The Bemidji High School Nordic ski teams tuned for next week's Section 8 meet at Camp Ripley by hosting Detroit Lakes, Trek North and Deer River at the North Star Invitational Tuesday at Itasca State Park.
"It was a beautiful day for skiing," said BHS coach Mark Walters. "It was cool and the sun was shining. The kids skied well. I'm pleased with the way they competed."
Bemidji captured both varsity races. In the boys event the Lumberjacks nipped Detroit Lakes 382-380. Trek North was third with 351 and Deer River competed with an incomplete squad.
Jake Richards of Detroit Lakes was the overall winner with a time of 21:48 over the 6.3-kilometer classical course.
BHS was led by Tony Sagedahl who was third in 23:00. Kyle Sagedahl placed fourth in 23:05 while Adam Holster was seventh in 24:11 and Eli Rassler eighth in 24:50.
In the girls varsity race the Jacks captured the title with 377 and Trek North was second with 372. Detroit Lakes claimed third with 366.
Summer Ellefson of a home school near Park Rapids took the individual honors in 24:22. Bemidji's top individual performance was posted by Bailey Drewes who was third in 26:02. Laura Yourd placed fifth (28:00), Morgan Sagedahl ninth (29:11) and Alicia Papke-Larson 10th (30:15).
The Jacks also claimed the top six places in the boys junior varsity race but was nipped by Detroit Lakes in the girls JV competition.
North Star Invitational
Itasca State Park
Bemidji 382, Detroit Lakes 380, Trek North 351, Deer River incomplete
1-Richards (DL) 21:48
Bemidji's results: 3-T.Sasgedahl 23:00; 4-K.Sagedahl 23:05; 7-Holter 24:11; 8-Rassler 24:50; 9-J.Buckanaga 25:00; 14-T.Buckanaga 26:30; 15-Berube 26:33; 17-Asper 27:75
Trek North results: 6-Merhar 23:16; 12-Gustafson 25:43; 13-Nisley 25:55; 22-Larue 28:59; 23-Smith 29:58; 24-Simpson 30:11
Bemidji 377, Trek North 372, Detroit Lakes 366, Deer River incomplete
1-Ellefson (Ellefson Home School) 24:22
Bemidji's results: 3-Drewes 26:02; 5-Yourd 28:00; 9-Sagedahl 29:11; 10-Papke-Larson 30:15; 14-Johnson 30:41; 16-Thorson 31:15; 18-Brokl 32:25; 19-Heisler 33:12
Trek North results: 4-Bakker 26:52; 15-Lash 30:48; 20-Roen 33:28; 21-Treuer 33:48; 22-Hawkins 33:49
Boys Junior Varsity
Bemidji 394, Detroit Lakes 187
1-Sweep (B) 26:08
Other Bemidji: 2-Molnar 26:30; 3-Hewitt 28:23; 4-Armstrong 28:34; 5-Wednchuk 28:58; 6-Chatterton 29:14; 9-Trudeau 30:48; 10-Conner 32:01; 11-Zaccigino 39:18
Girls Junior Varsity
Detroit Lakes 386, Bemidji 383, Deer River 95
1-Langworthy (DL) 32:12
Bemidji's results: 2-Scholl 33:13; 4-Connell 34:35; 7-Mangiamele 36:01; 8-Olson 36:34; 10-Erdmann 49:30; 11-Tix 55:30