During the past week Bemidji High School ski coach Mark Walters surveyed his peers about their state tournament history.
“I posed the question about their teams having brothers and sisters at the same state meet,” Walters said. “And none of them could match us. We have two twin brothers and a sister going to state and I think that is pretty cool.”
Representing the Jacks at Thursday’s state meet held at Giant’s Ridge will be brothers Kyle Sagedahl and Tony Sagedahl plus sister Morgan Sagedahl. Completing Bemidji’s state-tournament team is Jenna Truedson.
“Jenna placed fifth in the section and, against all of those powerhouse skiers from Little Falls, fifth is a great finish,” Walters said.
Morgan Sagedahl had been sick prior to last week’s section competition but she found enough strength to finish 11th overall and earn a berth at the state meet.
“Morgan had been looking run down for a while and we eased her into the section meet,” Walters said. “And she performed very well.”
Kyle Sagedahl was the section runner-up while Tony Sagedahl was seventh.
“We have Jenna and a trifecta of Sagedahls going to state and it doesn’t get much sweeter than that,” Walters added.
On Wednesday the state’s ski coaches will hold the annual Charlie Banks Relay race at Giant’s Ridge. The race is designed to give non-state meet qualifiers the opportunity to ski on the state course.
Bemidji’s boys relay contingent will include Josh Claussen, Billy Freyholtz, Austin Chatterton and Ethan Youso.
The girls team will feature Maari Stocker, Atomic Thorson, Emma Brokl and Summer Johnson.
The week ahead
The girls basketball team has three games this week and the streak begins with today’s home contest against Moorhead. On Thursday the Jacks will visit Detroit Lakes and on Saturday they will head to Duluth Denfeld.
BHS enters the week on a three-game winning streak which has upped its overall record to 6-14.
The spurt began with a 68-64 overtime victory at East Grand Forks and also includes a 60-35 home win over Brainerd and Saturday’s 46-44 triumph at Alexandria.
The boys team is still finding victories tough to come by. Last week the Lumberjacks (1-17) lost 92-75 at home to Duluth East and 83-51 at Alexandria
BHS has a pair of games this week - Thursday at St. Cloud Tech and 3 p.m. Saturday at home against Sauk Rapids.
In its only appearance last week the boys hockey team battled Moorhead to a 4-4 draw at the Community Arena.
Today the Lumberjacks head to Brainerd and the regular season will end 5 p.m. Thursday at the Community Arena against Thief River Falls.
Bemidji is 7-14-2 and begins the week ranked sixth in the 10-team Section 8-2A QRF ratings with a score of 71.6.
Brainerd leads the field with a 112.5 QRF while Roseau (106.6), Moorhead (102.6), St. Cloud Tech (87.4) and Buffalo (78.6) also front the Jacks.
Trailing the leaders are Monticello (67.4), Northern Lakes (58.9), River Lakes (57.9) and Becker (36.5).
The swimmers and divers ended the regular season last week with a 105-81 victory at Duluth East. The Lumberjacks will spend the next two weeks preparing for the Section 5A meet which begins Feb. 22 at the BHS pool.
At the Duluth East meet Bemidji had individual championships from Eli Wright in the 200 free (2:07.60) and 500 free (5:46.53) plus Tyler Hemp in the 200 individual medley (2:17.94) and 100 breast stroke (1:07.16).
Contributing seconds were Matt Arndt in the 200 IM (2:26.76) and 100 breast stroke (1:10.77), Nick Gubbels in the 50 free (23.89), Wyatt Yartz in the 100 free (54.49) and Nate Gubbels in the 100 back (1:07.96).
Bemidji claimed the 200 medley relay as Nate Gubbels, Hemp, Arndt and Nick Gubbels were clocked in 1:50.88 and also won the 200 free relay as Nate Gubbels, Hemp, Yartz and Nick Gubbels combined for a time of 1:36.84.
The gymnasts have been off since Feb. 2 but their break ends Friday at the section meet hosted by Park Rapids.
Kayla Hirt Day
Bemidji basketball fans are invited to Sunday’s University of Minnesota women’s basketball game against Northwestern at Williams Arena.
The Gophers have designated the afternoon as Bemidji Community Day in honor of Kayla Hirt who is a forward for the Gophers.
The game will start at 2 p.m. and tickets are $6 if fans visit mygophersports.com and use the promo code “wbbbemidji”.