A busy Thursday is in store for the Bemidji High School winter sports teams as the girls hockey and wrestling squads are at home while the boys basketball team and the swimmers take to the road.
The wrestlers, fresh off Tuesday's victories over Bertha-Hewitt and Alexandria, will entertain BGMR. The junior varsity matches will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity action will follow.
Bemidji's girls hockey team was a 2-0 victim at Grand Rapids-Greenway Tuesday and will try to snap a four-game losing streak when it entertains Crookston 7 p.m. today at Nymore Arena.
The swimmers, who lost 116-70 Tuesday at Detroit Lakes, will visit Moorhead while the boys basketball team makes the long trip to Cloquet.
Tuesday the Jacks cagers nipped Grand Rapids 63-58 in overtime in Bemidji.
The inability to finish scoring opportunities has hampered the girls hockey team all season and that problem has been evident during the current four-game losing skid.
During that span the Lumberjacks have managed only three goals and two of them came in a 3-2 loss at Cloquet. The backward streak also includes a 2-1 overtime loss to Sartell and 6-0 and 2-0 setbacks to Warroad and Grand Rapids.
"We haven't been able to play with a sense of urgency to score," said BHS coach Matt Menne. "We have to be willing to work harder in front of the net."
Scoring chances could be difficult to come by tonight as Crookston heads east with a 17-4 record. Among its victories is a 5-2 win over Bemidji in mid-December.
The wrestlers, who own a 9-5 dual record, will continue their successful campaign tonight and Lumberjacks coach Rance Bahr plans to test some of his younger wrestlers against BGMR's veterans.
The Gators are 13-6 in dual matches.
"Several of our younger wrestlers will get their home debut (tonight)," Bahr said. "Logan Crosby, Brian Maas and Brenden Fredricksen will sit to rest minor injuries butshould be back in action Saturday at Fergus Falls.
"That puts our younger wrestlers against some pretty stiff competition but it's pretty revealing of the character of your younger kids when as a coach you ask them if they want to wrestle one of the best kids in the state and the kid says 'Of course I do.'"
BGMR's lineup features three wrestlers ranked among the top-seven in Class A. Isaac Novacek is the top-rated wrestler at 112 as is heavyweight Alex Yeager. At 160, TeJay Wojochowski is ranked seventh.
"The kids are excited about being 9-5 right now," the coach said. "For the majority of the varsity wrestlers this is the best season, as a team, that any of them have been a part of."
The boys cagers continued their winning ways Tuesday when they nipped Grand Rapids in overtime and today the Jacks will shoot for their 14th victory in 15 starts at Cloquet.
Bemidji struggled from the field and from the free throw line Tuesday and their 63 points represented a season low.
Missed BHS charity tosses in the end of regulation enabled the Thunderhawks to tie the game but the Lumberjacks preserved the win by nailing their free throws in the extra session.
Cloquet is struggling this winter and will challenge Bemidji with a 4-9 record. Among its losses were an 81-33 setback to Grand Rapids and an 82-54 loss to Chisago Lakes in the season's first two games.
The Jacks own wins over both teams, defeating Grand Rapids Tuesday and stopping Chisago Lakes 67-53 during a holiday tournament.
The swimmers and divers visit Moorhead tonight and will battle the Spuds while in the midst of their late-season taper.
Tuesday at Detroit Lakes the Lumberjacks posted three event wins. Dylan Hoven captured the 50 free and Nick Nyberg won the 500 free. BHS also claimed the 200 free relay behind the efforts of Nick Gubbels, Tyler Hemp, Nyberg and Hoven.
Nyberg placed second in the 200 free as did Adam Falk in the 200 IM, Hoven in the 100 free, Hemp in the 100 back, Seth Olson in the 100 breast and the400 free relay team.