finished sixth in a 12-team event last year while the girls were 12.
The boys hope to move up with better depth but lacking the high quality performers such as Erik Truedson and Zac Oelrich who have graduated.
Four starters from last year will be back on the course, John Buckanaga, Corey Huber, Dylan Jones and Alex Schoneberger.
They could be joined by Jake Urban, Andy Berube Devin Danielson or Dan Clemenson.
The girls return Kim Truedson who led the team at Little Falls last year plus Alex Lyren and Hana Felix who started, all three only sophs.
Bailey Drewes will be a key figure after winning the Greenwood Run in her last start. Freshman Amber Solheim should provide another solid performer.
Other action today sends the JV tennis team to Thief River for a dual and the freshman football team to Warroad.