For the first time in two seasons the Bemidji cross country ski teams were able to host a meet Saturday and, barring unforeseen weather, the Lumberjacks will be at home again today for their regular season finale.
“After a two-year dry spell of no snow or extremely cold temperatures it was great to finally have a home meet,” said BHS coach Mark Walters.
Saturday’s meet was held at Buena Vista while today’s action, which begins at 1 p.m., will be at the Three Island County Park north trails.
Expected to join BHS today are TrekNorth, Detroit Lakes and, possibly, Deer River.
Bemidji made the most of Saturday’s home appearance as the boys finished second and the girls third. TrekNorth was fourth in the girls meet and did not enter the boys competition.
Brainerd edged the boys 384-370 while Little Falls and Brainerd placed one-two in the girls competition.
Leading the Lumberjacks in the boys race were Kyle Sagedahl who was second (34:49) and Tony Sagedahl who was third (35:01).
The format called for a classic race in the morning and a freestyle race in the afternoon. Each skier’s times in the two races were combined for the total time.
“The coaches are very proud of the progress of our varsity boys team and the way the skiers seem to be peaking at this time of the year,” Walters said.
“Tony and Kyle have improved all season and are on track to peak soon. Saturday was a great day and the boys put some pressure on Brainerd, the top team in our section,” the coach added.
Jenna Truedson was Bemidji’s top skier in Saturday’s girls meet, finishing fifth in 43:06.
Morgan Sagedahl, who is among the team’s leaders, was unable to compete Saturday because of illness.
The ski teams will be the first BHS winter program to enter postseason play as they travel to Camp Ripley on Feb. 5 for the section meet.
Another busy week
Postseason play is also drawing near for the girls hockey team. The Jacks will end their season with three games this week.
The final home appearance will be 7:30 p.m. today at the Community Arena against Moorhead. On Thursday BHS travels to Roseau and on Saturday the Jacks will close be at Brainerd.
Bemidji enters the final week seeded fifth in the eight-team Section 8-2A field. North Wright County leads the pack with a QRF ranking of 118.1. Roseau (87.8), Sartell (78.6) and St. Cloud (73.8) also are ahead of the Lumberjacks who have a 65.2 QRF.
Trailing BHS in the QRF and the section seedings are River Lakes (61.7), Moorhead (55.8) and Brainerd (42.5).
The Jacks are coming off Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Alexandria. They enter the home stretch with an 8-8-5 record.
Bemidji’s boys team also lost 4-2 at Alexandria Saturday and own a 6-13-1 record.
BHS will be at the Community Arena Thursday against Roseau and Saturday against Breck. The Jacks also host Moorhead on Feb. 9 and, after traveling to Brainerd Feb. 12, BHS will end its regular season Feb. 15 with a home game against Thief River Falls.
The basketball teams each have one game this week. On Friday the girls (3-14) will visit East Grand Forks and on Saturday the boys team (1-14) will travel to Moorhead.
The wrestlers will be at Roseau today, will host BCLB and Nashwauk Thursday and will travel to the Fertile-Beltrami Invitational Saturday while the gymnasts visit Park Rapids Thursday and end their regular season Saturday at home against Detroit Lakes.
The swimmers have been off since Jan. 22 and will return to action Saturday at Hibbing.
Follis a preseason pick
Former Lumberjack Tyler Follis was among three University of North Dakota baseball players chosen to the 2013 Great West preseason all conference team.
A year ago Follis led UND with a .352 batting average and 74 hits in his rookie season. The team’s starting shortstop, Follis also scored a team-high 49 runs and had a .432 on-base percentage. His 74 hits broke the school’s single-season record.