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Pat Miller: This week at BHS — Lumberjack programs transition from fall to winter

Submitted photo Bemidji’s Kylei Grosfield accepts her medal after placing second in diving at last week’s state meet.1 / 2
Submitted photo Bemidji’s relay swimmers (left to right) Morgan Williams, Erin Arndt, Danielle Hoven and Libby McRae teamed to set school records in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay during last week’s Class A state meet.2 / 2

Morgan Williams was among the Bemidji High School students who attended the season opener for the boys hockey team Saturday at the Community Arena.

The Lumberjacks went on to blitz St. Cloud Apollo 6-1 and Williams eagerly cheered the successes of the hockey team.

A few days earlier she was among the Jacks under the spotlight as the sophomore joined her swimming and diving teammates at the state Class A meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Wednesday was a memorable day for Williams and her teammates as the Lumberjacks earned 49 team points and finished 18th at the state meet. The success was buoyed by the efforts of Kylei Grosfield who finished second overall in the Class A diving competition.

Libby McRae and Erin Arndt also fared very well in their individual events as McRae placed 12th in the 500 free and Arndt was 14th in the 200 individual medley.

Bemidji also advanced the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay to the state consolation finals. Both relays featured Danielle Hoven, Williams, Arndt and McRae and both squads ended the 2013 season in style.

In the 200 free relay the foursome set a BHS school record and placed 14th with a time of 1:41.41. And in the final race of the state meet, the 400 free relay, the Lumberjacks established another school record by completing the race in 3:41.86, winning the consolation championship heat and placing ninth overall.

The state-meet appearance of the swimming and diving team capped another successful fall season at Bemidji High School. Joining the swimmers and divers at state competitions during the fall were the boys and girls cross country teams.

Finishing a little short in their bids for state tournament appearances were the volleyball, boys soccer, girls tennis and football teams while the girls soccer team ended the season with a winning record at 10-7.

Many of those athletes have transitioned to the winter programs and three of the squads have already begun their campaigns.

The girls hockey team enters the week with a 2-3 record and is coming off a 6-4 victory over International Falls.

This week finds the squad hosting Warroad today at 7:30 p.m. and heading to the St. Cloud Cathedral Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

The boys hockey team opened its year with a very impressive 6-1 home victory Saturday over St. Cloud Apollo.

The early-season roster includes eight seniors, six juniors and seven sophomores. The Jacks will play their first road game tonight at Grand Rapids. They will return home Dec. 5 against Moorhead.

The boys basketball team is 0-1 after losing 89-53 Friday at Detroit Lakes. Tonight sees the Lumberjacks heading to Thief River Falls and this weekend they will host  East Grand Forks, Grand Rapids and St. Cloud Cathedral in the annual Woods and Lakes Classic. Friday’s first game is set for 6 p.m. while Saturday’s action will begin at 12:30 p.m.

BHS also will be home next Tuesday against International Falls.

The other winter programs will wait until December to begin their campaigns. The girls basketball team will head to Thief River Falls on Dec. 3 while the wrestlers will participate in the Thief River Falls Invitational on Dec. 5 and the gymnasts will visit Park Rapids on Dec. 6. The boys swimmers and divers started practicing Monday and won’t be in action until Dec. 10 at Thief River Falls.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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