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This week at Bemidji High School: New turf at Chet Anderson Stadium receives positive reviews

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Bemidji High School fans will have plenty of opportunities to follow their teams at home this week as the eight fall sports programs will be involved in 15 events and seven of them are at home.

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The busy schedule began Monday with three home events. The swimming and diving team hosted Grand Rapids and Perham Monday while the boys soccer team entertained Detroit Lakes and the volleyball team welcomed Brainerd.

Today's schedule includes two events, including a home girls soccer game against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. That contest will begin at 4 p.m. at the middle school field.

Today's road event sees the girls tennis team heading to Detroit Lakes where it will tangle with the home team and East Grand Forks.

As is customary, BHS teams will take Wednesday off but it's back to action on Thursday. Highlighting Thursday's schedule is a 7:15 p.m. volleyball match against Nevis. Also on tap is a tennis match at Thief River Falls and a boys and girls cross country race at Little Falls.

Friday's lone event is the football game at Fergus Falls while Saturday sees the boys soccer team hosting WHA at 11 a.m., the girls soccer team entertaining Moorhead at 3 p.m., the swimmers and divers at the Hibbing Invitational and the girls tennis team tangling with Hibbing on the road.

Football

Friday night Bemidji played the first football game on the new turf at Chet Anderson Stadium and the reviews were all positive.

"The old field and stadium had been there forever and the facility needed a little face lift," said Jacks coach Troy Hendricks. "And they did things right with the new turf.

"The surface was consistent and the best thing about the new turf is that we don't have to worry about ripping up the field before BSU can play on it," Hendricks added.

The Lumberjacks played well Friday in its home debut and enter the third week of the season 2-0 and in a tie with Brainerd for first place in the Central Lakes Conference North Division standings.

Fergus Falls, which hosts BHS on Friday, shares a 1-1 record with Moorhead while Alexandria and Grand Rapids are 0-2.

In the South Division St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Tech are 2-0, Sartell and Willmar are 1-1 and Rocori and Sauk Rapids are 0-2.

"Apollo has been a little bit of a surprise so far after beating Rocori and Moorhead," Hendricks said. "But I think the most shocking thing is that Rocori is 0-2. We don't play Rocori every year and haven't played Rocori since losing to them in the state (Class 4A) championship game in 2011, but I didn't see an 0-2 start coming.

"In the North Division we knew that Brainerd, with all of the experience it has coming back, is extremely good this year. I would say that Bemidji and Brainerd probably are the teams to beat this year," Hendricks added.

The Jacks and the Warriors will square off Oct. 5 at Brainerd.

Volleyball

After opening the season 0-3 the Lumberjacks rose to the occasion last Thursday when they stunned Moorhead 25-20, 25-23, 25-21 in Moorhead, handing the Spuds their second loss in three matches.

Monday BHS hosted Brainerd which entered the battle with a 2-1 record. On Thursday Bemidji will be at home again when it entertains Nevis.

Last fall Nevis claimed the consolation championship of the Class A state tournament and the Tigers brought a 3-0 record into Monday's home match against Wadena-Deer Creek.

After Thursday's match Bemidji will be at home only one more time in September — Sept. 24 when it hosts Hibbing.

Soccer

The boys soccer team also began the season 0-3 but the Lumberjacks improved to 1-3-1 with a tie and a win last week.

The tie was 2-2 in a home game against Grand Rapids and later in the week BHS posted a 2-1 victory at East Grand Forks.

On Monday it welcomed Detroit Lakes, hoping to reverse a 3-1 loss to the Lakers earlier this year.

Bemidji will close its week Saturday when it entertains Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at 11 a.m.

The girls saw their two-game winning streak snapped Saturday when they lost 2-1 at St. Cloud Cathedral. Today they will host WHA and on Saturday Moorhead will come to Bemidji.

The Lumberjacks' homestand continues on Sept.16 when it entertains Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. That game replaces Wednesday's home match against Grand Rapids which has been cancelled in order to open a spot for the conference game against Hillcrest.

Swimming

Bemidji ended a brutal stretch on Monday when it hosted Grand Rapids and Perham. The Lumberjacks split a double-dual on Friday, battering Grand Forks Red River 137-37 and losing 90.5-89.5 to Grand Forks Central.

On Saturday they held an 11-team invitational and finished second. Individually Danielle Hoven won the 50 free and Kylei Grosfield claimed the diving. BHS also captured two of the relays as Morgan Williams, Libby McRae, Erin Arndt and Hoven took the 200 free and 400 free events.

This week also sees the Jacks heading to the Hibbing Invitational on Saturday.

Tennis, cross country

The tennis team has a very busy week as it heads to Detroit Lakes today to face the Lakers and East Grand Forks, to Thief River Falls Thursday and to Hibbing on Saturday.

Bemidji began the fall with four dual wins and a team victory at the Pine City Invitational but last week the Lumberjacks lost 5-2 to Eveleth-Gilbert.

The cross country teams return to duty Thursday at Little Falls. Both the boys and the girls are coming off third-place finishes at last week's Detroit Lakes Invitational. Sam Carlson was the boys individual winner and Jenna Truedson placed second in the girls race.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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