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Bemidji High School Monday sports preview: Jacks boys hockey face TRF in section semifinals

The Bemidji boys hockey and basketball teams face one of their oldest rivals, Thief River Falls tonight, the hockey team in the 8A section semifinals at Warroad and the basketball team at home.

The hockey team will be trying to turn the tide on the Prowlers who won both regular season games 2-1 and 3-1.

The Prowlers bring an impressive 20-4-2 record into play, losing twice to Warroad and once each to Roseau and Hermantown, all three likely to be in the state meet.

Bemidji reached 14-11-1 Friday with its thrilling comeback win over Baudette's LOW High 3-2.

The game again matches Bemidji Head Coach Wade Chiodo against his alma mater.

Bemidji hopes the age old adage that it is a severe test to beat a close rival three straight times in the same season will hold up tonight.

It was TRF that ended the Jacks season last year 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

That was Bemidji's first year as a Class A school.

The cagers, on the other hand, will be decided favorites on their home court after belting the Prowlers 74-42 in December at Prowerville.

Bemidji took a 12-9 mark to Park Rapists last night and should have won handily. Thief River beat Roseau 67-57 Friday to reach 9-11

They have won their last four starts, however over Park Rapids, Warroad, Crookston and the Rams.

But Bemidji is the lone Minnesota Class 4A school they face though they did turn back Grand Forks Central 44-38 in December.

Against a number of common foes, Bemidji holds a wide edge.

Bemidji led 47-25 at halftime in the first game and had 11 players score before it ended. Ray Walker hit 13, Czar Woods 12, Ryan Rude 11 and Simon Anderson 10.

Jake Longevin was the only Prowler to reach double figures with 11.

The B Team brought a 12-9 mark to Saturday's game while the freshmen were 10-8. Both figured to win. The JV won and the freshmen lost at TRF.