The Bemidji girls tennis team made the most of its first home appearance Tuesday as the Lumberjacks swept a triangular with Detroit Lakes and Crookston.
BHS blanked Detroit Lakes 7-0 and stopped the Pirates 6-1. More importantly, the girls played well in both matches.
"We took care of business in singles and we saw many good things with our doubles teams," said BHS coach Mark Fodness.
"Crookston padded its doubles teams and I was anxious to see how we would do. We played well and those performances will give us more insight into our lineup options."
Emma Nielsen and Katie Ditmanson handled the first doubles duties against Crookston and rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, (7-40 win. At second doubles Hailey Pollock and MaKenzie Schultz prevailed 6-2, 7-5.
Bemidji's lone loss came at third doubles where Claire Baumgartner and Francesca Huerd fell 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), (7-5).
In singles action the Jacks were not tested. Cortne Solberg coasted 6-0, 6-0 at first, Jessica Solberg duplicated that score at second, Amy Frosaker was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at third and Claudia Bellew breezed to a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at fourth.
The Detroit Lakes match followed a similar script. Cortne Solberg won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Frosaker blitzed her opponent 6-2, 6-2 at second, Bellew was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at third and Huerd won 6-1, 6-0 at fourth.
Nielsen and Ditmanson combined for a 6-0, 6-2 victory at first doubles, Pollock and Schultz won 6-1, 6-2 at second and Jenna Lee teamed with Baumgartner for a 6-1, 6-0 decision at third.
"Tuesday's lineups were about putting different people in different positions on the court and having them compete for spots," Fodness said. "We're looking to see where all of the pieces of our lineup puzzle fit."
The experiment will continue Thursday when Bemidji will close its abbreviated home season against Thief River Falls. The match is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.
Bemidji had no trouble topping Warroad-Roseau as the Jacks breezed to a 126-60 victory Tuesday at the BHS pool.
After consecutive meets without much individual advancement in terms of times coach Scott Leindecker was waiting for his athletes to make their moves.
And that happened Tuesday.
"We popped some good swims that will be competitive in the section," Leindecker said. "We had some break-out performances."
Included in that category, according to Leindecker, were the swims of Laura Yourd in the 200 free, Erin Arndt in the 100 back, Maris Jahner in the 100 free and Kayla Hewitt who won the junior varsity 100 back in 1:16.10.
Yourd placed second in the 200 free (2:12.34), Arndt was second in the 100 back (1:13.20) and Jahner captured the 100 free (59.45).
Other event winners were the 200 medley relay foursome of Alicia Papke-Larson, Steph Frey, Jahner and Danielle Hoven (2:03.84), Jahner in the 200 IM (2:31.63), Frey in the 50 free (25.97), Jana Hedstrom in diving (195.65), Lexie Hendricks in the 500 free (5:53.31), the 200 yard free relay team of Kenzie Timms, Hoven, Dani Luby and Jahner (1:50.74), Frey in the 100 back (1:09.96), Timms in the 100 breast stroke (1:19.73) and the 400 free relay team of Yourd, Luby, Arndt and Papke-Larson (4:07.24).
"I was impressed with how we competed, especially considering that we swam out of our events," Leindecker said. "We mixed the lineup to see how the kids will do in different events. We swam out of our comfort zone but we still had a good night."
A few weeks ago the Bemidji girls soccer team lost 6-0 at Moorhead. Tuesday the teams staged the rematch in Bemidji and BHS coach Kelly Schoonover was very pleased with what she saw.
"We lost 1-0 but the girls had a fantastic performance," Schoonover said. "Sometimes the outcome doesn't reflect how a team played. As a coach this was a game that was fun to watch because it showed the improvement the girls have made."
The Lumberjacks battled Moorhead to a 0-0 draw until the final 12 minutes when the visitors scored off a rebound. Bemidji had two strong scoring chances in the final six minutes but on both occasions Caitlin Blotske was denied with shots that were labeled for the corner.
Freshman Casey Palmer had 23 saves in the Bemidji net while the BHS offense fired nine shots.
"When we played at Moorhead Casey played her first game in the net and today you could see the improvement she has made," Schoonover said. "It's nice to have a young goalkeeper like Casey who has already improved so much and will only continue to get better."
The Jacks, 5-6, visit East Grand Forks Thursday and head to St. Cloud Apollo Saturday.
The top two teams in the north half of the section met Tuesday at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and for the second time this fall HLA tipped the Bemidji boys soccer team 2-1.
"Hillcrest is a good team and we knew it would be a battle,"
said Jacks coach Rick Toward whose team saw its eight-game unbeaten streak snapped.
"Hillcrest was a better team today than when we played them earlier this year and so were we. But we just came up a little short."
The home team scored 14 minutes into the game and again at the 30-minute mark. Bemidji tallied its lone goal at the 76-minute mark when Kyle Fodness found the net on a penalty kick.
Carl Graefe stopped eight shots while Bemidji's offense managed five shots.
"We had a good run with eight straight unbeaten games and we're ready to start a new streak," Toward said.
That opportunity will come Thursday when BHS hosts Hibbing at 5 p.m.
Bemidji cross country coach Ryan Aylesworth rested his top 10 varsity boys and girls runners Tuesday when the Lumberjacks competed at Bagley.
With the giant Roy Griak Invitational looming Saturday in Minneapolis Aylesworth wanted to keep his varsity athletes fresh.
"I also wanted to give the other kids some experience at the varsity level," Aylesworth said of Tuesday's lineups.
"I thought everyone who ran did a nice job."
In the varsity boys race Bemidji finished third in the 12-team field with 98 points. Thief River Falls won with 28 and Bagley-Fosston was eighth with 196.
Bryon Schuldt of Nevis was the overall winner with a time of 16:27.40. Bemidji's top runner was Matt Glen who placed eighth in 18:11.25. Thomas Revering was 20th in 18:30.93, Trent Buckanaga 27th in 18:39.34 and Tanner Asper 29th in 18:44.01.
Also competing for the Jacks were Adam Lewis in 33rd (18:48.81), Kyle Sagedahl in 35th (18:50.27) and Tony Sagedahl in 37th (18:51.74).
Corin Davies finished 10th for Bagley-Fosston in 18:12.24.
The top Trek North runner was Alex Mendieta who was 46th in 19:04.38.
In the girls varsity race Sarah Heisler was Bemidji's top runner as she placed 47th (18:42.89). Nicole Erdmann was 51st (19:05.74), Emily Olson 80th (21:27.60), Amber Solheim 82nd (21:38.51) and Tessa Richards 85th (23:41.78).
Marissa Carlson paced Bagley-Fosston with a 23rd-place finish (17:22.66).
Leading Trek North were Rachel Lash in 53rd (19:09.81) and Hannah Lash in 54th (19:10.25).
Bemidji finished last in the team competition with 299 while Trek North was 10th with 281.