Four Bemidji High school sports teams in action today
Four Bemidji High sports teams will be in action today but only one will be at home.
That one will be the boys soccer team which hosts Brainerd at 11 a.m. at the Middle School field.
The girls soccer team heads to Fergus Falls while the cross country squads run at Alexandria and the volleyball team treks to the Perham Invitational.
The boys are coming off another disappointing loss to WHA Thursday, losing on a penalty kick 2-1 in the late going while out shooting the Wolves 26-7. In their first meeting they out shot WHA 24-10 and lost 3-0 at Walker.
Brainerd will prove a far stronger team than WHA, bringing an 8-3-2 record after falling to Apollo Thursday 2-1.
Apollo holds one of the two earlier victories over the Warriors 2-0 early in the year. The other came even earlier 4-1 to Willmar.
One of the wins was a 7-4 decision over Bemidji in their first meeting. The two ties were against Fergus Falls which spilled Bemidji 3-1.
On the other hand, Brainerd had problems beating Detroit Lakes 3-0, a team Bemidji squelched twice 8-1 and 5-0.
It will take a major effort today to upset the visitors but it is not out of reach.
Bemidji will have to work the ball in for closer shots today than it did Thursday when Walker clogged the box on defense and prevented penetration.
The lone Bemidji goal came off a triple header from a corner kick.
Brainerd made seven goals off 15 shots on goal in the first game. Drew Baker scored twice and Corban McKain and Mike Rees once for the Jacks.
The B Team will take a 3-9-2 mark to its game, beating Walker for the second time Thursday 5-0.
The Jacks close their regular season Tuesday at Crookston with a chance to regain second in the Lakes to Prairie Conference with a win should WHA bow to Hillcrest.
The girls are also coming off a disappointing performance at Detroit Lakes where they bowed 3-0 after tying the Lakers 0-0 in their first game here. It dropped Bemidji to 5-9-1 on the year and wiped out any hopes of finishing at .500. They close with Grand Rapids here Monday.
Bemidji won 3-0 over the Otters here last year as Stephanie Reynolds faced only two shots.
The Otters are 4-10-1 this year losing to Moorhead 4-0, DL 2-1 St. Cloud Tech 2-1, Brainerd 3-0, EGF 2-0 and tying Apollo 2-2.
Those scores are fairly comparable to Bemidji's results with the same teams. It shapes up as a fairly even game.
Bemidji will have to step up its attack which has been sporadic save for games with Crookston and Hillcrest In 12 other games the team has managed only eight goals and been blanked six times.
The girls B Team takes a 7-3-4 record to its game, clinching the conference title Thursday with a 2-2 tie at DL. Except for Moorhead and Brainerd, however, it has been in close contention in every game
The cross country teams will be seeking improvement today at Alex against the strongest field they will face this year.
Their main goal will be improvement. For last year the boys were 13 among 21 teams and the girls 16 among 18.
For the large field includes such high rated boys teams as Willmar (1), Moorhead (6), Brainerd (7), Stillwater (8) and Roseville (9) and girls team such as Chaska (1), Marshall (2), Prior Lake (6) and Roseville (10).
There will be six events beginning at 10:30 with the junior high races. They will be followed by JV events with the two varsity races to close the day.
Bemidji will go with much the same lineups as it used at Thief River Falls. Jessie Lovering will head the girls' cast with Jill Smith, Stephanie Marsh, Ashley Erickson, Hannah Wangberg, Jenny Lovering and Ali Hougen. The last two ran with the JV at TRF when Coach Dennis Bartz limited his varsity to five runners.
The boys will be led by Derek Smith, Waylon Manske, Andrew Papke-Larson, Rob Jenson, Erik Truedson, Nick Hudson and Jake Sorby who all ran in the top 12 at TRF with Smith trailing only Moses Hoeppner of Warroad.
The boys will be without Jared Davis for the next several meets but hope to regain his services for the regional. James Powell is also making rapid progress from an injury that sidelined him much of the year but will remain with the JV for today's race
Bemidji runs at the St. Cloud Tech Invitational Tuesday and closes with the Bemidji Invitational the following Tuesday.
The volleyball team faces another major challenge at the Perham meet where it went 2-2 last year, taking third place in the Silver division after splitting its two matches in pool play.
It pushed Perham to three sets and won a 2-1 victory over Thief River. In the Silver bracket it lost to Fisher-Climax 2-0 but beat Underwood 2-1 for third.
Bemidji takes a 13-6 record into play after a hard fought 3-0 win over Fergus Falls Tuesday. Fergus rebounded to spank Brainerd Thursday 3-0.
Bemidji took third in the Gold bracket at last weekend's Virginia tournament, losing only to champion Carlton 2-1 in the semifinals.
The Perham meet will also have four three-team pools with the first, second and third place finishers advancing to the four-team Gold, Silver and Bronze Divisions for the afternoon.
Coach Teresa Colligan will continue to use most of her 12-player cast throughout the day.