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This week at Bemidji High School: It's back to play for BHS squads

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The holiday break is over and the Bemidji High School winter sports teams all are busy this week, especially the boys basketball team which will be home today, Friday and Saturday.

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The boys hockey team will also be home tonight while the other home event this week will come Thursday as the boys swimmers and divers entertain Grand Rapids.

Boys BB team entertains Pirates

Bemidji's boys cagers begin a three-game homestand 7:30 p.m. today when Crookston comes to town.

Friday sees the Jacks hosting Brainerd and Saturday they will entertain Moorhead.

BHS will take a 7-0 record into tonight's action. During the holiday break the Lumberjacks captured the title at the Chisago Lakes Invitational, downing the home team 67-53 and cruising past St. Paul Highland Park 92-54.

Cody Rutledge and Ryan Rude each scored 19 points in the win over Highland Park and joining them in double figures were Carey Woods with 18 and Mitch Brown with 16.

Crookston is 4-3 with wins over Norman County West, Warroad, Kittson County Central and WAO. The losses have come to Perham, Pelican Rapids and Thief River Falls, the latter a 47-28 decision.

Brainerd has struggled this winter and was 1-5 heading into tonight's game against Moorhead. The Warriors opened their season with a 53-50 double-overtime win over St. Cloud Tech but has since lost to Alexandria, Moorhead, Willmar, St. Michael and Roseville.

Moorhead entered the week 5-0 in games reported. Its victims have been Alexandria, Fargo South, Thief River Falls, Brainerd and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

Boys hockey team hosts Tech

Bemidji will take a 9-1-1 record into today's 7:30 p.m. game against St. Cloud Tech at Nymore Arena. On Saturday the team heads to Paynesville to face Rocori.

BHS is coming off a 2-1 performance at the holiday tournament in Duluth. The Jacks opened with a 4-3 loss to Cloquet but bounced back to thump Andover 6-2 and blank New Prague 4-0.

Steven Heller leads a balanced offense with five goals and 14 points. John Forseth has 13 points while Matt Serratore and Max Hazelton have 12 and Easton Halbert, Jordan Heller and Tyler Follis have 11 points.

Hazelton's eight goals are team-high as are his three power-play tallies while Serratore and Follis each have seven goals.

Jeremiah Graves has four shutouts in his 10 starts and has compiled an 8-1-1 record. He enters this week's action with a 1.28 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.

Ben Schram handled the net in the win over Andover.

Skiers head to Detroit Lakes

The BHS ski teams will travel to Detroit Lakes today and Giant's Ridge on Saturday. The girls were fourth at Friday's six-team Brainerd Invitational while the boys placed third in the six-team field.

Bailey Drews was Bemidji's top finisher in the girls race as the senior completed the 3-km classical and 3-km skating course in 27:51. Laura Yourd, Kim Truedson and Alicia Papke-Larson also competed for the Jacks.

In last week's boys race, Kyle Sagedahl was Bemidji's top finisher and he was followed by Tony Sagedahl, Adam Holter and Sam Dwyer.

In the middle school race at Brainerd Morgan Sagedahl won the girls meet in 14:30. Jenna Truedson was fourth (15:23) and Anna Erickson 29th (19:04). Josh Claussen captured the boys race in 13:35. Austin Chatterton was ninth in 14:31, Sam Sharpe 13th in 15:28, Kyle Johnson 21st in 17:28 and Donny Letson 27th in 19:52.

Swimmers return home Thursday

Bemidji's boys swimmers and divers will shoot for their third dual victory in as many starts Thursday when they host Grand Rapids.

The Lumberjacks are coming off a fourth-place showing at last week's Brainerd Invitational. In that meet Dylan Hoven won the 50 free and 100 free and also swam a leg in the wining 200 free relay. Joining him in that race were Tyler Hemp, Nick Nyberg and Adam Falk.

Girls basketball visits Detroit Lakes

The girls basketball team has been off since splitting a pair of games at the Albert Lea Invitational Dec. 27-28. After losing to Hayfield the Jacks belted Albert Lea 63-45 to improve to 3-5.

Detroit Lakes is 3-4 and plays Park Rapids tonight. The Lakers have defeated DGF, Wadena-DC and Moorhead but have lost to TRF, Pequot Lakes, Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls.

Wrestlers compete at Hibbing Inv.

The wrestlers will open the two-day Hibbing Invitational Friday against Chisago Lakes. BHS was seeded fifth in the eight-team field while Chisago Lakes was ranked fourth.

Other first-round matchups pit No. 1 Centennial against No. 8 Virginia, No. 2 Princeton against No. 7 Nashwauk and No. 3 Hibbing against No. 6 Deer River.

The opening-round winners will then be placed in the same pool and play a round-robin tournament. The opening-round losers will form their own pool and do likewise.

Among the wrestlers expected to see duty at Hibbing is Craig Maas at 130. In his most recent action Maas won the 130-pound junior varsity weight at the Rumble on the Red Dec. 29-30.

Maas posted a 6-0 record and culminated his tournament with a 6-2 decision over Anthony Dattallo of Anoka in the championship match.

Girls hockey team faces Fergus Falls

With two wins and a tie in its last three games the Bemidji girls hockey team begins 2011 on a high note. The Lumberjacks hope to continue that trend Saturday when they head to Fergus Falls.

They will bring a 5-9-1 overall record into the game while Fergus Falls is 6-6-2. The Otters own wins over Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, Alexandria, Pequot Lakes, River Lakes and Lake of the Woods. Their ties have been to Willmar and Totino Grace.

Gymnasts travel to Park Rapids

BHS improved in each of its first three meets but dropped a few team points Dec. 21 when it visited Fargo. The Lumberjacks hope to progress again Saturday at Park Rapids.

The Jacks started the year with a 126.0-97.85 victory over the Panthers. In their next outing the Lumberjacks scored 126.225 and then reached a high-water mark of 126.525 in mid-December at Detroit Lakes.

A week later at Fargo BHS scored 123.025 and was third of four teams.

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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