BHS Thursday preview: Jacks boys soccer team looks to rebound
Another busy day faces Bemidji High sports teams today with both soccer teams, both cross country teams and the volleyball team in action.
The boys soccer team has the home field advantage, hosting Crookston in a 4 p.m. contest at the Middle School. The JV game will follow at 6 with the visitors lacking enough players to stage the two games simultaneously.
The girls soccer team heads to East Grand Forks to take on the unbeaten Green Wave for the second time.
And the spikers face Grand Rapids in another major matchup.
The boys soccer team is looking to rebound from an 8-0 pasting at Moorhead Tuesday.
Bemidji is 7-4-1, allowing 18 of its 29 goals in three of the losses to Brainerd, Hibbing and Moorhead.
Bemidji won the first meeting at Crookston 3-0 allowing only eight shots on goal. That was the second of three shutouts posted by Kevin Larson in net for Bemidji.
Rylee Curb scored twice and Mike Burns once that afternoon .
The game is an important Lakes to Prairie contest for Bemidji which is seeking to stay within reach of Detroit Lakes in hopes the Lakers might stumble down the stretch. DL went 1-0-1 against Bemidji this fall and also against Crookston.
The JV brings a 7-2-3 mark to its game, also winning 3-0 at Crookston in its first meeting.
The girls gave East Side one of its better battles this year in their first meeting, losing here 4-1 though out shot 29-8.
East Side, however, was able to only put nine shots on goal with Nicole Ramos rejecting five.
But most of the game was played in the Wave's offensive zone. They have been pressed only by Moorhead in winning 14 straight.
They edged the Spuds 2-1 and 4-3 in their two meetings.
East Side has posted six shutouts and allowed five other teams one goal with Visitation and Moorhead registering three.
The contest again matches Bemidji against former assistant coach Jess (Bina) Krog and through the years has become an intense battle.
Bemidji is now 6-6-1 .
The girls head to Fergus Falls tomorrow to face Hillcrest Academy in another league game, one they figure to win.
Unlike the Comets boys team, the girls are composed mostly of area players and have seldom finished high in the conference. They lost to East Side 9-0 in their lone meeting.
The volleyball team, fresh from a comeback 3-2 win over Hibbing Tuesday, faces another major challenge at the Rapids which is 11-1 this season to Bemidji's 12-2.
Both have beaten Deer River in their only matches against common foes, Grand Rapids winning twice, once in a tournament.
Bemidji showed its character Tuesday, overcoming a 2-1 deficit by taking the final two sets 25-20, 15-9 with some strong offensive play at the net while adjusting in the late going to the power serves of Katie Lange.
The jump server proved almost unstoppable in the first three sets running off five aces in one service trip in Game 1.
It was Bemidji's second win over the Bluejackets this year, a rare feat.
GR has yet to be extended, losing one set on only four occasions but never two.
Coach Teresa Colligan will rotate Kayla Hirt and Jess Yost in the middle. Abby Hendricks, and Kelsey Heisler at the corners, Brooke Homer as setter and Ericka Weimann. Courtney Homer and Megan Wannebo in back court.
She also dressed five JV players for the varsity game Tuesday.
The JV brings a 7-2 mark to its game, The B Team is 8-1 and the freshmen 5-3-2.
Seek high finish
Both cross country teams will be seeking high finishes at Fergus Falls in the John Hermes Invitational.
The girls were eighth last fall but seem a vastly stronger team this time around.
The boys bypassed last year's meet to run in the Roy Griak Invitational at Minneapolis. That meet was held last Saturday this year to conflict with the Milaca meet.
The boys took eighth in the Class 4A meet while the girls were13 but probably were one or two places higher due to a scoring errors.
Amber Solheim's finish was not recorded after finishing third among the girls entered.
And Jenna Truedson, who would have been second or third had she run, took part instead in the girls 7th Grade race which she won.
She is likely the first Bemidji runner to ever claim an individual title at the meet, formerly the Princeton Invitational.
She will be back with the varsity today with Kim Truedson, Bailey Drewes, Solhejm, Alex Lyren and Hana Felix rounding out the top six joined by Chelsea Johnson or Betsy Richards.
Te boys continued to bunch at Milaca with the top five finishing between 31-58 in a field of 112.
Devin Danielson, who ran the sophomore race and Dylan Jones are expected back with the varsity today .
They will join Alex Schoneberger, Dan Clemenson, Andy Berube, John Buckanaga and Jake Urban.
The sophs finished a strong sixth at Milaca and the JV was 10th.
The freshman also competed but those results were never received. The girls had no full teams beneath the varsity level.
Other events today have Roseau here to face the JV tennis team and the freshman football squad at Detroit Lakes.