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Lumberjack girls, boys open year at Little Falls

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Bemidji High School soccer teams open their seasons today at Little Falls. The girls will begin the day with a noon game while the boys will take the pitch at 2 p.m.

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"We need to be ready to go," said BHS boys coach Rick Toward. "Little Falls has a first-team All-State returning player in Grant Bell and if we want to stop him we can't be in pre-season form. We have to be ready to play our best."

Toward has spent much of the past two weeks testing his personnel at different positions and searching to put the best people in the best spots on the field. Today and Saturday, when the Lumberjacks visit Hillcrest Academy, Toward will learn if the lineup experiments have been successful.

"Perennially it seems that the conference championship has come down to Hillcrest and Bemidji," Toward said. "Last year we lost two conference games and both of them were to Hillcrest."

Saturday's game is very important because whichever team loses will face an uphill struggle the rest of the way."

The girls squad returns most of last year's roster but many of the girls are young academically.

"We have another young team but quite of few of last year's freshmen and sophomores return with an extra year of experience and confidence," said BHS coach Kelly Schoonover.

"We had only a handful of seniors last year so we didn't have many positions that needed to be filled."

Bemidji will make its home debut 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The girls squad returns most of last year's roster but many of the girls are young academically.

"We have another young team but quite of few of last year's freshmen and sophomores return with an extra year of experience and confidence," said BHS coach Kelly Schoonover.

"We had only a handful of seniors last year so we didn't have many positions that needed to be filled."

Bemidji will make its home debut 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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