Four Bemidji High winter sports teams are in action today.
The girls hockey team has the home spotlight, hosting powerful Warroad at 7:30 at the John Glass Fieldhouse.
The boys hockey team heads to Thief River while the wrestlers face Grand Rapids on the Thunderhawks mats and the ski teams race at Mt Itasca. The last is an added event replacing Saturday's Montebello Relays which have been cancelled due to a lack of snow.
The likelihood of them being rescheduled is remote.
The girls hockey game will match two of northern Minnesota's top teams.
Last year the girls fell to Warroad twice 3-2 and 4-1 and will be looking to turn the tables on the 8A champions.
Bemidji reached 8-1 Tuesday with a 5-2 comeback win at Crookston.
Warroad is 7-0 after belting Thief River 12-0 Tuesday.
Tonight's preliminary will match the Warroad JV against Bemidji's 14-U team. That unit played Tuesday's preliminary and bowed 2-0 at Crookston with the second goal into an empty net.
Out to end slide
The boys lost all three games to Thief River last year for perhaps the only time in history.
The Prowlers won the two regular season games 2-1 and 3-1 and ousted the Jacks in the section semifinals 6-1.
Rylee Curb scored the lone goal in the first game and Jesse Nemgar was the scorer in games 2 and 3.
They will both back on the ice tonight.
It will be home coming, of sorts, for Bemidji Coach Wade Chiodo, a TRF graduate as are fellow Jacks coaches Scott Engelstad and Pete Sullivan,
The Jacks fell to Warroad 6-3 Tuesday to drop to 3-2 on the year.
Thief River has won its last four after dropping its season opener 5-3 to Roseau. Bemidji also lost to the Rams by two goals 2-0.
Injuries hit matmen
The injury-riddled wrestling team will be a heavy underdog at the Rapids tonight.
Bemidji took 12th place at last week's Paul Bunyan Invitational at Brainerd where Grand Rapids finished sixth with 117 points to Bemidji's 62.
Worse yet, the Jacks lost two of their 14 wrestlers to injuries, neither of whom is expected back until January.
The Rapids won here last year 40-31 with an 8-6 match split including one forfeit.
Bemidji took a 9-0 lead in the first two matches, but fell behind quickly in the middle weights and never made up the difference.
Colton Doty, Corey Huber and Alex Johnson posted pins and Jake Crosby won a decision.
Doty was one of the two to go down at Brainerd, suffering the reoccurrence of a shoulder injury in his opening match.
Logan Crosby withdrew after five matches with a rib cage injury forfeiting his fifth place match. Neither will wrestle tonight or at Saturday's Frazee team tournament.
They join a growing injury list that already includes starter Kodi Craft plus Tanner Conley and Brian Maas.
Coach Rance Bahr will go tonight with:
103-Nick Ness; 112-Gary Molash; 119-Kade Johnson; 125-Jake Crosby; 130-Craig Maas; 135-Cody Thoring; 140-Dale Norton; 145-Drew Peterson; 152-Cody Gardner, 160-Nick Conner; 171-Logan Knutson; 189-Corey Huber; 215-Brenden Fredrickson; Hwt.-Alex Johnson.
Huber took second, Norton fourth Logan and Jake Crosby sixth and Alex Johnson seventh at Brainerd.
Kade Johnson, Jake Crosby, Maas, Norton, Gardner, Huber and Alex Johnson won in the opening 49-27 win over Roseau.
The remainder of the small squads will wrestle exhibitions tonight.
Grand Rapids had a champion in Zac Bainville at 135 and runners-up in Tyler Jobe at 125 and Jamison Evans at 160 at the Brainerd meet.
New meet added
Mt. Itasca once again has emerged as a salvation site for area ski teams who have been patiently awaiting the arrival of snow.
Brainerd ,Deer River and Grand Rapids have joined Bemidji in seeking a snowfall that would enable them to take to the trails for practice and meets.
But the Coleraine site makes artificial snow and its trails are open and groomed.
Most of the northern teams should take part in today's meet.
The 5k freestyle event will be the same as the opening Ely meet last weekend where Bemidji took third in the girls meet and fifth in the boys, one that drew seven full teams and 4-5 partials.
The girls varsity will leave the starting line at noon and the boys at 12:30 with the girls JV at 1 and the boys at 1:30.
Coach Mark Walters will go with Matt Lee, Adam Holter, Tony and Kyle Sagedahl, Lucas Brokl, Sam Dwyer and Eli Rassler in the boys division.
Bailey Drewes, Laura Yourd, Molly Manske, Alicia Papke-Larson and Tiffany Mason will ski the girls varsity race.
The Sagedahl twins will move up from the JV for this race. The girls quintet will be same that skied at Ely .
The boys JV will go with Matt Chatterton, Zach Hewitt, Carl Graefe, Andy B rube, John and Trent Buckanaga and Tanner Asper, the Buckanagas making their first start.
The girls will ski Kim Truedson, Kris Lengerhuis and Anna Mangiamele. They entered no JV team at Ely.
There also be junior high 3.5k races.